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Date: January 22, 2003 at 22:05:48
From: P.R. (Pete) Sisak, [mke7-44.nconnect.net]
Subject: Re: Steamboat Stereotyping?


I remember waiting in the "lounge" of the Delta Queen terminal about 10 years ago now, waiting for the bus to return us to the airport so we could fly home...my parents were anxious to go home, and I was anxious to go home too, as I missed my girlfriend, and my job! While we were all waiting, the MQ was also doing turnaround at the same time...and I had a conversation with an "elderly" couple to which I would never forget. This gentleman had sit down next to my mother and I on a couch, his wife sat next to us on a chair... and this fellow proceeded to "instruct" Mom and I on the Mississippi Queen and all her splendor, and all the trips he and his wife had sailed on her. Considering I had about 3-4 hours sleep (must have been Phyllis' Night Owl Society!), I was not in the mood to debate which boat was better. Well to make a long story short (if that is possible for me) this fellow had said he didn't recognize us from his cruise! My mother and I told him that we got off the Delta Queen. He got all huffy suddenly, and torted out, "why would you go on that old thing?"...my mother had a classic response, she said it is like going to an old hotel,"like that from my childhood, only that you wake up in a different locale every day". Yes, he replied, but it is old! I replied, "I don't think your wife minds you does she?"
This fellow's once silent wife started to burst out with laughter, and with that our bus was called, and Mom told me..."there is your Dad, get him and let's get out of here before that guy decides to chase you down!" I never did look back to see the expression on that chap's face after his wife laughed at him!! Being that I am a Delta Queen person...please all..don't take that instance wrong...I am not anti-MQ or anti-AQ...just some of us have preferences, and I thought it ok to post...not to cause trouble...not my intention...Pete


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