My friends, it’s been a rough 10 months for all of us; trying to avoid COVID-19, dealing with the shortcomings of our government, the unbelievable turn of events at our capitol January 6th and then on top of that there’s always someone to test you and what you stand for in the midst of this horrible pandemic. For all these things, all we can do is pray for guidance and protection. I’m thankful for so many things especially the ability to reach back and revisit the precious memories we’ve all shared together. Water relaxes me and soothes my inner self. Take a trip with me to when we sailed the Western Med in 2016, sailing out of the beautiful city of BARCELONA.
We had an 11am photo shoot and it was not an easy task getting 97 together in order to capture my vision. Some did not make it on time, too much party last night. Big up to Gail Jackson Brooks for her expertise in photography and the unknown middle school teacher sent from above that said, “What do you need”? I can get folks organized for you”.. I could not have been more proud with the group turning out with my suggested color coordination. There were several groups running around this big beautiful ship with their tee shirts on but NONE could compare to the way The Sophisticated Ladies and Gents were shining, truly sophisticated. Yes, they had it going on.
Briana Moore was instrumental in arranging the bid whist games in the Library. Ray Mosely, Jo Ann Barbosa, Debra Taylor Johnson, Patricia Nicholson got the Boston Tea Party off to a great start with yours truly just filling in where needed. You know I aint bidding unless I have a road map in my hand.
I enjoyed lunch at the SEAFOOD SHACK on the back of the ship with 3 lovelies: daughter DeeDee, Nikki Britto and my Road Dawg of 20 years, my fellow foodie, the incomparable Robbie Bell of Miami. DeeDee and Nikki raved so about the Lobster Roll; we just had to sample. The crab cake sliders and the clam chowder was on hit. And I later found out from Mama Yvonne that the oysters on the half shell were pretty darn good as well.
Some 8 hrs later we all dressed to impress for The Vista’s ELEGANT NIGHT. Everyone looked like they stepped out of VOGUE and GQ. The dinner menu did not disappoint with Maine Lobster Tail, huge tender cuts of Prime Rib, Fried Oysters, Caesar Salad, Cream of Mushroom soup, etc. When the waiters did their dance, they had some of the sexiest moves I’ve ever seen coming from waiters. They were like Chippendale dancers — real hot stuff.
Tomorrow, we dock in Palermo, port city of Sicily —-home of the Godfather. I will stay on board… Been there, done that, don’t have to do it again. However, the newbies are anxious. Stay tuned!