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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Seabourn did a very good job yesterday with the Sommeliers Lunch. It was in the main dining room, and although we never eat dinner there because we really prefer the atmosphere elsewhere, it is much nicer at lunchtime. Here is the menu which we thought was the best of any meal we have had had thus far on our cruise.


Champagne: Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label.


Yellowtail Himachi Crudo, avocado purée, artichoke hearts Kalgan caviar or Carmelized figs and apples Liver parfait mousse carmelized honey


Wine: Domaine Daniel Etienne Defaix Chablis Leroy’s’s Cru de Cote de Lechet 2020


Maine Lobster Risotto Parmesan crisps, chive emulsion


Wines Sonoma Valley Jordan Chardonnay 2016 and Napa Valley Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Thyme Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Shallot Confit or Dover Sole Meunière

Douro Valley Graham’s Port


Brioche Crusted Brie with wine jello carmelized walnut crumble or Grandmarnier parfait with basil syrup poached cherry tomato

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Today is the last day of the first segment of the cruise. Some passenger get off and some new passengers get on. This means, among other things, that there will be a trivial, pursuit winner, and with some contrived scoring methods, every team could still win.


Every member of the tea I am on is, by happenstance, taking the whole cruise so we will stay together during all future segments.


Yesterday’s most interesting question was to name all the countries in the world that still use the shilling as part of its currency. There are four and the UK is not one of them. Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are the four.

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The family law world and several other worlds are reeling at the passing of Ed Snyder. A huge number of people either made very nice comments on my Facebook post or sent me private messages and emails or called me to commiserate. So many were so nice. The majority of comments, and this is by no means a criticism, it is an observation, said something like “sorry for your loss”. Since there are no words that adequate to use when a close friend dies, everything that one writes is totally fine and appreciated.


What is niggling in my brain, maybe in my heart is more accurate, is that I wish there were some way of expressing the magnitude of losing some one who was a great friend to so many, an outstanding lawyer for decades, and someone so many knew could be counted on to be there for others so consistently.


A vast number of people die every day. Many, maybe most are loved by others and had some unusual or outstanding attributes that distinguished them from everyone else. Almost everyone who dies is mourned by someone. What I am writing may not make much sense even to me. I think I am just frustrated at not being able to convey the significance, the ripple effect, if you will, of Ed Snyder’s no longer being on this earth. I can promise that the world is worse without him.

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Tomorrow we are in Papeete overnight. I am more than happy to get off this ship and just walk around. We have been to Papeete before so have experienced the highlights.

The internet has substantially improved which is good. We lost another hour last night and are now fours hours earlier than e.s.t..

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One comment about the Chinese spy balloon shot down once it was over water and the fall out could not endanger any lives. I think that was the right decision, but the Republicans are criticizing it. They, apparently want to shoot down the balloon right away. Why? What was the upside?


By the way, when Trump was in this position, he did not act as Majorie Taylor Greene says Biden should have acted. The woman really is a menace.


Still, to me, the bigger question is “why when a problem faces our country, are we focused first on making political hay out of it rather than trying to govern together to find the best solution? “America first” is the real Big Lie. We are not putting our country first. We are putting ourselves first and that is wrong in many instances.

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See you tomorrow. At least that is my plan.

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Go Ukraine

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