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I took this pic of the stern of the ship one morning, and didn't notice that ANGRY HOT TUB IS ANGRY until I got home and looked at the pics, otherwise I'd have taken a better picture. :)

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If you haven't seen it, go a couple of entries back and answer the poll before reading this.

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Right. So, as I describe in the next post that will be coming through, when you're indulging in spa or fitness treatments on a cruise ship, part of the hour spent with the person giving/applying the event or treatment is devoted to a sales pitch for a product or service of some ilk. For example, with the facial I booked I got 45 minutes of treatment and 15 minutes of a pitch for a beauty routine with many products.

I booked an hour with a personal trainer. WHAT DID HE TRY TO SELL ME?

ANSWER POLL HERE (If you do not have an LJ, feel free to post your answer in the comments here. I'll update later today with the answer.)
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Phew. Counted up the money I brought in from AFest, separated out the PBR stuff and the money I owe people and the money they owe me, and with the hotel/parking/food costs, I just about broke even.

Which doesn't seem very good, until you realize that the reason I'm not going to YaoiCon this year is that a group of my friends and I are going on a week-long cruise in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of October. The person I'm rooming with* has slapped both of our costs onto his credit card, and the majority of the money I owe people is what I owe him for that. So I've paid for the vacation. Wheee! And the money the A-Kon art show brought in can go for kitcshy souvenirs and whatnot.

I would sip margaritas on the deck in celebration except that I get horribly, horribly seasick, so have got a prescription for the anti-motion sickness patch and I suspect drinking booze with it would not be a good thing.

Weather willing, we're stopping at Montego Bay, the Grand Caymans, and Cozumel. I've got some sort of swamp or park tour scheduled for Montego Bay**, I'm going to COURT DEEEEEEATH! by swimming with stingrays*** and then do some sort of tour with friends at the Grand Caymans, and then I'm going with friends to clamber over Mayan ruins at the Cozumel stop.

And I'm going to catch up on my reading, since Net access is like $1/minute, so I won't be tempted to check email every five minutes. Although I may post at least one message to LJ, just to taunt you guys.

Recommend me good vacation books! I hate chick lit and most regular literary novels. Mysteries are good, as is SF and fantasy. I've got Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and plan on hauling it around - I can use it to beat up stingrays if I can't get past page 100 or so, where I've got to so far. Thicker books are good, because thin books and YA books I tend to finish really fast and so I'd have to bring a lot of them. Books that I won't get so attached to that I'd want to keep are good: if I can donate them to the ship's library afterward and not have to pack them, yay.

* Take that as you will.

** Lazing on the beach doesn't sound fun to me, I don't swim very well, and I really want to go photograph stuff.

*** No, I'm not worried. :)

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