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Visiting a spot called Tracy Arm to see the South Sawyer Glacier & icebergs. 

You can see from the top left pic that OlderTwin was all like, “Oh Em Gee! Look at that glacier!”  

In the top right pic, YoungerTwin is like, “Whoa! Glacier Time. They need one of these in Minecraft.” Ugh. It’s always the Minecraft with that one. 

The amazing thing about glacier ice is how blue it is. I tried to show you this with the bottom picture. Take a look at the lower right hand side. 

We got to watch part of the ice fall away from the edge of the glacier. This is called calving. 

The whole thing. So beautiful & amazing. Visiting a spot called Tracy Arm to see the South Sawyer Glacier & icebergs. 

You can see from the top left pic that OlderTwin was all like, “Oh Em Gee! Look at that glacier!”  

In the top right pic, YoungerTwin is like, “Whoa! Glacier Time. They need one of these in Minecraft.” Ugh. It’s always the Minecraft with that one. 

The amazing thing about glacier ice is how blue it is. I tried to show you this with the bottom picture. Take a look at the lower right hand side. 

We got to watch part of the ice fall away from the edge of the glacier. This is called calving. 

The whole thing. So beautiful & amazing. Visiting a spot called Tracy Arm to see the South Sawyer Glacier & icebergs. 

You can see from the top left pic that OlderTwin was all like, “Oh Em Gee! Look at that glacier!”  

In the top right pic, YoungerTwin is like, “Whoa! Glacier Time. They need one of these in Minecraft.” Ugh. It’s always the Minecraft with that one. 

The amazing thing about glacier ice is how blue it is. I tried to show you this with the bottom picture. Take a look at the lower right hand side. 

We got to watch part of the ice fall away from the edge of the glacier. This is called calving. 

The whole thing. So beautiful & amazing.

Visiting a spot called Tracy Arm to see the South Sawyer Glacier & icebergs.

You can see from the top left pic that OlderTwin was all like, “Oh Em Gee! Look at that glacier!”

In the top right pic, YoungerTwin is like, “Whoa! Glacier Time. They need one of these in Minecraft.” Ugh. It’s always the Minecraft with that one.

The amazing thing about glacier ice is how blue it is. I tried to show you this with the bottom picture. Take a look at the lower right hand side.

We got to watch part of the ice fall away from the edge of the glacier. This is called calving.

The whole thing. So beautiful & amazing.

Bummer. My Iceland cruise is essentially sold out. I rather go in 2016 when I can get the type of cabin I’d like.

So, we’re now looking at a cruise that leaves Dover, England with stops in Spain, Portugal, & Gibraltar. I’d get a chance to see England before the cruise starts and since the cruise ends in Spain we could tour around there, too.

Spain would give the twins a chance to use their Spanish. DynaPapa visited Spain a lot as a kid but that’s where his family was when they learned his 16-year-old sister had been killed in a plane crash in Peru during a high school summer tour. So, it would be nice to give him some newer, happier memories of Spain.

Spain & Portugal have also become extremely gay friendly since shedding their dictators. In fact, Spain was recently ranked the most accepting & friendly place for gay tourists in Europe. Would be nice to throw some tourist dollars their way.

We looked at other European cruises but they’re either at the wrong time for the twins’ school schedule or have stops in Russia. I refuse to spend one moment in Russia given its brutal government policies towards LGBT people and Putin’s drive towards a Cold War resurgence.

I did see a 15-night cruise that leaves Port Canaveral, FL with stops in New York, Newfoundland, Iceland, England, Norway, and Denmark. But it’s May 15th & I think the school would freak if the boys missed two weeks of school even if I put them on Independent Study status. This status allows the school to continue collecting daily funding for the twins, despite their absence. But, if they’d approve the absence I’d do that one in a heartbeat.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about cruising especially since I’m typing this as I sit on our verandah and watch whales surfacing next to our boat. In about an hour we should reach the glaciers. Can’t wait.

thehoosie tagged me as part of the post 5 or 6 pictures of yourself “thing” that was going around last week.

I really struggled with this assignment and ultimately decided not to post any pictures. I spent the first 27 years of my life hiding from who I was and pretending to be someone I wasn’t. When I look back at pictures from that time period I don’t see much happiness or beauty.

But, there were a lot of pictures taken back then. Many of them were even selfies before selfie was a thing. You’ve heard of “bitch face.” Well, I was trying to make sure I didn’t have “fag face.”

When you’re deep in the closet, you’ll do just about anything to make sure people don’t uncover your secret. For me, this included taking pictures of my “resting face” to make sure it looked like the face of a straight guy. Never mind that there really is no such thing as “straight face” but when you’re living in the closet logic isn’t exactly a guiding principle in your life.

Now, don’t feel sorry for me because since the age of 27, when I finally admitted who I am, my life has been filled with much happiness and beauty. Leading an honest and open life will do that for you.

But, since coming out, I haven’t taken many pictures with just me. Most of my pictures are group shots with my friends or family. The point of this “tag game” seemed to be posting individual shots of yourself, so that didn’t leave me with many choices.

I have no regrets that there are few solo shots of myself since I turned 27. Life prior to coming out was so lonely (it’s hard to have true friends when you’re lying about who you are) that I count myself extremely lucky to have many friends and a family to be by my side during photo ops. Honestly, I wouldn’t want solo shots of myself. When I look at more recent pictures of myself, it’s comforting to see that I’m no longer alone.

So take my lack of pictures as a lesson to always be true to yourself. Love and accept yourself for who you are. As the song lyric in Oklahoma says “I don’t say I’m better than anybody else, but I’ll be danged if I ain’t just as good!”

I really am enjoying this Alaskan cruise. My first Disney cruise, which took us from Texas to the east coast of Florida via Key West, was terrific. But, I’m not one for hot, humid weather so I’m loving this Canada-Alaska weather in July. The high today was in the low 60s and that’s perfect for me.

I also think it’s amazing we can be this close to that beautiful scenery (still off the coast of British Columbia) yet the water is deep enough to support this huge cruise ship.

There are no stops today so it’s been a full day of sailing. The twins have taken pictures with several of the Disney characters and I can’t wait to see how those pictures turn out. 

Because the pool is heated, OlderTwin went swimming despite the cool weather. YoungerTwin is enjoying the Oceaneer’s club because it has video games for use when there’s not a scheduled activity. Video games are a thing severely limited at home by his meanie dad. But, it’s vacation so I guess it’s ok for a day. 

I’ve enjoyed this cruise so much already that I’ve picked my next one. It’s in June 2015. That Disney cruise starts in Copenhagen & makes stops in Norway and Iceland with the concluding port being Dover, England. I’ve never visited any of these cities or countries so it’ll be perfect! I just hope Europe is ready for me.

I really am enjoying this Alaskan cruise. My first Disney cruise, which took us from Texas to the east coast of Florida via Key West, was terrific. But, I’m not one for hot, humid weather so I’m loving this Canada-Alaska weather in July. The high today was in the low 60s and that’s perfect for me.

I also think it’s amazing we can be this close to that beautiful scenery (still off the coast of British Columbia) yet the water is deep enough to support this huge cruise ship.

There are no stops today so it’s been a full day of sailing. The twins have taken pictures with several of the Disney characters and I can’t wait to see how those pictures turn out.

Because the pool is heated, OlderTwin went swimming despite the cool weather. YoungerTwin is enjoying the Oceaneer’s club because it has video games for use when there’s not a scheduled activity. Video games are a thing severely limited at home by his meanie dad. But, it’s vacation so I guess it’s ok for a day.

I’ve enjoyed this cruise so much already that I’ve picked my next one. It’s in June 2015. That Disney cruise starts in Copenhagen & makes stops in Norway and Iceland with the concluding port being Dover, England. I’ve never visited any of these cities or countries so it’ll be perfect! I just hope Europe is ready for me.

The health club was packed this morning. Given this is my 2nd Disney cruise, here’s my observation.

1. Young athletes & military folks: These peeps are fierce. These are the type who’ll drink hot coffee while working out cuz water is for wimps. They are noticeably frustrated on the first day when they learn how crowded the gym is on these cruises.

2. Middle-aged, average parents like me: These peeps are thinking, “Why the f*ck am I working out? Oh, yeah, cuz I wanna eat all the food but still fit in my clothes at the end of the cruise.” They know from previous Disney cruises that the gym will be crowded so they’re here when the gym opens at 6am which means they get first dibs on the equipment.

3. Asian aunties & grandmas: These ladies show up to the gym in pants, a blouse, and sandals because apparently gym attire ain’t their thing. (My Japanese grandmother worked out dressed like this, so I’m used to it.) And these ladies are very patient when the gym is crowded because they treat it like a buffet. A few minutes on each & every machine is their strategy.

4. Old men: These are the peeps who wear an undershirt with their workout outfit. They’re not bothered when the gym is crowded cuz they say, “Oh, well. F*ck it. I tried. I’m going back to my room & sleep some more.”

On board our ship! The boys can’t remember our cabin room number but because of our previous Disney cruise (April 2013) they instantly remembered that there’s free soft serve aboard the ship & which deck it’s on. 

After some soft serve, they hit the pool with DynaPapa while I got everything unpacked. 

They’re back from the pool because we have to report to our muster station at 4:00pm (about 20 minutes) and then the ship gets underway after that. On board our ship! The boys can’t remember our cabin room number but because of our previous Disney cruise (April 2013) they instantly remembered that there’s free soft serve aboard the ship & which deck it’s on. 

After some soft serve, they hit the pool with DynaPapa while I got everything unpacked. 

They’re back from the pool because we have to report to our muster station at 4:00pm (about 20 minutes) and then the ship gets underway after that.

On board our ship! The boys can’t remember our cabin room number but because of our previous Disney cruise (April 2013) they instantly remembered that there’s free soft serve aboard the ship & which deck it’s on.

After some soft serve, they hit the pool with DynaPapa while I got everything unpacked.

They’re back from the pool because we have to report to our muster station at 4:00pm (about 20 minutes) and then the ship gets underway after that.

I like to eat a bowl of FiberOne every day to stay regular. (Welcome to being older.) The hotel gift shop doesn’t sell milk but it does sell ice cream.

Debating whether or not it’s too decadent to eat my daily serving of FiberOne as a topping to a pint of Haagen-Dazs Brownies & Cookie Dough ice cream.

I walked into the hotel gym at 3:45am. Another guy showed up at 3:50am. We both looked at each other with some fear cuz we were both thinking, “What weirdo works out at 3:50 in the morning?”

Then at 3:55am a third dude walked in. When he saw the two of us he was like, “What up Freaks?”

Our hotel is right outside the Vancouver airport. In fact we can watch the planes land from our hotel window. I noticed a lot of flight crews stay here during their layover.

Just figured out these two dudes are airline employees. They must have an early flight which would explain why they’re up so f*cking early. As for me, I’m just crazy.

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