Monthly Archives: May 2011


Never let your daughter be an exchange student.  My daughter, Sheri, went to Australia the second half of her senior year in high school with the famous last words “It’s only for 6 months.” Ten years later, she’s still there. … Continue reading

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How to Speak Australian

How to speak Australian:  Fosters is not, so the Aussies say, Australian for beer.  On my first visit, the cash-strapped youngsters claimed everyone drank VB (Victoria Bitters.)  Now older and of better means, they prefer microbrews.  So apparently they all … Continue reading

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Westerdam Private Tour

Many parts of the ship, while essential to the day-to-day function, remain unseen by most cruise ship passengers.  Being media does sometimes have advantages.  The wonderful staff on the ship arranged for us a private tour of the out of … Continue reading

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How to Fold Cruise Ship Towel Animals

Towel Animals delight most passengers on many of the major cruise lines.  I haven’t cruised on all of them (yet) so I can’t say for sure if everyone has them, but so far all the big ships I’ve sailed on … Continue reading

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