Argh Mateys, I've just returned from the blissful twitterless seas on an Olivia Cruise. Did I miss anything? Jimmy Fallon's sweaty late night debut? Dang, I hate to miss one minute of more late night testosterone.
Ken "Jean Valjean" Starr's uninterrupted, condescending one hour declamation before the CA Supreme Court on Prop 8? On what legal island will they put the lucky 18,000 couples that got married? Is that really why they are clearing out Guantanamo?
The last episode of The L-Word? I didn't miss it! Captain Judy of Olivia Cruises knows people at Showtime, so there was a continuous loop of the last show running on in-room TVs. Maybe she got a pirated copy.
Since it was on a continuous loop and I had a very busy Olivia work schedule - eat, sleep, sun, perform, dance, repeat - I watched the show in dribs and drabs and completely out of sequence, so I need to on-demand it and find out what happened. Did I kill Jenny?
In port in Ft. Lauderdale, Arianna Huffington of her eponymous Post gave a great pre-sail talk on current politics and four teachable moments: the importance of admitting mistakes, of surrounding yourself with a supportive tribe, of letting go of grudges and of staying centered. She was charming, self-effacing and passionate. She answered astute questions from the audience and seemed to enjoy herself.
With the excellent help of Olivia's staff and technical crews, Vickie Shaw, Renee Hicks, Jessica Kirson, Doria Roberts and I were in charge of pool games, bingo, Olivia Olympics, performances, emceeing, the beloved Newlywed/Oldlywed Game and a new contest Olivia Star Search. I had the pleasure of trying to control that one and the audience enjoyed comics, singers, magicians, and dancers strutting their talents in two nights of semi-final rounds leading to the grand finale. Olivia's got talent.
Although the weather was not what the tired-of-winter Northerners might have wished for - it was the Non-Melanoma Tour - and one day on a choppy sea made Bonine the drug of choice, everyone had a great time on excursions in Turks and Caicos, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half-Moon Bay. Who had the heart to tell them we lost an hour in the time change?
A little distance is a good thing - I'm rested and ready for my upcoming gigs! I'm off to Boston to emcee the Women's Dinner for Fenway Community Health and then off to upstate New York for a matinee show in Rochester. One Sunday I'm on the Caribbean Sea, the next Sunday it's Lake Ontario! I love my job!