Cruise, June 2020

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

I had been sitting in my car for what seemed ages when I received the text.  The parking lot was at least 50 acres and it took ten minutes to reach the door.

“The South Pacific!  Great choice.”

I was led to huge room.  The floor was covered in sand.  I could feel the humid heat before I even entered.

After an hour of lounging in the fragrant breeze with a cocktail, listening to a recording of surf and staring at a giant photo of the islands, I was told my time was up.

“Don’t forget your souvenir hat, sir!”

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Jan Wayne Fields. Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

Note – The islands have all been closed, no visitors at all.  Most have not seen the virus and want to keep it that way.

50 thoughts on “Cruise, June 2020

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It could be, though I think combining it with VR would be even better. Or pure VR – it would very easy to set up virtual private group tours of museums and historic places. People from around the world would be able to chat with the tour guide, see things close up, etc. Just like being there… almost.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure if they did all of the detail just right it could actually be pretty nice… not that I would want to go. A guided, live virtual tour of a museum, like the Met? Maybe…

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  1. doodletllc

    Every afternoon I take a break from remote lawyering work and gaze at the computer screen of a Live View of a beach in Florida…then I sigh and go back to the legal world…Love your story even it could be, or maybe already is our new reality.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It sounds like you are already taking these virtual cruises, or at least virtual beach visits… I wouldn’t be surprised if someone hasn’t already set up live virtual tours of museums or historic places. Thanks, it seems to be our reality for at least a a little while.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m with you, I’ll give it a pass. When I am on Cape Cod (about a quarter to a third of the time) I have beach at the end of my road as well – rather stay there…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think there might be ways to make something like this work. Also, augmented reality glasses are getting cheaper – I see virtual tours where the tour guide is alone and the tourists are all following along at home, but can interact with the guide.

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  3. Dale

    Yep, I’m with Rochelle and Josh. A holodeck right now is what we all need to pretend we are somewhere desired (some don’t like beaches, they can go elsewhere ;-) )
    And yet… I’ll take the real thing!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      As I said to both of them, augmented reality glasses is as close as we can get. From what I’ve heard, they can be pretty amazing, and if you start with the “fake”/simulated world here, it could almost be like being there… Yeah, I want the real thing as well…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          There is something more immediate about holding a physical photo in your hand. My dad still prints all of his photos and puts them in albums.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For just a little extra money you can wear the augmented reality googles – the closest thing we have to a holodeck at this time. A replicator would be nice as well… Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That must have been the origins of the Star Trek holodeck that others have mentioned… This place is a little more mundane with more fake reality than virtual reality.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For a higher price they’ll let you wear augmented reality goggles, which is as close to the holodeck as you can get with today’s technology…

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