Thursday, October 23, 2008

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
(First stanza of Sea Fever by John Masefield)

Sunday afternoon, October 26, 2008 Anna and I will be off on our first ever cruise. For seven nights--returning the following Sunday--our hotel will be the ship, (pictured above) Freedom of the Seas 4,300 passengers and 1,300 crew can live on this floating city. About 250 of the total will be us Alcoholics Anonymous on the Seventh Annual Fall Gratitude Cruise. Among the other several-thousand humans will no doubt be other recovering alkies.

Ya know, I am naturally excited about this mini-vacation, the food, the peacefulness, the fun, and the food! But what I'm REALLY looking forward to is the opportunities to meet, greet, and get to know others, in and out of our program. My heart pumps faster as I await this future. I really mean that.

It is Thursday, and I'm still hoping to latch on to a laptop before Sunday. So addictive am I, that I would definitely give up my motor scooter--if that were a condition--to keep in touch with my truly wonderful new friends of our Alcoholics Anonymous blogging community. Those who know me will realize what a profound statement I just made. Those who know me will realize how true that is.

Aside from my AA meditations books, and a few 'assorted electronic toys', the only "stuff" I'll be taking is my violin. If I didn't practice for a whole week, I'd have to start as a beginner again--and that would suck!

Sort of like if I don't practice these principles of AA in all my affairs...before long I'd again start as a beginner in our program of Twelve Steps. That's the way it is, and I love it.

As I fondly think about all you bloggers and those who comment so wisely--or humorously--in our AA blog community, I KNOW I'll be humming that old song, of which beginning words are: "I can't stop lovin' you...No matter what I try to do...etc.

Since this does not happen until Sunday...the purpose of this message is to give y'all a heads-up, just in case one or two of you might miss my blongs.



Shadow said...

oh, that sounds absolutely heavenly! i would be unable to contain myself with the excitement. can't believe you've been able to keep it quiet for so long. enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, together with prayer girl!!!!!

Lou said...

I didn't think I would like being confined on a ship when I went on a cruise, but it turned out to be very fun. So much to do, and the side trips to shore were great.

J-Online said...

Oh I'm so excited for you and Anna. What a wonderful trip! There should be a business center on the boat. I've found it was cheaper for me to pay for a certain amount of minutes online than it would have cost to have a laptop connection. This was 3 years ago though. I think you will have some options.

Kristin H. said...

I will miss you two! Can't wait to hear all about the trip when you get back :)

Cat said...

How wonderful - maybe my husband and i can find one of those to attend for his 2 year anniversary - what a great thing for you and your wife - take lots of pictures so that I can live vicariously through you two - and have a ball! Oh and You will be missed! Cat

~Tyra~ said...

I wish I was tagging along with you guys, sounds fun and relaxing.

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds like so much fun!!!! What a great way to meet and get to know others in the program and to have a true vacation. I hope that you and Anna have a great time and you will be so very, very missed! I look forward to hearing/reading all about this wonderous journey!!!
xxoo G

Akannie said...

Enjoy your R&R...and if Anna doesn't throw you overboard for not spending every minute with her, then...we'll see you when you get back.

Love and big sloppy smoochies....Love, boomslang

Molls said...

Oh I will miss you and PG! I hope you get a laptop! And take lots of pictures to share when you get back.

Syd said...

You'll be on the high seas. Great. I'll be on a boat as much as I can but with only 2 people and a dog. Have a good trip. I'll miss your posts.

Mary Christine said...

That sounds like a lot more than a "mini" vacation. Hope you have a great time.

Laura said...

Have a blessed and wonderful time with PG and your new friends. We'll miss you but will love the new stories you'll surely have!