the other cruise

11 Nov

You may be bemused to learn that Stoffel and I are saving for another cruise, as we plan to embark on our adventure across the Pacific. The “other” cruise won’t involve quite as much hard work and should require a whole lot more formal attire.

On the first Thursday of every month, we have dinner with a group of about 10 mateys. We refer to ourselves as the First Wednesday Club (even though it’s on a Thursday, we know). The First Wednesday Club has very exacting standards and that month’s hosts can usually be found in the kitchen for a few days preceding the actual dinner sweating over some culinary delight. (Or they should be anyway.)

We also like to make rules, like: who can attend, what constitutes a quorum, under what circumstances the FWC might be moved to another night, etc. Most of the time we imbibe too much, cackle hysterically about the new rules, and then forget what we decided in time for the next first Thursday. Repeat.

There are some pretty fab people in our FWC. Between us, there are 4 doctors (although only one in medicine). We comprise a lawyer, a spammer (Stof likes to be described by his more lofty occupations), a dentist, an oncologist, an economist, an editor, a parliamentarian, an environmentalist, a film-maker, a children’s rights advocate, and an English academic. They are all marvellous.

The English academic is lady I call MJ. MJ has a dream. She wants to be the kind of “mature” woman who goes on cruise ships to far-out places. Us First Wednesdayers think it might be splendid to join her.

Most of us can’t be too sure that we will have the funds or inclination to go on a cruise liner in the 2030’s. So we’re starting up a cruise fund for MJ’s cruise now. We’re all going to ring-fence a certain (modest) amount of money and then ask our investment analyst friend to invest it wisely so that in (approximately) 25 years time we can all go on a cruise together. Depending on how wisely it’s invested we might end up having to travel from Durban to Mozambique, but we’re all holding out for something a little more exotic! It’s Serious Business: even a constitution for the FWC has been written (and rigorously debated, with only a very slight suggestion of irony) so that we can open a bank account and regulate the money over the years!

It’s quite a strange thought: to plan a holiday so far in advance. I wonder what will become of us in the interim years? The least that I hope for is that we will all still be around to want to go away together.

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4 Responses to “the other cruise”

  1. Meghan 12 November 2010 at 2:14 am #

    um. I lOVE THIS. I FREAKING love it. I may have to do something similar with my besties.

  2. Jo 12 November 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    That is a fantastic idea. Even better than the “we’ll meet in one year at the top of the Empire State Building” because it’s among friends, and it’s an adventurous thing!

  3. agirl 13 November 2010 at 3:41 am #

    This is a BRILLIANT plan.

  4. stofnsara 15 November 2010 at 10:11 am #

    It is pretty cool: Yay for MJ! I still quite like the chance aspect to it. If our money grows, then we can go anywher ein the world. If it doesn’t then we still will have a fun, albeit not as exotic, trip in more local waters. Do let me know if you guys decide to plan a holiday in the future with your mateys.

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