October 16, 2008
I guess part of living near the ocean comes with gambling cruise ships. Who would have thunk it?
So I went on The SunCruz Casino boat that putters out three miles into the Atlantic Ocean before they can even flip a card or roll a pair of dice. There is NO gambling in the state of Florida, so you have to be out in international waters. It was a beautiful evening, the intercostal waters were calm, serene, peaceful. Ahhh.....I love living by the ocean.
Let me rephrase that....I love living by a CALM ocean.
I have developed a new respect for Mother Nature and her ways.
There were all kinds of boats docked....I started to think I was on the set of The Deadliest Catch. I love that show....but only ON TV.
I look around me to see smiling faces as the boat leaves the dock and cruises out towards the Atlantic ocean...
Music is filling the air and my ears, food is being served and everyone is in a gay mood. (Ahem...gay as in happy)
I'm not exactly sure how it started or when it happened, but the calm ocean turned into the angry ocean and the gay, happy people that were swaying to the music were now swaying to try to stand still on the boat.
I see people digging in their pockets or purses for Dramamine.
I see the previously tan people turn a shade of green that matched the billiard tables and its as if I can hear everyone's stomach screaming at them.... I didn't feel as sick as I did dizzy. Now, I knew I hadn't been drinking, but being on that boat made my question my sobriety.
We hit the 3 mile marker in the ocean and I'm not sure who Mother Nature was pissed at, but I wasnt so sure I even wanted to know anymore....
I started contemplating jumping overboard. I was estimating in my dizzy head how long it would take the Coast Guard to come rescue me, if I was in the water.
I chose NOT to jump and instead stumbled across deck to find a chair.
I cannot imagine how stupid I looked "trying" to walk a straight line and simply sit in the chair, only to end up hanging on the pole and my friends in an attempt to sit down, lol.
Once seated I felt a little better, but watching people get sick, usually does a person in. I ended up sitting in that damnblasted chair for FOUR hours that night, unable to move, all because Mother Nature was in a pissed off mood.
I saw alot that night. I saw the well put together jocks stumble and forget their pride, I saw the smiling stripper girls who came in 4" stilletos and little tight skirts, stop smiling & wishing they had panties on under that tight skirt. I assume they didnt expect to be sitting down that night, lol.....
And to top it off, I saw one of the Poker Dealers PASS out cold and hit the casino floor. You know its bad when the Dealers pass out and a wheelchair is brought to rush them to the Medic.
Finally I saw a force not to be reckoned with.
Mother Nature. Do NOT mess with her, she means business.