Well, I took a vacation from HW and PC. I really was able to get away from it (at least to a large degree). Incidentally, I also took a vacation from all this diet stuff. I DID enjoy the myriad desserts and ate what I wanted. Lots of chocolate. A couple of good steaks. We even downgraded for 2 lunches by the pool, eating bratwurst and pizza. It was nice to enjoy a vacation and live life in a normal way, the way it used to be!
Unfortunately, that ends today. Back to trying to eat right/smart. Next PSA will be the 30th or so and I'll wait until 1/3 or 1/4 to get those results.
Now, what's all the fighting about, folks? How can you have a pi$$ing contest without me? That's just not fair. Boy, I leave HW for a week and all h$ll breaks out! Geezzzzzzz....
I will make one political-type comment. The crew was fantastic. They were mostly from Indonesia and the Philipines. They WORKED EXTREMELY hard. Cheryl (my wife) commented about how hard they worked, WITHOUT ANY SUPERVISOR TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO! We were amazed. Each employee knew his/her job but also if something else came up, they did it. What really hit me hard was how strange this looked. In short, does America still possess the work ethic it did 40 years ago? As an educator, I've already observed that the answer is "no." But this trip reinforced it. Why should the observation of people working so hard be so unusual? We are getting outworked and outsmarted (the two are related) as a nation.
Now, back to the trip. Here is part of a letter I sent to friends and family:
All-in-all, it has been a great NEW experience for us. Unfortunately, the weather has ranged from horrible to good. We met plenty of folks and many veteran cruisers. Almost all of the veteran cruisers (one who is on his 30th cruise) said the weather at the start was the worst they had seen. Our first dinner was like a scene from the Titanic. Dishes flying all over the place, people gasping (maybe screaming). I had dishes coming towards me. I thought I’d have no problems catching them, but then I was also moving backwards in my chair. Fortunately, the dishes crashed on the floor and the broken glass hit me but didn’t cut me. Just before, at Mom’s urging, the guy across from her had them put the cork back into his open wine bottle!! As it was, the first two ports of call (Key West and Montego Bay) were not to be as the weather made it too dangerous. However, by Thursday, the weather FINALLY did a Jekyl/Hyde and we got good weather so we could enjoy getting off the ship for a bit (Cayman Islands and then Cozumel, Mexico). Anyway, all this gives us great stories to bore you with when we see you!
The food has been AMAZING. It is like eating out at a fancy restaurant every evening. The breakfasts and lunches are top-notch also. Lloyd [a friend] had described cruising as being at a fun camp for adults. It was a perfect description. They have an exploration team that runs all kinds of activities. There’s fun stuff to do all the time. Also, the entertainment was OUTSTANDING. Instead of having large gala shows, they hired top talent and they put on good shows. Almost all of the entertainers have starred on broadway. Fabulous singers and dancers. I think the quality of entertainment was the biggest surprise.
It’s been a great vacation. Mom did use the patch and that really helped tremendously with seasickness. Given the weather, she would have been on the floor for much of the trip.
Anyway, that's my trip report.
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .
Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Stage: T1C. Current Age: 64
Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10.
Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- in progress. First post-op PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06