Monday, June 11, 2007

o/` Livin' on Tulsa Time o/`

June 11th, 2007

The previous 16 posts all relate to my recent 3 night trip to
New York City and Long Island, followed by a 6 night
transatlantic cruise from Brooklyn Harbor to Southampton,
UK, and my following 6 night stay in London, with visits to
Liverpool, Stonehenge and Bath.

It's obviously best if read chronologically, however, feel free
to skip around and just read what you'd like to read, or of
course, you do not have to feel it is required reading.

Nearly 600 pictures later, I am home. I will eventually
get those sorted out, and hopefully get some of them posted
on a website perhaps.

One thing I left out of the appropriate post, was the afternoon
I was taking a cab to the theater, and when the cabbie found
out where I was from, he started singing "The Hills Of
Oklahoma". Now, that's entertainment.

For those of you not familiar with the Woody Guthrie song,
you can find the lyrics at

It's good to be back home.... livin' on Tulsa Time.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

o/` The long and winding road....... o/`

June 10th, 2007

I woke up at 5:15am Sunday London time, which was 11:15pm
Saturday night Tulsa time. I finished packing, ate breakfast,
and caught a cab to London's Heathrow Airport. That airport is
an experience in itself. Very busy !

The flight from London to Chicago was 8 hours. It left at 10:30am
London time, and arrived at 12:30pm Chicago time. So after flying
8 hours, it was only 2 hours later in the day. That can throw off your
schedule a bit.

Just about an hour after taking off, they fed us lunch. Just about an
hour before landing in Chicago, they fed us lunch. I feel like I ate and
slept all day long today. Quite a combination.

Speaking of which though, I came home from my 15 days on vacation,
lighter than I left. The morning I left for New York City, I had finally
hit a milestone, and weighed in below 235, that number I just could
not get below earlier. I was 233 that morning, and determined not to
undo that accomplishment.

While on the cruise ship, I did hit the gym daily, and worked with
a personal trainer. Plus, just the walking one has to do onboard the
ship is a lot. My cabin was near the aft of the ship. Most activities
were near the front of the boat. Plus, walking around the ship on Deck
7, where you could walk all the way around outside unobstructed, was
1/3 mile. Therefore, 3 laps was one mile, so I did that most days.

This evening when I got home, my weight was down to 230. Now,
bear in mind, that may not take into effect the days eating I did
today while traveling. But also keep in mind, that was accomplished
by a lot of walking in London. While I did take cabs when needed,
when possible and time allowed, I would walk, even when quite a
distance. The London Eye back to my hotel in Mayfair area. The
British Museum back to my hotel. The end of the day's tour at
Victoria Station back to the hotel. Most of those walks would take
me by Buckingham Palace, and back through St. James Park, which
was a very enjoyable walk. Plus quite a busy walk, as walking is
something that is common in London, something we Americans could
do more. Even after the theater at 10 or 11 at night, there are crowds
of people out walking and socializing.

My arrival in Tulsa tonight was at 5pm local time. 11pm London time.
Here it is 11pm Tulsa time, and I'm headed to bed, 24 hours after I
woke up this morning. However, I did have a number of naps on the
plane, as well as a few while watching the Tony Awards tonight. I did
not see the plays that won so many awards tonight, but saw some
very good ones both in New York City and in London.

The only problems with the trip ? It wasn't long enough. And the
exchange rate is not good for us Americans, at nearly 2 U.S. Dollars
to 1 British Pound.

Yes, I'm planning on going back, for sure. I enjoyed it immensely.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

o/` Saved The Best For Last o/`

June 9th, 2007

A trip to the British Museum. Never an admission charge,
except to special events. Their special event currently, is
one of water colors, of how the explorers first saw the

Water colors of birds, fish, wildlife, and Native Americans.
Very impressive. For the age of the water colors, they
have held up very well, with some losing some pigmentation,
but otherwise quite detailed and beautiful.

The British Museum also has permanent displays of nearly
all periods of history, with Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Native
American, South American, Alaskan, etc., etc., etc.

It's a huge museum, which would take absolutely weeks
to see everything in great detail. Sure, you can browse
through the displays, and get an overall view. However,
to really appreciate it all, you would need to look at each
item, read each inscription, and absorb it all. That is no
small task, and certainly not one I could do in only one

It's a place worth having visited, even for only several
hours, with the idea of a return visit someday.

For dinner, I finally went to a "authentic English Pub",
and had "meat and kidney pie" for dinner. Quite tasty,
and filling.

I then went to the closing performance of "The Lady
From Dubuque", starring the amazing Maggie Smith.
It's an Edward Albee play, who also wrote " Who's
Afraid Of Virginia Wolff", among others. Oddly
enough, Maggie Smith does not appear until the
closing line of the first act. However, the opening
moments of the second act are definitely hers, and
she owns the stage at that point.

This play was never well received in London, and
it's Broadway debut brought about a swift closing.
It's not an uplifting play, as it's about a bitter wife
dying, and those she alienates along the way, much
to their astonishment and bewilderment. It's a
story of how much pain can influence one's actions,
and reactions. The supporting characters were all
quite good, and the lady playing the dying wife is
exceptionally good, as she is called about to have
her leg twitch, and to cry, much of the opening act.
Not an easy assignment, I am sure.

After the play, it was back to the hotel, and to get
started packing. I have an early morning trip to
London's Heathrow Airport, with a flight to Chicago,
then a connection back to Tulsa. It's been a truly
wonderful trip, one that has gone beyond even my
expectations. I certainly expect to return to London
someday, and hope it's not too far off in the future !

Friday, June 08, 2007

A castle, some rocks, and bath water

June 8th, 2007

Another tour day, though this one started overcast, and
with the pavement wet from an early morning rain. In my
whole trip so far, there had been no rain at all, so this was
a first, and luckily, did not last throughout the day, as it
once again proved to be a beautiful day.

The tour started off via coach, headed out towards London's
Heathrow Airport area, and we visited the Windsor Castle.
Very impressive. Very ornate. Very stately. Very big.
There were many rooms, that by themselves, could
swallow up my home all in that one room. The tour is a
walking tour through many of the rooms, with the ornate
furniture and fixtures, the collections of china, swords,
knights armor, paintings, etc. It just kept going on and on.
Unfortunately, on such a tour, you have limited time, and
must keep moving along, so you will be back to the bus in
time to leave on time, to head to the next stop. One could
spend days in this castle, just admiring and learning. Just
over 1-1/2 hours does not do it justice, but it was an

Next, the coach motored through the countryside, and on
to Stonehenge Inn, where we ate a British lunch, mine
being Chicken Pie. We then continued on to the landmark
itself, Stonehenge. It sits right along one of the local
highways, so it is easily accessible. For some reason, I
thought it would be more removed from the highway. At
any rate, it is quite an impressive realization that someone,
somehow, someway, moved those huge stones into this
location from at least hundreds of miles away, and placed
them in a position that was meaningful to them, for some
now unknown reason. The true meaning remains a
mystery, though they believe it was tied to the movements
of the sun. It is estimated to be 5000 years old, and that
it took 900 years to complete it. Some of it has been
removed over the years by those that wanted some of
the stones for their own use, before it was protected as
a landmark, etc. However, the overall idea is the same.
There are other, similar rock placements elsewhere in
the UK, but most of them had left of the original pieces
remaining, and have never been as well known.

On we then motored, to Bath. I just expected a small
town with some hot spring baths. However, Bath is quite
a larger city than I expected, and most all the buildings
are made out of the local Bath stone, so there is a very
harmonious look to the city, much like Santa Fe, NM and
it's adobe look everywhere. The baths in Bath were at
different times unknown, well known, flocked to, and
avoided. The stories of it's origins are mainly tied to
when the Romans were in control of the land. It is the
only place in the UK with a natural hot spring. For awhile
it was very popular, but later faced decline as the springs
became known as a place only for those who were ill or
infirm. However, royalty soon decided they could use
the baths to help with their ills, and once again, the
popularity of the baths increased. Today the baths are
no longer used, but strictly are a monument to the past,
with a very interesting and lengthy audio guided tour.
You can actually touch the water in the main bath area,
though signs repeatedly warn you not to for health
reasons, as the water is not treated, and the pigeons
are all over the place. Our guide warned us not to put
our hands, etc., into the water. I did, however, see other
people, not on our tour, dipping their hands into it.
Some people don't read the warning signs, or don't care.

2-1/2 hours later, we returned to London. I walked from
Victoria Station, where the coach let us off, past the palace
and through the parks, back towards the hotel. I ate
dinner at a sidewalk cafe down an alley, that has been
transformed into a gathering area, with restaurants,
bars, and shops. I had a vegetable soup I cannot
remember the name of, as well as a smoked salmon
and shrimp dish that was quite tasty. I arrived back
at the hotel about 9:30, with some remaining daylight.

o/` We All Live In A Yellow Submarine..... o/`

June 7th, 2007

An early morning, bound for Liverpool via Virgin Rail. I
would not get up that early for most things while on
vacation, but, for The Beatles, I did.

After a 2-1/2 hour train ride, with only about 5 stops, the
rain arrived in Liverpool. I was excited. Yet, I was also
quite surprised. I had always pictured Liverpool as some
small little town tucked away, but here it was, a rather
large industrial city, with a lot of impressive architecture
in the main city buildings. It had been bombed heavily
during the war, so much of what one sees today is newer
and imposing. However, one unfortunate observation was
that too many of the statues and monuments were not
protected in any way from vandals and graffitti "artists".

The tour is one that is self-guided on the train, and when
you arrive in Liverpool. You are given a list of "things to
see" while there, plus admission to "The Beatles Story",
and a ticket to ride "The Magical Mystery Tour" Bus.
It also gives you admission to the Cavern Club, the place
where the Beatles once played daily at lunch, and packed
the place, enough to eventually lead to being discovered.

"The Beatles Story" is a museum you walk through at
your own pace, with an audio device. Key in a number
that is on a display, and you get to hear about that
item, with detailed background, often music, and many
more tidbits of information than I ever knew about.
There are lots of original items on display, as well as
recreated venues and settings. It's like going back in
time, and really brought back some memories.

Most touching though, was near the end, in the John
Lennon room, as they spoke of his life, and his fateful
day, while listening to "Imagine". That was touching.
I did not know (or did not remember) that Mark
David Chapman had gotten John Lennon's autograph
hours earlier as John & Yoko left the building. He was
still holding on to it, when they returned hours later,
and he shot John.

Once you take that tour, you then are able to board
the "Magical Mystery Tour" Bus, that takes you to
the birthplace and / or early homes of the Fab Four.
It also goes to "Penny Lane", "Strawberry Fields",
and other places of Beatle Interest. Some places you
are able to unboard and take pictures.

The bus then leaves everyone at the end, at Mathew
Street, a short otherwise non-remarkable street,
that holds more history than much of the rest of the
city. This is where The Cavern Club was. The
Beatles memoriabilia is up and down the alley, and
several shops sell everything from shirts, to post
cards, to refrigerator magnets, to lunch pails, etc.
It's quite a scene. On the exterior wall of the
original Cavern Club, the bricks have the names
etched in them, of those singers and / or groups,
that performed at the Cavern Club over the years.
Of course, The Beatles are in the coveted middle
spot, but also listed are Stevie Wonder, Cilla Black,
Gerry & The Pacemakers, and many others.
While many of those listed are world famous, also
listed there are the local groups, whether they ever
made it to the big arena or not.

Leaving Liverpool meant another 2-1/2 hour train
ride, but I did learn why taking a train, or a coach,
can be a very good things. Nap time.

Baby Blue Lamborghini Convertible

June 6th, 2007

Wednesday was the day to head out by car, to Ruthin, Wales.
However, I had decided, by conversations with others, that I
would remain at my London hotel, and do my outside the city
excursions from there, via the tour companies. I had grown a
bit leary of driving in London traffic, and not sure driving out
in the country without a navigator would be that easy either.
Since my friends had decided to move on to Paris instead,
I opted to stay in London, and do all I could in the few days
I have.

Wednesday was walking day. Again. It seems like all I do.
First, walking all over the ship, and now all over London.

The day started a bit later, but once I got going, I got
around. I walked down to St. James Park, down around
Buckingham Palace, back up through The Old Greens Park,
by the Hard Rock Cafe, and stopped and had a nice lunch.

I then decided to go to the London Eye, and hopped in a cab.
Along the way, we got in some traffic, and the cab driver
whispered over his shoulder, Rod Stewart, and nodded his
head to the left side. Sure enough, there in a baby blue
Lamborghini Convertible, driving with the top down, was
Rod Stewart. I snapped a few pictures, usually just as he
turned his head away, so I may have trouble proving it, but
there he was indeed.

The London Eye, for those that do not know, is like a huge
ferris wheel ride, though it goes very slowly, and is made up
of large pods that a dozen or so people can ride in at once,
either sitting or standing, there's plenty of room to move
around. It goes higher than the buildings in London, and
the view is for miles. It's located right on the River Thames
embankment, so you get a birdseye view. The scene is
fantastic from up there, and you hardly get the sense of
movement at all. Even with my fear of heights, it did not
really bother me, as long as I stood away from the edge of it.
It was more impressive than I expected.

Then I toured the Aquarium, just next door to the Eye.
Very nice. They have some of the same fish we do back home,
but most of the local fish are different than ours. That was
quite interesting.

From there, I walked across the River Thames, back into the
heart of London, and back to the hotel. I then went out for a
simple yet nice dinner, and then to the theater. I had grabbed
a hot ticket for "Equus" that evening.

I was quite surprised, when entering the lobby, I ran into
Anne, a lady I had met at dinner the first night on the Queen
Mary 2. We seemed to bump into each other often on the boat,
and again in London. It was her last night in London before
heading back to LA, but we chatted a few moments.

"Equus" was quite powerful and dramatic, basically a story of
a young man still disturbed by his past, and the therapist that
he is brought to, in order to find some inner peace. In the
process, the therapist himself finds things more disturbing in
relation to his own life, and what all that entails. It was one
you really have to dig into and pay attention to, but it's well
done, and superbly acted.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Magic Bus

June 5th, 2007

OK, "Magic Bus" was a song by The Who. I road a bus (or coach) today
for the tour. Nothing really magical about it, but it just seemed an
appropriate title.

The tour started with Westminster Abbey, and a lengthy in-depth
tour. Our guide was very informative and helpful. The Westminster
Abbey is amazing. The architecture and details are stunning. It's been
added to over hundreds of years, but each phase has it's own
uniqueness and style. Many famous people are buried at the Abbey,
as well as hundreds of monks that had served there.

Next was the Buckingham Palace, and changing of the guard. We
actually started that portion at the St. James Palace, and watched
as the band begins their procession from that point, to march over to
Buckingham Palace. We were right on the curb, and could reach
out and touched the marching band members strutting in front of our
tour group. Of course, the guards would not have approved.

We were across the street from Buckingham Palace, when the horse
brigade arrived, and got a good full view of them as well. We were on
a small hill, far away from the actual changing of the guard, but with
all the mass of people gathered up at that location, we had a better
viewing sight than many of them. The actual changing is tough to see
from anywhere except right up at the right spots, so many of those
gathered up close, did not get any better view than we did. We got
to see the pageant and regal pre-entrance of the band, and the horse

We then headed to the Thames River, and boarded a boat. On board,
we rode nearly under the London Eye, and saw The Clock Tower (Big
Ben is the bell inside the clock tower, not the actual tower itself), and
so many places along both sides of the river. We unloaded the tour
boat at The Tower Of London, and then spent most of the rest of the
tour there.

At the Tower Of London, we got to see where many famous people
from history were housed while political prisoners. Many of them
were beheaded as well, including several of Henry the 8th's wives.
This is also where the Royal Jewels are kept, as well as other display.
Very impressive, and totally glamourous. At one point in history, the
king at that time melted down all the Royal Jewels and accessories, as
he thought they were way too extravagent and gaudy. So these Royal
Jewels are replacements, but still are hundreds of years old.

After the tour, the next event was to go see the musical "Blood
Brothers". I'd seen it on Broadway 15 years ago, or so, but was ready
to see it again. It's been at this same theater in London since 1991,
and still going strong. It's a story about London twins, separated at
birth, and how they grow up differently, not knowing of each other.
One remains in the poorer family, while the other one is adopted out
to a richer family. They do not know they are brothers, but they
become acquainted, and decide to be Blood Brothers, since they
do know they were born on the same day, and become lifelong
friends. The mothers try to keep them apart, to avoid the curse,
that if they find out about each other being their twin, that day,
they will die.

When seeing it in NYC years ago, it starred Petula Clark, David
Cassidy and Shawn Cassidy, is cast was however, up to the task,
and very good. In some ways it was less distracting, not knowing
any of the cast members. They were very good, and have a rich
history behind them in British theater.

After the theater, a stop at a local cafe in Soho for a light dinner.
Then back to the hotel, and called it a night.

England Swings

June 4th, 2007

We docked in Southampton early morning, and my disembarkation
was around 9:30 am. Since we had gone through customs in NYC, and
seen the immigration officer onboard the ship, there was nothing to do
upon leaving the boat, which sure made it quicker and easier.

A shared cab ride took us to the train station, and we hopped on the
next train into London. It took us into Waterloo Station, and from there
a cabride to the hotel was next.

The hotel, the Chesterfield, in Mayfair, is quite nice, and in a very nice
neighborhood. Not too far from anything, especially for those that enjoy

Monday night we had dinner at Nobu, a very nice Asian Restaurant.
Very good food, especially the Black Cod with some sauce on it. Very tasty.
Then on to the theater, or theatre, as they spell it. "The Woman In Black",
one of the longest running plays in the West End. Well done, though a bit
tough to follow in some spots, as only 2 individuals are ever on stage, and
they do several characters each. Sometimes you have to catch up to which
character that person is doing at the time. Then a long walk through the
West End, and down to the Thames River, and out on the bridge over it.
A great view of both sides of the river at that point.

Overall, a great way to start the London portion of the trip. And the
weather is perfect.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

o/`` sittin' on the dock of the bay o/``

June 3rd, 2007

OK, we are not quite to the dock of disembarkation yet. That's about 7
hours away, but this will be my last post while onboard.

Today was relaxing. I did do the training at the gym again, and right
afterwards, one last massage, which turned out to be the best one yet.
I did have the same personal trainer each time, but ended up with a
different person doing the massage each time.

We had a full table at dinner for the last night. The meal was quite
good, as I did retreat to eating the Canyon Ranch Selection. The last
2 nights I had a few items off the Canyon Ranch Selection, and a few
off the regular menu. I've not weighed myself, but my pants do still
fit, so hopefully that's all I need to know for now.

Tomorrow (Monday), it's up and around, early. Everyone must be
out of their rooms by 8:30am (which will not happen), and downstairs
to sit until your color of luggage tag is called, so that you can head to
the gangplank for disembarkation. From there, I am sharing a cab
to get to the train station, which will take us into the heart of London.
From there it's on to the hotel, then off to dinner and a play in the
West End Theater district.

Tuesday there 2 different tours scheduled, one in the morning,
one just after lunch. Then that evening, out to dinner again, and to
another play.

Wednesday the drive begins to Ruthin (Wales) to stay overnight
in a castle. Then on to Manchester for Thursday and Friday nights.
Saturday night it's back to London, to fly home on Sunday. In the
middle of all those stops, I'll cover all I can of the sightseeing places,
such as Bath, Stonehenge, Liverpool (The Beatles), etc.

I know there is no way I can do it all in one week, so I'll just hit
what I can, and what is along the way, etc., and plan to return
someday down the line.

The cruise has been quite relaxing and fun, and Cunnard really
treats guests well, and lives up to the expectations while on the
Queen Mary 2.

same old routine


Breakfast in bed, again.

Then to the spa for a workout, again.

Then a bit later, off to lunch, again

Then downstairs for a movie, again.

Then to the casino, again.

Then upstairs to dress up for Formal Night, again.

Then to the evenings headliner entertainment, again.

Then to the casino, again.

Then off to bed, again.

Sounds like something I could get used to, but even
easier on a day when I had a massage scheduled.

The movie is a new one, to be presented in theaters
in the Fall, most likely. It's a lower budget independent
film, called "Save Me". So far, it had only been screened
at Sundance Festival, so this was it's International Opening,
since we are in International Waters. It's a film starring
Judith Light, best known to many from "Who's the Boss ? ".
After the screening, the Director, Producer, Screenwriter,
and 3 of the main actors (including Judith Light) had a
question and answer session, as they were out to get
feedback on how to tweek the movie, if at all. It was quite
interesting to listen to the questions, and their answers,
of why they presented something in a certain context,
etc. The film got a standing ovation, as did Judith Light,
and several of the other main people involved.

The dinner, was once again, excellent, as was the lively
dinner conversation concerning the movie, and other ship
events. Being one of the two formal nights, everyone looked
quite dapper and debonair. (spelling ?)

I then attended the one (of 3) Planetarium shows I had
not previously seen. It was probably the best of the 3 as
well. They actually do these shows in their secondary
theater (Illusions), and only seat a select number of
people in a certain section (the seats are clothed in a
different color than the rest, so that it's obvious). Those
seats recline, to view the screen up above. The "screen",
is a very large circular shape (reminds me of one of our
Dished Only heads, but MUCH larger). It is then lowered
for ideal viewing. The images are mostly centered in the
screen, but being a view of the sky, that takes up the
entire screen, and there's alway something going on all
over the screen, even if it's just a shooting star.

The main headliner was Margaret Cho. Sassy, witty,
fiesty, and foul-mouthed, but hilarious in much of her
routine. She had an opening act that was good, but not
great, but then again, everyone was there to see Margaret,
so anything before that was not what they were waiting
to see.

More casino time after that, and the casino made some of
their money back that trip. Doubt I'll hit the casino tonight,
as I was warned that the last night of a cruise, they really
tighten up the machines.

Tomorrow, Sunday June 3rd, is our last day. Not near as
much planned that day in activities, but it will still go by
way too quickly.

Until the next post......

Friday, June 01, 2007

o/` Danceband, on the Titanic........ o/`


This morning we passed about 40 miles north of the wreckage
of the Titanic. Luckily, it was daylight, and no icebergs to be found.

It still amazes me to watch the progress map they have on the TV,
of how long it took to get past Newfoundland, etc. We could not see
them at all, but by watching the simulation, it was obvious we were
just south of Newfoundland longer than I would have expected.
Then again, I've not been up in the far Northeast, as Boston is the
furthest North I have been up that direction. Until now, that is.

Dinner last night was wonderful. I again had the Canyon Ranch
set menu, for those of us watching the food intake. It was quite
good, and there was great conversation at the dinner table, as
there is more familiarity as the days go on with some other
guests. It's amazing how, on this large of a ship, you can run into
the same people much of the time at different places.

Yet, one guy I know that is onboard, I've not yet seen, but just
talked to via voicemail and room to room telephone. We are
going to catch up on things later today, when we meet at one of the
lectures presentations that are optional. I've not seen him in
several years, probably 3 or so, and therefore he may not
recognize me easily.

We have passed the halfway point, as of this morning. 30 minutes
ago on the TV, it showed we were 1663 nautical miles from New
York City, and 1568 nautical miles from Southampton, UK.
3 nights down, 3 nights to go.

I was so sore this morning, from the exercises I've been putting
myself through. This is my first attempt at working with a
personal trainer in many years, and he's tough on me, but he's
also quite thorough, and explains things well. I will get a CD out
it that helps to remind me what I've learned up to that point,
and other beneficial information, etc. My trainer is from
Australia, and has one of those funny accents.

Luckily, today, I had already booked another massage, so
once I post this, I'll head to lunch, then the massage will
follow shortly after. Then the lecture I mentioned earlier,
then dinner, then another entertainment show, and then
to the planetarium for that production. They have 3 separate
shows in the planetarium, and I did see one of them yesterday
afternoon, so I have the one today, and one tomorrow to go.

The planetarium shows are the only event you need to have
tickets for. They are free, but first come, first grabbed. I
learned after the first morning, to be downstairs just after
9am when they make the tickets available. Oddly enough,
many of the other passengers are still sleeping at that hour.
But then again, I only went to the party in G32 the first night.

G32 is the disco bar. The first night they had a singles function
in there that I attended. It is named G32, since that is the
name of the hull of the ship. When they build a ship, they number
each hull, but do not name it at that point. So this was Cunnard's
way of recognizing the hull.

I hit the casino last night, for the first time. I got up 10 bucks on
a 25 cent slot maching, but then went down 10 bucks on two
other machines. However, I made up for it on Blackjack, as I
left that table up $150. Now, the key, is to not leave all that in
the casino when I go back. Good plan, but can I do it ??

I did discover, that perhaps the one thing you cannot buy on this
boat, is fingernail clippers. Odd, huh ? They have lots of other
toiletry items, but the "general store" type shop was out. They
sent me up to the Spa. They did not have such items. They sent
me to the Salon. They did not either. Of course, they would not
have them. They are out to sell manicures and pedicures.

I just about signed up for a pedicure and manicure, but instead,
the sponser of last nights entertainment show had little personal
toiletry bags they passed out, and low and behold, there were
fingernail clippers in that little souvenoir bag !! Patience, and
you get what you want, sometimes for free. Well, obviously not
totally free, since I had to pay to be on the boat in the first place,
to be handed that item.

Enough for today.