Jacki Murphy

Half-Heartedly Trying to be Famous on the Internet Since 1999

From the Comments Section

The following comment appeared in the comments section of the New York Times' endorsement of Hillary Clinton: "I once attended a memorial in 1991 for several women who died of domestic violence. There were no TV cameras. It was just a small group of people marking the deaths of "nobodies". Mrs. Clinton was there. She made no speech. She wasn't running for anything. She was there. I think of that often." To me, this exemplifies exactly what kind of President Hillary Clinton would have been. A woman who cared, deeply, about each and every one of … Read More

I'm With Her

If there's one thing I'm tired of in this election cycle, it's people telling I'm only voting for Hillary to vote against Donald Trump. No. I voted for Hillary Clinton, and I can't envision a candidate I'd rather be voting for. My only wish would be that she had a more worthy opponent. If Hillary Clinton were a man, she'd be far more popular than she is today. She has been hated vehemently and irrationally ever since she was the First Lady of Arkansas, and made it clear that she would be involving herself beyond the interior design of the … Read More

When You Don't Have a Local Station

I listen to a lot of NPR. Or, I should clarify. These days, because I live on a ship, I listen to a lot of podcasts: This American Life, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Code Switch, etc. I'm never particularly up-to-date because I would never know when I had a good enough WiFi connection somewhere to download an episode. Recently, however, I've found myself in possession of a fancy international data plan (bless you, T-Mobile), and I've discovered the wonder that is NPR One. I can listen all the time! In a timely manner! I get … Read More

Does Anybody Know What Day It Is?

One of the most interesting aspects of living out at sea is that you completely lose your sense of time. You measure things in terms of cruises instead of weeks, and in ports of call instead of days. Yesterday was Bar Harbor, today is Saint John, tomorrow is Halifax. I can tell you that it is Wednesday, but only because I just pulled out my phone to check. This occurs across all cruises and itineraries. You can be sailing in 7-day circles around Mexico, landing in Los Angeles every Saturday, and you still never know what day it is. The … Read More

On The Occasion of Having Been at Sea for Five Years

Almost a year ago, I found myself in possession of an invitation to the ship's monthly service awards luncheon. I was a bit confused - it wasn't my birthday, and I certainly hadn't been nominated for employee of the month. But as I thought about it, it dawned on me: I had been with the company for five years. Five years. I'm honestly not entirely sure how it happened. When I started applying for cruise ship jobs in the fall of 2010, my main motivation was simply a job wherein I would not default on my student loans while simultaneously … Read More

....and we're live!

Hi there! After what seems like weeks of blood, sweat, and tears - weeks of switching blog hosts and content management systems and fighting with HTML and CSS and varying templating languages - we are live. We've gone down this road before. In the nearly a decade since I graduated from college, I have attempted a blog on a dozen occasions. Will this time be different? I sure hope so. … Read More