The Professor and Mary Ann

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Eleuthera, Out Islands, Bahamas
They say the third time is a charm...well, I'm here to tell you that isn't always the case. We did a 7 day Caribbean cruise in February when we got a really good deal on it. We figured it was a good way to determine if we'd be able to handle this 21 day Caribbean cruise which we already had booked. In February our first port of call was Princess Cays which is a tender port, meaning we have to anchor out in the water and take the lifeboats in to shore. It was canceled due to high winds. The first port of call on this 21 day cruise was Princess Cays. It was canceled due to high winds. The last port of call on this cruise was also Princess Cays. Yup, you guessed it, canceled...but this time I could actually understand it. The winds were up, the swells were high and the waves were rocking the ship. So I've never actually seen this Princess Cays place. The population there is 2, unless there's a ship in. Only the facility manager and one other person. Call me skeptical, no surprise there, right...but I'm starting to think this place called Princess Cays is nothing more than a billboard with a beach painted on it that you float by, but never visit. Not really...I know it's really just a cash cow for the cruise line. They nickel and dime you for everything. Heck, even to rent a pool noodle costs you $5. Kind of glad we missed it!

Today's Fuss Budget is a mere 20% and that is chalked up to elderly people who try to pull the "I'm an elderly person" card on you . I went down one last time to pick up something at one of the administrative offices and there was someone in the office, and one man waiting outside. I got in the line to wait. The gentleman went in leaving me the only one waiting. This little old lady of about 80 stops and asks if I'm waiting in line. I answer yes. She says "Oh, I don't know if I can wait"...now, I may have been born at night...but not last night. I know what she's hinting at...that I'll let her go in front of me. "I just want to pick up a brochure, that's all". She doesn't know who she's dealing with...she doesn't know that my blue hair tolerance has been stretched to its limits in the past 20 days, and it will stretch no further. All those years of experience in thinking on my feet have not gone to waste. I reply to her "Yes, I know, I've got an early dinner to get to". She says "what time is your's?", to which I reply "5:30". It's really at 5:45 but she doesn't know that. Apparently she's played this game before cause she replies "mine's at 5:15". Well, nice try Granny...there IS NO 5:15 dinner seating. Ha! The gentleman leaves the office, and I enter, leaving her to sit and wait till I'm done. I was in there all of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Then I was gone. She was left to take as long as she wanted...there was no one else in line.
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