Real Estate and Forex and Life, Oh My!

Apparently I don't know what it means to be a consistent blogger. Anyways there are a few things to be updated in my life. 1. Real Estate Investing Since last November I have been interested in investing in real estate. I Read more

Time Keeps Marching

The summer has been a whirlwind of fun. My parents were here for about 6 weeks, though they did travel a lot during that time. I was able to spend about 8 days with them down at my sister's Read more

Made It Through The Winter!

Well it seems that the winter is finally over. In fact there wasn't much of a spring around here. As my friend Casey put it, in Wisconsin there is winter, and then there's a death match between winter and Read more

New Job Finally

I've been back in the States since October and have had a couple of jobs here and there, but they weren't very good and didn't last long. Well it's been just a bit over four months and I finally Read more

I've Been Everywhere Man

Well I have now come to the end of my career on cruise ships. I thought it'd be nice to provide a little list of all the places I've been in the last 3 years. Most of the names Read more

I'm Off to See the Wizard

The wonderful wizard of Alaska!! Yeah I can't wait to be back in Alaska. Sounds strange to say that because it's gonna be 5 long months of hard work but it's gonna be a nice change - at least Read more

Skydiving in Honolulu

Well, this is definitely something worth writing about. I jumped out of an airplane. The airplane was 14,750 feet in the air. The free fall was 60 seconds. It was amazing. I had never thought about sky diving before Read more

Next Contract - Panama Canal and Alaska

With also a few other places thrown in such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Christmas Island!! If you're interested please see below my itinerary for this next contract on the ms Statendam. I'll be joining it during dry dock Read more

Skydiving in Honolulu

Well, this is definitely something worth writing about. I jumped out of an airplane. The airplane was 14,750 feet in the air. The free fall was 60 seconds. It was amazing. I had never thought about sky diving before and was never something I really wanted to do. A couple of people I work with on the ship really wanted to do it though and invited me. I am so glad I went with them. It was a truly amazing experience.

When we arrived at the air strip the people working there immediately wanted us to decide which package we were going to purchase. So we had to choose between 14,000 or 8,000 drop. We also had to choose if we wanted photos or video. Just the drop from 14,000 was $149. Photos and video would have brought it up to $309. I opted for just the drop but my friends got an added photo option of $68 and I happened to be in a couple of their photos. So you can see those here.

Anyways they really pressured us to decide fast and then soon as we had decided they were strapping us up and we boarded the plane and took off in a matter of minutes. It was so fast. Then it took about 10-15 minutes to get up to height and bang I was jumping out of a plane! I was quite nervous on the ride up as everything happened so fast I didn’t know what to expect. Soon as I jumped though it was very peaceful and not very scary. The earth didn’t come hurtling toward me because I was so far up. I could see a lot, it was beautiful. Especially to do it in Hawaii. The parachute opened before I expected it to, but I guess time goes pretty quick when you’re hurtling towards the earth. After the parachute opened I saw a whale breach. Amazing to see that from way up in the sky. The guy who was strapped to me coached me on what to do for landing. We landed smack on our butts but didn’t hurt.

So for these photos, I didn’t get the photo package but I appear in some of Lucille’s photos, so there is proof I jumped!

Definitely gonna do that again someday!!

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Next Contract – Panama Canal and Alaska

With also a few other places thrown in such as Tahiti, Bora Bora, Hawaii and Christmas Island!! If you’re interested please see below my itinerary for this next contract on the ms Statendam. I’ll be joining it during dry dock in the Bahamas. It’ll give me a few days to get used to the new ship and get everything sorted before any guests get on the ship for the first cruise.

1/14/13 Mon Freeport, Bahamas
1/15/13 Tue Freeport, Bahamas
1/16/13 Wed Freeport, Bahamas
1/17/13 Thu Freeport, Bahamas
1/18/13 Fri FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
1/19/13 Sat At Sea
1/20/13 Sun At Sea
1/21/13 Mon Oranjestad, Aruba
1/22/13 Tue At Sea
1/23/13 Wed Transit the Panama Canal
1/24/13 Thu Scenic cruising Golfo Dulce
1/25/13 Fri Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas)
1/26/13 Sat At Sea
1/27/13 Sun Huatulco, Mexico
1/28/13 Mon Acapulco, Guerrero
1/29/13 Tue At Sea
1/30/13 Wed Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
1/31/13 Thu At Sea
2/1/13 Fri SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
2/2/13 Sat At Sea
2/3/13 Sun At Sea
2/4/13 Mon At Sea
2/5/13 Tue At Sea
2/6/13 Wed Lahaina, Maui
2/7/13 Thu Honolulu, Oahu
2/8/13 Fri Honolulu, Oahu
2/9/13 Sat Hilo, Hawaii
2/10/13 Sun At Sea
2/12/13 Tue Cross International Dateline
2/13/13 Wed Kiritimati (Christmas Island)
2/14/13 Thu At Sea
2/15/13 Fri Bora Bora, French Polynesia
2/16/13 Sat Bora Bora, French Polynesia
2/17/13 Sun Raiatea, Society Islands
2/18/13 Mon Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
2/19/13 Tue Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
2/20/13 Wed Avatoru, Rangiroa
2/21/13 Thu At Sea
2/22/13 Fri Taiohae, Nuku Hiva
2/23/13 Sat At Sea
2/24/13 Sun Crossing the Equator
2/25/13 Mon At Sea
2/26/13 Tue At Sea
2/27/13 Wed At Sea
2/28/13 Thu At Sea
3/1/13 Fri SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
3/2/13 Sat At Sea
3/3/13 Sun At Sea
3/4/13 Mon Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
3/5/13 Tue At Sea
3/6/13 Wed Huatulco, Mexico
3/7/13 Thu Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
3/8/13 Fri Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
3/9/13 Sat At Sea
3/10/13 Sun Fuerte Amador, Panama
3/11/13 Mon Fuerte Amador, Panama
3/12/13 Tue Cartagena, Colombia
3/13/13 Wed At Sea
3/14/13 Thu At Sea
3/15/13 Fri FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
3/16/13 Sat At Sea
3/17/13 Sun At Sea
3/18/13 Mon Oranjestad, Aruba
3/19/13 Tue At Sea
3/20/13 Wed Transit the Panama Canal
3/21/13 Thu Scenic cruising Golfo Dulce
3/22/13 Fri Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas)
3/23/13 Sat At Sea
3/24/13 Sun Huatulco, Mexico
3/25/13 Mon Acapulco, Guerrero
3/26/13 Tue At Sea
3/27/13 Wed Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
3/28/13 Thu At Sea
3/29/13 Fri SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
3/30/13 Sat At Sea
3/31/13 Sun At Sea
4/1/13 Mon Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
4/2/13 Tue At Sea
4/3/13 Wed Huatulco, Mexico
4/4/13 Thu Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
4/5/13 Fri Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
4/6/13 Sat At Sea
4/7/13 Sun Fuerte Amador, Panama
4/8/13 Mon Fuerte Amador, Panama
4/9/13 Tue Cartagena, Colombia
4/10/13 Wed At Sea
4/11/13 Thu At Sea
4/12/13 Fri FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
4/13/13 Sat At Sea
4/14/13 Sun At Sea
4/15/13 Mon Kralendijk, Bonaire
4/16/13 Tue Willemstad, Curaçao
4/17/13 Wed Oranjestad, Aruba
4/18/13 Thu At Sea
4/19/13 Fri Transit the Panama Canal
4/20/13 Sat At Sea
4/21/13 Sun Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas)
4/22/13 Mon Corinto, Nicaragua
4/23/13 Tue Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
4/24/13 Wed Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
4/25/13 Thu Huatulco, Mexico
4/26/13 Fri At Sea
4/27/13 Sat Manzanillo, Mexico
4/28/13 Sun Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
4/29/13 Mon At Sea
4/30/13 Tue At Sea
5/1/13 Wed San Diego, California
5/2/13 Thu At Sea
5/3/13 Fri At Sea
5/4/13 Sat Victoria, British Columbia
5/5/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
5/6/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
5/7/13 Tue Juneau, Alaska
5/8/13 Wed Skagway, Alaska
5/9/13 Thu Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
5/10/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
5/11/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
5/12/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
5/13/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
5/14/13 Tue Juneau, Alaska
5/15/13 Wed Skagway, Alaska
5/16/13 Thu Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
5/17/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
5/18/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
5/19/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
5/20/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
5/21/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
5/22/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
5/23/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
5/24/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
5/25/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
5/26/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
5/27/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
5/28/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
5/29/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
5/30/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
5/31/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
6/1/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
6/2/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
6/3/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
6/4/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
6/5/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
6/6/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
6/7/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
6/8/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
6/9/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
6/10/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
6/11/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
6/12/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
6/13/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
6/14/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
6/15/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
6/16/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
6/17/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
6/18/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
6/19/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
6/20/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
6/21/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
6/22/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
6/23/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
6/24/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
6/25/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
6/26/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
6/27/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
6/28/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
6/29/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
6/30/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
7/1/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
7/2/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
7/3/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
7/4/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
7/5/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
7/6/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
7/7/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
7/8/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
7/9/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
7/10/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
7/11/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
7/12/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
7/13/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
7/14/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
7/15/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
7/16/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
7/17/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
7/18/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
7/19/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
7/20/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
7/21/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
7/22/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
7/23/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
7/24/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
7/25/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
7/26/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
7/27/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
7/28/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
7/29/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
7/30/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
7/31/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
8/1/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
8/2/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
8/3/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
8/4/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
8/5/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
8/6/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
8/7/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
8/8/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
8/9/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
8/10/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
8/11/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
8/12/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
8/13/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
8/14/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
8/15/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
8/16/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
8/17/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
8/18/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
8/19/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
8/20/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
8/21/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
8/22/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
8/23/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
8/24/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
8/25/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
8/26/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
8/27/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
8/28/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
8/29/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
8/30/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
8/31/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
9/1/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
9/2/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
9/3/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
9/4/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
9/5/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
9/6/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
9/7/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
9/8/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
9/9/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
9/10/13 Tue Ketchikan, Alaska
9/11/13 Wed Juneau, Alaska
9/12/13 Thu Skagway, Alaska
9/13/13 Fri Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
9/14/13 Sat At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
9/15/13 Sun SEWARD (ANCHORAGE), ALASKA
9/16/13 Mon At Sea (Gulf of Alaska)
9/17/13 Tue Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
9/18/13 Wed Haines, Alaska
9/19/13 Thu Juneau, Alaska
9/20/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
9/21/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
9/22/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
9/23/13 Mon Cruising the Inside Passage
9/24/13 Tue Juneau, Alaska
9/25/13 Wed Skagway, Alaska
9/26/13 Thu Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
9/27/13 Fri Ketchikan, Alaska
9/28/13 Sat Cruising the Inside Passage
9/29/13 Sun VANCOUVER, CANADA
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Back in the USA

Well it’s been a very long time since I’ve been back in the US for any proper amount of time. After leaving Alaska on the Volendam last year, which I’m not sure if it even counts as being in the States, I have been to Australia and New Zealand and Europe for pretty much all my time. I did do two cruises out of Tampa but that was just so short of time. It’s nice to be able to relax during a vacation and enjoy myself.

I do have some more photos to post of Europe which I will try and get done in the next week. My next contract is going to be on the Statendam. I’ll be cruising through the Panama Canal back and forth between Ft. Lauderdale and Sand Diego. That will be from mid January to the beginning of May. I’ll have make a cruise out to French Polynesia and Hawaii. Then in May it’ll be back up to Alaska. I’ll be in Alaska until the end of the season in September. Then we’ll see what happens after that but I can only take one contract at a time.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on investing money, and I’m just about to start trading stocks and options. I had been investing money with a group Edward Jones, but over two years I actually lost about $200 bucks so I didn’t feel that was worth it. Trading stocks and options is significantly higher risk than simply investing money, but I’ve prepared a lot and will be following someone else’s advise who has been trading professionally for about 18 years. We’ll see how that goes.

I had the great pleasure of having Niamh and her sister Kate come visit me in the States for a few weeks. Niamh left our last contract together a little early because she needed to go home for a friend’s wedding. That was back at the end of September, and then when I finished my contract in November she came here to visit me. We had a great time. It was really nice to be able to show her around the Midwest as she was able to show me around London last year.

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