Friday, May 8, 2015

Day 3, May 6, 2015, Serenity Crossing – Second day at sea

We got up at about 8:15 and went out for a walk at 8:45.  This was tight as we had to get back to get ready for talks at 10 and 11 and trivia at noon.  So, we only went for about 45 minutes and did 3.2 miles and about 5500 steps.  Just like yesterday it is overcast, 72 degrees, but not nearly as windy as yesterday (yesterday there were about 10 ft seas, lots of white caps, and strong winds).  It didn’t take nearly as much effort to walk (or we are getting stronger which I seriously doubt).

The first talk of the day was by Hollywood Agent Celebrity Manager/Producer Brian Gendece.  His talk was about Jerome Robbins, a Director and Choreographer on Broadway.  He had an amazing career doing shows like West Side Story, Gypsy,  Peter Pan, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, and the King and I.  It was a fascinating talk about how Jerome was such a perfectionist, even choreographing where the dancers hands were, where they looked and how there were supposed to breathe.  He won many, many Tonys.

The 11am talk was by Ken Rees, who did a port talk on Bermuda.  Ken did a nice job, discussing the history of Bermuda and what we might see in our explorations there.

At 12:05 (leaving time for the Captain to do his daily briefing, for example, we are in 5000 meter waters), we joined trivia.  We lost two of our original teammates and so the four of us slogged through the questions.  The one we found most interesting was how many of the seven wonders of the ancient world are still standing (the answer was one).  One team got 14/15 right and won the daily prize.  We didn’t even come close.

We had a quick lunch in Tastes, both of us having the Rueben sandwich (which was amazing).  They were live streaming the 1:30 talk, which was titled “A Musical Sinatra”, where USC Film School Professor Drew Casper briefly discussed Sinatra and his foray into musicals.  That was then followed by a screening of the 1949 film “On the Town.”  Which, by the way, was an adaptation of a ballet that Jerome Robbins had created.  The film was a great example of that era of filmmaking, however about half way through the sound cut out on the stream and so we missed the end (we did watch it later as it was rebroadcast).

We finished our blog and then got ready for dinner.  

The reason was at 4pm there was a “Inside the Show: Walkin’ After Midnight”.  Actor-Director Loren Lester hosted a half hour show where he talked with Carter Calvert (who was performing at 5pm) about how she got into show business.  He also chatted with her drummer husband Roger Cohen.  It was the first time that they have done an “Inside the Show” and it was a really cool idea.  You got a good feeling for the performer.  Carter was previously doing a two woman show with Sally Struthers called “Always …. Patsy Cline” where she played Patsy Cline and Sally was a fan.  Tonight she was doing Walkin’ After Midnight, a collection of Patsy Cline songs.  She was amazing.  She sounded just like Patsy Cline.  It was a wonderful show (sorry it is blurry).

After that, we went to the Crystal Cove for a quick drink and then we went to Silk Road for dinner at 6:30.  

The evening started with us splitting a Shrimp Tempura Sushi Roll.  It was excellent.  

Bob then had Vegetable Spring Roll with Nobu Maui Onion Salsa, while Julie had the Spicy Creamy King Crab dish with Creamy Spicy Sauce, Masago and Scallions.  

For the next course, Bob had Tempura vegetables with traditional dipping sauce, while Julie had the steamed clam soup special.  

We enjoyed the sushi roll so much that we ordered another for our next course.  Finally we had our entrees.  Bob had the Grilled Australian “Wagyu Beef” Rib Eye Steak  on Wok-Fried Vegetables with Three Kinds of Sauce: Anticuccho, Terriyaki, and Nobu-StyleWasabi-Pepper. 

Julie had the Nobu-Style Lobster with Truffle-Yuzu Sauce which is Stir-Fried Lobster with Garlic, Asparagus, Shitake Mushrooms and Snap Peas.  It was finished with Nobu-Style Truffle-Yuzu Sauce.  

For dessert, Julie had the Suntory Whiskey Cappuccino with Buttermilk Ice Cream, Topped with Whiskey Foam.  Bob had the Chocolate Soufflé Cake served with Homemade Sesame Ice Cream.

After dinner, we went to the Jimmy Travis, a musical comedian from Tennessee.  He played some funny songs, told jokes and was very funny.  It was a great show.

After that, we went to the Avenue Saloon and listened to the piano player for a few minutes and then went to bed.  We did a bit over 10,000 steps and about 7 miles.

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