Sunday April 22, 2018
I’m tired; it’s been a long day. I woke up when it was still dark, and looked out my window. Blackness. I couldn’t check the ship’s TV map, cuz last night, while I was watching TV, it went ‘plink’ and turned off. It would NOT turn back on. I saw that it was just a few minutes after 5am, so I figured we were just crossing into the US. I had my phone set to wake me at 6:15am. I woke up again, just after 6am, and we were already in the channel off Point Loma! The Capt. was ahead of schedule! The sky was getting pinker. However, from the angle of the ship, I’d have had to dress, run down the hall, go up 2 flights and find my way to the bow, in order to get the shot I wanted of the sun rising over the skyline. That didn’t happen! I remembered that I’d packed my camera! ARGH! I did dress and head to the porch as we passed around the west end of North Island Naval Air Station. There were a few others also enjoying the view. It is a great view of the city…especially for the people onboard who have never been here.
I headed to the Lido, which was already teeming with people making sure they got their FINAL meal! I fought my way to the coffee machine and headed back to the porch. I grabbed a sweet roll on the way out. NOT what I wanted for breakfast, but something to temporarily fill the void. [I took 2 bites…blek! It was too sweeeet!] I’ll let the hungry hordes get their fill. I didn’t plan to leave the ship until after 9am. I’d try for oatmeal, later.
The Capt. brought us to the dock and I could see the sun light reflecting off the various buildings. Within 5 minutes, they were calling for the Non-US folks to get ready to present themselves to Customs/Immigration. They had taken over the Explorations area and blocked that all off. All of the new HAL employees must also go AND those going on for the Panama trip…14 couples, I think someone said. So, the Canadians and the Aussie guy, from the $$$$ jewelry store, headed off to get that done.
On our port side was the Disney Wonder. They pass through periodically on their 2, 3, 5 and 7 days trips to Mexico. [2-3 day Mexico…You sail to Ensenada and back…for $615-975+ PER PERSON! The 5 day, adding Cabo is $1385 PP!! WOW!!! That is DOUBLED if you’re a single traveler!]
I sat on the porch with the other dwellers and we had our ‘Goodbye, nice to meet you’, chats. One [Trisha R.] showed off her new ring of blue and white diamonds she’d bought in the ship’s $$$$ jewelry shop, the night before. She was also complaining of a hangover…shopping while drunk CAN be expensive. I have the idea that her husband, Bob, has the $$$$ to cover it!
Suddenly, over the PA…’Emergency, Emergency…medical staff to deck 4 room 821.’ That got everyone’s attention. [They usually announce it as ‘bright star, bright star’, so this was odd.] Then, you could hear the sirens…Engine 1 and medic 1…same as the day we left, arrived a minute later. I finished my goodbyes and went to my room.
I’d mentioned the TV thing to Make, when I saw him at the crack o’dawn. [THEY have a fast and furious turnaround to do, redoing all of the rooms.] The TV was on when I went in, so I tried to find something to watch. I never did go back to the Lido…I wasn’t really even hungry! The movie Sully was playing, so I sat and watched. My door was propped open as I watched people come and go. An engineer dropped by, asked permission to enter, and started checking for thing that might need fixing. The bathroom floor, that they re-caulked, only lasted a day before it all chipped out again. The floor ‘tiles’ aren’t level so they need to fix that. I showed him the loose part and he took notes. He opened and closed closet doors, cabinets and dresser drawers, check, check, check…thanked me and moved on.
Then I heard them announce the Purple 1 group [me] were free to leave the ship. A TAD early, so the other groups must have been ready to go and were already out the door! I reached for the TV remote and ‘plink’! TV went out again. I found Make, a few doors down stripping a room and told him. He followed me back, climbed on the counter and fiddled with wires and cords. Didn’t work! Oh, well…I’m outta here!
I grabbed by backpack and carryon bag and I was headed to the exit! That was just down the hall and to the left. As I was in line, a group presented themselves to security. They were in the rooms by 821 and were asked to leave the area, ASAP. Security had a list of those asked to leave early and scanned their cards. I could hear one of them talking. It, apparently, was an older man who had coded, but they were doing CPR. They’d asked everyone in that section to please leave. I have a feeeeeling that he did not make it, because…the ‘emergency’ call had gone out a gooood 30-45min prior and Medic 1 was still sitting [empty] off the gangway. IF there was a chance, he’d have been transported. Medics had a private gangway right at the back of their rig, and [from its positioning] right below the man’s room. How sad!
I texted the Aunties that I’d be ready shortly and started looking for my luggage. With that in hand, I moved on to Customs…which was 2 guys standing under a tent outside the luggage door! No swiping the passport just, ‘How was your trip?’, as he checked that the pic was me! That was it! I was done! Now I had to find my way, mixed in with alllll of the Disney traveler’s, to get to the pickup area. It was a mad house! I made it, barely, and now just had to wait. Some man from the Disney trip started talking to me. They’d come through the Canal to get here. [I see on the Wonder’s schedule, that they have a few Mexico runs and then head to Vancouver and in to Alaska on May 16th.]
Lauren and Marie made it through the traffic mess and found me [look for the blue porta potties!]. We loaded my stuff and got the hell outta there!
It was nice to get home. A neighbor helped and got my big suitcase up the stairs. Thank you! And then there was Sassy. She was yelling the entire time…from the minute we got out of Lauren’s car we could hear here. She does this all the time. ‘HEEEEERE, I’m up HEEEEERE…ALLL ALONE!’
I spent some time with her, fed her some breakfast…and then snuck out for breakfast.
I got downstairs and realized my garage door would not open. I had to use the emergency key to pop it open. It’s DEAD! Which really sucks, cuz I have no way to secure the door, until I find out what’s wrong! When I roll it down, it appears locked, so…hopefully…that will work, for now. ^%$#@!
So, off to Denny’s!! It’s so handy to have them on the corner. I had my usual Sunday breakfast and moved on to the veggie market. After that, to Von’s…where I realized I didn’t have my phone, where I keep my shopping list. I bought a few things and I’ll go back tomorrow.
After shopping and putting that away, I was really TIRED! I decided to take a nap. Sassy joined me. I didn’t sleep, but felt rested a few hours later. I got up, fed Sassy and made a PBJ for myself. I wasn’t really hungry, just weary.
I was in bed by 9pm. My own bed felt good. Sassy was happy to have someone to share HER bed. Lots of purrrrring.
So, those are the tales of my South Seas trip. Next trip is still in the planning for Christmas Market in Germany, right after Thanksgiving…unless I find something before then! Maybe a trip to Vegas?! Hmmmmm….