The Three Hour Tour

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

They were never the smartest crew around, that’s for sure.

The reports were awful: gale warning, the possibility of a major typhoon.

As harbor master, I felt obliged to try to stop them.

“Look, I have five paying passengers. I’m a poor man.  I know the waters like the back of my hand.”

I had to let her go.

It was a bad storm, perhaps the worst to hit the islands in a decade.

The water is calm again, and Noah’s rainbow is up there telling us it is over.

But I’m afraid to say that the Minnow was lost.

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No, I don’t think you could reason with the Minnow’s captain, popularly know as just plain “The Skipper”, nor his first mate, uhm, let’s see, his name begins with the letter “G” ;)

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Word count = 100

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51 thoughts on “The Three Hour Tour

      1. Inside the Mind of Isadora

        I liked the show because it was so silly. Gilligan was like a little brother you wanted to save from himself. Sometimes, silly can be refreshing.
        I’m so pleased you found me in your SPAM. I’ve been in touch with WP but they said I should advise everyone I leave a comment on to look there. BUT … sometimes it just doesn’t post at all. Oh well … you get a beverage of your choice for discovering my comment. Cheers !!! 😎

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It was so very silly, which is why I loved it so much as a kid – Peter Tork of the Monkees was also a hero of mine as a kid – another straight out silly one.
          I try to look in the spam folder on occasion, but sometimes it will be weeks or months. It is funny, WP tells people to comment often, but people who comment too much get sent to spam. A little inconsistent there…

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          1. Inside the Mind of Isadora

            lolol … WP is probably overwhelmed by all of the users who are isolated. You just gotta laugh … : )
            I used to watch the Monkeys with my middle daughter. She loved it. I thought Peter Tork was good for a belly laugh all the time. And, the other guys too. I hope they got along as they protrayed on the show. Wish we had some silly shows now-a-days. 😎

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Gilligan’s Island was perhaps the silliest, some would say stupidest, TV show ever created, so I am not too surprised it never left our shores, but it was extremely popular here!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Consider yourself lucky – Gilligan’s Island was awful, but it was like a bad accident, once your eyes hit the screen, it was impossible to look away ;) Actually, it was a perfect show for a 5 year old, which is when I loved it.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      My guess is that the Professor was a genius at living off of the land. Still not sure why Ginger packed so many outfits for a three hour cruise…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Shew, I’m glad they are OK, though I hear rumors that the show will be canceled with them still there and they’ll have to wait for TV movie to be rescued. Thanks! This was a fun write.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s so funny that it is so deeply embedded into our culture that that is still a question… (Today I’ll answer May Ann, but may change if you ask again tomorrow ;) ). Thanks!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I always wondered why the Skipper, and even the Professor, who should have known better, ever gave G any responsibility. They should have known better. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed the story.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That is the problem with doing a story based on something that was very regional. The show was completely stupid, but us who grew up with it loved it.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think that might prove the Brits’ good taste ;) It was by far the silliest US show ever, though some would say the stupidest US show ever. But for some reason, this totally idiotic show had a huge impact over here back in the 60s and 70s (reruns).

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  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Skipper,

    A severe lapse of judgement I’d say. From the title to the ending line you made me chuckle, giggle and laugh. Too bad neither Mary Ann nor Ginger thought to take advantage of that hot professor. Good one.

    To better tours,

    Little Buddy

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Well, Little Buddy, after us carrying that 600 pounds of baggage to the luggage compartment for our three hour cruise (Ginger’s entire wardrobe, the Howell’s bales of cash, etc.), I felt we just had to do it. As to The Professor, some people might have questioned our sexuality, shacking up together and all, but I think he was more the type. Poor Ginger and Mary Ann didn’t stand a chance ;)

      Thanks!

      Skipper

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  2. dprastka

    Haha! We visited the beach that they filmed the pilot when we were in Kauai! And the tour guide was so knowledgeable giving us so many tidbits on movies and TV shows filmed there, including this one. Grew up with that show!! ❤️

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