Scott - Thanks for saying that - I really enjoyed hanging out with you & Eric the past few cruises!!! Haha - can't remember if I told you I have a great (albiet brief) video that I took when you and I were dancing to Kung Fu Fighting
during karaoke on the first 70K. I'll see if I can dig that out and figure out how to attach it to an email to you.
Rhia - as I wrote my cabinmates in a private facebook message today, I realize that the first week of December is not smack dab in the middle of Thanksgiving or Christmas or anything - but we just always seem to have a lot going on with family & friends the whole month of December. Now that the Barge trip is getting closer, I'm simply no longer feeling a big need or desire to go. Add to that (and this is probably going to sound fairly "out there"
), when I said that I thought of the idea last night - that is, the idea of *not* going on Barge & offering my spot to someone else as a gift - the idea actually came to me in a dream. Well, the dream was so strong, clear & vivid, that I took notice. I have these kinds of dreams every once in a while (that either seem to emphatically tell me to do or *not* to do something). The last dream I had like that which stands out was soon after the first 70K and I dreamt that I absolutely HAD to go to Norway for Hole in the Sky that (last) summer. So, I booked the whole trip within 48 hours of the dream on impulse. Not long after, the HITS founders and organizers announced that HITS 2011 was to be the last one ever (haha - The Last Supper), and it ended up being an amazing, surreal, & life-changing experience for me for a number of reasons. (so yes - sooo glad I went!!!) Haha - so long story short, I've learned to listen to what these kinds of dreams seem to be telling me. It's not that I think necessarily that there is anything supernatural to any of this (although I don't rule this out) - rather I suspect it is most likely just a manifestation of a gut feeling and/or subconscious thoughts. Anyway, my true "gut feelings," intuition, strong sense (or whatever one wants to call it) regarding myself, things, situations, and/or other people has yet to fail me....so I've learned to pay attention.
(and now you can all think I'm even more peculiar than you probably already think I am!)