Cruising with my sister...
September 12, 2016 9:20am CST
The plane rides from Albany to Minneapolis, and then to Seattle was perfect, quick and easy. The man sitting next to me on the first flight was a "chatty patty". Within the first three minutes we discovered we graduated from the same class of 63', he was the class president and we only had 83 kids in our class. We didn't recognize each other maybe because it was over 50 years ago... We talked the whole way...we will stay in touch... The photo above is us docking on our first stop since we left Seattle. Ketchikan, Alaska at 5 AM. I was amazed how many people around us were up to see the "first sites". We have breakfast coming to our stateroiom, and will be off the ship shortly for our first excursion. No WIFI on the ship, on purpose. Expensive and distracting. If you see this, it will be because we found lunch at a restaurant with WIFI. Or, it is because we are home...flew through the night, last night so now I need to catch up... And take a nap.
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• Santa Fe, New Mexico
12 Sep 16
Beautiful picture! Your cruise sounds wonderful! I always knew who our class president was, although it was a very large class. But they would never know from Adam (or Eve, lol.) I was shy in school. Physically recognizing someone from that long ago would probably be impossible, unless you'd stayed in touch.
14 Sep 16
I did stay in touch with a very few, this one caught me by surprise. What are the odds of sitting on a plane with hundreds of people and find out you went to school with the guy sitting next to you...iM going home today and the first thing I will do is find my yearbook to see his young face to remember him from back then...
14 Sep 16
My last part of the trip is to drive home to Canada. I should be on the road in an hour or so. It is a 4 to 5 hour trip depending on traffic. It should be easy today. Gotta find my yearbook from 1963 and see what George looked like as a kid. I know who his wife is, I recognized the name but I'm lost on who George was...
17 Sep 16
I still haven't found my yearbook but haven't been looking yet, I think its in a trunk in the basement, Came home with a cold and I'm being a baby about it. I didn't have enough ColdEze with me on the ship to kill it at the beginning so I got it bad... Pitty party going on...My sister bought an hour for around a hundred dollars, Just to stay in touch with her husband because he is not well but it didn't work for her. She got to speak with him once and forgot to shut the wifi off so it was used up with nothing. They did finally give her minutes back but it was too late.
12 Sep 16
That's great that you had the chance to reunite with a former classmate even if you don't really recognise much of each other. For me, what happens is I may not recognise them now but when I try to recall my later years after sometime, it does catch up. That is a nice photo you have there. I hope my husband and I can take short trips together soon. I miss doing that with him, even if it's just a roadtrip. Hope you had fun!
• Bern, Switzerland
12 Sep 16
The pic is lovely,thanks for sharing.Glad you are back home safe.I find it perfectly normal that there was no WIFI on the ship,people work too hard and need to turn off and just relax.. Sorry to ask,83 kids were all in 1 room? Welcome back,enjoy being home
12 Sep 16
You are right, today we miss those things we use too much like I pads, computers, cell phones...on the last day my sister asked their tech guy why she didn't get to use her expensive WIFI' he checker her cell phone and discovered she did make one call and forgot to turn off the wifi so she had nothing left, he gave her her Minutes back and she worked hard to use them up... Our class was a total of 83 graduating in 1963. Today the graduating class is in the thousands. We were in a central school, all country kids and some small towns too in the rural area I grew up in.everyone was bussed daily to school, our classes were around 25 to 30 per class., in high school there were many options of courses to take with many teachers.. The only time we were all together (all 83 of us) was official class meeting, class trips on several buses, and class parties. I'm glad you asked. The year we moved from the city to the rural community was the year the one room school with one teacher ( probably 50 to 75 schools) were closed and the brand new huge central school was opened and we got to meet everyone....the school had elementary, junior high and high school.
• Hangzhou, China
13 Sep 16
It is a nice photo, but what is exciting is your coming across your old classmate during your childhood. It is a long time that I have not met my old classmates in real since I am not working in the same city where I was born and brought up. I hope that I can also have such a chance to meet one of my old classmates by chance. Of course, nowadays some of my classmates are in connection with each other in our friend circle at Wechat, though we have not really been with each other in person. We chat at Wechat by messages or by voice messages.
14 Sep 16
This old friend lives in Calfornia, we were school buddies in upstate New York, we were both visiting friends and family there and got on aplane to the west coast...and then get put together on the plane..so surprising , it certainly made the trip shorter.