• Best Thing Ever,  How To,  Travels

    12 Cruise Tips For Newbies And Wannabes

    I learned so much while planning (and taking) our first cruise that I thought I’d share some of the knowledge I’ve gained over the past few months with you. Just so you know in advance, THIS IS A REALLY LONG POST, even for Suburban Scrawl. (Sorry!) Our cruise was the best value-for-the-money vacation we’ve ever experienced, which was great news for me because I am pretty frugal, always looking for the better deal or a different way of doing something in order to save some money. Some of these cruise tips, which range from saving money to just making things easier, came from the “First time cruiser” forum on my…

  • Childhood Memories,  Something That Could Change Your Life,  Travels

    The Love Boat

    Back in the late 70’s through the mid 80’s, my sister and I were always in the same place on Saturday nights: in front of the television, watching “The Love Boat”. The weekly adventures of Captain Merrill Stubing (Your Ship’s Captain), Julie McCoy (Your Cruise Director), Issac Washington (Your Bartender), Doc Brinker (Your Ship’s Doctor), Gopher Smith (Your Yeoman Purser), and the parade of special guest stars that appeared each week (like Charo, Meredith Baxter Birney, Florence Henderson, Sonny Bono, and so many others) kept us glued to our seats from the intro song–which, at nearly two minutes, was clearly created in the days when the powers-that-be weren’t concerned about…