Day 20

On a sea day, we take advantage of sleeping a little longer because there is no excursion to run off to. We had a sit-down breakfast in the Compass Rose. This morning there was double enrichment lectures. Attendance is totally voluntary. I really enjoy learning and listening to the speaker’s easy conversational lecture style. Plus, I didn’t have to take notes for a later exam. The first was “Amelia Earhart” by historian Andrew Jampoler presenting the search for the missing aviatrix, lost somewhere in the islands of the South Pacific while piloting her Lockheed Electra aircraft. He began with the early history and influences upon Amelia, then the promotion of her aviation skills with her many “first woman” achievements, followed by brief highlights of each segment of her around the world flight until contact with her was lost on the way toward little Howland Island in the central South Pacific. Months long searches turned up nothing. Occasionally, in recent years, search efforts for her wreckage have received publicity but ended in failure. He discussed several of the more popular speculations of what could have happened, but who knows?

The second feature of the enrichment lecture double-header was “Legends of Polynesia” by George Losey, Professor Emeritus, Zoology and Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii. He presented a broad sample of legends of gods featuring Pele, goddess of fire, from Hawaii and beyond through Polynesia and New Zealand. We were all to see strong continuity through the islands on some, while others have unique local interpretations.

Right outside the theater was the beginning of the noon game time in the lounge. Today’s game was “numbers”. All answers would be in numbers, dates, years, percentages, etc. to trivia type of questions. Our team came in third scoring one Regent point.

I spent some time on the computer trying to keep in touch with the outside world. By 2:45 p.m., Pat and I had to get to the theater for another Polynesian craft making directed by June. This craft required 16 dollar bills (any denomination you can afford). Pat brought ones and June passed out cut magazine pages in dollar bill size for those who didn’t have ones. She showed us how to fold each bill/paper and then how to weave each piece together to create a bracelet. Folding 16 pieces took a long time. Weaving was faster. The end product really looked nice.

(Pat here now) During this time, internet was down, so Mac returned to continue his downloads. I decided to walk a couple of miles on deck since the ocean was very calm today. We had a lovely dinner tonight with our neighbors, Trish and Jeff from California. Trish grew up in Massachusetts and has a sister in the same town as us. We also went to tonight’s show together. The headliner was Danny Elliot from Australia. He played about 10 instruments, sang and tap danced. He did all quite well and was very entertaining.

Tonight, we turn our clocks back another hour as we head to Pago Pago, American Samoa. We will now be 6 hours earlier than east coast time. It is getting more difficult to find a good time to facetime with our kids and grandkids, since most of the children go to bed fairly early.

Yours in travel,

Pat  & Mac