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Not So Smooth Sailing
I'm guessing you haven't had Ouzo since. It's a shame you lost the boat carving.
By: Cranky on November 14, 2014
What a great story- too bad about the little boat.....
By: Kathe W. on November 14, 2014
I had a bad experience with Pernod once; very similar stuff, best avoided, especially in an emotional state. Sounds like a helluva trip, though...
By: Mike@A Bit About Britain on November 14, 2014
Only the young and in -love can survive trips such as these and go on as if nothing had happend. Such a shame about that lost treasure, it would be nice to see it in older eyes.
By: Tabor on November 14, 2014
what a good man he was to look out for you - and give you that gift.
By: TexWisGirl on November 14, 2014
I, too, have an ouzo tale. It will be in my next book, but the upshot was that I woke up in my pillowcase the next morning. And I mooned Shore Patrol. This was in Naples, though. I went to Brindisi, though. Dear Lord.
By: Al Penwasser on November 14, 2014
I've long loved Ouzo, though I haven't had any for years. But I can imagine getting drunk on it would have cured me of the taste.
By: Catalyst on November 14, 2014
What fabulous adventures you have had!
By: mimi on November 14, 2014
What a neat story and what a really cool man that seaman was. He not only saved you a dunking, he sobered you up while listening to your gibberish English and then gave you a neat gift. Too bad you didn't get a picture of him and I am so sorry the ship got lost.
By: Akansas Patti on November 14, 2014
Your great post is a tribute to the old Posedonia. An extraordinary adventure to be on it's last voyage. It sounds as though you and Mrs. C ran the full range of all that could have happened on the old tramp over the years. Sorry about the Ouzo. I had a similar experience with B&B, but was on land and found myself climbing out of a bathroom window. Glad you had a "guardian angel."
By: Tom Cochrun on November 14, 2014
Great story. I would have loved to have seen that wood carving.
By: Hilary on November 14, 2014
I've never had Ouzo, but now I'm tempted to try it. I probably should get the little trial sized bottle, huh?
By: Pixel Peeper on November 14, 2014
That would cure ME of Ouzo, Stephen!
By: Michael Manning on November 14, 2014
That's a wild story. No wonder Mrs C was irate. I don't mind riding on junk if I'm alone but I wouldn't take the micro manager.
By: red on November 14, 2014
I can't believe how adventurous you and Mrs. C were. I'd never have set foot on such a creepy train or that awful boat. The most adventurous thing I did was take a light plane from Indianapolis to Bloomington. It pitched and shook and would occasionally just drop for 15-20 seconds before catching air again. It was a nightmare far worse than the awful Greyhounds I'd gone cross country in. Lovely bit about the carved boat though. Hope you and Mrs. C have a great weekend.
By: Lexa Cain on November 14, 2014
What a lovely little story. I remember fondly when Greece was like that. Although I never went on the Poseidon itself I have been on similar ships.
By: Jenny on November 15, 2014
Shame about the boat that would have been cool to see. Yeah, I often can't remember what it is that starts the argument with my partner, normally it's connected to the kids, but I do remember the actual argument.
By: LL Cool Joe on November 15, 2014
I find it very interesting that you've been to Greece and Thailand and a hundred other places ... but never New York or New England. Come see us. We'll give you something "civilized" to drink!
By: tom sightings on November 15, 2014
Tom, My East Coast experiences are limited, but I have been to Boston, New York and D.C.. My mother was born in New Bedford and I've tooled around that area, including Lowell which I understand is becoming trendy. I've written several posts about my adventures in New York, and I intend to return there sometime in the future. I may just take you up sometime on that drink. Take care. Steve
By: Chubby Chatterbox on November 15, 2014
i also have had wild monkey sex to the vibrations of a ship's engine -- sadly I was alone....
By: Glen on November 15, 2014
ROFL ... monkey sex. Never quite heard it described that way, but kudos to you and the Mrs. Tell me dear Stephen... does she ever read your posts?
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 15, 2014
Wild monkey sex? Oh how I wish I could honestly say that your imagery brought up some old very pleasant memories to me. Sigh.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on November 15, 2014
I really like this story, the guardian angel and the gift.
By: John on November 16, 2014
Thanks for yet another wonderful story.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on November 16, 2014
sweet story about the carved boat. pity it was lost but the memories stay forever.
By: lime on November 16, 2014
I assume you didn't have to dress for dinner on Posedonia?
By: Mitchell is Moving on November 24, 2014
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