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Old 11-02-2010, 04:59 PM   #41
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That's some boat right there. I'm sure there's pre-installed mermaids on board, too.
I tell you what, there are some seriously hot German women around here. A boatload of ugly ones, too, but a few of 'em... This afternoon at the kantina there was a young blonde in steel toed boots, overalls and a hardhat who I believe was an electrician- I honestly think it was the sexiest thing I have ever seen in my life.


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I know you're out expanding your horizons Joe, but I'm pretty sure that's a man.
Hey, it's the Netherlands. They're cool with it.



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Sounds like the Germans. What exactly are you doing to the boat again?
Outfitting two small broadcast studios at the top of the forward funnel (which has, without a doubt, the best view on the entire ship) as well as a few racks of gear in the primary media control room located deep within the bowels of the ship. Here's the location of the studios:

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and you didn't sneak a creeper pic? shame on you.
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and you didn't sneak a creeper pic? shame on you.
I would have, trust me. But I'd left my camera in my toolbox which was back on the ship.
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Is there a view of the pool from where you're working, and do you have binoculars?
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Is there a view of the pool from where you're working, and do you have binoculars?
Yes, the windows look directly down onto the pool deck. And no, you wouldn't want to. Right now it's still swarming with German shipyard workers. (The ship is still under construction- only the hull, the exterior, and a few of the more critical spaces like the bridge and engine room are actually 100% finished.)
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Next up, in the category of "things which do not translate well from one culture to another", this was the view out my hotel window this morning:


I so totally want to ride that ******.
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Interesting day.

Most of the ship's crew showed up today for embarkation, cabin assignment, and orientation. I'm talking about all of the "hotel staff" and "entertainment" positions- the cooks, the cleaners, the porters, the folks who will be wearing mickey mouse costumes, etc. Several hundred in all, from all across the globe, each with one large suitcase and a dazed and confused expression.

We're still at the shipyard, mind you, and the ship is still very much under construction. So the place is abuzz with forklifts, cranes, trucks, huge machinery, steelworkers, torches, cargo containers flying around overhead... it's probably one of the more dangerous work environments on earth, right after coal mining, crab fishing, and forward infantry.

So here are all of these people, mostly in their teens and twenties, who speak neither German nor English, standing around the dock in the freezing rain looking very uncomfortable in their reflective jackets and hard-hats, looking utterly bewildered and probably thinking "what the hell have I gotten myself into?


I think I have a pretty good idea what it must have been like to be at Ellis Island in 1910.
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That last line actually had me laughing out loud.
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Today's funny sighting at the shipyard:



Honestly, I have absolutely no clue what these ladies were here for. They weren't part of a tour group, they were in the working section of the yard.
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