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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: November 12, 2012

Mad Dogs And Englishman, Part II

Our cruise ship, the Grand Princess, resumed the voyage to Valletta, Malta, two days at sea away. My brothers-in-law and I found a hot tub and met the most interesting British people who joined us in the tub.

One gentleman was from the British Isle of Guernsey. He said that his island was captured by the Nazis during World War II. The residents of the island therefore experienced a period of no food and cruel Nazi rule. The people were forced to eat all their famous Guernsey cows. Guernsey is closer to France than it is to England. The people from Guernsey still have not forgiven Winston Churchill and the English for letting them suffer during the war.

The food on board the ship was quite good. We ate in a steak restaurant one evening and an Italian restaurant another night. In the morning, we hurried off to the exercise room to work off all the added calories. Walking around the deck was another good exercise.

I introduced my sister-in-law, Louise, to the game of Black Jack at the casino. She said she enjoyed Black Jack more than the mindlessness of playing the slot machines. However, I could not convince her to stick on 13 when the dealer showed a 6 or less.  

Life aboard a cruise liner is fun. Each day we played a rugged match of Scrabble. We watched soccer and cricket (which we don’t understand) on the “telly.” The evening shows were quite good, with outstanding British entertainers. One night, we watched a chanteuse named Siobhan Phillips sing Nessun Dorma. She sang it almost as well as Pavarotti. Her cockney throwaway lines were very funny, like “I’ve had a breast reduction, now I have only two.”

I went to the ship’s library for a Scrabble tournament. I had a match with a British entrepreneur named Dave. He was a pro. Dave came with a Scrabble timer and Scrabble dictionary. He whipped me, 350 to 300. Great match!

To be continued next week….

News

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.

Kids love amusement parks, and they especially love one aspect of these fanciful places above all others — the twists, turns and death-defying loops of the mighty roller coaster. Given the chance, it’s likely that almost any child would love the chance to actually build one of their own.

Susan Sears of Port Jefferson runs an ongoing series of science classes aimed at stimulating the growing minds of children. Recently, she was holding one of them at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Roller Coaster design, which she described as “a physics lesson disguised as fun.”


Calendar

Joel Zelnik And Move

Saturday, Aug. 23

Beyond Bereavement

Monday, Aug. 25

Reminiscing With Veterans

Tuesday, Aug. 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com