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October 29, 2005

Several good and caring folks have asked about our most recent trip, which by the way was our first experience on a Caribbean cruise ship, so let me share some of this with all of you. First, it was our No. 1 experience on a cruise, and second, we had beautiful weather for the most part. We were one day ahead of the storms being forecast for that part of the world, and we thank the Good Lord for that. Also, it was the first time we had the opportunity to share an entire vacation with one of our daughters and her husband, and two of our granddaughters. One of the latter celebrated her 16th birthday on the trip. She was certainly the No. 1 attraction for the occasion. Their uncle in Oklahoma City has dubbed the two of them as "Angels," and we agree with him wholeheartedly. If you have grandchildren, you know what I mean.

All that we heard about cruises vs. other modes proved to be true. We were regally treated, accommodations were extraordinarily good, great food was always available, the staff was anxious to provide every necessity, and there is certainly something good to be said about not packing and repacking endlessly. I'm not that wild about traveling of any sort, but this kind has great appeal for several reasons. We won't take time to go into that today, but it is something to keep in mind. The restaurant staffs, particularly, were helpful and always cordial. Even when they knew a storm was brewing, they kept a stiff upper lip demeanor for the rest of us.

So, that it is, in a nutshell. We had a good time, it was fairly relaxing, and the weather played a big part in our enjoyment of the time. Everyone was cordial, and, as usual, they were surprised and pleased to meet some people from the state that inspired a musical play like the Rodgers and Hammerstein production of the same name. Made us even prouder to call ourselves "Oklahomans."