Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Oh, I almost forgot...

Our producers are coming on board for some unknown reason this week. Could it be that we are the hellions of PGT Entertainment? Do we really need to be looked after? Yeah, I guess some of us do.

Here's pics:

Another one bites the dust!

Sorry it has been a long time since I have been in touch with everyone. Last cruise was a rough one, to say the least. I was in a poopy kind of mood to begin with, and I only got off the ship once the entire time. The rest of the time I stayed in my room and moped. Don't know why, just needed a week or two to mope.

So, during that week of personal reflection and general unhappiness for some unknown reason, one of our dancers managed to get herself fired. Jessica. I don't know the entire story, but it has lots of holes in it.

To start with, her boyfriend on board got fired about a month before she did. On Island Night, there was a huge party on deck. There was also a Mojito party in the dressing room for those of us who choose to imbibe. I was not one of them. Something in my gut told me to stay away. There was also a "punk rock" party in the crew bar, and the thought of violent music mixed with alcohol made me shiver with horror. I walked into the bar for about five seconds, decided that the thoughts I had about killing and eating my dog that I don't even have was somehow a subliminal message from the awful music, so I left.

Well, Jessica went to the Mojito party, and then to Island Night on deck. It was a little bit rainy, and overwhelmingly crowded with the most amazingly intoxicated group of youths I have EVER seen. Makes Wakefield look like everyone drinks lemonade and sips iced tea... okay, anyhow.

Jessica was "talking" to a passenger, and apparently, according to the reports out there, it looked as though they were making out, because of the positioning of their heads in order to talk to each other. Now, given the fact that Jess was majorly intoxicated, it could honestly have been either. I like to think she was just trying to talk to the guy, as it was kinda loud out there. She was asked by security to stay away from the guy, and she didn't.

She was then caught on camera going through passenger areas to see this guy again, and was caught sitting between his legs on one of the outer decks.

She was breathalyzed and was three times over the limit. She met with the captain, and was fired. She got off this past Sydney.

So here's what pisses me off. First of all, we go back into reblock rehearsals and then when the new girl arrives, we are back into rehearsals yet again. I am tired of rehearsing. Secondly, the same night, mind you, the future cruises representative (male) was also intoxicated, had a passenger IN HIS OFFICE, showed up very disheveled, told a passenger who was looking at a brochure to "Forget it, you'll never be able to afford that cruise!" and he DID NOT get fired. What's up with that? Gotta love Princess Cruises, setting the double standard for passenger relations.

Oy. Glad to get that off my chest.

So, today I am in Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Took the bus into Dunedin, which is a pretty cool little town. I am at an internet cafe, debating how to spend the rest of my day. I don't want to spend a lot of money, so I am thinking of going to a movie with Brittany. What to see? I have no idea. I have seen Avatar, which was amazing, Holmes, which was also good. I want to see Lovely Bones, but I really have no idea what it is about. Also am really anxious to see Nine, which doesn't open here for another couple weeks.

Mom and Dad are coming on a cruise, I hope. We are making plans for the entire Asia cruise, which is 42 days long, out of Sydney up to Hong Kong-ish and back. That's a long time. I hope we don't kill each other. I am looking forward to it, though, as I really miss them.

I will repost with some new pictures, and I hope you like them! Enjoy!

Monday, January 4, 2010

More Art Deco Napier, NZ

Art Deco pics

Art Deco heaven part 2

Napier, New Zealand is AMAZING! The first time we were here, I overslept. The second time, I was sick. This time, I wore out the battery on my camera because there was so much to photograph! The city was pretty much destroyed in an earthquake in 1931, and then they rebuilt the entire place in the Art Deco style. I love it. Those of you that know me know how much the Art Deco style is part of my life... The weekend of February 19-21 is Art Deco wekeend here. Unfortunately I will miss it by 3 days. The entire town dresses up in the 1930's style, and those people who are dressed "normally" are the outsiders. Cool, eh?

Enjoy the pictures. There are lots, so it might take a couple of different posts.

Wellington today. Going to the movies. Saw Avatar the other day... LOVED it. 3-D all the way, baybee!

Holmes today. Heard it was good. Can't go wrong with Robert Downey, Jr.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year! And what an incredible way to ring it in! Skydiving over New Zealand! There were twelve of us, mostly from the cast, who decided way back when to try it. Then, it came down to the actual day. Seemed like no time had gone in between, and no time to have second thoughts. The night before, I was strangely calm. The day of, same. The other cast members said I was strangely quiet. Not sure what that means. Now that I have seen the video of the jump, I know that inside I must have been terrified, just trying not to show it.

Needless to say, I think my life has changed in a matter of minutes. What a phenomenal experience that was! The fact that I jumped, okay, was pushed, out of a plane at 12,000 feet, and then landed safely on the beach is still difficult to really find the words to do it justice. I hope the pictures help.

What was the best and worst part, you ask, Mom? The best was the part after the parachute had opened, knowing that I was not going to die. The worst? Being in the airplane at 6,000 feet, realizing that we are only halfway to our destination. Then watching the person get sucked out of the plane before me, knowing that I am next. Wow.

And now I can't wait to do it again! I know my brother Mark would totally LOVE it. Not sure about Curt or Gregory, but I am sure they could be talked into it. It really is a life-changing experience, only I can't put it into words how things have changed. Just the best way to bring in 2010. Goodness knows with all the crap that the last three or four years have brought on me, I think 2010 will be better for all of us. Enjoy the pictures.

Amy, I started singing "Fly Me To The Moon" while I was up there, in your honor... not sure why, I just thought about that mobile that hung over the crib of Gregory and played that song... maybe my life did flash by my eyes without my being aware of it. And no, i couldn't remember all the words to it then, either. Such is life at 12,000 feet!

Love and miss you all! If you didn't know, my contract has been extended, to include a 42 day Asia Cherry Blossom tour. Looking forward to that! Happy New Year!