Of all the many places I have seen in this world, the ones that would qualify for the shortlist of potential retirement spots would be South Africa, Tanzania, new Zealand, and Australia. Of course I have a lot of unexplored places left too.
Dad is perking up remarkably well now that he has only two instead of five medications in his system and a good primal metabolism established. I'm feeling like he would be fine if I wanted to go on a vacation for a week or so. I could do some pre-cooking, things like roasts, tupperware containers of stews, etc. and make sure that the fridge is well stocked before leaving. I really don't think he would relapse into cookies and crackers. He has the link firmly in his mind that those foods=puffy and painful feet and doesn't want to go back there.
I've had a tentative invitation from a guy I met on my last cruise. Did I tell you about him? He was the piano bar pianist on the ship. Very talented musician and a real sweetie not to mention smokin' hot. <fans self>
The cruise lines have very strict prohibitions against crew/passenger hanky panky so we acknowledged that there was an attraction there but didn't want to risk doing anything about it. I would feel awful if I cost him his job. So we settled for 35 days of flirtation. Frustrating but still fun.
But the cruise line also has a policy of letting crew take a friend/spouse/family member with them for no charge. It's called the Friend On Board or FOB program. The FOB has to pay for their own transportation to the port and buy their own booze (but at a discount. Wait, this could be dangerous.)
So the Piano Man and I have been keeping in touch via email and he asked me if I would be interested in being his FOB for one of his cruises coming up this fall. This summer he is busy playing all the summer music festivals with his jazz band.
Hmm. Fun to think about. He is yummy looking and I have a weak spot for musically talented men. We had a lot of fun singing together on the ship. I've done a lot of choir singing and even sung backup for the SD symphony so I am not just bragging when I say I have a better than average voice. He was impressed that I could learn songs so quickly and figure out harmony parts without sheet music. It's just intuitive for me.
So I would basically be getting a free cruise plus lots of sex with a really great guy. What's not to like?