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My secret jaunt to Fujairah [Jun. 24th, 2004|03:37 am]
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So a couple of months ago, brother John and I found ourselves in the same country, which does not happen in these times that we live in. He's a sailor, endlessly bound for exotic ports and other watery horizons. I am, you could say, a wanderer who is notoriously hard to pin down. He was in New York, then I was in Japan, then he was adrift upon the Seven Seas, and now I'm flying high as an apple pie in the sky. And then -- circumstances of maintenance anchored him off the U.A.E. coast for three days. I caught a ride to Fujairah and climbed aboard the U.S.S. Regulus, which little brother is willing and capable of driving.

John: Quintessential model of preparedness.

From where I stood, the Port of Fujairah looked rather small.

But it's quaint, isn't it!

The damaged part that brought the Regulus round these parts

Top-secret sneak peak at the cargo

We laughed non-stop for two days at the Seamen's Club.

"Hook" is an affectionate family nickname for my brother.

GPS: We were here.

Me with my big little brother. Women want him; men want to be him.

I can't say for sure whether the Port of Fujairah is, in fact, small. I saw but a wee corner of it. I humbly accept corrections and clarifications to the information published here.

A footnote to this story:
When Emirates sent me to New York to operate the inaugural JFK flight, John happened to be flying out of New York to Madrid on the very same day. So our paths crossed again! I'm starting to believe in miracles.

[User Picture]From: webwawa
2004-06-24 06:59 am (UTC)
amazing ^__^

You look a lot like each other, esp in the eyes.

I like your new hair color!

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-25 09:34 am (UTC)
I think you're right -- there is a family resemblance. Only somehow, he got all the brains, muscles, ambition... And thanks for the compliment, Laura! :^)
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[User Picture]From: scottks
2004-06-24 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh to have women want you, and to have men want to be you! Great photos. Nice to have you posting again.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-25 09:41 am (UTC)
I want you AND want to be you!
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-06-24 07:11 am (UTC)
Man he is such a good looking guy now, you have such a fun life and I have, bleh..

I can't believe that is the same little boy, lol!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-25 09:49 am (UTC)
He is hunky, isn't he? Everybody says so. Funny how people grow up when you don't see them for a decade and some change. (Like you!) By the way, don't downplay your own life, girl. You get to be around your family and friends.. and you're creating your own family! That's special, I think.
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-06-26 04:19 am (UTC)
woo, I like this new little reply feature :P

I haven't been livejournaling a lot because there were certain people that I didn't want to know about my little addition yet.

Anyways, I am supposed to be replying to you right? :P

Eh my family, they can be overbearing at times, I love 'em, my brother.. yeah I wanna kill him at times.. I've been taking care of my neice for a little while, she's like 3 1/2 now.

If you hadn't guessed, this was a bit unplanned and came as a bit of a shock, goes to show that birth control isn't perfect. A friend of mine thinks because my morning sickness is so bad and things have changed so much (like massive growing and jeans a no no now) even though I've lost weight that I'm having twins, God I hope not! Be sure to look for pictures from ultrasound of the baby soon.
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[User Picture]From: razormaid
2004-06-24 10:57 am (UTC)
I think you are secretly a rock star. *smooch*
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-25 09:58 am (UTC)
Well, NOW it isn't a secret!!
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From: yukoeh
2004-06-25 12:09 am (UTC)
Cool pictures!! :D
I hope we can see somewhere in the airport!
The final interview of JAL was over and the result comes here in the middle of July.
Finally... but I'm scared to see the result...

Good Luck, Susan!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-25 10:00 am (UTC)
Lots of luck!!! And curse JAL for making you wait so long. If I were JAL, I'd scramble to hire you at the earliest moment possible.
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