Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sunday, August 5, 2018 – At Sea – Baltic Sea – Mostly Cloudy – not as warm.

Finally some mild chop during the night and early morning.

My talk – “Identifying the Famous and Infamous” - is pretty early today – 9:00 AM – but I still went up to the Oceanview Café. I got up there a little before opening time and had my oatmeal and coffee. I accidentally poured chocolate syrup on my banana pancakes and walnuts and discovered a new treat. Along with some eggs over medium (actually over well), the breakfast was really good. I was back in the room at 7:20 AM having brought Ellen some fruit to go with her room service order.

The early hour was probably responsible for a drop-off from SRO to about 80 percent full. Still the audience was engaged and I ended the series with a summary (that I will use again) and got a nice round of applause and some super feedback (one very nice comment from a fellow public speaker).

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“Identifying the Famous and Infamous”

Tonight’s Headliner was Claire Maidin, the winner, some years ago. of the “Holland’s Got Talent” Show. She told us her husband, who is Dutch, entered her into the contest without her knowledge (she had had a health scare and she needed to get back on the stage). She played the piano and had a nice voice but she sang mostly Adele’s stuff and really loud. I did like “Someone Like You” but couldn’t recognize the rest of her playlist.  We’ve seen her perform before but a search of the travel journal archives did not find her (I distinctly remember the show’s video opening, family pictures, and the story of her husband’s sneaky act). 

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Claire Maiden

I got a beautiful sunset on the Baltic Sea.


The ship is heading back to Amsterdam.

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