Where am I?

November 9, 2008 -

John Heald

Good morning everyone.

I will tell you where I am in a moment but first let me tell you about the verbal fight I witnessed yesterday afternoon.

It was Saturday and that meant the airport was packed with passengers returning from cruises.
So there I was sitting in the waiting area munching on a chicken Cesar wrap which by the way tasted of nothing but garlic………..I would be safe if there were any vampires on the plane.

Anyway, as I munched away I heard a conversation developing around me. …………and before I tell you what the subject was I feel I have to say that its one of those occasions where I have to swear on all I love that the following is true………………it was as if both parties new I have a blog and had decided to give me some material.

The two parties involves were a couple in their 60’s and a younger couple with two children who were using their cute little carry on bags as battering rams, each one determined to break the others legs.
Meanwhile the conversation was getting heated and the subject…………………Carnival vs. Celebrity. Now it is probably a safe bet that most of you are thinking that the younger couple were on Carnival’s side and Mr. and Mrs. 60’s were celebrating the wonders of Celebrity……..nope………….it was the other way round. Mr. and Mrs. Celebrity who were completely ignoring the fact that their kids had abandoned their battering rams and were now wrestling with each other ……..the younger one had the older one in a full headlock and even his yelps of pain were being ignored.

Dad was saying that Carnival’s food was bad and that it was full of ” drunk college kids”……….Mr. Sixty asked what Carnival ship he had sailed on………….I already new the answer………….yep………here it comes………they had NEVER been on a Carnival cruise.

This really upset Mr. Sixty who then said that he had no right to express an opinion Dad just said, ” well, I have spoken to many who have sailed and they hated it.”

Mr. Sixty then told Dad that they had been on 11 Carnival Cruises and had just finished another one today…………and reminded Dad that Carnival was the most popular cruise line in the world. I thought things were going to get ugly when Dad’s attention was taken by the younger kid who was screaming and crying ……….which was probably due to the fact that his ear was as red as a Baboon’s bottom because his brother had been twisting it 360 degrees.

Anyway, the battle of words finished with Mr. Sixty clearly having won on points.

I was wondering if Mr. Sixty and his wife had ever cruised we me before but so far they had not recognized me. ……….So, I leant forward and said ” I am a big Carnival fan as well ” just loud enough for Mr. Dad to hear………I wasn’t worried about him…….his two kids……….well that’s another story.
Mr. Sixty just smiled and nodded and we spoke a bit about our favourite ships ……….his is the Carnival Legend. And so we chatted for a few minutes but the subject changed from how much we love Carnival to how much we hate flying when they announced that due to fog at our destination the flight would be delayed by 1 hour………..bugger.

The flight itself was uneventful besides leaving one hour and ten minutes late and me sitting next to a man who sniffed huge rasping snorting sniffs every 5 minutes. I could even hear him with my headphones in……….at one point he sniffed so hard he sucked three pieces of carry on luggage, one flight attendant and a chicken sandwich up his huge bulbous nose………….animal.

But, here I am………….where…………Hawaii………….kidding……………I am as I am sure many of you Sherlock Holmes bloggers out there will have guessed………..in Philadelphia.
Yep, Philadelphia.

Let me explain why I couldn’t tell you…………and you know how much I hate that.
Obviously we had some unfinished business following the postponement of the breaking of the world’s largest record-breaking piñata.

The Philadelphia police force had asked us not to break open this huge monster due to the enormous crowd of thousands had gathered to collect the candy that would pour out of its belly.

This was the right choice……..the safety of the people was the primary concern.

But we needed to break it open to complete the national TV commercial.

We got permission to do this but only if we do not publicise the event in anyway, shape or form. Therefore they stated that we could not inform any local media…….and that meant I was not allowed to mention it on my blog thingy.

To show how serious they are about not having a repeat of last time we have been instructed to cover the areas fencing so nobody can see in.

So, what will happen?

Well, the TV Company making the commercials closing shot have hired 400 extras and they will be there as the Piñata is broken.

Then………..I will be presenting all of the 8000 pounds of candy to various Philadelphian charities. I will be filming the break and other events of the day and we will post them later tonight.

Please except my apologies for not telling you about this but I was under orders not to.

I fly back to Miami tonight and will send in a full report on Monday.

I am sitting here in the Sheraton Hotel and missing Heidi more and more and as I sit here watching War stories on Fox news a commercial has just come on for Viagra……………and that’s funny because I was just thinking that all this flying, packing and unpacking has given me…………..a stiff neck.
Sorry for all the spelling errors, this was done on my raspberry.

Look out for an update around noon.
Cheers
Your friend
John

Hi, I’m John, and this is my blog. So please don’t mistake my opinions — or those of my dear friends, fans or commenters — for those of Carnival Cruise Line or Carnival Corporation. My apologies in advance for anything I may say that upsets you, but this disclaimer covers Carnival and puts the blame directly on me………….. bugger.