Thursday, April 26, 2007

50 cents beer...



This blog will soon be taking a different turn. No, I am not changing the template... Rather, I am going on tour. An extended one. Tired of living the double life of day job / music playing, I've decided to take the plunge and embark on the cruise ship musician journey. Some would call it La-La land for wanabes. I'd rather call it Candyland for musicians : getting paid very well to play 3 hours a day of cheesy music and seeing the world for free. Oh ! and 50 cents beer. What more could I ask for ?

As last minute details are being worked on, I am finding myself at a lost on to what to bring with me on the ship. I know I'll be gone for at least 6 months and will go through the 4 seasons. I can also only bring 1 suitcase with me. I've never been a good packer and I find myself wanting to bring more momentos than actual clothes. So far, the only things ready are my MP3 and the digital picture frame... not good. More important things always seem to come up : watching Grey's , playing Mah Jong or reading my horoscope... I seem to have the attention spam of a 5 years old when it comes to packing.

I know I'll be bringing a laptop (free unlimited wifi connection on board !!!), my camera, my MP3, my trumpets (duh !) and a digital picture frame. I've also started a list of DVD's I'll be bringing and I've enrolled in 2 online classes and an intensive gym program to keep busy. But that won't get me very far. I definitely need help.

Any suggestions ??

* For the ones wondering ; the alcool part had already been covered as beer on board is 50 cents and hard liquor and wine, $1.25...

8 comments:

Janet said...

You know...that kind of sounds like fun! Think the ship needs a photographer or two?

Janet said...

Ooops, and hi, Michele sent me!

spagirl said...

I think it sounds like a wonderful fun adventure!
Michelle sent me.

Becky68 said...

That sounds like so much fun, I'm sure some of it will seem like a chore, but only 3 hours a day or night of actual work is pretty good.
Here from Micheles

calliope said...

congrats honey!!
This is big, big news.
You can't go wrong with cotton layers: short sleeved/long sleeved, skirts over pants...
I am so glad you will have wi-fi- I think posts from sea is awesome.

Diane Mandy said...

Could you define "extended"? Can you tell me which cruise line?

Just a trumpet player said...

Calliope : Thanks ! And having illimited access to Wifi means I'll be able to vent as often as I want about the highs and lows of the life at sea... 30 guys and 1 chick ; I'll have a lot to bitch about !

Diane Mandy : I'll be touring for a minimum of 6 months, with possibility to extend the contract.
That's a long time for only 1 suitcase !

I cannot say for wich cruiseline or ship I'll be working for... sorry. I promised I wouldn't mention them in any posts (they did inquired about blogs...)but I'll make sure to find a good nickname for them and I'm pretty sure my description of the scenery and the many pictures I'll post will give away my exact location...

rosemary said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog. I think this sounds like a great adventure and happy you will have the wifi. I am no good at packing suggestions because I always over pack and take stupid things like hats and scarves for Italy in season. I will keep checking your site every day as usual.