June 21st, 2006



Wow. Just... wow.

I was fixing lunch when the phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and saw "Tampa FL" with a phone number. "Answer it, Sujin!" Jeffrey said from the computer. I debated for a second whether to answer it, but finally I thought, Why not? I answered, expecting someone wanting to speak to my parents.

"Is Jeffrey there?" a perky-sounding woman at the other end asked.

"Yes," I replied. "Would you like to speak to him?"

"Oh," she said. "Yes, please." So I abandoned my food preparation and took the phone to Jeffrey. I returned to my food and put it in the microwave (it's microwavable, and I was hungry) when Jeffrey said, "You're going to flip out, Sujin." I walked over to the computer in the hall where he and his friend Ethan were sitting.

"What?" I asked.

A few weeks before I returned from Agnes, Jeffrey, being the joker that he is, entered a drawing whose prize was a cruise. The woman was calling him to tell him that he won.

I didn't believe him. I had good reason to, after all--he's joking about almost everything. But then he showed me a piece of paper with a confirmation number and another phone number to call. "Wow," I said. "So who are you going to take?"

"I don't know," he replied. "I'd let you have it but your room gets more air flow than mine."

"You could let Mum and Dad have it," I suggested. Then I heard the microwave beep, so I ran to retrieve my food as Jeffrey called Mum at work. Mum told him to call the number and find out any catches before accepting. I took my food to the computer, Jeffrey put the phone on speakerphone, and he dialed. All three of us listened.

In the end it's a four day, three night cruise to the Bahamas, and it'll eventually cost around $300 USD for various things, plus transportation to and from Ft. Lauderdale. Oh, and they have to go on the cruise in the next twelve months. Either way, that really isn't the worst deal in the world. I'll keep you posted.
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Cruise Update

First, if you haven't already read the last entry, you're going to be lost--or at least slightly disoriented.

Back? Good.

It turns out that we have approximately four days to confirm when we're going to go, et cetera, and we have to go in the next twelve months. Mum and Dad probably aren't going to go, which was surprising. Hrm. Jeffrey and Ethan were making fun of the moonlight dinner over dinner tonight:

Jeffrey: So it's a, er, lovely evening.
Ethan: Jeffrey, did you bathe?

The scary part is that I could see that happening if Jeffrey went with one of his friends. Basically, he doesn't much fancy going; he just entered as a joke. So guess who that leaves?

That's right. Yours truly. I went through all my options, listing pros and cons. Finally, I thought, Wait a minute. Grandmother has never left the country as far as I know. Let's face it; she won't be around as long as I will (assuming an average lifespan for me; she's 81, for the curious) to travel the world. She needs to be able to see another part of the world, even if it is just south of Florida (it's to the Bahamas...wait a minute, did I not mention it in the last entry? Oops).

So I walked to her house (she lives down the road) to propose this idea to her. Mum had told her about it, but Grandmother didn't know much about it because Mum didn't know much about it. She tried to talk me out of it, tried to tell me to take one of my friends instead. I'd love to take a friend with me on this trip. I even considered it; I had made a mental list of pros and cons. In the end, I still thought she needed to travel and explore, which was why I was telling her this in the first place. Sure, we might wind up doing completely different things and see each other only at meals, but the overall experience will be fun.

She said she'd think about it. There's hope! She also said that if I did want to take a friend, she wouldn't get mad if I replaced her. Sure, we might wind up doing completely different things and see each other only at meals, but the overall experience will be fun.

I'm still amazed.
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