Monday, November 9, 2009
Rock The Boat (Don't rock the boat, baby)
It seems like everyone ignored the warnings, and 1200 lesbians boarded the NCL Spirit at the New Orleans port on Sunday afternoon. It was a rush job, considering they moved up our launch so they could float around the oncoming hurricane, which by noon was upgraded to a category 1.
Once everyone figured out how to check in and actually get on the boat, we all rushed over to the champagne reception where we caught up with Sweet president Shannon Wentworth and her team, who were hustling to get everyone on board.
Next was the lifeboat safety drill, then all the ladies headed up to the top of the boat to hang by the pool whilst we launched. There I ran into Shewired.com editor Tracy Gilchrist, Wolfe Video founder Kathy Wolfe, LA Gay and Lesbian Center Board members Tammy Billik and Jane Costello and award winning film maker Katherine Linton (Lesbian Sex & Sexuality). It's just so wonderful running into all the familiar faces from SoCal, along with all my friends from all over the country - all in one place!
The most popular dinner place the first night was - of course - the sushi restaurant! I witnessed my first (make that my first through tenth) sake bombs (dropping your shot of sake into your Sapporo), then everyone headed over to Henry's Pub where Nat and Meg from AfterEllen.com hosted the most outrageous evening of karaoke! My god, what's the deal with all these women that can sing! The place was absolutely packed, with women standing and dancing in the booths...with overflow going onto to the deck.
About this point, the boat was eeking out into the Gulf and that's where the rocking and rolling started. We all packed into the Stardust Ballroom and starting dancing up a storm. As the boat moved more and more, the women kept dropping like flies - rushing off to their cabins. All I can say is "god bless dramamine". It was a good thing I was dancing with the lesbian surf team from LA since you needed strong leg muscles to actually stay ON the dance floor and not get tossed back and forth.
We went outside to notice the pool water was swooshing up and over to the left, then up and over to the right until there was absolutely no water left in the pool We were brave and headed up to the very top and front of the boat. Lovely view and loads less rocky.
Then it was a long, long night of swaying. Everything flew around my cabin! Meanwhile, Ida was upgraded to a category 2 as we all fell asleep and hoped for the best!
Here's my first video vlog from my cabin: