Is to interact with people...nice people, overwhelmingly..not because we live out in the back of beyond, but because that's the way we were brought up.  I notice over in ROLLCALLS mostly its just a few words, sometimes only emojis.  I assume because its folks doing it on cellphones, which don't lend themselves to complete sentences...Well, its way better in here...theres give and take, and that's fine.  And on board, usually peeps are on their best starting a conversation is easy. A week or more of "small talk"...Fine with me... 


By the time my grands are at my advanced age (hah!), they'll never have to go out to do anything..have everything delivered, work (bah) from home or the "throne", do dr. visits on a future version of Skype, up to and including do it yourself surgery...just hibernate...eventually they'll be born without the ability to speak, because it'll be completely unnecessary...and even lose the ability to type anything except lil faces (or fingers)….mebbe they'll have enough drugs to do imaginary cruises in yer mind...wait...that's called "virtual reality" isn't it..and come to think of it, most of this stuff is available now...well...pardon me..I'd rather be a hot tub, with cold fluids...and a lot of food...


End of Rant....Elvis has left the building...

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I think you bring up a great point. For people of our generation (BB, X and Y) conversation is a highly desired trait. Without it, we tend to feel lonely, thus increasing the need for companionship. We thrive on being with other people; even without direct interaction we still feel a need to be amongst others (anyone ever make a sport of people-watching?) The millennial generation has turned that on it's ear. Young people today do not crave, and actually avoid, direct interaction with others. They have adopted their own, computer friendly language that allows them to communicate without having to socially interact.


Big Smile

(whos elvis?)

Well said..I have advanced degrees in people watching, when Im out and bout and "amongst them" malls and such, and especially cruises. I think the world is increasingly populated by nutcases, larger and larger nutcases..which also explains why we live where we do..but there are times we need reminding. Otherwise I would spend ALL my time talking to my wife and the dog...not necessarily in that order...sometimes to the tractor...nobody listens anyway, and they do exactly what they feel like....we're down to a few days, as you can probably see...that explains all this....

We are all here to listen to your rants and talk to you.

We may not always say what you want to hear, but are hopefully more welcome than the other voices in your headWink

Your predicament at the moment seems to mirror my current roll call. It dates back about 8 months, has 6 posts and only one poster. It is difficult to have a good conversation, but that hasn't stopped me yetWink

I only wish that my countdown was quite a bit shorterBig Smile

In the year 2525 ... if man is still alive

The voices in my head told my fingers to tell you do do a deal and stick one in before that 162,000 days....hehehe

You are one day ahead of me till sail away...that explains the singing? or my hearing aids need batteries? bwhahahaha

Some really greats rants and comments. I share many of the same. Thanks for sharing.

I am a sales rep. so by nature, I love to talk to humans. I have made some great friends on Cruises and Vacations.

This latest generation cannot see past their own reflections and selfies, they do not see the real world and the great things and people out there. They see just what's in it for them.

That is one reason I love to cruise. Many people with the same work ethic and experience makes for stimulating conversation.

Much as I hate to admit it, it was that "work ethic" that got me to the exalted position I find myself in today. Course nowadays, some might think its "magic", or, better.."I'm entitled so why don't I have "that stuff" (who ARE all these greyheads on cruises anyway?)...Truth be told, and just to rub it in to anyone of that "group", I worked harder at not working than anything else...The last 5-6-7 years of it, I showed up, they kept paying me. The less I did, the more I earned....some of you would understand that..c'mon now, tell the truth...

I still have the 5th amendment to back me up here - I will not answer!Big Smile

As far as cutting my countdown, can't do it. I've already got my leave scheduled through New Years for personal business, and any leave taken between New Years and my cruise would cost me about $500/day.

On the other hand, once my finances get on track after retirement, I may be looking for an end-of-year cruise next year.


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