Day 7 - St. Thomas.
Lili noted that we were lucky to be on the cruise while the Northeast US was hit with a storm. She called her boyfriend, and he sent pictures of the snow outside the door. The electric was out, and he was stuck fending for himself - but not as well as if Lili were with him. But what’s most worrying is that a couple of trees fell down on her driveway and that they will need to be cleared before the end of weekend.
D&M flanking Lili and Marian in St. Thomas
In our area of the world, we went ashore with D&M to do some shopping. The stores near the dock were the usual jewelry, liquor, cigarette, and souvenir shops, all geared to make their money extracting money from tourists. I was able to find a bottle of cognac for $44 onshore that I’d have been charged $55 on board. You can guess where I bought my one bottle of booze this trip. What I found most interesting is the number of ex-mainlanders manning the shops. How do they afford living here?
Upon returning to the ship, I encountered no problems with security at the gate. I guess he’s seen it all and done it all already. It was good to get in air conditioned comfort. But I’ll miss the balmy air of the tropics.
Politics has been the topic of many of the conversations as of late, with most people I’ve met saying Washington DC has gone nuts. Even Lili is starting to get interested in what’s going on, and that says a lot about these strange times.
So far, Lili has lost enough money at the casino to pay for this trip twice over. I’m glad she has the assets to do this. As for me, I’m still up $10 from where I started. I expect that I’ll be down $20 by the end of the cruise. But that’s because I may get bored and be willing to play the slots a little more than planned.