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Cruise Crazy ³

A third year, a third JoCo Cruise Crazy, a third year of insane fun, late nights, good friends, excellent music, mediocre dinners and did I mention the good friends? Yeah, that.

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Jonathan Coulton, the man of the week

The week started off on a middle note for me. I was a bit angsty about things early on and I was a bit snappish with people. This was pointed out to me by my ever-patient wife. I did my best to keep my cool, but there were times where I forgot myself and I let my temper get the better of me. If you were on the receiving end of that, I humbly beg your forgiveness.

It got better, though, and I was finally able to relax and let go by tuesday or wednesday and truly enjoy the cruise. It seemed to go pretty fast, but when I look back, there was so much that was going on that things that I remember seemed to take place weeks ago, when it was really days ago.

So here are some highlights:

On saturday, we learned that an important suitcase had been forgotten at the airport. Sara Chicazul needed to pick up her rental cello from the music store. I had a car. You can see where this is going, right? :) We drove. A lot. To the airport, to the craft store, to the music store, back to the hotel. We were gone about 4 hours. We talked a long time (what else is there to do?) and covered a lot of topics, all of which I won’t go into here. I got to know my friend much better. She is a quirky, some would say, strange woman, but also terribly intelligent, perceptive, kind and caring. I think that road trip is one of the highlights of the week for me.

Also on saturday, we learned that two of our good friends weren’t going to make it on the cruise due to the weather in Boston. We were very sad because we were looking forward to seeing them very much. Early the next morning, we heard they had a lead on a flight that had been rescheduled and were going to  try to make it. Later in the day, about an hour before everyone had to be on board, I texted him. Moments later, they walk into the conference room for registration. Woohoo! Rejoicing! My snorkeling buddy made it! it was awesome!

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Sunken canon and fish

Speaking of snorkeling, I am definitely doing that again. The snorkel part, which shall remain unnamed, was fun, to a point. It seemed to me that the company who owns the snorkel park was doing the bare minimum to get tourists to give them money. The park was situated on a rather rocky shore, but we still did see some fish and a sunken helicopter, an old cannon, a barracuda, some nasty looking spiny sea urchins and some fish. The best part of the day was getting to spend it with my friend, which was really worth it.

Concerts, parties, drinking, hot tubbing at midnight in gale force winds. Those are things that happend. I will not recount them.

The best I can say is that though I had a good time, it was a mixed week for me. Overall, the week went by very fast. I didn’t get much sleep and was busy doing something all the time, be it running errands for the staff, partying it up, dining, going to shows, trying to tie a &$#@! bowtie. But the week started off on a down note and picked up over the course of the week.

A few hiccups on my part early on with the volunteering thing kinda got me down, but I had to force myself to let it go and start enjoying myself. Eventually things fell into place and I forced myself to have fun, but maybe not to go so far as singing karaoke. Maybe next year.

And yes, we are going again next year. How could we miss this? :) The best part for me is seeing friends I don’t often get to see, and making new friends. Next year, more friends, right? Right.

See more photos here! //www.flickr.com/photos/cajunjoel/sets/72157632801755376

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Cruise Craziness

About a year and a half ago, maybe more, my wife sends me an email with a link to a song. A funny song. It was titled Code Monkey and it was by some guy named Jonathan Coulton, or something. It was a funny song and right up my alley since it’s about a guy who writes websites for a living and generally hates his job because he’s got a jerk for a manager and he’s got a crush on the pretty girl at the front desk.

I saw that there were other songs on his site, but life being what it is, I didn’t pursue the rest of the music. I do remember looking a the site and seeing that there were a lot of other songs there. But I just didn’t or couldn’t take the time to look at it.

Fast forward to August of 2010 and she says that this guy, Jonathan what’s-his-face is having a cruise. Who is this guy again? Oh, right, the one who wrote that Code Monkey song. Could be fun. We’ve wanted to go on a cruise together, but never had a reason or a desire to since we weren’t that interested in the activities on the cruise or the places they would go to. Also, I’ve never been a fan of the idea of being one of the hordes of people who invade some small mediterranean city when a dozen cruise shops dock there for a half-dozen hours.

So we waffle back and forth and talk about money and decide that if there’s any reason to go on a cruise, this is one of them.

Best. Decision. EVER.

Ok, so I start listning to this guy’s music. Non-stop. And I freakin’ love it, it’s so good! For a solid two months that’s all I listen to, at work, on the subway, on the bus, walking to the bus, walking to the metro, at my desk, wherever I can. It’s that good. So there’s going to be good music on the cruise. Can’t complain about that.

JoCo Cruise Crazy LogoWe talk to a friend of mine in Florida, the one who was in our wedding back in the day and we make a joke: You should go, too! And she does. And that’s something else that will make the cruise fun, even if this Code Monkey guy is totally lame. But we have a feeling that it won’t be.

And then the cruise day arrives and we get there early, having arrived the day before and boarding is a breeze and our room is ready and our bags arrive soon after and all is well and we have a balcony and the ship is awesome. Did I mention the balcony? We have an EXTRA-LONG balcony due to the strategic choice of room that I made based on a blog post I read. Bonus!

I’ll save the details of the cruise for other blog posts. There was much fun-having and far too little sleeping.

Fast forward to the end of the cruise and I can honestly say I am sad that it’s ending. I had a fantastic time, the best time I’ve had on vacation in at least five years, and that’s saying a lot. I’d do this again in a heartbeat and it’ll be just as great then.

There’ll be more awesome fun and great concerts and amazing performers but the icing on the cake is all of the amazingly cool people that I met on the cruse, a number of whom I am friends with today through Facebook and Twitter and others that are local who turned into extra-cool people (you know who you are) and I can’t wait to see them again, either in town on or a board.

So was it worth it? Abso-frickin-lutely.