First Disney Cruise: Day Three – Quarantine

So as mentioned, we have been getting up close and personal with the cabin commode since 10:30 pm of Day Two. It’s now around 7 am and the ship has arrived at the Cayman Islands.

We had an excursion booked but were obviously not going to be able to enjoy it. The picture above is taken from our room TV and shows the Cayman Islands as seen by the Bowcam. This is as close as we got both to the Caymans and a blue sky.

We needed to cancel our excursion so we phoned Customer Service to ask them to take care of it, but they told us to simply go down to Port Adventures and tell them ourselves. This was not going to happen, for as you can imagine, we still didn’t feel so well and looked even worse. After some discussion, they agreed to take care of it for us.

We slept on and off until 3 pm and got up and showered and prepared to visit Medical Services when they opened at 4:30 pm. At this point, Karen still wasn’t feeling one hundred percent, but I felt better and so ordered some room service. I had toast and cereal with some juice. This turned out to be a mistake, as you will see soon.

We arrived at Medical Services and were treated extremely well. The Doctor and the Nurses were top flight and showed a very understanding and caring attitude! It was determined that I had a 102.8 degree temperature after which I deposited my toast, cereal, and juice in a convenient bucket provided. So for me, this was not sea sickness, but I then became the fifth case of Acute Gastroenteritis and thus subject to a 24-hour quarantine, starting from the last time I donated food, which was now listed as 5 pm of Day Three. So now I would have to spend all of my time in my stateroom until 5 pm of Day Four. Karen was diagnosed with the same thing, and so we enjoyed the quarantine together.

At least someone seems to be enjoying the cruise!

So now we are on a bland diet, which we couldn’t keep down at this point anyway, and shots for both of us with an oral medication chaser. We slumped back to our stateroom to begin our quarantine. This meant that we would miss Toy Story the Musical which was the show I was looking forward to the most! We could have watched it on TV but the medication made us sleepy and we ended up passing out until about 11 pm.

And so ends Day Three.

Join us in our next post for the story of Day Four, or as I like to call it: Making the Best of a Half-day Left at Sea Day. Catchy, isn’t it? Although, I doubt Disney will be optioning the rights anytime soon.

Movie Review: The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story


This past May, I finally took the plunge and made the decision to purchase “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story” on DVD.  For much of my adult life, the music of Robert and Richard Sherman has been a source of great enjoyment for me — my all time favorite song of theirs is, bar none, Feed the Birds, from that incredible movie, Mary Poppins.

So, after much consideration, after much wondering would I like to see a documentary about the men behind the music, after all of that, I decided that it was time to make the investment and learn more about the men behind the music, as seen from the very unique perspective of their sons, Jeff and Gregg Sherman.

As I watched, I learned so much about them that I didn’t know, as sad as it is for me, a Disney fan and blogger, to say.  I didn’t know that their Dad was a musician and singer.  I didn’t know that the Sherman Brothers did so much work that went beyond the Disney scope — although I should have, because I have The Sherman Brothers Songbook album in my iTunes.  Most importantly of all, I didn’t know that Dick and Bob Sherman became distant in later years, and stopped seeing one another for many years.

It was this last point that caused Jeff and Gregg to collaborate and come up with this film — as they said, it was their hope that in doing their story that the differences that the brothers had in the past could be overcome, and that they would see one another once again.

However, as was so eloquently put, unfortunately, “In life, not everything turns out like a Sherman Brothers musical.”

The story of the Sherman Brothers isn’t really all that different from the story of many people from that generation.  My father is one of 14 children, and as kids, they naturally gravitated towards those that they were closest too, and there were some of their siblings that didn’t hang out as much, especially as they got older.  I know that, for my sister and I, we only saw some of our family at weddings and funerals, if then.  It is, in my opinion, only natural sometimes for their to be a separation as people get older, and I think I see that more often in generations the generations that came before me.

What saddens me, though, is that Bob Sherman has now passed on — and I don’t know if Dick and his brother ever had that reuniting that I feel was so desperately needed.

One thing that I do feel is true, though, is that Dick and Bob Sherman, if you could ask them today, would say that they are very proud of their sons for the work that they did in putting this piece together.  In doing so, Jeff and Gregg Sherman have shown us a side of the Sherman Brothers that I think makes us appreciate the music they created all the more.  Also, by sharing this story with us, I think that the world also sees that Jeff and Gregg Sherman, cousins, truly did acquire quite a bit of the talent that their fathers had.

To Jeff and Gregg, I close by saying thank you, both to you, your team working with you on this project, and to your fathers — for sharing them with the world, and for showing us the human side of them that transcends way beyond the incredible music that they conceived.

If there is anyone out there that has not seen “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story”, I urge you to do so as soon as you can.  You are doing yourself a disservice by not watching this great movie about one of the greatest teams every created.