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.
Re travel, Gerard took the wrong cruise. I posted about our most recent cruise, a sailing ship from Lisbon down to Morocco and out to a few of the Canary Islands. We love ships, especially when the stops are in interesting places. And even our sailing ship had a good gym with ocean views. And, in fact, the best lines do not try to overfeed you.
I'm really pleased that so many people like to get on a ship for 3 or 4 days of gluttony and drinking. It keeps them away from the nice places we go. A cruise ship is the most crowded piece of real estate on earth. Thanks but no thanks.
Re: Gerard took the wrong cruise.
One of the comments on Gerard's page referenced this article about cruise ships in Harpers, by David Foster Wallace that I enjoyed very much. It's 33 pages long but I could have read another 33, it's so entertaining.