Cruising with my sister...

Canada
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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@Blondie2222 (21408)
• United States
12 Sep 16
Well I hope you had a good trip and awesome you saw an old classmate. Lovely photo and view.
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• Canada
14 Sep 16
Thank you, it was a wonderful trip and fun to run into a very old friend.
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@Happy2BeMe (74680)
• Canada
12 Sep 16
Beautiful picture. Very cool that you met your classmate. It is such a small world. Nice that you will keep in touch. Enjoy your nap!
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• Canada
13 Sep 16
My hap felt good, will be emailing with my old school buddy.
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@Happy2BeMe (74680)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
@PainsOnSlate Oh cool..have fun :)
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@Daljinder (21222)
• India
12 Sep 16
That's a nice coincidence meeting classmate! The cruise sounds amazing
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• Canada
13 Sep 16
It was awesome, loved every moment.
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@CinnamonGrl (5806)
• Paradise, California
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.
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• Canada
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...
@rebelann (39765)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Sep 16
Wow, it is a really pretty spot, did you get to spend much time there?
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@rebelann (39765)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Sep 16
I don't even remember my classmates anymore, I wouldn't recognize them either.
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• Canada
13 Sep 16
We were at all the stops for a day and were told when we needed to be back on the ship. The sites were awesome.
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• Canada
13 Sep 16
@rebelann we didn't recognize each other and I will be looking him up in the yearbook to find him as a young man, the one I knew...
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@Hannihar (33224)
5 Mar
What a small world is it that you actually knew your seatmate.
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• Canada
6 Mar
It was a surprise, that’s For sure. I’m glad he was chatty, otherwise I would have know him.
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@Hannihar (33224)
7 Mar
@PainsOnSlate So do you keep in touch with PaintsOnSlate.
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• Canada
8 Mar
@Hannihar e-mail...he lives in California, he married a good friend of mine and I don't imagine I will ever see him again. Although he said they often visit where we grew up, I visit home every summer...
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• United States
12 Sep 16
how wonderful that'cha met that fella, eh? i hope ya do stay'n touch :) sounds like a most enjoyable trip, hon. glad'ja made 't home safe'n sound.
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• Canada
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...
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• United States
14 Sep 16
@PainsOnSlate that aint too bad a drive :) hope ya didn't hit any rough traffic, hon. i'm gigglin' o'er ya huntin' that yearbook down. some folks seem to change most drastically o'er the years, lol.
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• Canada
15 Sep 16
@crazyhorseladycx I'm home, safely and an easy drive, no rain, no masses of traffic. It was good to sleep in my own bed again. I was 17 in my yearbook, now I'm 71...talk about aging....
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
16 Sep 16
I agree that the wifi on the ships is outrageously expensive - I never use it either. Small world, meeting your class president like that.
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• Canada
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.
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 16
@PainsOnSlate Sorry you have a bad cold Marilyn, hope you recover soon.
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• Canada
17 Sep 16
@jaboUK Thanks. every day I feel a bit better, I am mending now...
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@funkeyguhl (1743)
• Philippines
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!
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• Canada
14 Sep 16
We had an adventure, it was wonderful, I hope you get to travel soon, when I get home I will get my senior year book to figure who he was at 18 , since we're 70 now...
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• Philippines
14 Sep 16
@PainsOnSlate thanks! When you seem in your senior yearbook, it bring back memories. It's nice to see friends you haven't been in touch with for a long time. However, are you still in contact with some of your friends?
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@sueznewz2 (9883)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 16
Glad you're home safe and have had a good time,..., funny that you met someone who'd been in the same year And school as you...
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• Canada
13 Sep 16
I can't wait to get home and look at my senior yearbook to see who he was, we talked about our friends and both knew many of them I can't see what he looked like 50 years ago as a kid.
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@sueznewz2 (9883)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Sep 16
@PainsOnSlate oohhh yes..., that will be fun to do...
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@miniam (9241)
• 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
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• Canada
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.
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
12 Sep 16
@PainsOnSlate thanks for clearing this up,could not get my head around the idea of 80 kids stuffed in one room,pure horror.
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@PatZAnthony (12572)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
5 Oct 16
It had to be fun to meet someone from your earlier years! Maybe a memory will come to mind about this person. The photo is awesome.
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• Canada
5 Oct 16
as soon as find my yearbook I know I will remember him, Our class was a small one. Still working too hard to take the time to find it...
@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
26 Sep 16
I don't pay the outrageous price for WiFi on the ship either, it is crazy expensive.
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• Canada
27 Sep 16
And a waste of time, there is always interesting things going on the ship.
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@sofssu (14467)
20 Sep 16
I hope you enjoy your trip.. it sounds exciting already.. Imagine meeting someone from your class after 50 years..
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• Canada
20 Sep 16
It was a blast and I want to go again, the views was wonderful. Amazing that i sat next too an old friend I didn't recognize.
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@mom210 (6710)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Sep 16
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful trip. Enjoy
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• Canada
14 Sep 16
It was wonderful, looking forward of doing another...
@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Sep 16
How incredible that you sat next to your old classmate. It is amazing how often such coincidences happen.
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• Canada
13 Sep 16
It was so interesting and that flight went very fast.
• 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.
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• Canada
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.
@Juliaacv (29683)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
Sounds like a nice trip, and meeting up with an old school mate must have been fun.
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• Canada
14 Sep 16
It was fun, both the trip and running into an old friend, can't wait , will get home today and find ny yearbook to see which friend he was. I know his wife was a good friend, I recognized her name...
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@Corbin5 (103371)
• United States
12 Sep 16
So wonderful you encountered a former classmate. Such a wonderful cruise for all!
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• Canada
12 Sep 16
Every day was an adventure.
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@Morleyhunt (19724)
• Canada
12 Sep 16
Sounds like fun. A cruise has been added to my bucket list.
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• Canada
14 Sep 16
It was awesome, something I am happy to have seen...
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