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Welcome to Getting to Know You, DECEMBER** 2021 Edition, **month X of the old Roman Year.

 

 

RULES

 

1. Every weekday a question will be posted. (but see rule 7 re: weekends). 

 

2. In theory there is a 24 hour span to answer the question of the day before the next question is posted.

(But this is a frequently ignored rule; no one will delete your post if you have some catching up to do.)

 

 

3. Questions are going to be posted in a ten hour span: as early as 1 Minute after Midnite or as late as 10AM (Central Time Zone, U.S. ) i.e:

 

Midnite to 10AM Denton, TX time. 

~Or~

6AM to 1600 Dover, UK time. 

 

3a. Who am I kidding? It is really turning out to be as late as Noon Denton, time ~or~ 17:59 Dover, time.

 

4. For other quisitors: Should I fail to post a question please wait until after the 10 hour window to post a backstop question.

 

5. Anyone is encouraged to suggest future questions. Please send a PM to the current or any previous Quisitor. 

 

6. You do not have to answer every question to play. If a question feels like TMI or N/A simply wait for the next question or give a terse, concise mysterious answer

 

7. Weekend questions may be formatted as two or three day quest/projects, or multi-part related questions, posted on Fridays or Saturdays.

 

 

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updated the posting time. Bless you all for your patience.
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9 minutes ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

Well, my wife used to do cruises before she met me, and would like me to try one.  So, I’m sure that I will try it out eventually.  However, I haven’t up until now because it just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing I’m interested in doing.  If I do travel it’s because I want to see something/somewhere in particular, and I would want to experience it at my own speed, so port calls doesn’t sound much like it matches.  As the family cook, having someone else do the cooking sounds like a good idea, and my wife informs me that I could probably give my dancing skills a work-out, but I am rather hobbit-like in temperament, and would generally prefer to relax in my own burrow, surrounded by my books and miniatures, and able to reach out and get whatever I felt like I wanted to do next.  If I didn’t want to cook, I could always have food delivered, or check out untested local restaurants. 

 

So, not having cruised, nor served in the Navy or Merchant Marine, the longest salt water voyage I’ve been on was a ferry trip from North Sydney Nova Scotia to Argentia Newfoundland, with my family and minivan.  That’s about a 16 hour trip, so respectable for a car ferry. 😁

 

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13 minutes ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

Been there done that, US Navy for 22 years. Mostly Atlantic-Med cruises on the USS Saratoga and USS Forrestal (9 months was the longest). But if I do decide to do a pleasure cruise it would have to be the Viking River cruise that goes along the Danube and Rhine rivers. Or a super luxury Pacific one on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth (lotto win necessary for that one 😄).

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32 minutes ago, TGP said:

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Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

When I was a young fellow, I was a great fan of James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. I dreamed of sailing the South Seas. 

That said, I have never considered taking a cruise. It just never entered my mind.

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24 minutes ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

I've considered it, but it would really depend of the type of trip. I don't care much for resorts, be they floating or not, so the port destination(s) better be worth it.

 

Otherwise, the longest I've been over salt water would be the ferries between the mainland and Newfoundland island (ports of North Sydney and Port-aux-Basques). First time when I moved to the island. Second time when I moved away. About 174km (~110 miles) and nearly 7 hours of overnight sea fairing each way (ignoring waiting time). Booking a cabin is possible, but optional.

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34 minutes ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

Never done one, and currently wouldn't consider going on one. Maybe in a few years. I'd rather do a river cruise in Europe than go on an open water cruise.

 

Hard to recall if I've ever been on only salt water. NYC's harbor is a mix of fresh and salt water, if that'll count? If so, then the length of a ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island.

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58 minutes ago, TGP said:

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Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

I've never been on a cruise before, but I'd give one a try.  The longest voyage on salt water I've ever made was a midnight gambling boat thing; but I've had longer flights over oceans than that, so it hardly counts.

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

Never been on one but might consider it.   My biggest issue is they're not exactly cheap.  Might consider the goth or furry cruises but we shall see. 

 

Longest ferry trip I've been on was the three hours between North and south Island of New Zealand....  If we don't count that one time we had to wait ten hours to catch a BC Ferries ferry that one time... 

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing?

Might have once. Not anymore. 
 

 

1 hour ago, TGP said:

If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

Almost 3 miles, on a car ferry, that did maybe 8 knots or so. 

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

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Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

Nope, when I go on vacation I tend to try and be around as few people as possible. Being stuck on a ship with a bunch of annoying people, their kids, and whatever diseases they've brought along sounds like a nightmare to me. The longest I've been on saltwater was one of those all day open water fishing trips my dad took me on. You get on a decent sized boat, they cruise out to international waters, open a bar, and start fishing. Took about 8 hours if I remember correctly.

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

So far they don't really appeal to me, they mostly seem like everything I don't like about "vacations" that other people take.  I know there are some "geeky" ones now, those might be interesting. Reapercon at Sea, anyone?
Like others, those river cruises look more appealing to me (I mean, come on, I'd take castles over beaches most days).

 

Longest voyage for me has also been the Newfoundland ferries.  We did the Port aux Basques one both ways, so 8-9 hours each way I think.
We avoided water travel when I was growing up.  My Dad gets seasick very easily. He struggled with the PEI ferries (a half hour or so?) and back when there were two we'd usually take the shorter PEI to NB one.

He even got seasick on the boat tour of Pearl Harbor (the seas were a bit rough that day....)

 

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1 hour ago, TGP said:

DEC 1

Is going on a cruise something you’d consider doing? If you’ve never done that, what was the longest voyage on salt water you have ever made?

 

Probably not a conventional cruise. Viking river cruises sound fun, but I'm not old enough yet. I loved the tall ships at Boston and Salem, so taking a weeklong trip as a crew member on one of those up and down the New England coast is much more appealing. Of course, the Nile would be super fun, but they take out at the cataracts (big whitewater!) 

 

Like @Thoramel, I don't want to go on a big cruise boat with other people and their kids. I wouldn't need to voyage across the Styx with Charon after that one, I'd already be there. 

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