Getting cooler as we continue toward Ensenada, Mexico…
I am back at the 12:45 PM slot today. I do a little tuning up of the talk but for some reason wind up causing some issue with the slides (all started with a named being misspelled). One slide was duplicated and the correction was not made for all the occurrences. It was pretty sloppy. In any event, nobody said anything afterwards and I blamed the slides for not behaving.
I asked the audience to provide feedback so after the talk one passenger came by to tell me my SNP diagram was inaccurate because the purines and pyrimidines were the same size. I explained that it was a diagram and not real chemical structures.
Clearly, the 12:45 PM is not as ideal a time since the attendance for “Genetic Eyewitness” was back to 150 passengers – good news – no one left early.
The afternoon turned out to an unplanned revision session for my next talk on the Titanic. After reviewing the slides, I noticed a glitch in the mtDNA data. I did some detective work and found that this error went all the way back to mid-2012, when I modified the data by splitting in into two slides (Pre-PBS Special and Post-PBS Special). When I did that, one bit of data wound up in the wrong bucket. Why I didn’t notice this over more than eight presentations is a mystery – perhaps my back was to the slide or maybe I whipped through that part so quickly I didn’t notice. In any event, it is now fixed and fixed it shall stay.
We ate in the Michelangelo Dining Room tonight and came a bit early to try an get a good table for two. We not only got a great table but a landmark achievement was reached - “The Best Non-Pasta Dinner Ever on a Cruise Ship”
I had an Eggplant Parmigiani appetizer, Caesar Salad, minestrone soup, and grilled Mahi Mahi over spinach, sautéed onions and tomatoes. Everything was delicious especially the fish, which was hot and tender and perfectly seasoned. The fish was similar to the one I had at Casanova’s on Maui – that tells you how good it was.
Since we had dinner early, we could make the first show of the evening. The headliner was Sean O’Shea, Singer, impressionist, and comedian. We have seen him twice before (Pacific Princess and Voyager of the Seas – both in 2009) – his act is very frenetic and zany and he does a lot of physical comedy (he has to stay in decent shape to pull off some of the stunts). He is also a pretty good singer and does an excellent Elvis impression – pretty much takes up the second half of the show.
Sean O’Shea – Five Years Later (Kelly on the right)
We chose not to see the hypnotist – a woman – in the Vista Lounge.
I started a new book - “The Silent Girl” – by Tess Gerritsen. I am sort of hooked. I can tell already that there are major differences between the Rizzoli and Isles of book and TV.
Picked up a doozy of a headache so we are back in the room a little earlier tonight.
Seas are smooth and clocks move forward again.