Tuesday, August 08, 2006
10th Annual Gentlemens Cruise A Palooza
Yes, there were martinis at 4:00 (shaken not stirred). There were also hikes, rock climbing, fishing, swimming, cards, rowing, windsurfing and very good and sometimes very tall stories... Remember gentlemen, "What is brought to the Cruise, stays on the Cruise."
Some pics (click to make larger):
Terrific pictures. Looks like you had a great time.
Hey, I tagged you in my book meme at Out of the Blue (3rd post down). Are you going to play along?
Now if you have a great time, I can undersatnd a year in Nelson's time is really only 4-6 months duration, no worries. Best wishes
I have to say that the picture of you and the two other men didn't look so serious... it looked almost as though you guys were trying hard not to crack up!
Yes Jublu, martinis were in the afternoon - we're too old to be carousing at 4:00 a.m!
Lindsay, I posted photos from last year's cruise in April - in anticipation of this venture - although twice a year is not a bad idea.
DA and Nova: As for stories, I can tell you that one evening we went around the fire and each man was asked to describe one situation where they have regret and to describe the apology they would like to give, if possible. Doesn't sound so light, does it? (Hey! We're sensitive men, even after drinks and herbal remedies - for some only).
I thought it would be interesting (I posed the question) - there turned out to be some tears, some sincere regrets and some meaningful conversation.
Now if you want me to tell you a 'regret story', you have to ask!
As for cruise stories, I think middle aged men skinny dipping is not really an exciting sight... but the 5 women that cruised our bay waving seemed to enjoy it.
The photos were wonderful - especially the one of the lake. I can just imagine jumping off that section of rock and slicing into the cold water. Ah, summer.
I remember the post about last year's trip. Sounds like you have a great tradition - you always rent the same boat too? Love the name of it too
Nerdine, what is that symbol on Larry's shirt - I never asked.
DA - why did you pick up on the 5 women crusing the bay? We actually don't allow women on the vessel for the 4 days. It's more fun to talk about them in this case. Well, one man's wife had a look around before we set sail - everyone began acting goofy - point made.
As for stories, I'll tell two: on the regret theme, one man regreted sleeping with his best friend's girlfriend many years ago (and being caught in the act). He said that 30 years later he apologized to them individually. The friend has forgiven him - not so sure about the woman.
As for stories on the trip itself - we pulled people behind the big ship, standing on a windsurfer board while holding a big rope (the kind to tie the boat up). One of the gentlemen demonstrated his ability to take his shorts off, put them on his head, then put them back on again - all while standing on the surfboard and without falling. Try that!
Joe tells me that every man is really 12 on the inside. :-)
I was in a meeting of parents of teens a few years back, where a public health nurse was talking to us about healthy sexual development (so we could help our hormone-ridden teens).
Just as she mentioned that some men never go beyond the adolescent stage of sexuality - filled with butt jokes, farting and a stunned sort of awe of girls.... my friend Richard (circa 50 years old) walked by the room's window, caught my eye, turned around... and mooned me. True story!
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