Not being—and never having been—a 10-year old girl, efforts by whoever performs the (unnecessary) turn-down service in hotels and on cruise ships to please (?) guests are wasted on curmudgeons like me. The cynical part of me suspects that this is an effort to boost the chance of a gratuity.
These are the same "establishments" that claim to be doing everything to save the environment by using less detergent. They ask guests to accept their sheets and towels being changed less-frequently than daily. Of course, towels used for gimmicks must be washed, despite not being soiled by guests. In my opinion, these are a few animal species that do not need to be saved from extinction.
I am sure that this takes skill, but I do not appreciate the talent or the effort. Unfortunately, my wife (who was a 10-year old and still displays some of the characteristics) likes these “things” and does not appreciate my lack of appreciation and/or enjoyment. At times like this, when we return to our room and comment of what confronts us, she might mention how she cannot understand why she married me. I must, then, remind her how lucky she was!
Interesting news from Asia...
The ship that is supposed to carry us in luxury from Singapore to Hong Kong via Vietnam collided with a container ship on a recent voyage.
I am less concerned about the collision than I am about the weather in which it occurred. There was fog. The weather in Vietnam should be warm and sunny, not conditions usually associated with fog. I learned that fog forms when the temperature and dew point are close. I recall the month of March in Vietnam as being hot and humid. One cannot see much from a cruise ship in the fog...
My only fear is that Vietnamese authorities will impound the ship on its next voyage, now underway, from Hong Kong to Singapore. That would mean that we will be standing at an empty dock next week. Of course, worse might be the impounding taking place when we are on the ship. Then again, that might be an interesting experience...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.