Monday, May 19, 2008

Where do Old Ships Go?

So those of you that know me know that I like to travel. You also know that I enjoy cruises quite a bit. I occasionally look around online and see if I can find any deals for cruises and think that if I can I would go. So this past weekend as I was looking around I started thinking about my past cruises and wondered about all those ships.

The first cruise I went on was on the SS Norway from Norwegian Cruise Lines. I was pretty sure that it was no longer sailing with them but was curious as to where it was and what it was doing. So I decided to google it and here is what I found.

This boat since 1999 has had quite a story, we traveled on it in 1993. On May 28th of 1999 it had a fire on board and the boat had to be evacuated and then taken out of service until it was repaired. It then continued service again for the next 4 years.

On My 25th 2003, almost 4 years to the day later, while in the Port of Miami there was an explosion in the boiler room. Several of the crew lost their lives and the Norway was towed around for the next few years pretty much not having any plans or being repaired. It was slated to go to the Asian Market and then they were going to turn it into a floating luxury hotel in the Middle East. None of these plans ever worked. Finally it was sold to a company that was responsible for scrapping ships.

Many people really wanted to save the Norway and tried but they could not make it happen. It was tied up in court for quite a while due to the asbestos that was used in it's counstruction, their could not be any destruction until they knew it could happen safely. Eventually the SS Norway was renamed Blue Lady and on August 15th, 2006 the Norway was run aground and beached in the waters off India where she would be cut up for scrap use and disassembled.

Below I put together a slideshow of the pictures that I could find of the Norway's final days. I am sure there still may be a couple of lost receipts with a lot of Michelob Lights and Strawberry Daiquiris. But even more than that I am sure are a lot of memories. If you are interested in the entire story you can find it here:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Clearing out the Cob Webs....

WOW!!!! How long has it been? You don't have to answer I know it has been over a year. But I think it is time for me to begin blogging again. So I have cleaned out the cobwebs and dusted everything off, it is time to write again.

I have had a lot on my mind recently and figured this would be a good place to begin sharing. The other day at work I was talking with an old friend and she made the comment to me that I really did find the perfect job for me. As I pondered her observation I was wondering if I really had. If that was the case, then why did I feel so unfulfilled and why is it I feel like I want to be doing so much more? But then if people think this then maybe I do not realize that perhaps it is the perfect fit for me.

The more that thought has resonated in my head the more uncomfortable I have become with this notion that I was in my perfect job. I do like what I do and I think I do a good job but after doing it for about 4 years now I think it is really time for me to find something new. I don't know that I believe it is the perfect job for me, I think I just do a good job of it and people recognize it.

So what is it I want to do? I really have no clue. There are so many things that I have dreamed of and so many avenues I want to pursue I never know which way to turn. What I do know is that I have not tried my best to get that. I have been comfortable in this job that is apparently "right" for me. It is difficult to step outside of the comfort zone. I tend to make a million excuses not to go get what I really want. I guess inside sometimes I think if I get my dream then what. It is no longer a dream at that point and what will I desire next.

I don't know the answers to all these things. What I do know is, I want to pursue new things. I want to step outside of my box and challenge myself. I know that as much as I like living in Texas and love my house, I want to be closer to my family. Since none of them are thinking about moving to Texas, I guess I need to think about moving back to them.

Well, there you have a few of the thoughts that have been in my head. I look forward to sharing more and hopefully bringing whoever wants along on my journey ahead. I promise it will not be a year before my next blog. Now I am off to where I do some of my best thinking. Laying in bed before falling asleep. Night for now!