Water On A Cruise Ship! Safe? Plentiful? Magical?

My lovely wife Cathy has recently addicted me to Norwegian Cruise Line cruises. So far we have gone to Alaska out of Seattle, and Cuba out of Miami. We leave in 30 days for the Virgin Islands, again in June and over my birthday in December. Since becoming a sailor a lot of folks have asked me the origins of drinking water on cruise ships. The ideas people have presented to…

Safe Water ! Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!

I always take the greatest care to not sound water alarms when science and truth contradict my concerns. Some alerts, however like those over fracking and the situation in Flint, are very real and very much deserving of our concern, and remedial action. It never ceases to amaze me the shortcuts and bastardization of safe practices that municipalities take with drinking water, often escaping scrutinization of the public. One such…

Why does mine stink and hers doesn’t?

I can just hear some of you now. “Tom, are you turning to adult-oriented content?” Of course not, but this seemed like an attention-grabbing headline, so I took poetic license. Actually, this little ditty was motivated by a conversation I overheard at a local bar. Two women next to me were complaining about the chlorine smell in their water. One of the conversants commented that her water always smells of chlorine while…