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  • Good morning John; it's Friday.

  • This time last week, and this is a little hard to believe considering the weather we're

  • having here in Missoula right now, I was pulling out of Port Everglades on a beautiful, sunny

  • evening in a boat. And let's be honest, it wasn't really a boat. Technically, it was

  • a ship. More technically, it was a 150,000-ton, 240-foot tall, 1,111-foot long, 183-foot wide

  • floating luxury hotel with a climbing wall and a basketball court and mini-golf and a

  • Johnny Rocket's and four swimming pools and precariously placed hot tubs and several beautiful

  • performance venues and an arcade and a beautiful dining room and a casino and weird, big, red

  • dogs, and a mall, and a giant cake, and freaking ice skating rinks!

  • A ship that burns 8,000 gallons of fuel per hour, which it uses not just to power the

  • engines, but to distill sea water for us to surf on, power over a dozen elevators, keep

  • the ice cold and the hot tubs hot.

  • While environmentalist Hank is rebelling against the very existence of this thing, scientist

  • Hank wants to know, how does this work?! How on earth was it ever even created in the first

  • place? The massive technological and logistical inputs required to keep it moving and floating

  • and safe and happy. The goal, in fact, seemed to be for us to just completely forget that

  • we were on a ship at all, best to just imagine that you're in a quite nice entertainment

  • venue that just happens to be experiencing the longest, most laid-back earthquake of

  • all time.

  • So I was on this ship for the fourth annual JoCo Cruise Crazy. a floating nerd adventure

  • featuring semi-celebrity nerds like John Hodgman, Peter Sagal, John Scalzi, Pomplamoose, Molly

  • Lewis, the Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm, Paul F. Tompkins, Grant Imahara, Wil Wheaton, me,

  • and, of course, Jonathan Coulton, the JoCo of JoCo Cruise Crazy.

  • It was pretty clear from day one that the biggest advantage of being on this cruise

  • was not all the luxury amenities and not the free room service and not never being more

  • than twelve feet away from a hot tub; it was being locked on a boat with cool people, with

  • no escape except for watery oblivion!

  • Every day, John Hodgman sat in a hot tub for two hours, answering questions; I got exposed

  • to talents I never knew existed, got to meet my idols, got to hang out with a bunch of

  • awesome nerdfighters. And that's what all the people on the cruise were there for. Yeah,

  • we stopped in Caribbean islands and swam with sting rays and snorkled and went on the longest

  • zipline over water in the world and saw this goat chewing cud on a grave in Jamaica and,

  • yes, those were cool experiences, but it occurs to me that the real value of this somewhat

  • monstrous, technological marvel, is to give us a kind of ancient, simplified life.

  • A small community where you can walk everywhere, seeing the same people every day, people that

  • share your values and interests and passions and experiences. A place to be foolish and

  • comfortable and joyful and proud, and somehow, these days, we require an awful lot of complexity

  • to get back to simplicity.

  • Now, I know that cities are valuable and that the internet is lovely, and we can't live

  • that sort of insular life everyday, but, I'll tell you what, six days didn't even feel like

  • long enough. Does it have to be on a boat that consumes a gallon of gas every twelve

  • feet? Maybe not, but I don't know how else to pull it off. I will be thinking about that

  • though. I'll also be thinking about sunshine, because this is a bunch of balls. John, I'll-

  • oh my god. I can't even go there. This is just a lake now.

  • John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

Good morning John; it's Friday.


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遊輪上的感想 (Thoughts from a Cruise)

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    Jennifer Chang 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日