Sounds simple, huh? Yeah, right! The last container went perfect. That is until I received a call from the trucking company that there would be a delay in the delivery. One of those "Houston, we have a problem" calls. The container had been damaged in the off loading. Meaning?????? Was it dropped, was it crushed ... what? Visions of crushed marble and broken mirrors were just a few of the scenarios dancing in my head.
This time the ship had barely sailed from Antwerp before having to put into port in Rotterdam for repairs. What? Did the propeller fall off?? What now? Delayed again...... to Christmas week. Will it make it here and clear customs just before Christmas or will it arrive just after when I am on a cruise with my family??? I have 2 grown sons and we're all spread out. South Carolina, DC and Vegas. Getting all together at the same time is rare and to spend it together for a week cruising around the Caribbean - priceless.
I had to leave on the 23rd. Ship docked Savannah on the 19th, a Saturday, so the port was closed for the weekend. Cleared on Monday, picked up and trucked to Atlanta for delivery on Wednesday. Cruise left Friday. YES!!! Thank you Santa! And I was off with 2 sons, a fiancee, a girlfriend, the Cowboy and a partridge in a pear tree!
And a glimpse of what Santa brought........
Wishing all a peaceful and joyous New Year!