I WALKED ON A BEACH and SWAM IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA. I got my fix! I will make it through winter, now.
This cruise was completely different from the spring break cruise, where preteens ran wild.
There were few children on board and lots of senior citizens. We met some very interesting and friendly people. Like most passengers on board, I was unaware that that we walked among greatness, a true American hero.
He stood 7 feet tall, had a commanding presence, and after Googling him, I learned he has a host of aliases and occupations:
Chicago Slim, (his handle as a blue's guitarist and co-leader of a Chicago's Blues Band.)
Right Reverened Dr. D. (his DJ handle) He was a Blues music radio announcer for years.
An All Star, All state American Prep basketball player in high school. What do you expect at 7 ft tall?
His other moniker is "The Bone Doc."
When he walked into the ship's comedy club, it was obvious he was a dignitary and received VIP treatment. He and his wife sat in front of us. I overheard his conversation with the comedy club manager. "Yeah, every now and then, I just have to get away and relax. You can't do what I do everyday of the week."
When we went to our cabin, I was amazed to see his picture flashed across the television on CNN.
Dr. Daniel Ivankovich has been selected as one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes.
A remarkable orthopedic surgeon, who operates out of three Chicago clinics, has served more than 100,000 uninsured or under insured patients since 2010 through his non-profits. He treats patients regardless of their ability to pay. He performs 5-7 surgeries a day. He IS a hero.
He was born in Croatia; his family defected to Chicago in 1965 when he was two years old. You can read more about him at the link below, and also discover who the other 9 CNN Heroes are, and how to vote for them.