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Cancun – Dolphins Like It Rough

13 Jan

It was raining when we woke up, and it continued to rain for most of the day. On top of that, the wind was gusting. The combination of wind and rain is not what you want to have at a beach resort. Two things entered my mind. First, I wondered how we were going to fill our time. Second, the guy that ran us from our pool chairs can have the ones he wants. The pool was deserted.

My stepdaughter had no trouble finding something to do. She went to the teen lounge and beat all of the guys at pool – the billiard kind. I hope they take that lesson with them through the rest of their lives. Never underestimate women.

My wife and I had to take care of a few things. We had booked a dolphin swim and wanted to postpone it for a day. I went to the booking office and asked if that was possible. The agent said that the session would not be cancelled. If lightning was in the air, then they would postpone it. However, it would never be cancelled. I couldn’t believe it. We had checked the ocean, and it was crazy. When I brought up the fact that it looked bad out there, the agent replied:

“Dolphins like it rough.”

You can’t argue with that.

We did a few other things before the scheduled dolphin excursion. By this time, my stepdaughter decided that she liked beating the guys better than getting in cold water. I decided anything was better than getting in cold water. That meant that my wife was the only one taking the plunge. We got to the waiting area and looked upon the ocean.Cancun 230

Yep, we were going out on that pier. Before the long walk, I took a picture of the brave soul who was going in.Cancun - Dolphins

I was supposed to play the role of photographer and got a few shots before I was told that photography was not allowed. Apparently, they had photos of the experience on sale in the gift shop. The idea of sneaking a few more pictures went away as my bodyguard hovered around. He looked like he had just stepped down from that Mayan pyramid with somebody’s heart in his hand.

I was going to put on this post the few shots I was able to get, but my wife threatened to do the heart ripping out trick if I did that. I thought they looked good. She thought otherwise.

She swam with the dolphins. We bought pictures. Then, we walked back to the room. That’s when she made the statement that she was the daredevil in the family. I pondered that for a second and thought, “Wait a minute. That’s not true.”

There was a zip-lining excursion that I seem to recall. My stepdaughter and I were flying through the trees while my wife had a hard time. I have climbed up the sides of mesas and have been known to climb a waterfall or two. The fact that I am not keen on water where I can’t see the bottom doesn’t mean anything. My stepdaughter and I may not be Evel Knievel’s, but we’re not wimps, either.

Anyway, we hurried back to the room because we had tickets to a show called Cirque Dreams Holidaze. They put Cirque in their name for a reason. It’s not the Las Vegas one, but it was still pretty cool. There were acrobats, jugglers, balancing acts, roller skating pairs. It was a great show. Of course, we had second row seats because we were second level VIP’s.

Oh, there’s one other thing. If you watch the video that I linked, then you will see a guy dressed like a soldiers with a blue hat. The next day, my wife saw him at the pool wearing a Speedo. I think it was the highlight of her trip.

After the show, we had dinner at the Asian-themed restaurant. Everyone said that it was the best one at the resort, and there was a long wait every night. On this night, we made it in, and it turned out to be pretty good. I never thought I would eat sushi in Mexico, but that’s exactly what we did.

The Luck of the Night Rain

21 Sep

It rained last night. Usually, that is a great time to sleep and is even better if it is thundering. I didn’t sleep, though. I listened to the rain. Necole was sleeping next to me. That was the best part. I could hear her breathe and feel her when she shifted in her sleep.Night Rain

While lying there, I started to think. That’s one of the things I am prone to do at that time of night. In fact, that’s when I do my best thinking. I wonder how I would do teaching a class that late. My mind ran through all kinds of things, but it settled on the idea of how lucky I am.

I am lucky to have Necole as my wife and Isabella as my step-daughter. I never thought I would have a family, and, now, I have one.

I am lucky to have been raised in a good family and to have joined another one. I love them all.

I am lucky to have great friends who are fun to be around and would do anything to help me.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to travel and see things that others may never get the chance to see. I have been to all of the states, and I wish everyone could do the same thing. It’s hard to understand this country of ours if you haven’t seen it all. Every place is different.

I am lucky to have been a teacher for the past 12 years. Hearing a student say that they never liked History until my class is a great feeling. A lot of the students have gone on to be teachers, and I hope they have forgotten the times when I told them the wrong thing.

I am lucky to have grown up in Lebanon. It receives many complaints, but it is a good place to raise a family. Like other towns, it is filled with mostly good people.

I am lucky to be named after my father. As a kid, I hated having his first name. Now, I am honored to be named after someone who everyone admires so much.

I am lucky that I have not had any major health issues. Knowing people who have battled health problems, this is truly something to be thankful for.

That’s a lot of luck, and, at no point, will I ever forget how lucky I am.

My iPod Has Issues – Rainy Day

22 Apr

Friday night, I went to a country concert with Necole and her mom. I am not sure what I was expecting, but it was the best country music concert that I have seen in a long time. Will Hoge opened for Gary Allan at the Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of country music. As one of the guys said, this was the room that made the music industry in Nashville.Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman is one of my favorite places, but this post is not about that. It’s about two performers, neither of which I had ever heard of, who restored my faith in country music. There was an entire concert with no songs about tractors, tailgates, back roads or any other southern stereotype that most people in this nation can’t relate to. These songs had depth and sophistication. They were filled with hope and despair. In short, they were what country music used to be and what is should continue to be.

Country music is filled with guys who sing about growing up on a farm when they probably grew up in some suburb. The performers I saw were true to themselves. Of course, the “fake redneck” brigade plays to sold out arenas, and these guys were in a small venue. I reckon that says something.

I liked most of the songs, but the last one by Gary Allan stood out to me. Songs About Rain is about a man driving around with heartache. The love of his life has married someone else, and his radio is playing nothing but songs about rain.

The song hit me because that is what a country song is supposed to be about.

It also hit me that there really are a bunch of songs about rain, and my mind started working. Why is that? It could be that rain depresses people, so it provides the appropriate feel for a sad song. It could also be that rain is an easy word to rhyme. Pain. Train. Plane. The word works on different levels.

Then, I started thinking about the songs on my iPod that are about rain. It is filled with them. There are songs about rain in different genres and from a wide variety of artists. Like other entries in the “My iPod Has Issues” series, I have put my iPod on shuffle to see what kind of rain songs come out.

“November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses – This one may have the greatest video ever.

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson – Now, this is a country song.

“Looking for a Rainbow” by Chris Rea – Not many people have heard of him, but he is one of my favorites.

“Crying in the Rain” by Whitesnake – It’s a little different from Willie’s song.

“Rainy Night in Georgia” by Tony Joe White – Georgia says they need water. Maybe this song will help.

“Rain” by the Beatles – This is not my favorite song about rain.

“Rainy Day People” by Gordon Lightfoot – He is one of Canada’s greatest exports.

“She’s a Rainbow” by the Rolling Stones – This one is better that the British Invasion one above.

“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B.J. Thomas – They say it was my favorite song as a little kid.

“Purple Rain” by Prince – He ended his concert with this when I saw him.

“I Wish It Would Rain Down” by Phil Collins – I used to listen to this during every state of depression.

“Kentucky Rain” by Elvis Presley – No list is complete without an Elvis song.

“Early Morning Rain” by Elvis Presley – To prove the previous point, here is another one.

“Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” by Bob Dylan – I’m not sure what it has to do with rain.

“Rainbow Stew” by Merle Haggard – Now, here is a happy rain song.

“Just Walkin’ in the Rain” by the Prisonaires – This song has a sad true story behind it.

“Fire and Rain” by James Taylor – I have always found this song haunting.