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Hello, it has been a while since I've updated here!

I just got back from a very eventful vacation.  Me and my family went on a cruise!  An Alaskan Cruise.  On a cruise ship.  With a pool and dancing hall and lounges and all that.  Very posh, very fun.

Alaska - or at least the tiny sliver of it that we saw - was gorgeous.  Very green and overgrown, with amazing glaciers and mountains.  And we saw an impressive amount of wildlife - salmon, bears, whales, porpoises, seals, and more.  It was really, really neat.

I learned, on this cruise, that I really want to marry a millionaire.  ;P  Apparently, I have expensive tastes.  I loved being waited on.  I loved going to tea every day.  I loved eating things like lobster tail and souffles.  I absolutely adored dressing up.  xD  I think I have a problem, guys.

Now for the really fun story.  :giggle:  My sister was a part of the ship's youth group, and her leader was looking for someone who knew how to play the piano.  Now, my sister could play piano, but didn't feel like she had a piece committed to memory confidently enough, so she suggested my name.  As it turns out, one of the performers on the cruise, a violinist, had an act where he came up with a duet based on a piece that someone in the audience could play on the piano - and I got the part.
So at 5:00 that afternoon, I walked into the room where they were practising, expecting to see some tall, severe guy in tuxedo.  Much to my surprise, though... it was a young guy, probably no more than 5 years older than me.  And rather cute, if I'm any judge.  ^_~  Anyway, he was super polite, and the practice went exceptionally well - I know how to play a really gorgeous piece, and he loved it.
And after, we talked about college stuff, and it was great - he actually pulled out a friend of his to meet me, too.  Who turned out to be another performer - the magician.
Too bad I screwed up the performance.  xD  I recovered, but I lost it somewhere in the middle, and ended up hitting a measure full of sour notes.  Oh, well!  I was still highly praised for it all, and for the rest of the cruise, people would stop me in the halls of the ship, and ask if I was that girl who played the piano, and it was really, really nice.  The cruise comedian actually sought me out to shake my hand afterwards, which was really cool.  And the violinist and the magician would greet me in the halls and make smalltalk and stuff, which was also really cool.
Anyway, that's the story of how I met some kinda famous people, and sorta flirted with a guy with a wikipedia page.  ;D

And now for the less cool part of the vacation.  The waiting staff on the cruise were fantastic - friendly, helpful, and very professional.  We were very fond of one waiter, in particular, who hailed from the Philippines.  Anyway, yesterday we talked to him about the working situation... and found out that it wasn't so great.  They were working twelve hour shifts, seven days a week.  That's... hard.  And then this morning we were talking to our waiter, right before we left, and he mentioned a family back home.  Which was a bit of a shock to us - he looked, like, 21, and we just sort of figured that most of the staff were young single guys.  But, this was not the case, it turns out.  And we asked him when he'd get to go home to see his kids - and it turns out, they were working 10 month contracts.  10 months of solid work, 12 hours a day, with no days off.  All far away from their families.  Holy crap.
And the worst part is, the jobs, apparently, are competed for.  What must the alternatives be like, when jobs like that are the most desirable?  A lot of the workers were from eastern Europe and Pacific countries.  :\  I felt horrible.  Still do, really.

Anyway.  That was a depressing note to end the cruise on, and a depressing note to end this journal on.  So 'll just say that I've never been on a cruise before, but I had a wonderful time.  I probably won't be going on any more, but I'm glad of the experience.  Heaven knows, it gave me many new perspectives, if nothing else.  : )
  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: "Simpson Sky" by Gerry Beckley
  • Reading: Nothing much.
  • Watching: Nothing much.
  • Playing: Ace Attorney
  • Eating: Too much. Ugh.
  • Drinking: Water.
Nedry by ThisBirdTooHasFlown
Nedry
Alternate title: Dennis and the Dinosaur.  ;P

I wanted to draw Dennis Nedry, as I imagined him in the book.  I love the Wayne Knight portrayal, of course, but the character is actually quite different in the book.  He’s a lot more sympathetic.  He’s been slighted, overworked, and left out of the loop.  He takes an opportunity to get back at them, but he fully intends to fix everything before any real damage is done.  You feel for the guy.

If only that storm hadn't hit.

So, anyway, here's Mr. Nedry about to have a very nasty encounter with a dinosaur.
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Hello, it has been a while since I've updated here!

I just got back from a very eventful vacation.  Me and my family went on a cruise!  An Alaskan Cruise.  On a cruise ship.  With a pool and dancing hall and lounges and all that.  Very posh, very fun.

Alaska - or at least the tiny sliver of it that we saw - was gorgeous.  Very green and overgrown, with amazing glaciers and mountains.  And we saw an impressive amount of wildlife - salmon, bears, whales, porpoises, seals, and more.  It was really, really neat.

I learned, on this cruise, that I really want to marry a millionaire.  ;P  Apparently, I have expensive tastes.  I loved being waited on.  I loved going to tea every day.  I loved eating things like lobster tail and souffles.  I absolutely adored dressing up.  xD  I think I have a problem, guys.

Now for the really fun story.  :giggle:  My sister was a part of the ship's youth group, and her leader was looking for someone who knew how to play the piano.  Now, my sister could play piano, but didn't feel like she had a piece committed to memory confidently enough, so she suggested my name.  As it turns out, one of the performers on the cruise, a violinist, had an act where he came up with a duet based on a piece that someone in the audience could play on the piano - and I got the part.
So at 5:00 that afternoon, I walked into the room where they were practising, expecting to see some tall, severe guy in tuxedo.  Much to my surprise, though... it was a young guy, probably no more than 5 years older than me.  And rather cute, if I'm any judge.  ^_~  Anyway, he was super polite, and the practice went exceptionally well - I know how to play a really gorgeous piece, and he loved it.
And after, we talked about college stuff, and it was great - he actually pulled out a friend of his to meet me, too.  Who turned out to be another performer - the magician.
Too bad I screwed up the performance.  xD  I recovered, but I lost it somewhere in the middle, and ended up hitting a measure full of sour notes.  Oh, well!  I was still highly praised for it all, and for the rest of the cruise, people would stop me in the halls of the ship, and ask if I was that girl who played the piano, and it was really, really nice.  The cruise comedian actually sought me out to shake my hand afterwards, which was really cool.  And the violinist and the magician would greet me in the halls and make smalltalk and stuff, which was also really cool.
Anyway, that's the story of how I met some kinda famous people, and sorta flirted with a guy with a wikipedia page.  ;D

And now for the less cool part of the vacation.  The waiting staff on the cruise were fantastic - friendly, helpful, and very professional.  We were very fond of one waiter, in particular, who hailed from the Philippines.  Anyway, yesterday we talked to him about the working situation... and found out that it wasn't so great.  They were working twelve hour shifts, seven days a week.  That's... hard.  And then this morning we were talking to our waiter, right before we left, and he mentioned a family back home.  Which was a bit of a shock to us - he looked, like, 21, and we just sort of figured that most of the staff were young single guys.  But, this was not the case, it turns out.  And we asked him when he'd get to go home to see his kids - and it turns out, they were working 10 month contracts.  10 months of solid work, 12 hours a day, with no days off.  All far away from their families.  Holy crap.
And the worst part is, the jobs, apparently, are competed for.  What must the alternatives be like, when jobs like that are the most desirable?  A lot of the workers were from eastern Europe and Pacific countries.  :\  I felt horrible.  Still do, really.

Anyway.  That was a depressing note to end the cruise on, and a depressing note to end this journal on.  So 'll just say that I've never been on a cruise before, but I had a wonderful time.  I probably won't be going on any more, but I'm glad of the experience.  Heaven knows, it gave me many new perspectives, if nothing else.  : )
  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: "Simpson Sky" by Gerry Beckley
  • Reading: Nothing much.
  • Watching: Nothing much.
  • Playing: Ace Attorney
  • Eating: Too much. Ugh.
  • Drinking: Water.

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ThisBirdTooHasFlown

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Hullo. I am ThisBirdTooHasFlown. I like to draw a great deal, though I admittedly have no great talent at it. *sheepish grin.* Regardless, I persist! Who knows? Maybe someday, if I work long enough, I'll get a wee bit better!

My Tumblr is here: gettlngbetter.tumblr.com/

I am very fond of many, many things. Old movies, rock music, science fiction books, warm socks, and hot chocolate.

Current Residence: The Democratic Republic of Mesoatlanticashire
Favourite genre of music: Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Folk
Favourite photographer: Me! (Just kidding)
Favourite style of art: Impressionism
Operating System: Linux
MP3 player of choice: Sansa
Wallpaper of choice: Blue.
Skin of choice: GASP! Racist!
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin 'n' Hobbes. Oh, and Opus, the Penguin!
Personal Quote: I don't believe in jinxes... only inevidable, cruel irony.
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RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fave!
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Beatles24 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE your art work!
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ThisBirdTooHasFlown Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
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SarcasticLeaves Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Happy Belated Birthday:heart:! :glomp: So sorry I'm late. :( I misread the birthday list and thought yours was today. ^^;
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ThisBirdTooHasFlown Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, don't worry about it - I actually lied about my birthday on this site!  I was new to this whole online-thing, and thought that if I used my REAL birthday, the creepers could find me!  xD  So my actual birthday isn't even until the end of the month.  ^^;
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SarcasticLeaves Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Oh, yeah! I think I remember you telling me that last year. ^^; I just get all crazy when it comes to birthdays, I always tend to remember beforehand but completely forget the day of.  But I completely understand why you did that, it's smart thinking if you ask me. =^_^=
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ThisBirdTooHasFlown Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem - I'm the worst at remembering birthdays!  I sometimes forget the birthdays of some people in my family!  ^^;  It's bad.
In retrospect, it probably would have been perfectly safe to use my real birthday, haha... but oh, well!
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Hoki-Lokison Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!! :party: I hope that you have a good one C:
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ThisBirdTooHasFlown Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  :3
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Hoki-Lokison Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem!
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