Monday, November 14, 2022

Monday Musings - November 14, 2022


1. November is racing by and today is the second of four Mondays in the month. There are, get this, just six Mondays remaining in 2022!

2. Thanksgiving is next week! Get your travel plans in place.

Moon over the Caribbean
November 12, 2022

3. Having returned from the cruise, Chris and I are now preparing to head to Maryland for Thanksgiving. The moon over the Caribbean on our last night of the cruise was stunning. And there was a cruise ship in the distance. We have so many memories of the cruise.

Wine Tasting
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
November 12, 2022

4. While on the cruise, we experienced the most extensive wine tasting experience we have never enjoyed. There is something exciting about sitting down to the tasting table and being confronted with 12 glasses--some of which contained items other than wine such as pepper, rosemary, coffee, and cinnamon. On top of that there was a plate with many different food items in front of us as well. 

5. Getting off the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam was one of the smoothest processes we have experienced. We started down the gangway about 8:05 AM and were in our car driving home before 9:00 AM. Wow! And we were in a parking lot a few miles from the port! We arrived home by 10:00 AM. We were home before many of our fellow cruisers had even departed from the Ft Lauderdale airport.

6. Today in History. November 14, 1851. Moby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest to catch a giant white whale was a flop.

Its author, Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. As a young man, he spent time in the merchant marines, the U.S. Navy and on a whaling ship in the South Seas. In 1846, he published his first novel, Typee, a romantic adventure based on his experiences in Polynesia. The book was a success and a sequel, Omoo, was published in 1847. Three more novels followed, with mixed critical and commercial results. 

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-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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