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By Clive Romney

Enoch Train Onboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl

ON THE NORTH SEA -- The day began innocently enough. The sun sparkled on the gentle waves, belying what would later occur. I forgot to mention that European yogurt is one of the truly great blessings of breakfast aboard the Statsraad of many. Hammocks are strung up even in the galley, so those who sleep there are at the disadvantage of having to be out of bed and have their hammocks rolled up and stowed in the baggage hold by 7AM. Then all day long they have people in their bedroom treating it like a kitchen. They feel dispossessed, disinherited.

So at the passengers' meeting we discuss such problems and possible solutions and are introduced to our 3 ward presidents who are sustained unanimously. We are urged to take our problems to them first. The ship's captain gives us some instructions on, among other things, seasickness (a foreshadowing). Before lunch, clouds roll in, the winds pick up, and the ship begins to pitch and roll. Enoch Train has another rehearsal after lunch, this time on the opposite side of the galley so that those on the starboard side don't feel picked on. But our rehearsal is abbreviated by seasickness taking its toll on first Janice and then Jay.

After the rehearsal Tom teaches Rhiannon a tune he wrote, but hasn't named. Her ear has been well trained by her Suzuki experiences and she picks it up amazingly quickly. She asks Tom what it is named, and he, also feeling a little woozy, says, "Well I haven't named it yet, but how about 'Pukey Rain'"? Rhiannon at first agrees, but later euphemizes the title to "The Storm." And she plays it with us at the shipboard concert that night. But the concert, too, is abbreviated due to seasickness, as we anchor ourselves against cabinets and walls just to be able to play. This is getting to be entirely too much like our ancestors' experiences! We really hadn't planned on this!


Courtesy of Enoch Train
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