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This is Your Captain Speaking: Book Review


Last night, I finished reading “This is Your Captain Speaking” by Gavin MacLeod and Mark Dagostino.

For those of you who don’t know – which is everyone except my parents and like two people – I am a huge fan of the “The Love Boat.” So when I had the chance to review this book, I felt like God was listening.

My mom doesn’t know but when I was grounded, I waited until my grandma was busy and watched “The Love Boat.” Rebellious, I know. I just had to watch it! I was eight years old and addicted to “The Love Boat.”

This book isn’t just about the “The Love Boat.” MacLeod tells his whole life story. He has so many interesting stories. He talks about his parents and growing up without having much money. When he was a young kid, he knew that he loved acting. MacLeod writes about his early days as an actor in New York and his move to California.

He also writes about having a problem with alcohol and being divorced from two wives. I appreciate that he doesn’t blame anyone else and takes responsibility for his problems.

I always forget that he was on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” He talks about how wonderful it was to be a part of that show.

MacLeod has also worked or met with just about every famous person that you’ve ever hear of. He appreciates all of the opportunities that he has had.

The story is really a testimony about all of the good things that have happened to him because he is an ambassador for God. He has a really interesting testimony that you will have to read to believe. He is truly blessed.

I only have one criticism. There are so many exclamation points!! I guess that he is excited about life!!! There’s nothing wrong with that, is there?!

It’s not the Love Boat: NaBloPoMo

Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?

People seem to like cruises in spite of all of the cruise mishaps in the last several years. I still don’t really want to go on a cruise. When I was a kid, I watched “The Love Boat” religiously. I even watched it when I was grounded from the television – that is how much I loved “The Love Boat.”
Any cruise that I would take might not meet my expectations of what a cruise should be. I’m already disappointed that Isaac won’t be my bartender. If I call the bartenders Isaac, they’ll think I’m a jerk. How many times do they have to tell me “Ma’am, my name is Chris.” My reply will probably be “Whatever, Isaac.” This might be when they cut me off from alcohol or throw me overboard. (I wonder if Isaac aka Ted Lange goes on cruises. If so, does he get stuck taking pictures at the bar?)

Mazatlán was a popular destination on the show. Has anyone been there? I’m not sure if I want to go. What about Cancun or the Bahamas? I would love to visit the Caribbean Islands and Mexico but Cancun doesn’t appeal to me either.

Once I went to pick up my pictures at Wal-Mart. I was expecting pictures of my kids with Santa. What I received were pictures of Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker on a celebrity cruise. Are celebrity cruises the cheesiest of the cheesy celebrity gatherings? I like comic book conventions so the chances are good that I will like a cruise filled with celebrities. Will I really care if they are b-list or whatever? Probably not.

So if anyone wants to send me on a cruise so I can decide if I like cruises, please contact me.