Coping: With a Cruising Vacation

image(Somewhere off Cozumel, MX)  As promised, this morning’s report is coming via a shipboard internet connection as we attempt to relax, although the truth is, that is one of the few things in life I’ve never really gotten the hang of.

There are a couple of things we have learned, so far:

1.  People don’t really “dress up” for cruising anymore.  Elaine, who’s been on far many cruises than me over the course of her lifetime, has seen the attire worn shipboard through a whole cycle.

Back in the early days of cruising, there was a certain minimum expectation about clothing:  Tie at dinner, and the most famous and glamorous were invited to sit at the Captain’s Table.

That doesn’t seem to be the case, nowadays.

The Captain is a very businesslike fellow and though there has been a photo-op with him, the number of people I saw wearing jackets was nearly zero.  I felt like the odd man out.  Thankfully, I didn’t wear a tie.

But even at the most upscale restaurant on the ship, I was severely over-dressed, as was Elaine.  Live and learn, I suppose.

2.  The main reason to be early at the port of embarkation is to get a seat.  The actual door-opening to board was about noon for a 4 P.M. departure.  Since this was a capacity cruise (2,300+ people) the seats in the waiting area at the port began to fill up quickly.

To kill time, we sat around reading or, as Elaine likes the upper reaches of the smartphone games, that was a way to get to level 1,500-something of a game and kill an hour and 20-minutes.

3.  Buying a “any restaurant you want” was a smart choice.  Not that the food in the ships always-open buffet is a bad deal, but the optional other restaurants on the ship are much nicer than 1,000 of your friends being lined up for the carving station at the buffet; that kind of thing.

On the other hand, the break-even point for booze and the unlimited drink package is around 6-7 drinks per day, per person, when you run out the numbers.

Other thank being hard on the body, we didn’t do that and I think it’s been a good (at least cheaper) choice.

Internet connectivity shipboard is fair, not particularly fast.

What they don’t tell you in advance is how to set your email client to download headers only.

Once you do that, net download speeds become acceptable.  On the other hand, downloading big email attachments can be a time and money consuming pursuit.

They aren’t kidding, though, when they advise before hand that the definition of “high-speed” internet connections on ships is a lot different that internet connections on land.

Other than Elaine misplacing her guest card (so we both had to get new ones; hers was found not 15-minutes after we got the new ones) the trip has been uneventful.,

Ship board gaming is almost a mirror image of how trading options works.

In the stock market’s options arena, I will usually study a position and enter it when I think the time is right.  From here, the price, no matter how patient I am, tends to crater to half what I paid for it.  If I hold on long enough, the value comes back and I make a little bit.  Sometimes.

Viewed as a graph, this pirce chart looks a little bit like a bit “U” with the right side price often ending just slightly above the left-side entry price.

Now, on shipboard gaming, my experience is about the mirror of that.

Sunday, being a sea day, I figured the Lord’s work was to make me rich.  So I went into the casino with a pair of $10-bills.

In short order, couldn’t have been more than 30-minutes later, I was up to just under $70. Better than a 3:1 return on my initial $20.

A person with half a brain would have cashed out at this morning.

That’s how I then turned the $70 into zero, trying to catch another lucky streak like that one. 

While trying to figure out my personality flaws (it’d been a full-time job for several PhDs) I realized a pattern.  In options, I still need to slow down my entry prices and on gambling, I need to set some reasonable number (like up 50%) and pocket the anomaly and leave the casino.

It’s easy enough to write about and clear as day with the first cup of coffee of the morning; it’s the living it all the time – that’s the tough part.

Woo-Woo:  The Precognitive Dream Part

You may remember a few weeks back, I wrote up my dream where we were in Cozumel and there was a shop with a balcony around the top?

Well, as the picture shows this morning, this is the view of the deck (surrounded by shops) that I was trying to describe when writing up the dream

You could have pushed me over with a feather when I saw it:  I didn’t think it was due until we were ashore in Cozumel.

Instead, there it was, a 100% fit with what I had been trying to describe, and yet it was on the ship, not AT Cozumel.

Which gets me to the vagaries of projected future/perceived future using the mind. 

In this case, and in the low-lying islands off Galveston, which were another exact dream-fit, the mind doesn’t seem to be particularly crisp when it comes down to nailing the time-space location of the visuals and “reals” of Life to be along whenever.

Instead, it seems to do very well with the “impression” part  but only that.

Lynn McTaggagart , in one other books (The Intention Experiment) attributes and idea to Ingo Swann – one of the original Remote Viewing (RV) types as saying there may be a relationship between electromagnetic and/or geomagnetic noise and RV capability.

Before I left on the trip, I spoke with Chris McCleary who has continued to upgrade, evolve,  and improve the project which started here back in 2008.

What we’ve been kicking around is how to get the dream content out of his database (the DreamBase) as a .CSV file.  From that, we may be about to track down some data series from NASA (things like the Kp index come to mind) along with perhaps earthquake data and the like, in order to find more information about where dreams may come from.

Chris, meantime, may be doing a paper on the DreamCenter project come July somewhere in  the wilds of Virginia.  Unfortunately, we’ll wait that one out in the cheap seats.  This is one of those very serious ($1,000 a pop) is serious enough for us to wait for the paperback.

Still, the science of dreams, hunches, and better-understanding of how Casino of Reality works, seems like as good a pursuit as any and I’m anxious to get back to real high speed, so we can start shoving more ideas around.

Well, let’s see if this uploads…and whether it does, or doesn’t, write-when you break even…



Coping: With a Cruising Vacation — 3 Comments

    • No – didn’t bring any ham gear (promnised E that I would remain present for at least some of the trip. Internet is enough for now, lol…