by Eric Hanneman
Life at sea is so different from my everyday routine. Every meal is at the same time and there is enough for everyone: eggs cooked to order, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage patties and links, and spam! There are usually two main courses and vegetarian choices. There’s a fruit salad, apples, pears, oranges, bananas while they lasted, salad bar, desserts, hot and cold cereal, a pot of soup practically all the time, leftovers in the fridge, ice cream, coffee and espresso, juice choices, Kool-Aid and Gator-Ade.
Laundry is free, including the soap. A change of sheets can be had at any time from the linen closet. There is no use for money, identification, credit cards. My normally stuffed pockets hold a camera, a pen and a notebook. There is a soda machine and a change machine for dollar bills, but I have never seen anyone use them. Downstairs are sofas, chairs…
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