An article on my AOL welcome screen caught my eye the other day so I checked it out. It was about cruises and I just loves me a good cruise. That is my ideal vacation (without kids of course). Lying around, drinking rum, reading, soaking up sun, taking excursions to explore new ports, going snorkeling, checking out local cuisine. Heaven. Anyway, the article caught my attention and I checked it out. It stated that the latest, hottest thing was specialty cruises and it went on to list a few of them. For example, there were:
Weight Loss Cruises: I don't know about you, but when I go on a cruise, I'm there to make sure I get every penny's worth of delicious food prepared by someone other than me! Somehow, getting a 5:00 wake-up call from a Richard Simmons wannabe and exercising just doesn't sound like a vacation to me. And what does the midnight buffet look like? Carrots and celery along with bottles of water? Mmmm.
Nude Cruises: Yep, that's right. You can cruise to Greece naked. On the bright side, you wouldn't have to worry about what to wear to the captain's dinner. And think how light your suitcase would be when the only thing in it is sunscreen! Let's just hope that your fellow passengers have taken the weight loss cruise before taking this one.
Magazine Sponsored Cruises: You can take a cruise with a bunch of people who have the same interests as you. The visuals I have of these different cruises are hilarious. Imagine the passengers on the Mad Magazine Cruise running around the ship. I can just see the passengers on the Scientific American Cruise lined up on the lounge chairs, their pasty white skin glowing in the dark. Or the folks on the Field and Stream Cruise walking through the corridors with their rifles, searching for something to hunt. I can just picture the Forbes crowd, the Parenting passengers, and the Modern Bride guests, all in wedding dresses, cruising around the Caribbean.
Music Cruises: You can take a specialty cruise featuring performances by your favorite artists. This wouldn't be a bad deal unless you didn't realize it was a specialty cruise. Can you imagine poor old grandma and grandpa on a Heavy Metal Head Bangers Cruise? And how long do you think it would take you to get those songs out of your head after listening to them every minute for a week?
Investment Cruises: You can go to seminars on saving and investing money while on board a luxury cruise ship. Experts give you tips for creating wealth. The first seminar goes something like this, "The first way to start saving money to invest is to stop spending it on luxuries like cruises."
I think I'll stick to the ordinary, lie on your butt, drink and eat too much, get sunburned, read a good book, do a little shopping cruise.
Here are a couple links I've gotten from people in the past week or so. I wanted to pass them on here...
Here's a link for my friend, Mimi's Relay for Life site...
Here's a link to a little girl named Lindsey, who is battling cancer. Her brother is shaving his head to raise money.
And Mimi has talked about her friend Peggy, who has cute twin boys. One of the twins, Coleman, is battling cancer. I've resisted checking out his carepage because it just breaks my heart reading stuff like this after "watching" Julian go through treatment and then die. I just didn't want to get involved in any other people's carepages. Well, I checked it out one day last week anyway and now I'm drawn in and can't stop reading and thinking about this little boy. Here's a link to care pages. Type in ColemanScott with no spaces to get his page.
I want to thank any students from Fremd who read my blog. I spoke at Fremd High School last month, and yesterday I got HUGE packet in the mail with more than 130 letters from students thanking me for participating in Writer's Week at Fremd. I had just turned in my completed manuscript and was thinking that I wanted to burn my book and start all over. I'm sick of seeing it; I think the whole thing sucks; I can't wait to get on to writing my next book. And then I got that mail. What awesome timing!
And lastly, I'm speaking at a church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago tomorrow night at 7:00 pm. If you're in the area and are interested, come on by.
Our Saviour's United Methodist Church
701 E. Schaumburg Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60194