Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
The scariest part was when I had to cross a river by balance beaming it 15 feet about 7 feet up in the air. It was an adventure.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I'll be back in three weeks or so.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I wanted to put some things up so that the world will know where I am if act of g-d happens.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
One thing to take into account is that the ship is pretty much a floating hotel. You have restaurants, place to buy photos of yourself while at those restaurants, gift shops, bars, the casino is always accepting donations, or the spa for a nice haircut/massage. The one tie that binds all these services is that they cost money.
This brings me to the main point of this posting, people are more willing to come to an event if it is free or the passenger receives free things at the event.
If the company was to charge admission to shows, the attendance would be horrible.
The service the theater provides on the boat is a necessary one in order to occupy the night time between dinner time and when you start to drink.
I do not mind this necessary evil upon the ship because it allows me do what I love, travel, and save in the process.
All this I bring up because tonight is my hardest night on the 14 day. It in involves running a show, strike half of it quickly, setup a 6 piece orchestra, run a crew talent show, strike that, finish the first strike completely, and setup a completely different set.
That may sound complex but in all seriousness, it is not that horrible. It is just the pinnacle of physical work/mental strain that makes everything go slowly. I love my job but this is the day that only comes around twice a month.
On a side bar, I started doing a more intense abs workout. Let's see if this pays off in 58 days.
-- Post From My iPod Touch
Friday, August 7, 2009
Again, I know it is a little bit odd and pretentious writing text on my iPod, but I think this will give me an outlet to further share my Alaskan experience with my loved ones that cannot be here with me.
Here is me in Skagway, Alaska eating ice cream with some friends from the ship.
-- Post From My iPod Touch
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
I say this because the sun rises at 2:00 AM here. Unlike the Caribbean, when we want to take some time to ourselves, smoke a nice Nicaraguan cigar, and enjoy the darkness on the front of the ship, we cannot because the sun is still up.
It is even worse in Whittier because the sun does not go down at night; it just stays behind the mountains. I do love me some Whittier for a variety of reasons but the sun issue bugs me to no end.
On a side note, my brother Calvin, an 8 week old Golden Retriever has now been brought home to my parent's home in Minneapolis.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
His Video is Imagine, Inspire, and Instruct and his name is Bobby.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Getting of the boat was an experience for a variety of reasons. First, the port had no dock for a boat of our size. We had to use the lifeboats to get ashore. That proved to be a rocky ride.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I have not posted in awhile, so consider this my catch up. Things are well on the ship and I have come into my groove after our second Alaska run. Just as I say this, one of my good friends is leaving the ship at the next Whitter turnaround in three days. I will be sad to see him go but his next contract will be awesome.
At the right is a good example of one of the dancers doing something (not pictured is the 4 other people dancing on chairs) and making chanting noises to whatever song was playing at the time, possibly Don't Stop Believing by Journey. The Alaska Inn in Whittier is the quaint establishment that makes the towny bar in La Crosse, WI look like upscale five star martini bars.
Pictured below is our sound engineer from Mexico. This was our response to finding out the ship bar was closed one night before we could get down to buy libations for the night. Oh the joys of late night change overs. We have a habit of doing arm length photos which I will at some point show off.
Below is a picture as we were leaving victoria, Canada. It is one of the most beautiful places that i've visited since getting on the ship. I can easily see myself wanting to live there at some point.
Oh Victoria, I will hopefully see you again when we go back for another crossing.
We now are working seven days a week on the ship, doing 12 shows. I do not mind it because this is what I expected from this contract. It seems as though the dancers are getting burned out physically and emotionally. If I were in there position, I think that I would be feeling the same.
Despite the change from the Caribbean/Panama runs to Alaska/Vancouver, my days have become less taxing because we are now fully staffed. It is a good feeling to know that I know what I will be doing for the next 14 weeks and 2 days. Freelancing and summer stock theater are some things that I cannot express the joy that it brought to me while working those gigs but there is a bit of security in not living out of a suitcase and having a steady paycheck.
This does not mean that I won't go back on my time off but I have a lot of people/places to visit on my time off.
This is from the caribbean but it's still amazing.