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Cruise Bound!!!

Posted: October 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“I’ll be 65 in September and I work as much as I want to, take cruises with Kay, relax with my family, do everything in moderation, because I want to enjoy my life.”~ Frankie Avalon

Well, I hope Frankie Avalon was able to do just that……

After the horrendous meeting that took place this afternoon, I was engaged in conversation with a close neighbor who seems to have adopted me as “her son”. (I have plenty of grandparents here that have “adopted me”…. trust me.)

Just last week, she went on a cruise to Cozumel with someone she has been friends with for over 50 years. The cruise was not necessarily a pleasure trip as the friend of hers was there to teach a class. But I think that the neighbor was there to relax and enjoy.

She’s come back with a lot of wonderful and fun stories. I remember the day that they left to go to port. Her friend told me, “I’m sorry we’re not able to take you. The boat is completely full. But we’ll bring you back a nice looking señorita from Cozumel.”

I had to laugh. But I was also happy for my neighbor. My neighbor though, she is still on a high, similar to the ones I get when I go see SIX MINUTE CENTURY in Houston.

She brought back a few gifts. A couple of keychains, some postcards and what not. I got something to put on my head. It’s really neat. These bandanas are pretty cool.

Well, she tells me that the same friend of hers is going to be doing a few more cruises like she just returned home from. Of course, the friend will be teaching her class while on board. But the neighbor turned around and said something to me that I just was not expecting at all.

She told me “Next year, we’re gonna work very hard to put you on that boat. We’re going to call the cruise line and make sure that they have an accessible room for you to get on the boat.”

I wasn’t taking her seriously at that point. She had just told someone else that if we all saved our pennies, that we could get on board on one of the cruises that will happen in November of 2012. It would cost us… $400.

Not bad considering that I spent over $6,000 on a two week long cruise throughout the Atlantic for a honeymoon that never happened and lost it all because the relationship was terminated. $400 isn’t really that bad. Considering the stories that we keep hearing from her that everything on that boat was free (all except for soft drinks and liquor.)

Today though she continued the conversation by saying, “I’m gonna get you on that ship, boy! I’ll have someone put it on their credit card and you can pay them back each month as much as you can afford. Or even better, I’ll give up MY spot on the ship so that you can go.”

She’s serious. VERY serious.

Her room that she had? I looked it up online: $2,300. Fantastic view of the ocean and a stellar deck just off the room. Gorgeous!!

I was stunned. I’m sure that her friend would agree and she would help to make it happen as well.

I’ve never been on a cruise before. I’ve been fishing in the Gulf of Mexico- just off the coast of Galveston, but never on a cruise ship.

And I’ve never been to Mexico either. I understand that she got on board with just a certified indentification and her birth certificate. The question of whether or not to obtain a passport is up in the air still. I don’t know how these things work at all!

I’ve only been out of the United States once. And that was a quick road trip into Ontario, Canada. We drove for about 90 km and stopped at a McDonald’s, then came right back. We were visiting family in Michigan at the time.

I have to tell you though, I am TOTALLY excited. I know that this neighbor is flat-out serious about this. She’s going to do everything she can to make sure I get on this cruise.

Granted it will be more than a year from now, but still. Holy crow balls!!!

So yeah, totally pumped and totally excited. This is most likely going to be an experience that I will never forget. Anyone wanna come with me?!?

“We live by our imagination, our admirations, and our sentiments.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Outside of the fact that I had one really great night with SIX MINUTE CENTURY, I was also spending the weekend with romance author, Jessica Trapp, and her family.

I had met her in April of this year, when I went to Houston the first time to see SIX MINUTE CENTURY. As I said in my previous post, “Music & Books”. Jessica Trapp takes up the “book” end of the deal.

But we had met in a public place for a few hours at a shopping mall. Which was for safety for all who were involved. And believe it or not, I was glad it was like that for the first time.

This past weekend though… I would be spending my time with her and her family as she had invited me to stay with her for those days. We had such a great time back in April just hanging out, talking, getting to know one another personally, that she really felt that she wanted to cross paths again. This was her opportunity of sorts. As I was on the verge of not being able to go at all, after spending my very last dime and then come to find out I had no place to stay. Jessica was my savior!!! She offered her home for me to stay in during the time that I was going to be there.

As the days rolled on, and it was getting closer and closer and closer to showing up in Houston, I felt a bit nervous. And I could not figure out why. I had met her before- so why should I be nervous?? I think it was because of the fact that I had only met with her for a few hours. Now I was about to spend several days & nights in her home. Talk about getting the behind-the-scenes look on someone that you love and admire!! It is quite daunting.

What was I going to do or say? I hadn’t really had a chance to meet her family either. What was I going to say to them??

When I arrived and I was finally greeted by Jessica, things that I had been worried about just went out the window.

There was a lot of conversation. Plenty of personal and yet unique conversation. More and more with each turn, getting to know more about the area in which Jessica lived in, the way she grew up, her experiences. I found it all interesting. Although she probably thought that I was bored. That possible thought couldn’t be any farther from the truth. And I hope that she is not thinking that now that I have returned home.

Her family took me to Kemah Park to see Black Dog, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. It was really a lot of fun. The following day, I went shopping and ran through several different bookstores and had lunch before I was going to be picked up to go to the SIX MINUTE CENTURY show.

After all of that, I had wanted to go to the zoo. But the summer heat is just as bad in Houston as it is here. So instead I went along with the family to the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. Inside, there was a STAR WARS exhibit. And that was just totally awesome! All of those props that were used in all six movies. Plus costumes and wardrobe.

Lots of laughs were shared. I found Jessica’s husband to have quite the sense of humor as he would come up with one-liners from out of thin air it had seemed. Jessica’s son was able to hold conversations and you wouldn’t have believed he was as young as he was because he was able to keep the conversation in a higher level of intelligence than others his age.

Hanging out with Jessica was something that I had hoped I could do. And now that I have done it, I hope that I can do it again.

We had stayed in touch since our first meeting. She had always asked me for a hug. Apparently she believes that I give good hugs. So she wanted hugs from me. I hope that she was able to be satisfied with the scores of hugs and other affectionate gestures.

When the day came for me to return home. I found myself in a position where I had a lot of trouble facing the fact that I had to leave. With having a wonderful and fun night with SIX MINUTE CENTURY, and the remainder of the weekend with Jessica Trapp, it was so difficult for me to want to leave. In fact, I never had that feeling that I wanted to leave at all in the first place. I wanted to stay there.

There was nothing more important in the world than staying there. But I knew that I could not this time. But I know that there will be other times to go because I know that SIX MINUTE CENTURY will be playing again soon. Probably in November.

I had to remind Jessica that I was coming back then. Well, to be honest, she kept asking if that was my plan. But of course. I just simply had so much trouble because I couldn’t see any reason why I should not be in Houston. Maybe that’s something that I can work on or figure out.

The look on Jessica’s face when she departed from me that last time during my visit damn near killed me. I know now that she is only worried about me, and that she cares. But as I said, maybe something will come along and I will be able to get to  Houston a lot sooner and faster and I would be able to visit again. On both sides of the “Music & Books”.

But I hope that she reads this and finds out just how wonderful she is. And how grateful I am for everything that she and her family had done for me. Including her mother to sew up LK#1 for me!! Talk about “Saved In Time”.

Still though, I am honored and thankful. And I am so glad she’s around.

Jessica’s website is on the left. So go ahead and “Get Trapped In A Book!”. I’ve read them. Even as a guy, I enjoyed them. Hopefully you will too!!


“Leaving on a jet plane”~ John Denver.

Okay, I didn’t leave on a jet plane, I took the bus. It makes better sense to have taken the bus. Plus I didn’t even travel over 200 miles. I’m not going to pay over $300 just to go up into the hour for about 50 minutes only to come back down again.

But I have been away so that I could attend a show by SIX MINUTE CENTURY. Also to have a visit with romance author, Jessica Trapp. Whom I adore both professionally and personally.

And that is why I have been absent from posting anything as of lately. But I wanted to write this post for My subscribers and readers and let you all know that I am okay.

NO, I did not fall off the planet. I did not end up in the hospital, and I did not die. I have received scores of e-mails asking these questions. Good grief, people!! Control your cognitive distortions!!!!!

But I had a wonderful time while I was away. But tonight I am totally spent. But future blog posts will be written as I am able to get well rested again.

Oh!! I noticed that I had 59 views yesterday alone. Thank you to whomever decided to pillage through my posts. That is the most views in a day that I have had since the 2nd day this blog has been in existence!! Which that total number was 43. Those people who viewed my posts yesterday deserve a cookie. And as always, special thanks to the disciples of Dambreaker… Thank you for always having my back!!