Friday, February 17, 2006

Pirates, and then PIRATES

Hey everyone! Just a quick recap on the past few days here on the mighty "Pacific Sky - my Home away from Home"... the night before last night was "fright night", so everyone (passengers and crew) dress up as ghosts and ghouls etc... (yes, 1 Halloween every cruise...just no candy...). Having said that, there are also photos taken as well, but this time around, we dress up as Pirates and jump into the photos with the passengers....guess who was a pirate this time?! YARRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! We're talkin a full blown pirate costume: triangular hat with a skull and crossbones, a black curly "I'm Rick James, Bitch!" wig, a red and black and gold jacket that would make Elton beam with jealousy, white tights (a Freddy Mercury joke should go here), and even a sword, parrot on the shoulder, and golden earrings to match.....but the icing on the cake: the beard....we take a cork from a wine bottle and light it on fire. Then we blow it out and smear it on our faces... I will update everyone with a photo soon (seeing as now there are about 500 photos of me as a pirate on this ship)....Picture Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook in "Hook" and that was me....hell ya :)

Stewart, Matt, Szymon, and myself had a total blast that night, by the end of the photos, we were hoisting up grannys on our shoulders and making the guys wear our hats....and the funny thing? They loved it. I am proud to say that I was even in a swordfight with an 80 year old man with a cane. Boy, did he surprise the hell outta me! A wooden sword versus a titanium cane? And the reach on that thing, my God! We all felt like kids again, it was such an experience. The biggest Gong Show on this ship yet. I mean, c'mon.....how many people can say "hey, I work as a Pirate sailing through the Indian Ocean"....

Now for the other part....of the real Pirates... The next few days we are approaching Asia, and there are threats of Real Pirates boarding the cruise ships. See, what they do is this: they tie two of their ships together with a long rope that floats on the water.....then our ship goes in between them, undetecting the rope, and as we keep going, we basically pull the two boats right alongside us....sounds kinda cool, but really....I dont want to be here if they come around.

However, having seen how that man and his cane fight...I feel pretty safe ;)

Finally, in closing...I will leave you all with a little something Aden (irish guy) says to all of us at the end of every night...

"See you all in the next cartoon!"

6 comments:

-- Heather in Beautiful British Columbia said...

Okay....that's it............. I have to ask why you aren't being published? You are a GREAT storyteller!!! Perhaps the Calgary Herald? would like to run a series on a home town boy dueling with the world....Heather

Michael Wachniak said...

mwahahahahaha, my one fan is by far the best, isnt she? :) thanks Heather, you are awesome! I somehow doubt anyone in Calgary would like to hear me rambling about dirty-faced pirates or old men and canes...although, if I added "Go Flames!" at the end...I might make it to front page!

I just finished up in the lab, its 2:20am, Island night is over (hawaii theme)...4 seadays and then Asia!

Hillory said...

I finally made a blog too. Though I can't say I'll use it. Who Knows? You truly are a gifted story teller little bro. Just put white light around the boat whenever you worry about pirates--that should solve the problem--Hell , it sure makes life exciting all the risks involved. Do You need me to email you the bank info again? This wednesday you will have been gone a month: How are you holding up? Asia will be cool to see. It's hard to wrap ones mind around how truly different Asia is: but then how truly the same too, in a we're human beings all connected, All in search of the same things. I miss you and Look forward to you next post.

-- Heather in Beautiful British Columbia said...

Hi Mike,

Here's my blog site:
http://altissimo4me.blogspot.com/
Thanks to you I finally started it! There will be a lot of catch-up, but once this saga is finished I hope to be able to continue with all our journeys - we hope to get out to the West Coast again this summer - then maybe to Alaska in 2007. I linked your site - perhaps I'll get a comment - ooooh, that would be exciting! Hey, you have 2 fans now - soon the world will be taking notice... Heather

Ben said...

Hey Mike, I love hearing about all of your adventures in a far away world! Keep up all the posts! By the way, when are you going to be putting some of your pics to your website?
Look foward to reading your next post! - Ben C.

Michael Wachniak said...

You all really know how to make a guy blush lol!

I am just updating my blog right now with an entry or two (internet was down for a day and a half), got some sad/weird info to write about (see blog)...and Ben, its about !@#$ time I heard from ya haha. I cant use the CDROMS here on the ship so i cant update with photos...so next time I am in port (Port Kelang, KualaLumpur Malasia) in two days, I will have about 12 hours to run around and find an internet cafe...if not, then Singapore the 2 days after aight? peace out!