3/04/2006

A Meeting with the Queens

When people hear about the city of Long beach their first questions are “Do you know Snoop or Cameron or Warren G”, “Have you partied with Sublime”, “Have you been in a drive-by shooting”, “Didn’t that crime happen in LB”, and my all time fave “Isn’t LB totally ghetto”. And while some of us have done or seen these things, when Long Beach comes to my mind there is one thing that always stands out…. the Queen Mary. It has been around since I was born and when you associate “something” with the city of Long Beach, that is the first thing that comes to most Long Beachians minds.

Today the Queen met her younger sister, the QM2, which is the largest cruise ship in the world today. It is sailed into the Pacific to meet its other half…in Long Beach. This is a boat that screams for respect upon first glance. Amazing. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I was privileged, along with more than a thousand others, to see. My favorite moment had to be when the ships exchanged welcoming horns. First in a loud and powerful blow (heard for miles), the QM2 whistled. Then there was silence and some smaller boats making their noise. And right before the Queen spoke, the crowd started egging her on (which was awesome). The Queen spoke in a prideful way. Talk about chills! Here are some pics from the event….

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1 comment:

kristen said...

that's so cool that you got to see the QMs together. i read about it in the press telegram online. danny and i saw the QM2 and the QE2 together in NYC and the QM2 is HUGE, but i wish we'd been home to see the QMs together w/ you!