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Destination unknown

November 12, 2021

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This week’s photo courtesy of Ted Strutz.

Destination unknown

I watched her sit on the stool next to mine. One long leg slowly crossed over the other, a tight dress pulled tighter leaving nothing to doubt. My eyes worked their way up and eventually focused on two evergreen eyes.

She smiled. “Buy me a drink?”

First night in Seattle, could I be luckier? I signaled the bartender and ordered two very dry martinis.

That’s the last thing I remembered.

I woke foggy-headed and found myself on a strange ship heading out to sea.

Shanghaied? That’s the stuff of fiction. Of history. It doesn’t really happen. Not anymore, right?



18 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2021 9:16 am

    First and last stop? Gather Island!

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  2. November 12, 2021 10:35 am

    Great twist, he fell for that one too easily!

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  3. November 12, 2021 11:23 am

    Oh, sadly, trafficking is as ‘alive’ as it’s ever been. For women and children, mostly, but not only.


  4. November 12, 2021 11:36 am

    But, was he actually headed to Shanghai?

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  5. November 12, 2021 12:01 pm

    Ooof, that’s a horrible way to go. Shanghaiing is very real, or was in the Western States. They have the tunnels and history to prove .


  6. November 12, 2021 2:25 pm

    it looks like he’s headed to paradise. 🙂


  7. November 14, 2021 8:28 am

    I’d like to think that when his head clears he’ll find himself to be a pampered guest on her luxury yacht… though he’s probably not!


  8. November 14, 2021 11:30 am

    Dear Michael

    My husband tells the story of how he got shanghaied in Naples while in the Navy. Yes it still happens. Well told.




  9. November 14, 2021 11:38 am

    Oh, the adventures discovered on misadventures. Well done.


  10. November 14, 2021 7:39 pm

    He was way too easy prey… Poor bugger!


  11. November 15, 2021 8:47 am

    I know about trafficking but didn’t know that shanghaiing is still a thing. Let’s hope he has enough means to buy himself free.


  12. November 15, 2021 5:26 pm

    Oh dear… not what he bargained for!
    Nicely written


  13. forestbathing hermit permalink
    November 16, 2021 10:42 am

    That was an interesting tale with all the background…


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