On a cruise of any length, and especially on a long one likes ours, tablemates at dinner are most important, and in my opinion, vital to the enjoyment of the journey. All of us (on prior cruises) have switched tables because of an opinionated, uneducated, non-stop-talker and a generally rude person with absolutely no social skills. You know, a real ___________. (You fill in the blank)
Well, on this cruise, our table companions are simply the best. They've all traveled the world many, many times and have real stories to tell, but as it turned out they would rather listen to your story (or my story) before they chime in with theirs. Perfect!
The players (left to right) are Ed Koscher and Patsy Moynihan from Vero Beach, Florida; Tom Petersen from Auckland, New Zealand, Chris Woolwine-Moen and John Moen from Amelia island, Florida; Father Jim Bekkema from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Marilyn Petersen from Auckland, New Zealand.
And what a bonus to have a Catholic priest at the table. We call him "JT," but that's another story.