I'm not going.
Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the gift, but I went on a 32-day cruise in 2015, and three years ago we went on this very same 3-day cruise when Ed won his 10 Year Safety Award. Honestly, the hassle of flying from Arizona to Florida to get on a boat to go to the Bahamas for one day isn't worth it. I've opted to take the alternative gift.
The certificate came with a letter congratulating me on my "outstanding achievement". What's even more of an outstanding achievement - and means more to me than this certificate or cruise - is that Ed trusts me with his life when I'm behind the wheel of his truck. I'd say he sleeps like a baby, but that's not really accurate since they get up for feedings and cry at the slightest provocation. He sleeps more like a house cat. Or a corpse. That's definitely evidence of how much confidence he has in my ability.
I'm not sure how many miles I've driven at this point, but I'm probably up around 500,000 or so. That's a lot of pavement, baby.
Done without incident, save for a few deer strikes and a very injured bear.
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2015: Mangiare All'aperto, Trucker Style
2014: Released To The Press
2013: In A Time When Gentlemen And Ladies Actually Existed
2012: The Great Affair
2011: The Gaping Void Says It All
2010: Under The Tuscan Sun Within 3,000 Year Old Walls
2009: Dragged Back, Kicking And Screaming
2008: Seniors Maintain Law And Order By Way Of A Fluke Discovery
2007: Lisa Lavie Is The Angel Here
2006: Fight The Moth
2005: Abandoned But Not Forgotten