Glad you are enjoying out tales of the cruise. Thank you for all the nice comments you all have been sending. All those wanting to know about Rusty..I am getting there..
...Here is part 3.
FIRST DAY IS AT SEA: We did not set the alarm for the first day but we were up by 7:45. We ordered room service for a pot of coffee and some danishes. They were very prompt(15 mins) and the coffee hot and the danishes were excellent. We did notice the ship rocking a little. The lady that brought us our room service told us that they had a storm during the night and that the sea was a little rough.Nothing bad but noticable.We finally got outselves up,dressed and out to explore the ship some more.We ended up in the Casino for a little non productive action. I was playing one of those quarter slider slots and this guy walked up and started talking to me. He ask me if I was having any luck. I said "not a bit" He ask if I wanted him to cheer me on.
I said "Yeah, I need all the help I can get" I was deep into playing this machine. He ask me if I wanted him to clap and cheer for me. I said "sure, it can't hurt" He ask me if I wanted him to yell for me or just leave me alone. Okay, I was deep in to this game and his voice sounded familiar, so I looked up and was going to make a funny wise crack at him and I was so shocked. It was one of my all time favorite NASCAR drivers, Bobby Allison and his wife.I grabbed his hand and shook it. He had this great big grin on his face. He laughed and said " I was just about to leave you alone" Then my brain got stupid and I blurted out. You're Bobby Allison!! (like he did'nt know who he was)
..we chatted a bit and he got a big kick out of trying to get me away from playing this machine. That was just one of the big highlights of this cruise. For those of you who don't know Mr Allison. He drove for many years and had a son(Davey) who was headed for greatness as a driver also until he had a tragic helicopter crash at the race track in Taladega, Ala.some years back. Never thought to ask for his autograph or take a picture but then I thought, he is on vacation and probably dont want to be bothered. But I will carry that memory for the rest of my life. The first NASCAR race I ever attended, He won it. That was back in 1986. We then had a picture taking session with Rusty Wallace. We all met in the Degas Lounge and his PR
man (Earl) game out and cracked a few jokes and told some funny stories as everyone was waiting to get their pic made with Rusty. Earl was quite a character. He told some really funny behind the scenes stories. He was almost a bigger hit than Rusty himself. We got our pic made and chatted a minute with Rusty and found out that he is really cool guy and very friendly. He made himself very accesible. He is also taller than he looks on TV. It was on to the Monet for lunch. This time I remember what I had. The tomato baguett(sp?) It was excellent. Stuffed with crabmeat. We then retired to the cabin for a little nap time before getting ready for the first formal night dinning. We went to the Blues Bar for one of the Captain's parties.
Open Bar and appitizers. I cant spell Horse duvers.>VBG< This was impressive. At dinner 1 other couple showed up at our table. Jim and Judy. They were originally from Toledo, OH but now live in Ocala, Fl. We really hit it off and they were a delight to dine with. We even planned a few outtings together and we seemed to really enjoy each other. Another delight on this trip.This was the way the rest of the trip went as far as dinning. Just us 2 couple at a table for 8. Earl stopped by to say hi and ask if we were having a good time. I thought that was special. I had the Prime Rib which was very tasty and tender, also served hot. DW had the stuffed Quail with herbs and a Lobster tail. She said it was very good. We also had the Lobster Bisque for a starter. That was the best I have ever had. For desert, I had a custard type dish and DW had the Tiramisu. Both were so good. After dinner we walked around the ship and enjoyed the warm night air and then off to bed. I thought that it just cant get any better than this and this is only the first day. Good Night.