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Carol Perkins: Setting Sail

Preparing to leave for a cruise, Carol recalls what happened the last time she visited the Caribbean

By Carol Perkins

I haven't packed one thing. I'm not sure I can even find last year's summer clothes, but they are probably stacked under the Christmas decorations Guy took to the basement and I haven't bothered to go downstairs to see where he put them. It is getting time for me to dig out shorts, tops, and Capri pants.

The surprise cruise that was to take us somewhere but none of us knew for sure where has arrived. We now know that we are going to a city in Jamaica, then to Cozumel, and the Grand Caymans.

In Cozumel I plan to buy some jewelry. The last time I was there on a cruise, which happened to be with the same women, we roamed the main street and went in and out of dozens of jewelry shops. The best place to buy silver is in Mexico.

In preparing for the trip, Judy, Becky, and I took a quick jaunt to Somerset one Saturday to the QVC store. If you go at the right time, you can get some good buys. We all came away with shoes. On the way home, we were lamenting over wearing sandals with our white feet and white legs. "I would have a spray tan but the last time I did I looked jaundice." I said. I finally scrubbed off as much of the yellow as I could.

"Nobody knows us so what do we care?"

"One thing that bothers me," said Becky, "is that I can't shave the back of my legs."

"I know. I'll come over and shave the back of yours and you can shave the back of mine," said Judy.

Now you know why traveling with my friends is so much fun. They all are witty and clever and off the wall.

I have my medicine bag ready. Not that I take much medicine, but I always go prepared with necessities like Advil, Nose Spray, Gas X, and Rolaids. What I don't have someone else in the group will.

Someone asked me what I did during the day while the ship is sailing. My idea of a good day is to have a massage, find a chair in the shade, read, sleep, watch people, and then eat. Mostly we women tell the same stories over and over that we have always told and laugh harder than we did when we told them last year.

One night is talent night. The seven of us could dance or sing or do stand up. Then again, we could just watch. Wherever we are we seem to draw a crowd. "Where are you all from?" we hear often.

I must tell one small story about our last trip to Cozemul. Judy, Freeda and I were going from one jewelry store to another and in each one a bottle of something sat on each corner of the glass display cases. "What is that?" I asked Judy.

"I think it is liquor," she whispered. We didn't want to look like tourists.

Trying to act nonchalant, we circled the bottle and discovered that they were all alike. They were Tequlia bottles. The idea was to serve potential customers shots of Tequlia and they would buy lots of jewelry and take home some of their Tequila. Only in Mexico!

The trip will begin Saturday afternoon and return the following Saturday. I may only get off the ship once or twice. My goal is to leave the world behind in the middle of the Atlanta and come back a new woman. That is what Guy is hoping, too.

Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday.

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