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Persistence (in so many ways)

So, here's the big thing that's taking place in my life right now: Corb and I have finally (after only 14 years in the making) set a date for our wedding. 

We figured it out about a month ago. We first agreed we want DON'T  want the following:

--A big huge event we have to fuss over and plan

--Something that's going to end up being really stressful for everyone (especially us) 

--Something that's going to require hundreds of invitations, a reception, tuxes, etc. No dancing, no clinking of glasses for kisses. NO. 

But what could fit the bill? We went back and forth on that. Finally, it dawned on us: since we love cruises so much, why not book a cruise and get married somewhere? I can arrange the cruise, Corb can arrange for the minister and the beach. 

That's it. Just a quick ceremony at around noon and then maybe some site seeing afterwards. Maybe a dinner with our friends on the boat that night. We're inviting anyone who's interested to go and celebrate if they want, but we don't mind it being small and just our immediate friends and family (whoever can make it) and that's it.  Maybe we'll have a bigger party when we return for folks who can't go. The point is, we want it memorable but easy, if at all possible.

Famous last words. 

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Hey there!

Oh yes, I'm still around. Just not about here as much any more! I would like to change that. 

As proof that I am still around and about, here I am, celebrating at my parents' house on Christmas eve.  

Ignore the ugly coat. Ignore the wiggling glasses. Ignore the double chin (Please!) Other than that, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS PHOTO?

I bet you can figure it out in five seconds.

We had to pull over the car, we were laughing so hard when we figured it out. It was totally inadvertent, I swear! 

Happy holidays, everyone! 

A farewell


Our cat Hayley passed this afternoon. She lived a long life: 20 years.

We had been seeing signs for a while. She's lost a lot of weight the past few months and hasn't been eating as much. She's been having accidents in a lot of places and she's been having trouble walking. Monday it got so bad that Corb brought her to the vet. His assessment: acute kidney failure. He had nothing to offer except the suggestion that we might want to consider putting her down. 

Before she passed, we let her hang around in the yard for a half an hour. She always loved the outdoors. One time when we were moving furniture into the house she escaped. I only realized it when I was in the kitchen and saw something scurry across the lawn. 

When I found her, she was resting under a tree. She looked deliriously happy. 

She had been Corb's cat since he was 13. He's devastated.

We had so many stories about Hayley. We'd make them up as she would rest on our laps at night. 

Hayley was a time traveler. She traveled in a cardboard box through time and space.

Hayley lived in a woodshed as a baby. I always pictured her like that. Just curled up next to a woodpile in a country farmhouse, catching mice and staying warm.

She was a member, then president of the Purple Hat Society. She would take the old biddies out during the day while we were away at work.

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QUESTION: What's the biggest concern when it comes to owning a house completed surrounded by nothing?

ANSWER: Finding out something is going to take its place.

The other day Corb and I received a letter in the mail that kind of turned our world upside down.

We didn't know that at the time. It looked like just a piece of garbage advertising: a plain white envelope, with my name scribbled on it. Corb actually snatched it out of my hand and playfully started opening it up. I don't really think he was prepared for what was inside.

Dear Sir: This is very much in the early stages, but we have plans to develop property behind your house on Pleasant Street. Please call us so we can discuss these plans.

WHAT? Corb and I looked at each other with horror in our eyes. Part of the reason we moved where we moved was that the place was surrounded by trees and isolated from the rest of the world. 

What you see in the diagram above is the reality that we will be living in probably one year from now, Our house is the one in orange. The rest: the woods that they will be cutting down around us. Pretty much everything.

In other words, no more skinny dipping in the pool. SHIT. 

I'll be honest, I've had my mind on other things (mostly work, which is also why I haven't posted much lately), but Corb is really taking this one hard. It's all that's been on his mind, and he's been calling the developer and talking to other people and fretting about it for over weel.

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The road to Hana. Waikani Falls. 

We park the car past the bridge. Walk down until we reach the small crowd, gazing down at the falls. 

I squint my eyes. "There are people swimming down there. But how did they..."

"The guide says you'll find a path underneath the bridge," Corb says. 

No path on this side. We move back toward the car a bit, pass the other end of the bridge. Look down. A somewhat steep pile of stones and a chain greet us. 

"Go down that?" I look over at Corb, worried. 

"Maybe it's easier on the other side."

We cross the street. It is. 

Down the stones, to the edge of the water. Corb takes off his shoes and dips his feet in. "Cold."

"You going in?"

"Can't. Too much stuff in my pockets."

I take my credit cards out of my shorts. Take off my shoes. Hand over my phone. Strip off my shirt.

"I'm going in." 

The water is cool to the touch, the rocks slippery. Within seconds I am completely submerged. 

I swim to the waterfall. Discover a ledge where you can sit and relax. Feel the cool kiss of the water pouring over my head.

I stay like that for the next five minutes, letting the waterfall engulf me. 

Another touchpoint. Another place to connect when I need to relax. Like the river in XCarat or King Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Another place of magic I can turn to in my head, where I'll be connected forever.

Truly. Welcome to paradise. 


Journey's ending

Another boat day and an overwhelming feeling of sadness at having to leave.

During one of our shows, we sat next to a woman whose cruise was free, as she had been a passenger on a cruise boat heading from New Jersey a while back that had to turn back due to rough waters. “They locked us in our cabin for ten hours,” she said. “The beds rolled back and forth all night long and we couldn’t get any food during the entire storm, except what was in our cabin. I didn’t sleep a wink.”

That would have been a cruise I would have been happy to leave.

Not this one. We ended the night falling asleep in what we call “cuddle cubes” on the deck, listening to the sound of the waves and the distant chatter of other passengers.

Can’t wait for next year and some new adventures.



Remember how I said Dunn’s Falls was my part of the trip so far?

It was eclipsed in a big way by our day trip to Xcarat this morning.

What always is somewhat tedious about Cozumel (at least, the two times we have been), is the 40 minute boat ride across the water followed by a bus ride to wherever it is you are going.

Both times it’s been so worth the effort, though. Our trip to Cozumel last year led us to a Mayan ruin in Tulum and this year to a huge eco-archeological park in Xcarat, which the tour guide described as the “Disney of Mexico.” I’m not sure if that’s really true, but I have to admit, the high point of this trip--or really any one I’ve taken traveling-has to be the 120 km glide through a massive water tunnel, both above ground and under, that took us one hour to complete.

It was like one humongous lazy river, only so much lovelier. Being such a water lover, and surrounded by the lush tropical vegetation and exotic animals, I was in absolute heaven. At the end of the river, I forced Corb to stay in for twenty minutes more, because I honestly didn't want to leave.

Yes, that. Take THAT photograph in your head. It blows yesterday's waterfall away.

It reminded me of when I was ten years old, and a lovely inlet in Cape Cod that I would swim down for hours. I love feeling like a kid again.

At the center of the underground portion, you looked up to see the following tiled ceiling. It was like a cathedral.

On the way back, we tried to stay awake while our boat tossed rather violently to and fro. An older man and woman tried  in vain to get people to buy jewelry and rugs. Behind us, an older man kept up an ongoing racist dialogue to his wife about the Spanish people around us. I wanted to say, “Dude, life under Trump does NOT give you permission to be so obnoxious, especially to people in a Spanish-speaking country where you are definitely the minority.” But I decided it was best to hold my tongue.


A day away.

“You don’t know how to relax.” Corb said this to me this morning, as we were eating breakfast.

And it’s true. Each night after he’s gone to bed, I’ve worked on Young Frankenstein, so I can be ready when I get back from the trip. I didn’t sleep that well when I got to bed at two in the morning (even with the blankets, it was freezing!). This morning I worked up early because I realized I didn’t put my away message on at work and spent about an hour sorting through emails. At breakfast I spent a good time sorting out what we’d do today. 

Okay, so relaxation it is.

On the schedule today: nothing much. Just resting on our balcony, a few drinks here and there, maybe catching up with my journal, maybe reading…maybe catching up on sleep.

See you in 24.



Dunn’s Falls. Favorite excursion of the trip so far. Although I heard some people say they didn’t like the artificiality of the port we docked at in Jamaica (which had been funded by Royal Caribbean expressly to accommodate the large cruise ship we had taken), I was happy to overlook that because I thoroughly enjoyed checking out the underground caves in the morning and especially, spending the afternoon climbing up a 1,000 foot waterfall.

I think the more active adventures are the ones that mean the most to me. They’re the ones that actually create an impression. I mean, that of course stands to reason, right?

But it’s the experience of swimming with dolphins or getting lost in a public bus or checking out an Aztec ruin that provide you with the greater return. Not the sitting around or walking from here there or waiting at a food line to gobble up the next round of buffet style food, like pigs at a trough. 

No, it’s the thrill of the chase. Feet cautiously moving forward to find the next safe stone, hands linked with Corb to move up to the next spot in the waterfall, warmish blue water cascading down and splashing your legs. A quick dip into deeper hole created over thousands of years by nature.

I’d give anything just to hang out by the waterfall at Dunn’s Falls for a day or two.

I think it may become a go to spot in my mind. Like sitting and dreaming at King Arthurs Seat in Scotland, years ago, when I was an actor at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It’s good to have connections in your mind from all across the world.


Take the plunge

“I am so not looking forward to this I am so not looking forward to this I am so not looking forward to this.”

“Shut up and take off your clothes, Corb.”

Clothes removed. White fluffy robes placed upon our bodies. We shoved our feet into silly plastic sandals that didn’t feel comfortable between the toes.

Couples massage. I planned it as a surprise, because Corb is always saying he wants a massage. To my surprise, however, Corb has been dreading it ever since the day I told him, because he is very uncomfortable about people seeing his back. Ever since he had been whipped by Captain Randall for trying to steal a loaf of…oh, wait. That’s Outlander.

No, Corb just doesn’t like people seeing his back for other reasons. I'll let those reasons be mysterious so he doesn't threaten to kill me if/when he reads this.

We make our way down to the waiting area. “I am so not looking forward to this,” Corb says, as we reach the reception desk.

One hour later.

“When can we do that again when can we do that again when can we do that again?”

And that's all I hear for the rest of the trip...



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