I wish all a four leaf clover for the Irish luck. For the last 44 years I love March 17th and St Patrick day. My first born came in to this world on this day. I have written before about how she was 5 months old before I was able to see her. My ship had just left Pearl Harbor heading back to Vietnam when I received a message form the Red Cross that I was the proud dad of a baby girl.
We always try to see her on her birthday so we went to Kansas last Wednesday so we could spend some time with her. This morning though we had to get back to Amarillo because we had a class tonight plus Charlotte had a Symphony rehearsal. We were up bright and early gave our sweet girl a birthday kiss and hug, wished her a great birthday, and left heading home.
I know she will be reading this so I am going to take this time to let her know and the world know that her mother and I are so proud of how she has turned out and that we love her with all our hearts. Happy Birthday Sis. Love dad.
Well this was supposed to be the end of our four day cruise. I woke up early as usual expecting the ship to ether be pulling up to the dock or already be there. I went up to get my last cup of coffee while on board ship. It was still very foggy and the ship was still anchored out. The time was 06:00 and we were to be out of our cabins and ready to start disembarking around 08:30. The captain announced on the intercom that the port was still closed and that we would be sitting here until the fog lifted enough for the pilot from Galveston could make it on board to guide us into port. Every one was in limbo waiting for the words that we were heading in to the dock. Some where around 10:30 the captain announced that instead of being out of our rooms we could wait in the cabins if we wanted. Charlotte and I had gone down to ours and we could tell that the steward had been there to start cleaning for the next group of people that would be coming on board, so we tried not to go in for we did not want to mess up what he had already completed. So pretty much all this time we set on the lido deck in our usual spot with the whole family. The crew was as friendly as they could be seeing as how they could not get the ship ready for the ones who were to come on board after we were gone.
It was getting around lunch time and the crew started putting out food so we could eat lunch. Guy’s Burgers opened up, The Pizza place and the taco place opened, also the buffet so we did not hurt for food. While we were anchored I never did here the fog horn going off but every once and a while I could here another ships horn. The fog lifted some a little later in the afternoon and we could see four or five tankers anchored around us. Some where around 16:00 the captain came back on and said that we were going to raise anchor and head out past the 12 mile limit so that the ship could dump its gray tank due to maritime law. He said he was announcing this so that we would not be getting our hopes up about going in to port. The ship started moving very slow and the fog horn started back to sounding every two minutes.
There were several people who needed to get to the airport to catch flights home, or needed to get home so they could go to work or school the next day. Cell phone rates was like 1.99 per min. to call from the ship. The ship said that if you need to call home, employer, airlines, etc. that you could go to your cabin and call from your room phone for no charge. I felt that they did the right thing there for even though this was not the ships fault that they could not get back to port, it was a mother nature thing. Also every one had put their luggage out to be picked up and delivered down so it could be unloaded when the ship docked, so no cloths to change into. The captain announced that all the luggage would be brought back up to the rooms for we were going to be spending another night on the ship. When we have cleaned up and got the clothes out that we needed to please set the luggage out again so the crew could pick it up again. I felt sorry for theses guys that meant double work for them and not much rest.
Even though we had already said our goodbyes to our waitress down in the dinning room we went back down for dinner. I told her that she just thought she was through with us. She took exultant care of us and gave each of us another big hug as we were leaving. We stayed up late visiting and watching the fog go by until time to turn in. What a surprise the next morning when I looked out and saw lights out the balcony window, when I got up and looked we were docked at the pear, I have no ideal when we came into port,