After breakfast (buffet style on the Lido deck), Joel and my dad went up to the sports deck to compete in the free-throw contest. All of Joel's attempts were airballs (lots of wind to contend with up there), but my dad actually made his first two shots.
On Holland America ships, you win dam dollars for participating in their dam activities. Then, at the end of the cruise, you get to exchange them for dam merchandise. So, these basketball shots were our group's first attempt at winning some dam thing. We also participated in a team trivia challenge a little bit later that day to try and win more. We didn't win (at least not that time), but we did get some dam dollars just for participating.
I actually got fairly seasick this day and spent a lot of it in my bed reading with my wristbands on. After a few hours I felt much better and it didn't really bother me much until a few days later when we hit some choppier waters.
Other happenings of note:
Mom and I went to the first of three yoga classes early in the morning. Keeping your balance in certain poses is difficult enough on stable ground, but trying to hold reverse triangle without doing a nosedive on a ship is quite difficult. You really notice the ship's movement when you are in downward-facing dog.
I got the best haircut I've ever had by a Danish stylist named Tonni. Apparently he is quite a good stylist, and goes around the world teaching other stylists to be better. He decided to do a year on the cruise ship so he could see all the bad haircuts (and mine was definitely one of those) and learn what the stylists are not quite understanding. I was happy to be part of his research. Hopefully somebody can duplicate what he did when it comes time for another haircut.
It was formal night for dinner and I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures. I wasn't about to pay the exorbitant amount the ship's photography people wanted for a picture that wasn't even very flattering of us. Only my newly-cut hair looked any good. :)
After dinner, Joel and I found a string quartet and sat and listened to them for several hours. They were exceptionally good, even by the Maestro's standards. Turns out they were from Romania, and so we made friends with the cellist and sat and talked with her about Romania and music and such things. Plus, they played Lara's theme, so that made them doubly cool.
More to come (eventually)...