My brother, his wife, and some of his friends and family were going to go with me (and my wife) on a cruise around the United Kingdom in July. Now, for reasons that will be obvious to anybody who’s followed this blog over the past three weeks or thereabouts, only (I think) two of that whole group will be going.
So there’s space available on the cruise.
I’d promised not to advertise this cruise on my blog anymore but, under the circumstances, I’m going to do it again. Maybe even, if I think it advisable, more than once:
I know that there’s space available because I just now received an email ad from CruiseLady.com, the company that’s organizing the tour.
Here’s a passage from that email that my critics need to learn by heart and repeat to themselves every morning and every evening:
“Our cruises and land tours with Daniel C. Peterson are always very popular! Why? Because Daniel C. Peterson is extraordinary!! He is a Religion Professor at BYU, an author of many books, and a very popular speaker at BYU Education Week — he is brilliant AND very funny AND very down-to-earth.”
It’s all true, of course.
C’est moi! C’est moi, I’m forced to admit.
‘Tis I, I humbly reply.
That mortal who
These marvels can do,
C’est moi, c’est moi, ’tis I. . . .
C’est moi! C’est moi, I blush to disclose.
I’m far too noble to lie.
That man in whom
These qualities bloom,
C’est moi, c’est moi, ’tis I.
It’s all true, that is, except the part about my being “a Religion Professor at BYU.” I’m actually a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic in BYU’s Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. That’s a distinct department in an entirely separate BYU college. Just for the record.
And, oh yes, the boat also docks for one day across the Channel in France: