On the cruise just entering Glacier Bay. We just saw some whales. What luxury this ship offers. I’m sure my ancestors never got above the orlop deck with the bilge water and the ballast. But this is a dream. Internet connection is very slow and–as one of you commenters helpfully and correctly informed us–VERY EXPENSIVE (75 cents a minute!). Plus, the carefree existence here keeps us insulated from all the bad news of the outside world. So I don’t have much to say. (I did catch a stock feed that informed me of how the economy is collapsing.) Anyway, my posting might be irregular but I’ll do the best I can. We disembark in Vancouver, Canada, the middle of next week.