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The SLU Park finally opened today after years of construction. Part of the attraction is all the wooden boats!
For our honeymoon Caewyn and I took a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise of the eastern Caribbean out of Miami on the newly launched Epic. Here are some notes from the cruise.
First, if you do a red eye flight be prepared to sit around the airport until about 10 am because the port doesn’t open until then.
Second, print out all boarding and cruise docs beforehand.
Third, have a swimming suit and sun tan lotion in your carry on bag. That way you can safely lounge in pools and the sun until you get the rest of your luggage delivered to the stateroom.
Fourth, get a room with a balcony. Period.
Fifth, rooms will be cramped so pack as light as possible.
Sixth, in-room entertainment is expensive. Bring your own way of listening to music or watching movies.
Seventh, if somebody is buying drinks for everybody in the pool: get in the pool.
Eighth, say hi to people.
Ninth, you will save a lot of money if you don’t drink alcohol. If you do drink alcohol, try not to think about the cost too often. It will cramp your fun otherwise.
Tenth, be picky about your shore excursions.
Early morning yawns.
We had some nice weather this Memorial Day. This is looking off the deck of Caewyn’s and my new place.
In a free republic a great government is the product of a great people. They will look to themselves rather than government for success. The destiny, the greatness of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there, and the example of self-sacrifice oft appears, if honor abide there, and high ideals, if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character, America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home and in peace, respect, and confidence abroad. If these virtues be absent there is no power that can supply these blessings. Look well then to the hearthstone, therein all hope for America lies. — Calvin Coolidge
Picked up the keys to our new apartment. Caewyn and I are pretty excited about it. It’s small but modern and has a private patio. It will be an upgrade for me in every way. An apartment with a dishwasher and in-unit washer and dryer! How futuristic!
Yesterday I attended a certification class to become a certified BBQ competition judge! The class was sanctioned and ran by the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association and hosted by the McKinley Springs Winery (they have a very nice late season dessert wine). The class was about 6 hours long including a general lecture on BBQ judging, and a considerable amount of time spent actually tasting the four primary meat types, putting our rapidly expanding BBQ judging knowledge to work.
My fiancé and I found our first shared apartment today! Just down the road from where I live currently. I’m excited to be living in a place that isn’t old, noisy, and generally lame. I’ll actually have a dishwasher! Of course my rent will go up significantly, but that’s the price of progress.