The Greatest Show in the World

November 7, 2007 -

John Heald

Remember my friend Murphy and his law?…………well he is back again even at 30,000 feet. Here I am sitting on British Airways flight 240 from Miami to London Heathrow and the plane is full of……….FRENCH PEOPLE………hundreds of them including the man next to me…………typical….absolutely typical that something like this would happen.

Once the seat belt sign had been taken off I got this lap dancer computer out and thought I would start writing a blog thingy to you all. We just had a bit of turbulence and as the plane hit a pothole my French friends who seem to be dominating the seats around me let out various expressions of “Ooh La La” and the man next to me evening said something that sounded like “Sacrablur” what ever that means…………anyway Pierre is now doing something on his computer as well…….I hope he cannot read this………let’s make sure……….the man next to me smells of garlic and has a nosed the size of the Eiffel Tower …………….nope………guess he can’t.

The last four days have been a whirlwind of meetings and charging around Miami and last night I got to see ……….well……hang on and I will tell you all about that later. I must admit that I amore tired now than I was on the ship but they have been a productive four days. I had, as I mentioned in the last blog a meeting about Carnival’s future plans plus a meeting about the bloggers cruise ………oh, did you enjoy the video? We will be posting more video clips soon as well. I also got to see all the folks in the entertainment office in Miami and we held a barbecue at Roger Blum’s house which was excellent even though he forced us to eat with plastic knife and forks.

On its way to my house in the UK is a huge box. Within the box are hundreds …….. yep …………hundreds of cards and letters and packages from all of you to Heidi and I and Alan as well. My suitcase was full so I mailed the box home ……..ok…………Chris Prideaux did the mailing. I want to say though how touched I was that you still take the time to write and send gifts…………that is really amazing considering the diluted form the blog has taken the last few days. I am so grateful and so thankful and proud to call all of you dear friends.

I have also been reading all your comments and very soon I will reply to as many as I can if forthcoming blogs…..hang in there.

Talking of friends, I spoke briefly yesterday to Todd on the Carnival Freedom. She is in the middle of her TA now and will arrive home to Miami on the 11th. They have had some rough days weather-wise but I understand from Todd that all are having fun and the cruise is going very well. I still am wracked by moments of guilt that I am not there with them though. On that note I think it’s time to try and get some sleep. First though it’s time to enjoy the wonderful food that awaits me here as we fly the friendly skies. My choices are beef in a red wine sauce, chicken chassaure or something called spinach flakes ……. now……this is British Airways…….the key word being British……..look at this menu…….where the hell is the spotted dick and shepherds pie………….am I am on the wrong plane or is this Air France…………I ordered the beef so time to put the computer away and get some grub down my neck ……take my diabetic pill ……….and get some sleep……..bon nuit (French for good night….I think.)

Hello, it’s 2 pm now and here I am sitting in my office at home feeling shattered. Sleep ignored me on the plane and instead of being able to tour the land of slumber I watched two movies and listened to Pierre snoring away. It wasn’t just snoring but he also periodically made some lip smacking noises as well….he was really getting on Mon nerves.

The movies I watched were also getting on my nerves. The first was Oceans 13 which unless you were a rocket scientist…….and I as you know am not………you had no idea what the hell was going on except there seemed to be a bunch of good looking men posing in a casino. It also contained more terrible attempts at English accents from that actor although the worst ever has to be Kevin Costner in Robin Hood. I think Kevin knew this as well as he gave up half way through the movie. Anyway, after Oceans 13 came Die Hard part 57. The movie was OK and the effects brilliant but it was ruined ………how? …………well even with noise reducing headphones and the fact that Bruce was blowing up the entire world, through the bangs and gunshots the only true noise I could hear was Pierre snoring away probably dreaming of an all you can eat frogs legs and garlic buffet.

OK, off to see Alan so time to save this thingy in drafts and hopefully not delete everything I have written so far…….back soon.

OK, here I am now at my Mum and Dad’s having just returned from seeing Alan. He looks good despite all he has been through and next week I will take him for his Gamma treatment. He has no vocal cords so can hardly speak and he needs to eat a trough of pasta as quick as he can. His positive attitude is extraordinary and he wanted me to once again say a huge thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Alan told me that knowing thousands of people he had never met before really helped him get through the dark times now and any that may be waiting for him in the future.

Tomorrow morning I am going to drive him to our favorite breakfast spot and shove eggs and bacon down his throat if he likes it or not. It is nearly dinnertime. It’s wonderful that I live close to Mum and dad especially with Heidi being away in Holland with her Mum.

Tonight, Mum is cooking one of my favorites……Toad in the Hole and in tribute to Pierre she is using real toad.

Last night………….no………sorry………the night before last I got to do something that I will never forget. I had done this once before but this time the experience was historic. Now, some of you are thinking what is he talking about……….did he have another Turkish Bath, did he meet Catherine Zeta Jones or did he get to pass gas in a plane full of French people?…………..Well one of those is true but I am referring to the fact that I went to my second ever Miami Heat basketball game. I went with a family called Mr and Mrs. Bentley who live in Miami. They knew that I was in town and invited me along. The last time I went was with all the Cruise Directors and we sat on the back row of the nosebleed section and I must admit I was ……….well……….bored. This time however Mr and Mrs. Bentley and their two kids who are both in their early twenties invited me to join them and we had seats so close you feel every emotion the players do…… was unbelievable.

Now the game itself was against the Charlotte Bobtails or something and we lost………yes……….I know………the Heat lost……….it went down to the last minute and we lost as we did against the Pistons which means I lost a bet with a blogger and now have to wear Big Ed’s underwear………as a hat.

However, the fact that we lost did not take away the spectacle that will be one I never forget. I wonder if Mr and Mrs. Bentley know how lucky they are as season ticket holders to see this kind of spectacle whenever they want. The players are sportsmen and entertainers and this combination makes what they do the greatest show I have ever seen and I want to thank my friends for allowing me a chance to experience this performance for myself, it will be a night I will never forget.

On the court was Shaquille O’Neal and other famous players but one man stood out for me …..a young lad called Quinn……….I can’t remember his first name but I do remember Mr. Bentley who seems to know everything about the team telling me that he was caught in a draught and came to Miami or something. Anyway, the reason he stood out was not because my basketball knowledge is such that I can tell you he was a great shooter, passer and dribbler (is that a word?) although he certainly looked like he was a great all round player……….no, the reason he stood out was he was the smallest player on the field and more important than that……………he smiled……he laughed……….he grinned from ear to ear and I got the impression that he realised that he was realizing a boyhood dream and he intended to relish every single minute. Don’t be surprised if you hear more about this kid because if he keeps smiling and having fun then I am sure he will become a star.

It goes to show that what ever you do in life…whatever your career path …..if you have fun and enjoy what you do you can become the best at what you do………..good luck Mr. Quinn and reach for the stars…..well……..the hoop thingy first please.

It is also amazing how sports can change someone as well as in the case of Mr. Bentley. I have known him to always be mild and calm and someone who never displays his emotions in public. However this all changed during the game as he discussed politely with the referees his concerns about their eyesight.  I wish Heidi could have been with me to see this. I missed her during the game especially as sitting in the seats next to Mr. Bentley was a young couple in their early twenties who were so obviously suffering from the early stages of love. In fact, they hardly watched the game and instead spent the entire show looking deeply into each others eyes. She was beautiful by the way and I don’t blame the young man for doing so. It reminded me of Heidi and I when we first met and I made a silent bet with myself that these two would be married very soon……..if I was him I would do it sooner rather that later…….he was no oil painting and as an ugly man myself. As soon as I met Heidi I knew I had to get married quickly….I suggest he does the same. I didn’t see anyone famous at the game except George Hamilton………..he is definitely stalking me.

After the game we went for dinner to a very posh restaurant on South Beach and being an idiot I forgot the name. It was amazing and the food was superb. I was really hungry and wanted to order straight away but we had to wait while the Bentley’s beautiful daughter removed the various communication devices from her purse. Cell phones, raspberrys and a new one called a Scape or scope or who the hell knows but the table looked like Nokia had opened a superstore. I guess being beautiful and blessed with a great sense of humour as she is that she needs thousands of mega bite thingies to stay in touch with all her friends.

I tried to pay for dinner to thank them for the wonderful night but Mrs. Bentley refused and when I tried to argue she threatened to hit me over the head with the remains of Mr. Bentley’s baked potato which was the size of me.

A great game, a great night and a great family to enjoy it with. Basketball players earn a lot of money and some say that sports stars are overpaid but that night for me………they earned every penny.

Here are some photos of two great basketball stars.

two great basketball stars

two great basketball stars

two great basketball stars

OK, time for bed as tiredness is getting the better of me and I know I will get a good night sleep. Not because I am in my own bed but because I won’t have a snoring Frenchman next to me.


Your friends

John and Heidi

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40 Responses to The Greatest Show in the World

  1. Sheryl Pelton says:

    John, Now we have you back in rare form! How good it is to have a real blog again! Thanks so much for the update on Alan! He is so lucky to have such a good friend as you!!! Basketball is a great sport and much more fun to watch in person than on the TV. When does Heidi come home? You have a few more days of bathroom freedom since she is not there! How nice that you are so close to your parents, and lucky for you that your mom is such a good cook! Please have her send some more recipies–I’ve made a couple of them and they were delicious! Thanks again for taking some of your precious vacation time to write a blog thingy to all of us! We’ve missed you!!!!, and your witty humor! (spelled wrong). Enjoy! Sheryl

  2. Peanuts says:

    Good Afternoon John,

    Please say hello to Heidi and let Alan know he is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Did I see you mention a lost bet? Hmmmmmm! Now do you see why I love basketball so much? This Friday my customer service rep, because we are season ticket holders, offered Jack and I seats in the 3rd row COURTSIDE!!!! and I can hardly wait to go. You’re right you really see the players emotions and you feel like you’re in the game too.

    Did you finally get the package Jack and I sent you. Hope so.

    Get some rest, you are going to need it for bloggers cruise, take care and see you soon.


  3. "BIG" ED says:

    John, glad you made it home with Murphy on the same flight. It’s to bad the heat lost to the Pistons. Any special colour underwear you would like.LOL. But one thing I would like to know. Why did you have to be Carnival Freedy at the game. You do look good next to Shaquille O’Neal.

    Didn’t anybody tell you at a barbecue you eat with your hands and lick your fingers clean. The plastic was there just for those that don’t know how to enjoy a barbecue.

    It sounded like Alan is out of the hospital, right? I guess the opperation went OK. Hope all goes well with his treatments. Our prayers will be with him through out his fight.

    “BIG” ED
    T-73 days to party time

  4. Linda Hernacki says:

    I couldn’t wait to get your newest blog hoping for some news on what CCL has in store for us, hope you will share that with all of us soon. I guess my package to you guys is on its way to you, in that large box Chris is sending overseas. As I said there is something in there for Alan, please see that he gets it ok? Enjoy! Hope you get to see Heidi soon. When will see be back in the UK? Am counting the days (10 to be exact) till our Thanksgiving week cruise. I will be thinking about you and missing you on the cruise that week. I LOVE the video’s so keep them coming! Who are the Bentley’s? Are they bloggers too? How did you meet them? They sound like a very nice family, and WEALTHY too! For their daughter to have all those communication devices. HA! HA! Write again soon! Your friends, Linda & Mike

  5. Myra Bushnell says:

    Hey there, John! So glad to see you’re back on solid ground. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Miami…especially that last night. Can’t wait to hear about all the exciting things you and Carnival have in store for us. You didn’t mention an Aston Martin so I guess they didn’t come through after all, hunh? They’d better hope some other line doesn’t offer you an AM to try and steal you away! Do you talk to Heidi every night? Is she enjoying her visit with her mom? Glad to hear Alan is doing so well. You are such a good friend to take him for treatments, and breakfast, etc. I’m sure just your presence cheers him immeasurably.
    Did you and Roberto become really good mates while you were in Miami? Have you opened all your gifts yet? Are you going to tell us all about them when you have the time?
    Oh, and what do you think of the Heather Mills uproar? Are you a fan of Sir Paul?
    Say hello from me to Heidi, Alan, your parents and the Queen should you happen to see her. Ha!
    As always, Best Wishes,

  6. Mike L says:

    Is that you in that funnel costume? Damn, Shaq’s even bigger than the head. Anyways, have a safe journey in your travels and I hope you had a good time across the pond.
    Mike L (AKA BigMike)

  7. Carol Schoenberger says:

    Hi John – welcome home,

    I’m sure Heidi is so very glad to see you. But, Sacre Bleu – a plane full of Frenchmen. Zey are everywear!!!!

    I was reading a cruise article today about EasyCruise (no frills, no carpeting, no entertainment) – that’s the same company as EasyJet. Maybe for all those Mrs. KneeHi’s who cause you grief, you should recommend that Cruise Line. Boy, will they be in for a shock.

    Anyway, give Alan a big Hug for me (or a handshake if you’re uncomfortable with the hug) and wish him well.

    I’m glad you got to see a Heat Game. You sound so totally knowledgeable about Basketball. ESPN has a game on tonight and I plan to watch. FunShip Freddy is almost as tall as Shaq!

    I will be sending something also to you, I was just waiting a while until you got home.

    I know how glad you are to be home with Heidi, your folks & Alan – so enjoy every minute of it.

    Regards & hugs,

  8. Catmama044 says:

    I am very happy to hear you had a great time in Miami. Basketball is an exciting sport and South Beach is fabulous. So sorry to hear the trip home was spoiled by a snoring French man. Get some rest now that you are home – Heidi will be back before you know it. Spend some more time with your friend, Alan and keep us posted on his progress. It is wonderful to have you back on the blog. AND, YES, WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE VIDEO. Welcome home, Mr. Heald, welcome home.

  9. DC in SD says:

    As ever, delightful to hear about your adventures, I’m just quietly reading and enjoying, wishing you and Heidi the best, I’m sure she will be with you soon. Alan, hang in there, keep improving and eat your breakfast!

  10. nanette says:

    Sounds like you have a great night Im happy for that you deserve it.Tell Alan that we are behind him 100% and give him a huggo from me.I hope Heidi gets back to you soon so you are not solito in your vacation.Keep enjoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Carol Schoenberger says:

    Hi John,

    It’s me again. Forgot a couple of things.

    In that same article about EasyCruises, there was a story about what Princess will be doing for the holiday season on most of its ships and I thought these would be great for Carnival too. There will be man-made snow flurries in the atriums (something that I know the Mouse cruises do too) along with the decorations, and singing and storytelling and gingerbread houses, etc. Plus stuff for Hanukkah too. That’s not really that important to me, but I’m sure it is to some people. I’ve always prefered the Xmas decorations and festivities because it’s my birthday and when I was a kid I thought all the lights and decorations were for me. I had a great imagination! Anyway, just an idea.

    So once again, enjoy your time at home.


  12. Teresa and Paul B. says:


    What a fun blog today!! I wish Paul and I lived closer to a city with professional basketball, we definitelty would be season ticket holders. We love watching sports on TV, but being at the actual game is unforgettable.

    We are so anxious to meet you and Heidi on the cruise. I hope it works out and you will still be on that one. The video really put a “personal” touch to your blog. Future videos will be awesome! Especially if they include what is happening on the ship at the time of a cruise. That would really show what it is like for “rookie” cruisers. HA!

  13. Hi John,
    You rememeber us.. the June/July cruise? We’re from Holland and I didn’t know what a scrapbook was. We have an idea, we think a lot of blogger would like. I think it’s very well possible to arrange that we can see the actual positions of the Carnival ships worldwide live on Google Earth. It will be a great marketing issue. I can see all the plane movements here above The Netherlands thus it can be done. What do you think?

  14. Richard Green says:

    Glad you made it safely back across the pond…

    I still think Spotted Dick should come with a side of antibiotics but thats another blog post. My wife and I are still disapointed that we won’t see you on the Freedom next week out of Miami, but those are the breaks…

  15. kevin&robin says:

    hi john, sounds like you had a great time in miami mixing business with pleasure. its been only ten days since weve returned from our med cruise,robin wants to make plans for splendor, i informed her ok as soon as i can find a wallet! we want in on the 09 bloggers cruise for sure(ill start compiling more jokes about your ugly brother in law dan .regards to all back home be talking at ya soon mate!kevrob

  16. Susan B says:

    Thanks for the blog John, and I hope you get a good night’s sleep.
    I’m so glad you got to have some fun when you were in Miami, but I’m sure you’re happy to be home.
    Glad Alan is able to eat…bacon and eggs sound good to me…how about some grits
    with that?
    Take care of yourself, because Hedi isn’t there to do it. Maybe your mum will take care of you and get you the spotted dick and shepherds pie.
    To bad you didn’t get to see a good movie on the plane like….Notting

  17. dwa76 says:

    Hi John,
    Just something wrong seeing Shaq there with the title and the CCL mascot…Hmm…Now if it was Dirk Nowitzki or someone else, it might be ok.

    Glad you had a great time in Miami and were able to enjoy the Heat game even though they lost. Sounds like you had some amazing seats.

    I’m glad that Alan is in happy spirits considering what he is going through. I am thinking of him everyday knowing what is ahead.

    Glad you got back across the pond safely and its great to hear from you.

    Thanks for posting,

  18. clarinetcruiser says:

    It sounds like you are having a great vacation, but it’s very interesting to see your blogs without the guest comments or photos from ports of call =]

    I was on a Freedom cruise starting the 12th of July 2007 and absolutely loved it. I’ve been reading your blog ever since. I hope the rest of your vacation goes well, and best wishes for Alan!

  19. Kathie (Kaperino) says:

    Bonjour mon amiee! Good news on Alan and funny how those French folks seem to know your schedule. Do you think George Hamilton is telling them? Excited to hear of your Carnival Miami plans. Blogger’s have missed you!



  20. KirstenL says:


    How wonderful, how awesome to see the Heat. And close up!! And what a great tale to share with us!! Your friends sound gracious and wonderful. I thank them for treating you and giving you a wonderful memory. And thank you for sharing it, as we live vicariously through you!

    Aren’t trips on planes a let down after cruising. The pampering, meeting new friends, great food, relaxing atmosphere, and everything we experience on a cruise, especially Carnival’s cruises, make a comparison to commercial flights unbalanced. But such is life, and our attitude gets us through all our experiences.

    I’m sitting now, in a Dallas hotel, the Adolphus, on a business trip, with activities crowding the day and night, but reading your blog reminds me that my cruise is less than three months away. Once I was introduced to your blog I became a faithful follower. You brings smiles to everyone, TY!

    Give my best to Heidi, and know we look forward to your writings. Again, Thank You!!


  21. Greg Baldasarri says:

    My good friend John,

    Thanks for the wonderfully entertaining blog today. You had me laughing like a goon, and that’s a good thing.

    I’m so glad to hear that Alan’s spirits are so good. He’s already got half the battle won. You MUST take him to eat more often. Anything with Alfredo sauce should go a long way to returning some pounds to his frame. Let me change that last statement… no ice cream with Alfredo sauce… that might be a bit much… 😉

    I can’t imagine spending hours upon hours trapped at 35,000 feet in an aluminum tube full of our dear friends, the French. I recall the ‘lovely heady’ aroma of Paris.. I suspect that if the residents left the city would smell just fine. I hope that wasn’t the case on your flight.

    Please, good sir… some little tidbit of inside information regarding the future of Carnival??? Also, please calm my fevered brain and give us some words regarding a blogger’s cruise on the Carnival Inspiration!!!

    As for the Miami Heat… yep… they were there and Shaq… well… Shaq was still quite big. Nay, he was VERY big as evidenced by the photos!

    I’ve had the good fortune to have some very good seats for Spurs games (You remember them… the NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS??) and you’re right about the level of energy and excitement.

    Go now, take care of your mate and our friend, Alan and try to get some sleep.

    Regards to Heidi and the most amazing Roberto!

    Adiós for now,


  22. Lance and Ilda says:

    Hi John and Heidi,

    So glad to hear you are safely home! Your comments crack us up everytime! What we enjoy is your aversion to be, as we Americans put it… “Politically Correct.” You tell it like it is and make observations and comments we could only dream of. There is nothing more cathartic than speaking one’s mind. Things we used to be able to think and voice, but no longer can without severe (public) retribution. It has always been the hallmark of American AND British humour (spelt correctly) throughout our collective histories. This time though, the British still see the benefit in it. Bravo. John Cleese would be very proud! The photos you posted of Shaq and Freddie were great!

    You, my friend, deserve a nice long vacation. There is nothing like being home to put all things into perspective. We wish your mate Alan well and he is in our thoughts. Looking forward to seeing you and Heidi in January. Oh yeah, we REALLY loved the video! We are looking forward to more in the future.

  23. John & Susan from Frisco says:

    Dear John,

    Wonderful news about Alan! Wonderful news about the future of Carnival! Great that your trip was such a success! Thanks for taking the time to once again keep us up to date. Can you tell us when the excursions will become available for next years Grand Med cruises! Never mind! I’ll ask again after the first of the year. Relax….spend time with your family and friends. Unwind!

    John and Susan

  24. James Nolan says:

    Greetings John from Iraq again,
    It was good hearing from you and knowing that you made it to America and back home safely. I am beginning to miss America and looking forward to a visit in January. My only problem is a very long flight from Dubai to Texas!! Just hope the food is as good as your was!!!I am glad that your meetings went well and that you had time and go and have some fun too!!! Looking forward to hearing about all of the good and new things that are coming to Carnival as I will be taking a cruise in May 2008 of Greece. You and Heidi take care and I will write you again soon. I miss you both very much and The Great Feedom too!!



  25. Paul F. Pietrangelo says:

    A great good evening Mr. Heald. It sounds like you had a fantastic flight home. I’m joking. Was the food OK or was it like your friend next to you, a waste of time? You really sound great especially after your video which I thoroughly enjoyed. I find myself at ease listening to that British voice. I’m very happy to find out that Alan is improving. It will take some time for him to really get back to normal but he will. I guess all of our prayers worked. Could please explain to me what the heck is Toad in the Hole. It dosen’t sound very tasty. I’m glad you enjoyed the basketball game. I got a kick about the photos with Shaq. He’s a small guy isn’t he? Enjoy your rest and I hope that Heidi returns soon. Ciao my friend.

    Paul F. Pietrangelo

  26. Kathy Kroll says:

    U Tube/R Tube !

    The video is great ! You want to take a seat and get in on the conversation!
    Our best wishes to Alan. Don’t shove that “Full English Breakfast” down his throat ! That would give anybody a set back!
    Now you know why we “fought” to get a good Business Class” rate! Fly the friendly………leg room and good eats !!

    Kathy and Paul

  27. kiciaski says:

    Hello John,

    Glad you made it home safely and that Alan is doing well. Hope that Heidi comes home soon so you can really start your vacation.

    I can’t wait for you to tell us the future plans of Carnival and for more details about the 2009 Bloggers Cruise on the Inspiration. Also, do you know your plans for the future?

    Let us know what’s going on when you have time to get settled in.

    Linda & George

  28. The Bears - Barb & Carl says:

    Hello John!
    Glad you got home alright despite the snoring Frenchman. The movies may not have been great…. but hey, you didn’t have to watch a chick flick, huh? But it’s good have you back in good form. We laughed all the way through your blog today.

    We are glad you got to have some fun and see a game while in Miami, just hope Freddy didn’t find a new career!!!

    Someone sent me a joke today that made me think of you. Alan might enjoy it as well, but share it with him after he eats his breakfast. Here it is:
    At a marriage seminar held by the local Catholic church, the Priest, after congratulating Luigi on his upcoming 50th wedding anniversary, asked him to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.

    Luigi replied to the audience “Well, I’v-a tried to treat-a her well, spend-a the money on her, but-a, da best-a is-a dat I took her to Italy for the 20th-a anniversary!”

    The Priest immediately commented, “Luigi, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell the audience what you are planning for your wife for your 50th anniversary…”
    Luigi proudly replied, “I’m-a gonna go and-a get her.”

    Take care and enjoy some R & R!
    the Bears

  29. Leasa says:

    Hi John,

    Wow! What an awesome blog! You are right back to your wonderful funny self. I’m glad to hear Alan is doing well. Help him keep on with the positive attitude. That will serve him well. I’m glad you liked the basketball game. My only live game was when my boys played on our city league! Hahahaha! I’m sorry about Murphy but it seems that he just keeps rearing his ugly head! Enjoy your time at home and tell your parents hello from sunny FL. Talk with you soon. Have you gotten your schedule for Feb. yet? Hugs to you sweetie.


  30. Kevin says:

    Sucks about Mr. Smelly next to you on the flight. I can’t wait to hear the plans carnival has cooked up for us in the future. Wow a entire box of We love John, Heidi, and Alan stuff. Sounds like you had a great time at the Heat game. If you ever make it to New York City I will take you to a Knicks game. They aren’t the best team around but the do play at Madison Square Garden. I have some news for you about a few things I will share later. Some I think will make you rather happy. Please come visit the fan club we would love to see a few comments from you over there. Once again the address is . Or you can click my name and look for the link in the side bar. Talk to you soon. Best to Alan if there is anything we bloggers can do to help please let us know. And to Heidi of course I hope she is having a great time with mum and I look forward to news she is home with you again. Speaking of home how about a few pictures of where you live if possible. Enjoy mum’s cooking and breakfast with Alan.
    Cheers mate,

  31. The Chads says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the great blog! You had me laughing out loud again all by myself. People are gonna think I’m crazy! Ha ha! What’s with this Murphy fellow? And why won’t he leave you alone? Geez, between him and that George guy I think a restraining order may be warranted!!! LOL!!

    Nice to hear you had such a good time at the Heat game and the pictures of Shaq & Freddie are great. What a wonderful thing for the Bentleys to do for you.

    Please say hello to your folks and Heidi, and tell Alan that we are keeping him in our prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

    Mary & Randy C.

  32. Ivana says:

    Hello John:
    Happy to hear from you again. Enjoy your time off and write soon.
    Hugs to you, Heidi and Alan!

  33. Maxine says:

    So glad to hear from you and the update on Allen.
    You are all in our prayers.
    Enjoy your vacation, and if time allows, we would love to hear from you.
    Fellow bloggers, we have just booked the Diamond Princess from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Any tips on what is a must see on this trip. I do not imagine we will do this cruise but once, since hubby doesn’t like to fly, and we are driving across country for the connection. I don’t want to miss anything.

    Be Happy and Stay Young,

  34. Carol Schoenberger says:

    Hi John, I hope you’re resting and enjoying your time with Alan and your folks. How is Alan’s appetite?

    To James Nolan – Please stay safe and Happy Holidays.

    Kevin – Maybe you should wait and take John to a Nets game in their new home in Brooklyn. (Even though right now the Knicks have a better record than the Heat!!!!!! Imagine that?). Didn’t you say the pizza was at your place? I would love to try some, plus all the other recipes you keep mentioning and your award-winning cooking. So what’s the name of the restaurant and where is it? We spend time on the Island during the holiday season, so I’d love to stop by – No discount necessary, we’re a big group. And I really can’t wait to see the famous Aston Martin. So where are you?

    Maxine – I envy you. That’s the cruise I really wanted to go on but couldn’t afford this year. I do know someone who did this cruise last year and she can’t stop raving about it. Everything is worth doing so try & do as much as you can fit in. Enjoy.

    Hope to hear from you soon John,

  35. Of course we love you silly!

    Send hugs to Alan…It’s no fun feeling puny…

  36. girldoc says:

    He’s baaaack! John you have such a gift! thanks for the blog!

  37. MaryKay says:

    Hey John…great to know your home safe and sound….but please I’m dying to know…Did Heidi get her coat back?!?

  38. Diane says:


    Enjoy your blog and looking forward to meeting you on the cruise in January. Take care, Diane

  39. Gaila R says:

    Hi John,

    I enjoy reading your blogs, as it brings back floods of great memories for me. I was a crew member from 1999 to the end of 2001. I was Light & Sound Tech on the Inspiration (two contracts), Fantasy, Fascination and Sensation. I loved every minute of it (or, that’s the way I remember it). If I could, I would go back now. My boss, Tim Cabral (a great boss) warned me that it would be hard to get acclamated to land life again – and he was right. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t miss it. I could write a long list of things I miss about ship life, and reminisce, but I will refrain, and just say that I’m sorry I never got to work with you! -Miss Texas (my ship nickname)

  40. Natasha T. Wall says:

    My summer on the Imagination (Aug. 9-13, 2007) with my daughter became a wonderful miracle for us. I’ll never forget my journey and the grateful hospitality of the staff. I will definitely try to take another cruise in upcoming years!

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