Apple's America: The Discriminating Traveler's Guide to 40 Great Cities in the United States and Canada
By R.W. Apple Jr.
I finished reading my Living Abroad in Costa Rica book last night, and decided to change subjects. All the books I selected to bring with me on this underway, are on travel in some form. Looking over the various books today, I chose a different subject than Costa Rica (because I have several on the country). So, for the next few days I will immerse myself in the U.S. and Canada to read critically on cities far and wide -- both those I've been to and those I haven't yet visited.
The biggest pain/annoyance of shipboard life is sporadic internet availability (as I have so imparted before). The internet has been a greater constant today, and I'm enjoying it. In the morning today, I paid bills and looked at the status of my investments. This afternoon, I have read up on the news, caught up on other blogs, and caught up on my own.
Due to the internet issue, I'm going to put out the list of top things I like of being out underway, and that which I don't.
WHY JOSEPH LIKES GOING UNDERWAY:
1. Group camaraderie among those I live and work with 24 hours a day
2. Saving money due to far less daily expenditures
3. Visiting interesting places (though on these short underway periods...it's just San Diego, San Diego, San Diego--yet San Diego is a nice place)
4. Time after work solely to reading and/or watching movies.
5. Karaoke on the mess decks twice a week (I watch, but don't sing)
6. Getting hook-ups from time to time from the cooks/supply folks, giving me or those in my department cookies and other good foods.
7. Getting hook-ups from the Public Affairs folk that air the movies on the ship channels.
THINGS I DON'T LIKE ABOUT GOING UNDERWAY:
1. The food! It's often not anything I want to eat
2. Working 13.5 hours a day, 6 days a week...plus a little bit on Sunday.
3. Confrontations that occur with being around the same people 24/7. It is most often cordial relations, but sometimes flare-ups occur.
4. Still working, when there's not a lot to do.
5. No days completely off until we pull into port.