We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Cunard held an auction of ship's furnishings soon after Queen Mary tied up in Long Beach for the last time. My Dad got a teak deck chair, which I now have.
I remember when I was six or seven, being taken to see off some friends of my Dad's - a couple cruising to Hawaii on one of the Matson ships. They had a bon voyage party in their stateroom. Pretty exciting stuff for a little kid.
Toured the Queen Elizabeth when she was retired in Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) when I was in grade school. Larger sister to the QM. I don't think she was as well cared for at the time, as I recall it being very rusty and musty. I think she was declared a fire hazard and eventually burned and sank in Tokyo or Hong Kong or somwhere in Asia. I was more interested in the submarines docked near by. I do remember being impressed by the huge propeller that they had hauled up on the deck, though.
My wife & I were married by the "Captain" on the Queen Marry in 82'.
We were poor twenty somethings, and couldn't afford the $150 they were asking for a video of the ceremony, wish we could have gotten it.