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Hello Syrgym, I think I can tell you are not Spanish; not "rellenadas" but "rellenas". Wonderful to have you join our Cooler. Jeff was very was generous when he said "musicians"...I am not, but I meander among them. My DH is a composer, that's true. Are you a performer, a music theorist, or...pray, another composer? It will be great having you sit at our Cooler bar!

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Ah!...you caught me, I’m just a Spanish learner. My husband has his doctorate in musicology (Verdi) and master’s in piano. I’m a former private chef and baroque flutist and studied at New England Conservatory and Peabody in Baltimore.

 

 

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This is wonderful! He would very pleased making acquaintance with you both! And not only for the music, but also for the food. He is the cook at our house and he has a lot of respect for chefs. Alas, he doesn't do Cruise Critic...that's my forte...I WON'T LET HIM TAKE IT AWAY. Are you Germans then? DH studied in Hamburg.

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Luke was born in Germany and I lived there as a child. His German is perhaps better than mine, and his Italian is brilliantly fluent, but my Spanish is alas...”improving?” He was a Mormon missionary in Milan for several years and returned to complete his doctorate. It would be terrific to meet and greet on a cruise, Silversea or otherwise.

 

 

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No problems with language; your English is perfect. DH speaks fluent German and quite good Italian. Me....Spanish and English and a few phrases in French... I'm embarrassed to say. Let's share our cruise plans for the future!

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Absolutely!...we are doing the Scenic Amber, “Gems of the Danube with Prague” in June 2018 and Alaska on the Silver Muse in June 2019. Can’t wait for “Bear Country!”

 

 

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Hi coolers, so they moved us:D....hope everyone is doing well.

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I can see we will have to have Tuesday night as music night here in the Cooler! I can play "Baaa Baaa Black Sheep" on the violin if that helps and "Rock of Ages" on the recorder. So that's two tunes sorted. And us Brits are also fond of Joe Green! ;)

 

If your Danube cruise takes in Vienna, you might want to keep your eye on Ruprechskirche as it is a sublime place to visit when there is early music. It is an unforgettable experience.

 

http://www.ruprechtskirche.at/new/index.php?id=75

 

http://www.alte-musik.co.at/

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Well Jeff, I'm totally useless singing but I think I can still dance, so you can play the recorder and I'll dance... but preferably some Latin music, so start rehearsing "Despacito". Syrgym, we've been to Vienna but not to Prague...that should be so lovely... We had decided we would not cruise for a while (a bit of a bitter taste from last cruise), but DH suddenly decided we would...in Seabourn! I guess we may be scolded in this SS thread, but the dates and itinerary worked out. This will be in early January. I've looked at Scenic and thought it would be perfect for a river cruise. I'm sure you will both enjoy!

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I think the official title of a dance done to a recorder is a "Jig"!

 

You would have loved Ruprechs. We use to time some trips around rehearsals or concerts.

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We don’t use the term “unisex” anymore.

“Gender neutral” or just “lavatory” works just fine. (note: my husband is the director of an LGBT equity center and corrects me constantly)

 

James, this made me chuckle ...... but as my question is off topic to the thread in which it was posted .... asked here, where within reason anything goes.

 

The real issue that causes offence and harm is often pure ignorance rather than people intending to cause offence - ie simply clumsiness, I hope you agree. I hope you don't mind a question. I use to have a BA cabin crew friend that would patiently answer my dumb questions.

 

You are very open about yourself, and refer to Luke as "my husband". Does that imply he also refers to you as his husband ie both male members in a gay marriage always being called a husband or do some same sex gay marriages of either sex both refer to each other as husband/wife? Genuine question - I know it makes it look like it is from a complete ignoramus (which is what I probably am ....) so I hope you do not find it in any way offensive, because that isn't intended. :)

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Q: What do you get when you take all the meat out of a wiener?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A: A hollow wienie. :rolleyes: Happy Halloween! :D

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Bill,

 

The German and Austrian sausage are probably the most highly governed and government protected sozzies in the whole wide world. And so you are of course correct. If you take the meat out of a Wiener you're left largely with the skin. ;)

 

Only five weeks to our Austrian Sozzie Safari where we hunt, kill and eat these wonderful culinary gifts in their natural wild environment. I will post piccies of every sozzy.

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James, this made me chuckle ...... but as my question is off topic to the thread in which it was posted .... asked here, where within reason anything goes.

 

The real issue that causes offence and harm is often pure ignorance rather than people intending to cause offence - ie simply clumsiness, I hope you agree. I hope you don't mind a question. I use to have a BA cabin crew friend that would patiently answer my dumb questions.

 

You are very open about yourself, and refer to Luke as "my husband". Does that imply he also refers to you as his husband ie both male members in a gay marriage always being called a husband or do some same sex gay marriages of either sex both refer to each other as husband/wife? Genuine question - I know it makes it look like it is from a complete ignoramus (which is what I probably am ....) so I hope you do not find it in any way offensive, because that isn't intended. :)

 

 

 

Actually, we don’t particularly like the term “husband,” (we were married in January of this year) but I use it occasionally to differentiate from “partner” or “spouse.” On the other hand, some women couples detest the term “wife.”

 

 

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I find the gay marriage thing interesting in the sense that those who oppose it are, or so they would have it, not likely to take advantage of the possibility. Our local MP voted against gay marriage in the Parliamentary vote some years ago. Thankfully, he was in the minority. His reason? That marriage was an institution sanctioned originally by the church for the procreation of children and that he felt it devalued traditional ''British Values'' (a commonly bandied phrase which has no definition and means absolutely nothing other than to be used as a trump card when logical debate fails).

 

It's odd, isn't it, how often people feel the need to speak out for or against something that has absolutely no influence on ther lives whatsoever? That two people, regardless of their sexuality, should be allowed to commit to a mutually supportive union seems, to this simplistic soul anyway, a mark of a society that has risen beyond a knee-jerk need to suppress anything that seems to threaten the hegemony of the terminally bigoted.

 

I feel better for that...!

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I find the gay marriage thing interesting in the sense that those who oppose it are, or so they would have it, not likely to take advantage of the possibility. Our local MP voted against gay marriage in the Parliamentary vote some years ago. Thankfully, he was in the minority. His reason? That marriage was an institution sanctioned originally by the church for the procreation of children and that he felt it devalued traditional ''British Values'' (a commonly bandied phrase which has no definition and means absolutely nothing other than to be used as a trump card when logical debate fails).

 

It's odd, isn't it, how often people feel the need to speak out for or against something that has absolutely no influence on ther lives whatsoever? That two people, regardless of their sexuality, should be allowed to commit to a mutually supportive union seems, to this simplistic soul anyway, a mark of a society that has risen beyond a knee-jerk need to suppress anything that seems to threaten the hegemony of the terminally bigoted.

 

I feel better for that...!

 

 

 

And ironically, those same people, the most adamantly anti-gay/homophobic, are often the ones arrested in public toilets. For example, that paragon of family values, Senator Larry Craig from Idaho.

 

 

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Well Jeff, I'm totally useless singing but I think I can still dance, so you can play the recorder and I'll dance... but preferably some Latin music, so start rehearsing "Despacito". Syrgym, we've been to Vienna but not to Prague...that should be so lovely... We had decided we would not cruise for a while (a bit of a bitter taste from last cruise), but DH suddenly decided we would...in Seabourn! I guess we may be scolded in this SS thread, but the dates and itinerary worked out. This will be in early January. I've looked at Scenic and thought it would be perfect for a river cruise. I'm sure you will both enjoy!

 

 

 

Yes, we are thrilled to be on the Scenic Amber! I understand that Scenic might be doing a Salmon River cruise very soon?...[emoji6]

 

 

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Actually, we don’t particularly like the term “husband,” (we were married in January of this year) but I use it occasionally to differentiate from “partner” or “spouse.” On the other hand, some women couples detest the term “wife.”

 

 

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I find the gay marriage thing interesting in the sense that those who oppose it are, or so they would have it, not likely to take advantage of the possibility. Our local MP voted against gay marriage in the Parliamentary vote some years ago. Thankfully, he was in the minority. His reason? That marriage was an institution sanctioned originally by the church for the procreation of children and that he felt it devalued traditional ''British Values'' (a commonly bandied phrase which has no definition and means absolutely nothing other than to be used as a trump card when logical debate fails).

 

It's odd, isn't it, how often people feel the need to speak out for or against something that has absolutely no influence on ther lives whatsoever? That two people, regardless of their sexuality, should be allowed to commit to a mutually supportive union seems, to this simplistic soul anyway, a mark of a society that has risen beyond a knee-jerk need to suppress anything that seems to threaten the hegemony of the terminally bigoted.

 

I feel better for that...!

 

TTS,

 

Very interesting points. Your comments concerning those that speak out about things that don't influence their lives whatsoever are a logical stance. I am entirely supportive of gay marriage but have a question. The issue is absolutely clear cut with civil partnerships and civil marriage ceremonies which are governed solely by national laws and I do not believe anyone has the right to begrudge this. Do you however feel that clergy of any and all religions should be forced by national law and threat of criminal sanction to perform marriage ceremenoies that their own conscience currently forbids them to do and might have been the teachings of their own church for the whole history of their church and maybe centuries? In other words should the rights, wishes and entitlements of a gay couple to have a religious marriage trounce the rights of the church and the vicar?

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OK Coolers, I'll admit that I was bored. Idle hands. But all this talk of Spanish and dancing and I thought I'd put together a shorty to celebrate The Cooler IV entitled Sergio Mendes and The Black Eyed Peas does The Black Bottom (Through The Ages) and The Drag Varsity. Technically totally incompetent but I hope it makes you smile.

 

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Greetings Coolers! I'm loving the new digs! Very homey! And welcome to the new Cooler Bar denizens!

 

J...your Cooler Bar 4 inauguration video is wonderful! But where did you get a video of me dancing in my Halloween costume? Was my webcam left on by mistake? :)

 

Penny...we tried a bottle of wine from Valle De Guadalupe, Baja Californai, Mexico last night and loved it. L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2015. As you may know, the LCBO controls the sale of alcohol in the province of Ontario. They decide which wines they will import. This is the first time we have seen a wine from Mexico available in our local LCBO location. So glad we got a chance to try it!

 

Have a great day all!

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TTS,

 

Very interesting points. Your comments concerning those that speak out about things that don't influence their lives whatsoever are a logical stance. I am entirely supportive of gay marriage but have a question. The issue is absolutely clear cut with civil partnerships and civil marriage ceremonies which are governed solely by national laws and I do not believe anyone has the right to begrudge this. Do you however feel that clergy of any and all religions should be forced by national law and threat of criminal sanction to perform marriage ceremenoies that their own conscience currently forbids them to do and might have been the teachings of their own church for the whole history of their church and maybe centuries? In other words should the rights, wishes and entitlements of a gay couple to have a religious marriage trounce the rights of the church and the vicar?

I am a heterosexual atheist and unqualified to comment!

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Hola all!

Mysty: Valle de Guadalupe is area of prime vineyards in Baja California. I am familiar with LA Cetto wines. Hopefully, LCBO will import more from MEX that you can try. I am (embarrassed to say) a white wine drinker who is now in love with Spain's Rueda Verdejo!

 

Have a great day!

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And ironically, those same people, the most adamantly anti-gay/homophobic, are often the ones arrested in public toilets. For example, that paragon of family values, Senator Larry Craig from Idaho.

 

 

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Indeed, one sometimes wonders if protestations of rectitude are just a preliminary defence!

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Evening Coolers.......

 

Warm welcome to our new bar mates 🍸

 

Great video Jeffers....and congrats on reaching Cooler 4......👌

 

Driveway project will be finished tomorrow so peace will be restored and the kettle can rest!

 

With my first Emirates flight looming on the 380 I've been browsing through some YouTube footage and reports on flyer talk......is it just me or do folk not sort of dress up to fly these days...." no Halloween " jokes please...😉

 

Arriving at the airport means the start of ones holiday and l like to travel smart......many years ago it was a good tip to hopefully get upgraded......it's so different these days.....just my thoughts....

 

So far no tricks or treats here in Wales but the fireworks are still cracking away.......

 

Happy Halloween 😊

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Miss S....you must be happy that the driveway project is almost done! Hope furry baby is coping with the fireworks!

 

J..the plate looks yum, yum, yum!

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Nice plate Jeff! No cooking here for a while, at least not by me. The food here has been really great.

 

David Bilsand is on board and he goes to the markets nearly every and buys all sorts of stuff. The executive chef for SS has been here too, but now it's Diego Munoz of Lima for a few days until Rudy comes back.

 

The cooking demos are a blast and the dinners are so tasty. I am walking constantly and I doubt it's helping at all.

 

Sea day today so catching up with my blog. Thanks for coming by!

 

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Hi Coolers, sending my heartfelt wishes to those folks in NYC tonight......I am sure most of you have seen the news:mad::(

another terrorist attack from a truck on the lower eastside of Manhattan..........8 killed, more injured.............

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JP, very sad news, and I guess this is now the way of things. We find ourselves thinking of Christmas markets etc .... we had that incident last year in Germany - but you have to push on or slink away.

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TTS,

 

Very interesting points. Your comments concerning those that speak out about things that don't influence their lives whatsoever are a logical stance. I am entirely supportive of gay marriage but have a question. The issue is absolutely clear cut with civil partnerships and civil marriage ceremonies which are governed solely by national laws and I do not believe anyone has the right to begrudge this. Do you however feel that clergy of any and all religions should be forced by national law and threat of criminal sanction to perform marriage ceremenoies that their own conscience currently forbids them to do and might have been the teachings of their own church for the whole history of their church and maybe centuries? In other words should the rights, wishes and entitlements of a gay couple to have a religious marriage trounce the rights of the church and the vicar?

 

Sorry to take so long to answer this but I have been busy doing lots of other things away from my PC (The sun has actually been shining down here in Cornwall !). Jeff how do you reconcile that comment with the large number of C of E Vicars who are openly gay/Lesbian and married to same sex spouses?

 

Peter

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Sorry to take so long to answer this but I have been busy doing lots of other things away from my PC (The sun has actually been shining down here in Cornwall !). Jeff how do you reconcile that comment with the large number of C of E Vicars who are openly gay/Lesbian and married to same sex spouses?

 

Peter

 

Peter, I am unable to understand your question. The issue isn't a problem for them is it. Perhaps you might re-read my question?

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