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Photos and engines

Not everything is going smoothly

sunny 77 °F

Aha! We have conquered the photo problem: rise up and start the day blogging. Apparently since there just isn't enough bandwidth (?) for all of us aboard, uploading during the day sometimes fails. So, in your service, I uploaded these photos at 5:45 AM. I wish they were magnificent and inspiring but they are merely little glimpses of the water water everywhere, the pool, and the piano tea. Just wait until we dock. We'll amaze you with photos of Polynesian dancers!!

I also fear I was one of those using up the bandwidth, for when we were about to have breakfast yesterday, a YouTube notice flitted across this screen notifying us of the livestream of a funeral at St. John's, West Hartford. So we watched the candles get lit and the choir file in and sit (Ann Hutchinson sits very quietly) and heard a fine prelude played --- from the middle of the Pacific Ocean!!!!

Yesterday continued to be quite interesting: Pico Iyer spoke, and the ship stopped sailing. Pico is a compelling speaker, one who manages to articulate profound thought with humor and humility. He reminds us that it is possible to travel (or see a funeral) from a phone, to reach the heights of Everest electronically; he insists that this digital ease makes it even more necessary to BE someplace and claim our own experience there, to talk with those who live there.

About 4:30 in the midst of Trivia, the ship just stopped moving. The Captain announced that a problem of unknown origin had arisen so the engineers had stopped the engine, and there was no cause for concern at this time. The words "at this time" evoked a hearty response. But we are on a cruise so we continued to answer the pub questions. Then people began to comment that the air temperature was getting warm, and it occurred to us that since the engine was not functional, neither was the air conditioning. And we continued to answer the pub questions. After half an hour we began to travel very slowly and the Captain assured us that he would keep us informed. Our speed seems normal this morning, and we are about to leave for worship. We will pray for engineers and mechanics, I assure you.


Posted by HopeEakins 08:05

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LUXURIOUS!!! I'd love to be there with you. The dessert looks so good, and the pool looks so fun! Can't wait to see you. :) ;) Margaret

by Margaret

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