Cruise Lights

I went on one cruise in my life and as a cost-saving measure we booked the cheapest available cabin. It turned out to be an inside cabin, which means that it's below the waterline in the belly of the ship, and you have no windows that give natural light. So you'd get up in the middle of the night, or the middle of the day for that matter if all the lights were turned off, and you couldn't see anything. No ambient light crept in under the door, though there might be a faint glow coming from the alarm clock. My wife took to leaving the bathroom light on during the night, but with the hard lines of the door it cast a perfect beam of light from the crack it was open. So I'd wake up every night when the ship had pitched a little swinging the door open to bright light while breathing recycled air and confused about where I was and what the heck was going on. Then I'd realize that it was 11am and not the middle of the night, but it still somehow seemed appropriate to go back to bed.

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