I’ll only drink what’s free…

“I have a proposition for you.”

Phone calls that start like that rarely end up any good. And since it was Joy on the other end of the line, I was betting my half of the proposition would be fixing her computer.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“What’s up?” I asked. She caught me at a good moment.

“Well, you know me and Darnell are going on that next year…”

(For those of you just joining, my sister’s name is not really Joy. But if you watch My Name is Earl, Joy is my sister. Minus the white trash part. But the attitude, oh yeah, that’s all her. And since we are sticking with the My Name is Earl motif, Joy’s hubby will be referred to as Darnell from here on in).

“Oh yeah, I forgot all about that,” I said. I actually never remembered it at all. So it was kind of truthful. I figured the next question would be if I would check up on the animals when I was fixing her computer.

Wrong again.

“Well, do you want to go?”

“What? Where? On the cruise?”

“Yeah. Dad really wants to go. And mom won’t fly.”

“Sure, I’ll go. How much is it?”

“Your half will be about $450,” she said. “And that includes airfare.”

“For how long?”

“Six days, five nights. It leaves Ft. Lauderdale, goes to Belize and Cozumel, and back to Fort Lauderdale.”

“Is it all inclusive?” I was having flashbacks to Jamaica (here and here).

“Yes. Except for alcohol.”

“Damn. Okay. I’ll only drink what’s free.”

When I got off the phone, I did a quick check on what to expect from Belize and Cozumel, and I saw that El Castillo is there.


Now that looks pretty bad ass. From the tour website:

“This 135-foot structure is one of the tallest Mayan structures in Belize. From the top, you can see the Peten Forest, the Mayan Mountains and even across the border into Guatemala.”

I sure as hell hope it has an elevator.