"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Point This Beast North - Caribbean Winter Retreat - Days 8 & 9

January 2nd and 3rd, 2009 Two days at sea seems like a long haul, but with a ship like the Celebrity Solstice there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. We played several games of bingo but never even got close to seeing any prize money. At least Rob was able to win our bingo entry fees back plus a whole lot more with two first-place and a second-place finish in one-table poker tournaments in the casino totaling $480. These tournaments were played on the new dealer-less and card-less style electronic tables. Each night the ship's main theatre had wonderful live shows including aerial acrobatics similar to Cirque du Soleil which they said had never been done on a cruise ship before. Reading, relaxing and eating were popular activities as well with too many visits to the pizza bar (man, they make good ones!) and Rob's constant challenge of our waiter, Ben, each night at dinner. Rob usually ordered a NY strip steak along with his entree and then one night ordered three entrees asking that one be brought out for the appetizer course, one for the salad course, etc. Ben was a professional and gladly obliged every silly whim. We found a great piano bar one evening and stayed late singing along despite being the most under-dressed in the room. Rob's other obsession, besides NY strip steaks, was trying to read each and every famous quote posted above the urinals in each of the public bathrooms throughout the ship. He says there is just something about reading a quote from Oscar Wilde while relieving one's self - very sophisticated. TV-watching is always relaxing, and with the great screens in the staterooms chock full of free and pay-per-view movies on demand and the discovery of the giant screen in the Celebrity Central Theatre broadcasting NFL playoff games, it was a guilty pleasure to plop down in front of the boob-tube for a while. Oh yeah, and there were plenty of opportunities to drink...one of our other favorite past-times.

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