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.
We 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.