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Monday, July 5, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ World's Largest Cruise Ship ~ All-in-One Chicken Potato Salad ~ National Hawaii Day

Good 55º clear sunny morning. 
Yesterday we topped at 104º.
Picture of the Day ... the aftermath of Bonnie and Clyde's deaths, their car....

Interesting about the world's largest cruise ship....

Symphony of the Seas is an Oasis-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. She was built in 2018 in the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the fourth in Royal Caribbean's Oasis class of cruise ships. At 228,081 GT, she is the largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, surpassing her sister ship Harmony of the Seas, also owned by Royal Caribbean International.

Symphony of the Seas measures 1,184 ft 5.0 in. in length and has a gross tonnage of 228,081 across 18 decks. She is able to accommodate 5,518 passengers at double occupancy up to a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers, as well as a 2,200-person crew. There are 16 decks for guest use, 22 restaurants, 4 pools and 2,759 cabins.


Symphony of the Seas is about 98 feet longer than the largest military ships ever built, the U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.


Facilities include a children's water park, a full-size basketball court, an ice-skating rink, a zip line that is 10 decks high, a 1400-seat theater, an outdoor aquatic theater with Olympic-height platforms, and two 43-foot rock-climbing walls. There is also a park containing over 20,000 tropical plants.

On 31 March 2018 Symphony of the Seas offered her first passenger cruise and began her maiden voyage on 7 April for a week-long trip through the Mediterranean.


In January 2019, while docked in Nassau, Bahamas, a passenger jumped overboard and survived. The passenger and his friends were turned over to law enforcement, not charged, and required to return home at their own expense.


In August 2019, an Australian passenger died after going overboard during a seven-day cruise of the Caribbean. His body was recovered shortly afterwards by the ship's officials.


During the COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ships, Royal Caribbean suspended all service across most of its fleet, including Symphony of the Seas. A 27-year old crew member from the housekeeping department was medically evacuated in March 2020 and subsequently died from COVID-19 in April 2020. The family later sued Royal Caribbean for wrongful death.


During her first season Symphony of the Seas continued to sail on seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. She re-positioned on 28 October and arrived on 9 November at her new home port at the Royal Caribbean terminal at Port Miami in FloridaUnited States to provide cruises of the Caribbean.

No thank you. I don't think I'd ever want to be on this huge ship with that many passengers! 


From Mr. Food


This All-in-One Chicken Potato Salad has it all: chicken, hearty potatoes, and fresh spring veggies, all tossed together in a creamy ranch sauce. It's a great fill-ya-up type of potato salad that the whole gang will enjoy!


  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 (10-ounce) package refrigerated cooked, sliced chicken breast (see Notes)
  • 6 fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a large soup pot, cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender; drain well. 
  2. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and add the chicken, asparagus, radishes, dressing, salt, and pepper; toss well. Serve warm, or cover and chill until ready to serve.
Packaged sliced, precooked chicken is available in various flavors, and can be found in the refrigerated meats section of most supermarkets. Or... cook your own.
Historically this date.....
1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
1945 – World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.

1971 – Right to vote: the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.
1973 – Catastrophic BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) in Kingman, Arizona, following a fire that broke out as propane is being transferred from a railroad car to a storage tank, kills 11 firefighters.

 2012 – The Shard in London is inaugurated as the tallest building in Europe, with a height of 310 meters (1,020 ft).
And births this date include...
1928 – Katherine Helmond, American actress (d.2019)

1950 – Huey Lewis, American singer (Huey Lewis and the News)

All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo


On July 5th, National Hawaii Day recognizes the 50th state to be granted statehood.
Eight islands make up The Aloha State, the largest of which is named Hawaii. The islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are the next in size followed by Molokai, Lanai, Nihau, and Kahoolawe.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Polynesians navigated the Pacific ocean in double-hulled vessels from the west. Captain James Cook sailed to the islands in 1778 and would later meet his death on the big island.
For generations, Hawaii ruled by the hand of the Kamehameha dynasty. King Kamehameha is still honored in Hawaii today.
In 1874, a new king was elected to the throne. King Kalākaua was known as the Merrie Monarch. Kalākaua also developed a reputation as a diplomat as he set out to tour the globe in 1881. As a result, Kalakaua would become the first monarch to travel around the world. It would take the Hawaiin leader an entire year to complete the voyage.
While Hawaii is the 50th state to join the Union, it has long been a strategic military installation. Its location in the Pacific has been vital to U.S. Naval operations for decades. On December 7, 1941, the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation and propelled the United States into World War II.
The islands’ beauty and traditions consistently draw visitors for rest and relaxation. Hawaii’s pristine beaches, majestic volcanoes, and exotic atmosphere speak to a richly diverse heritage that is welcoming and fascinating. Dance, music, and song taught from one generation to the next keep traditions alive in a lush environment surrounded by ancient history.

In October 2016 a bunch of us family members went to Hawaii...
ALOHA !!6 days at the Aulani  Disney Resort on Oahu with my son Brian, his wife Jen, and their Tucker and Sami, along with  Jen's mom Jean, and Jen's cousin Marie and her boyfriend Brad.