You know when somebody puts a diaper in the trash and they don't tell you about the surprise... So you start getting little whiffs of the diaper but it hasn't gone totally rank yet so you can't really figure out what or where the smell is coming from?
The first floor of my apartment building reminds me of that smell except there are no babies that live here, only old people... hmm... smells like someone needs to take out their garbage, because their Depends have gone sour and smell *rank!
*Cue the throw up noises
Monday, March 10, 2014
Everyday I declare this day to be the longest day ever, and today is no exception! When I think about things I've done earlier in the day it feel like it was a few days ago.
Uhh... Hold that thought- Right now the ship is currently moving... we are leaving Ensenada and it's only noon, but when taking pictures on the gang way I've been telling all the passengers to be back by 2:30... Haha! I hope they all made it!
Being with old people, you encounter more awkward farts then normal. Yesterday, in the photo gallery this grandpa walks up to me and says "You know why I stopped here? Because I wanted you to enjoy this smell with me...." as he has his hand on my shoulder and lets out this fart that came straight from hell! It was so bad!!! Ha
Earlier in the week mustache grandma started asking me a question as she was shaking a fart out of her pants, she had to keep shaking her leg back and forth to squeeze them out. Such an intense workout!
You also experience a few time a day someone fart with every step they take, from one end of the gallery to the other end- meanwhile all my coworkers look at me and say "In my country it's really offensive to pass gas! You never hear people fart!" Oh yeah!? Please tell me more about this tiny country that no one has heard about and how it's so much better than the US, a place that you've never even been!
I could go on and on about this topic of farting, even our donkey farts- we rent him when we are in Puerto Viarda, for people to get their picture with him, but they have to sedated so he won't bite passengers, Not only does he fart a lot, his man parts like to hang out,! Haha! Gross but funny
Hope everyone's week is going great- and that you have some great farting stories to tell me! Ha
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I've picked up running again- I stopped running last year so I could have more gym time and focus more on building muscle. But the crew gym totally sucks, and some of my friends aren't allowed in passenger gyms (we love segregation on ship life... It's so annoying) so running on deck 7 and 8 it is (which they aren't allowed to do that either- so I just go after they leave)
Running is a great stress reliever at midnight- after a long frustrating day I can run my guys out! 3 laps around the ship equals 1 mile
I jog around the corners of the ship and and sprint on straight ways, every time some old person walks out right in front of me as I screech to a hault, if They were walking I could easily shove them out of the way and yell "man over board!" - but they usually come busting out of those doors on a jazzy. The same scooters that run over your toes in the photo gallery, and also knocks over your photo backdrop during portraits! (All I tell them is to back up a little bit- and they go pedal to the metal, bouncing over the sand bags and knocking the poles and shit! And their frowny facial expression stays the same through the entire crash!)
So, in other words I have to screech to a halt, because I'd be the man getting knocked over board.
Out sister ship had a crew man jump over board in the middle of the night- so they took a detour to circle it's path back- looking for the body... so sad! I always hear people say "why would someone ever do that?" when talking about suicide, and yeah I don't think suicide is the answer, but you never know what people have been going through.
Some of these jobs are miserable! When I shoot at the LA gangway as people are getting into the ship, I talk to the security guards there and last week this guy was telling me that he's never seen grown men cry until he got started working here. We usually get a few hours off on land at each port and these foreigners are sobbing because they don't want to go back to life on ship working long hours for crappy pay.
He said it doesn't really happen as much on our ship, but for sure on other cruise lines and ships. LA is currently not letting anyone off the ships except for US citizens, because they've been having problems with philloinos jumping ship, and never coming back! Ha! I don't blame them :)
Monday, January 6, 2014
I remember reading an article about gay marriage, and in it, it stated that in the coming year of 2014, Utah will be legalizing gay marriage. Growing up in this very traditional/very conservative state I totally discredited that article and stopped reading it. It had just lost all credit when I read that part .
Boy, have things changed since being on a ship for only 2 weeks! The Supreme Court over turned the people's decision and legalized gay marriage! Holy cow!
I was blown away by this!
I was so happy, kinda speechless, wishing that I had someone to celebrate this with- but not really caring too much, because it didn't even seem real.
I'm still getting Facebook rants for and against this ruling- which keeps me pretty entertained when I'm online.
Growing up in the LDS church and being gay, I now have a pretty equal amount of friends who are for and against it, and it usually doesn't bug me when people go on these huge anti gay rants , if I was straight, I'd possibly be doing the same thing too... but I doubt it :) There would be so many great friendships I would loose if I was so narrow minded and selected friends based on their political and religious views.
In the past I've tried and tried to change, with such unsuccessful attempts, when it came time to serve an LDS mission I thought I could try once more to change myself by focusing less on me and more on the lords work for two whole years. I do admit that I had such a great learning and growing experience that I am always grateful for and built some life long friendships, but when it came down to the end of those two years, I was still attracted to men. I was kind of disappointed, kinda confused, not sure what I could don't better or what I would do next.
I've have never really let me self become depressed, or suicidal over this realization, I was just getting brunt out- sick of people asking who I'm dating, so sick of these endless blind dates that never ended well.
I don't have an amazing or dramatic coming out story, but I did feel this sense of relief, not having to hide the obvious truth! Ha!
It seems that when people come out, they get rid of their religion, throw all if their morals out the window, and become an entirely different person.
I still feel that church/religion/spirituality is so important in a persons life. Just as Native Americans make their spirituality so much apart of them, I feel the same way about my church.
I have friends who have left the LDS church, but I can usually tell that they were raised Mormon because of the way they act or conduct themselves. That's why I would never rip on anyone's religion, because it's still apart of them, and most try in their own way to make their people better.
Things I've learned from church that I am so grateful for is:
- self worth- if I hadn't learned to believe in myself, then why would anyone else. There are so many people out there to rip you down, and church does just the opposite
-Importance of body/word of wisdom- working in this ship they all tell me "this job will eventually make you turn to drinking" but we'll see, the more I learn about alcohol, the more unappealing it seems.
- Importance of family relationships, this is super interesting to me, because there are so many teenaged kicked out on the streets for being gay. I will always be so grateful for my family for actually practicing what they preach. My dad always says "No matter what you do, we will always love you!" That has meant so much to me, and gotten me through some rough times.
This blog is a lot longer than it needs to be, but people always say "woah! How does that work out! Being a gay and being so close with your family!?"
So that's it, that's my background- I believe in gay marriage on a government level, but on a religious level- I think it's completely fine if they don't support it.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Well it's Christmas Eve and the day has totally sucked- customers getting pissed at the stupidest things, so mad that I'm not putting up pictures fast enough, and so she went to go to my manager, some other guy was mad that we took a picture from him before he was done looking at it, and some grandma ripped me a new one because I answered her question before she had finished asking it... I'm starting to see why people hate Americans... Fat Americans that is! Ha
Whatever, I'm over it!
When ever I need someone to teach me to do something, I get paired up with this short phillopino named Amer (pronounced like America)
He's only been out a week longer then me- so it's the blind leading the blind... That pretty much sums up our working relationship! People ask us where things are on the ship, we both have no clue what going on and totally send them in the wrong direction
Today I asked him, "why do you always wear your underwear at work parties!? Are you like crazy drunk?"
"These are not underwear, they boxers, Boxer shorts!" They totally are underwear, and they are super high and look super gross.
And at lunch we were sitting in the mess hall, eating in silence at one of the empty tables- all of a sudden he looks up and says, "This... Is food" I'm thinking, what did he just say?
So I responded by saying "yep, it sure is... I just like to feed my face with it!"
Merry Christmas everyone!!! I just turned midnight
I would send out a million texts and calls, but the wifi is bogged down by other people- same with the phone lines, I can't get to any one- so frustrating
So on that note, I'm going to head to bed! I keep hearing these Asians on my floor singing happy birthday, maybe they are singing it to Jesus!?
Do you ever get your self in weird situations and end up saying to your self... " oh shit! Oh shit! Oh shit! What did i just do?" Yeah- that just happened to me.
Today is my first day as a cruise ship photographer and I'm not sure what to think!
It had been the longest day of my life- my mind is spinning, I'm so lost in this place, not to mention I'm the only American I know... where the heck are they!?
My goal for the week is to find someone I can totally relate too, a homo- (the europeans on the ship are so gay, but surprisingly straight), an American, or just someone who also thinks it's funny that they served huge Vienna sausages for lunch.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I was just sitting in class today, being board out of my mind and realized that I haven't posted to my blog in such a long time!
So that'll be a new goal of mine! To write and actually post my blogs
But so many great things have been going on, that I can up date later!
But I just wanted to say that believe it or not, I will be GRADUATING this year! Ugh! It's about time!
Also, when I'm not working full time, or being a full time student, I've been working on my hobby, and turning it into a business- I'm so close to launching my tshirt line called
Here's a little preview:
I keep making up dates to it each week- so go check it out!
But I'm taking off- so I hope you all have a great day!