More photos can be seen [here]
Miguel Washington - Growing Up Po
Quality of the video isn’t ideal but the joke really gave me a good laugh when I heard him tell it.
Saw someone I haven’t seen in a while on campus today.
Said hi and went for an old-fashioned handshake
but got some weird guy handslap/handshake action instead.
Too awkward. I left.
Jónsi - Sinking Friendships
No one knows you, till it’s over
You know no one true, till it’s over
Guess it’s finally time for me to admit that summer is over. I just came back from cruise trip to Alaska, (yes, cruise trip) and oddly enough, I found it actually quite enjoyable. I wasn’t sure of what to expect from the trip. On one hand, I’ve never been to Alaska before but on the other hand, I felt that going on cruises was a thing that old people do. And after going on one, I can tell you that is in fact 80% true. But what do I know. Despite all that, there were still a lot of interesting sights to see, from all the different shore excursions to searching for glimpses of marine life around the ship.
The ship stopped at four different ports, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Whittier. All of them were pretty interesting, but I did take up a liking to Ketchikan and Juneau in particular. Apart from being “the salmon capital of the world”, I found Ketchikan pretty nice to walk around. Juneau was a bigger city with even more sights to see. We had a tour guide their who reminded me very much of Zach Galifianakis because he was a bigger guy with an epic beard. He looked more cool and less stoned than Zach though.
There were a lot of fun activities onboard, from music-themed and karaoke nights, live concerts (there was a quartet that was really amazing), trivia quizzes, movies, and gameshows. Every night, there’d be a production show or an act by a performer in the ship’s theatre. Apart from the production shows, two performers who did a show that I especially liked were Canadian magician Jean Boucher and comedian Miguel Washington (I’ll share a joke he performed via video link on my blog after this). Not that they aren’t great anymore, but I find it depressing that for most, cruise ships would be the place where washed-up performers go.
And being a 20-year-old on the ship was a bummer at times. It’s like a lot of the activities onboard are aimed at all the age groups around you. You can’t participate in the teens stuff and some of the adult activities aren’t necessarily too exciting for young adults. It was also annoying that since the ship was technically on American soil or whatnot, I could neither drink nor gamble in the ship’s casino due to the age restriction. What the fuck! Canada is down as long as you are 19.
Since I couldn’t gamble in their casino until I’m 21, I went ahead and put $1’s in the change machine and cashed out BIG on quarters. That showed them. I spent the rest of the night tipping everyone I met with a quarter, something that I’m sure they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
All jokes aside, I did have a good time on the cruise. It was nice to really sit back and relax without having to deal with the ever presence of the internet. It was no surprise that the food served was great. From buffets to formal dinners to burgers and pizza, the food on deck was great. One thing I’ll miss is having someone make my bed for me though. I’ll leave my room a short period of time and my bed would always be made when I returned. Much gratitude for such amazing service.
It has just occurred to me that writing this was a pretty stupid idea. I’m sure no one in the right mind would like to read a post about a cruise, unless if they are maybe past the age of retirement. I’m not even going to bother checking what I’ve typed above. I trust that it’ll make sense. If you’ve somehow managed to read this post in its entirety, kudos! You have made my day by letting me ruin yours with my terrible writing.
I’ll post some photos from my trip soon though.
Benjamin Gibbard - Teardrop Windows
Ben’s first solo album,Former Lives, drops in October!
Going on vacation! Enjoy life, everyone.