I read in the Trib the other day that Celebrity Cruise Lines is booking three â€œcartoon cruisesâ€ featuring New Yorker cartoonists Sam Gross, George Booth, Jack Ziegler and others.
Iâ€™m not sure exactly what these cruises will entail, and writer Jay Boyar offers no real specifics, but itâ€™s an interesting, if expensive, way to connect with cartoonists.
(Note â€“ Iâ€™m offering paddleboat rides with me for significantly less money.)
But the whole cruise ship angle got me thinking about my younger days as a professional trombonist, or as I liked to put it, â€œsackbut for hire!â€
I played for various cruise lines for about 2-1/2 years. I spent a summer cruising around Alaska, about a year in and around San Juan, and Iâ€™ve been to the Bahamas somewhere around 120 times.
Musicians generally worked about 2-3 hours a day and the rest of your time was yours. Sure, you never got a day off, and the accommodations were cramped, but all in all, not a bad way to spend oneâ€™s youth.
Anyway, I crawled up into some boxes in the garage and pulled out some photos of the artist as a young musician. Check them out in my photo album on the left sidebar.