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—-What a wonderful life I’ve had!  I only wish I’d realized it sooner—-Colette

 —Once,  a long time ago, I worked for Carnival Cruise Lines.

 

Believe me when I say,  I dealt blackjack like a bitch on fire.

Fast.     Hard.     Sizzling.    Out of control.

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The manager, Orlando Pastrana,  placed me with the highest rollers because I took their money hastily, thirstily.

Why?  I don’t know.  I just did.

I remember one of the players exclaiming,  “Boy, you are mean.”

I responded, “That’s why they hired me. And please don’t call me a boy.”

We laughed.

By the way, he was playing  7 hands at  $10,000  dollars a hand. 

Ship life has a culture all it’s own. 

A culture of freedom without inhibitions.

A culture of instant gratification & fulfillment.

Living above the Caribbean Sea offers a fantasy life, a life of escapism.

A life of pina coladas & soft sun kissing bare skin.

One can wear a full mask of multi–colored feathers, deep cherry lipstick, a short skirt….and live the untamed life of Nin, Parker,  or Colette.

Collette.

One can be whomever she wants to be.

It’s sweet & addictive ( for awhile)

It’s beautifully pleasurable (for a while)

 The Italian officers loved us. 

It’s true.

They loved the Casino Girls, the European girls,  the American girls.

All Girls.

Come sei bella.  Voglio verderti stasera.”

    ( how beautiful you are.  I want to see you tonight)

What they were really saying was;  I want sex with you.

Augustino asked me to view “Terms of Endearment”  five times.  He also asked every other Casino Girl on the ship.

Augustino was beautiful.    He smelled of Coconut &  Olive Oil.

He smelled of Italy.

And he didn’t give a damn about Shirley MacLaine or Debra Winger.

He just wanted to get somebody between his satin sheets.

Anyhow, kids,

That was a lifetime ago. 

An education ago.

No regrets

Ever.

And I admit….

Sometimes I want it all back.

Nik,  Augustino Fazio,  Me.

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Dear, Reader,   Is there a time in your life you’d like to revisit, or perhaps,  NOT?


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80 Comments

  • Reply
    Ann
    August 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Wow – that was quite a job! I love cruising, but I tend to drink diet coke and relax at the spa. I’m delightfully dull. I don’t know if there’s any time in my life that I want to re-visit…I’m happy where I am.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:03 am

      —Ann,
      SO happy you are happy 🙂
      The ship life was kind of like Sex & the City…
      One cannot live that sort of free life without Consequences !!
      xxx Kiss

  • Reply
    The Bipolar Diva
    August 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    right about now that sounds like an incredible life.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

      Dear, Bi,
      You can apply to be a croupier.
      I’ll give you the office address!!!

      xxx

  • Reply
    Jessica
    August 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Sounds like it would be fun to deal cards on a cruise ship. Except for all the sleazy guys. Not sure I could handle them.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

      –Jessica,
      I am quite sure you could handle those Italians.
      At my age now….I’d just say F-off!
      xxx Kisses for you.

  • Reply
    Totsymae
    August 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Well, get your hustle on. Sounds like a surreal life from my end.
    I can see you around that table, talking trash and being the
    money keeper. It takes a bad ass bitch to do that!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

      Tots,
      Surreal. Fantasy. Unreal.
      I still have some of the bad ass bitch left 🙂 HA HA

  • Reply
    Brenda
    August 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I love cruising. I was only ever a guest, but I can see so very clearing how it’s surreal because traveling on the ship is a fairy tale as it comes. Like Tosh says.. you are one of the few that I could see doing this.. and being seriously amazing. You have all the content for a new branch of romance novels.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:06 am

      —Well,
      that’s how I met Hubs!! 🙂 xxxx

      • Reply
        Totsymae
        August 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        He liked all that sass, huh….now he’s a keeper! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

    What amazing memories and you look absolutely stylish in that photo although I’m not surprised, you’ve still got such fabulous style! xxx

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

      Dear L,
      perhaps that life may compare w/ your life NOW!
      All of those delicious adventures to far away places.
      xxx Kiss for you Down Under .

  • Reply
    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    August 10, 2011 at 12:56 am

    What Fun! Super cool to have not regrets! The best! Loved that you shared this!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:08 am

      —Mandy,
      Love when you visit me.
      What are you cooking today? 🙂 xxx

      • Reply
        Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
        August 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

        No cooking for me yet my friend – only getting my oven tomorrow! Will post something yummy for you soon. xo

  • Reply
    Goodness and Grit
    August 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Ah the memories….

    I was a bartender on Friday and Saturday nights in Boston nightclubs through college. Young, hot college guys lusting over the bar as I seductively swirled my vodka bottles around while mixing their pleasure.

    On weeknights I was a cocktail waitress at the sophisticatedly posh Bostonian Hotel. Their I slowly sauntered from one successful business man to the next serving up scotch neat, and politly turning down one date after another.

    Would I go back? Hummm, I married the hot college guy that turned into the successful buisness man, but still, maybe for one night. I wonder if I´d be such a good girl this time…

    Fun post Kim! I look forward to the next!
    Kimberly

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:10 am

      —Kim,
      Love you other life. How Fun!
      “mixing their pleasure”
      now that sounds like a blog post!
      Were you like Tom Cruise in Cocktail swinging those bottles thru the air?
      Too Cool.
      Waiting to hear the rest of your strory.
      xxx K.

  • Reply
    Alison@Mama Wants This
    August 10, 2011 at 3:15 am

    What a wonderful life! We are only young once right? Live it up!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:11 am

      —Yep, Mama,
      then reality, marriage, Kids, jobs, housework, dinners…….
      it’s all about evolving into who we should be.
      Tell me about yours!! HA.
      xxx

  • Reply
    debbie
    August 10, 2011 at 4:23 am

    What a fun post….sounds like you had a blast. I think there are a few times in my life I would go back and I would also change some things…..not too many, just a few!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

      —-Debbie,
      For me, going to the ship was lifechanging…
      but other events I could do without!
      xx Kiss from MN.

  • Reply
    elizabeth
    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for sharing! it does sound hot. Ah, to have those days back. xx

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

      Elizabeth,
      In our dreams, perhaps.
      Those days bring us into who we become….
      XX KISS 4 U.

  • Reply
    Lola
    August 10, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I think I would go back to my early twenties just for a little bit. I dated like a fiend in those days and left a trail of broken hearts. And I had such great tits. I miss them. If I had known how great they were I think I would have spent my days topless. Damn these droopy, lifeless, little, ‘I’ve breast fed three babies’, niblets. Oh what fun I had back then. Insert evil laugh here Bwahahahahaha!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:14 am

      “And I had such great tits”
      Lola, You are quite priceless. Fabulous. Hilareous.
      bwwwwwwwwwwwwwhahahaha.
      PS. did you know I still do not get your posts?

  • Reply
    Sandy Webb
    August 10, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Yes! I lived and worked at Grand Canyon National Park for 5 years. It was the most carefree lifestyle and I loved it. Unfortunately, after 5 years I decided it was time to grow up, enter the real world and get a real job. I do daydream of those times still.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Dear, Sandy,
      Aint that the truth.
      One must grow up & face reality….Finally.
      but it sure is fun to look back, isn’t it?
      xxx Think of you Often.

  • Reply
    Kelly
    August 10, 2011 at 6:41 am

    It would be like waking up to go on vacation EVERYDAY!!! How long did you work on the cruise ships? Was it always the same cruise??? How did you get this job???? I want to hear more about Augustino Fazio!!! Do you still talk to him???

    I want to hear MORE MORE MORE!!!!! I want see MORE MORE MORE!!!! In fact THIS is my new VLOG question request!!!! Give it to me BABY!!!!!

    You get more amazing EVERYDAY!!!!!

    LOVE love LOVE You!!!

    KrAzy Kel

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:19 am

      Dear, KrAzy Kel,
      you make me smile.
      I worked for Carnival for 5 years. In Miami & Bahamas.
      Augustino was an officer. He loved the girls.
      Perhaps he’s on facebook now….Perhaps he’s seen this photo!
      I will give you more more more…
      Someday.
      Love that you come visit me often.
      Love Love Love.
      –K. xx

  • Reply
    Monica
    August 10, 2011 at 7:02 am

    What a beauty you are in that photo! No wonder the Italian Officers loved you! To be young and carefree. I’d like to hear more about life on a cruise and the people you met. And the world of gambling and gamblers, too. Boy, you were living on the edge! (And I am calling you Boy! lol)

    Sounds exciting. How long did you do it?

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

      — Monica,
      On the edge.
      What a superb way to explain that world…the world of fantasy.
      Kind of like “Sex and the City” on the Sea!
      It was a wild world….a world of Yes.
      I love when you come over! xxxx

  • Reply
    Diane
    August 10, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Wow, that sounds like so much fun. What wonderful memories. Instead of going back and revisiting parts of my life, maybe I should go back and revisit this part of yours! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

      —Dear, Diane,
      Your life sounds like it’s incredible enough!!!
      I don’t remember some of mine as I was drining too many Pina Coladas!
      HA HAA HA
      Love Ya,
      K. xx

  • Reply
    Alina
    August 10, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Um…you left the best part of the story OUT…Dave! I love that picture of you and him, Andrew is a carbon copy of Dave at that age!

    MIss you see your for the PARTAY! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 7:38 am

      —Alina,
      Um, i might say that in my VLog.
      Oh, you r coming on Sat?
      Good. You talked your grandpa into driving?
      XX Looking forward to seeing you.

      • Reply
        Alina
        August 10, 2011 at 7:39 am

        I’m pretty good at sweet talking my gpa, he can never say no! I’ll be up the 27th too for a bachlorette party! So yes, I’ll see you this weekend. Get Dave in the vlog. It’d be awesome! I’ll tape it this weekend on my iphone!

  • Reply
    Theresa Sonoda
    August 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

    How exciting! I’ve never ever been on a cruise and it is prominently sitting at the very top of my Bucket List. I want to go so badly. I’ll bet you were one hot dealer, indeed. Your life has such color! Reading you makes my day happier.
    T

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 8:07 am

      Terri,
      get going on that bucket list.
      Perhaps Augustino is still there flirting with all the gals!
      He’s probably captain by now.
      You add color to my life, too. 🙂 xx Kiss

  • Reply
    LBDDiaries
    August 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I wouldn’t go back for anything! Then I’d miss Alpha Hubby. Well, I lie – i would go back about 10 years ago and when the weight started creeping on, I would have paid attention instead of ignoring it, thinking it would come off as easily as it always had. Then I wouldn’t be facing it all at once right now!! This was a GREAT post – it reminded me when I was a bar maid on casino night when people threw money around like it came out of oil wells… oh! It DID come out of oil wells back then!

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Dear LB,
      you are beautiful.
      Alpha loves you just as you are.
      —More to hold onto, baby.
      Are we ever satisfied with our weight?
      For me, Never. Even when I was size 6.
      xxx kISS.

  • Reply
    Pscyho
    August 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Ooh lala … bellisima1

    Great fun times! You just have to love Italy and the expressiveness of the Italians. I also love their National Past time: Flirting! hahahaha

    You can always have this again if you want to. Just stay happy, life is sweet!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Hi, P!
      Love when you pop over into my wild & crazy world.
      Yes, we have our memories, our experiences, our education of life.
      –Quite seriously, When Everthing is stripped away: I have my family. They Are EVERYTHING! Everything. Nothing compares to them.
      Love to you, xx Kiss

  • Reply
    Heavenly Housewife
    August 10, 2011 at 9:31 am

    What a fascinating insight daaaaahling! It sounds so glam :D.
    No, I don’t think theres a time in my past that I’d like to revisit. I think the best time for me is now.
    *kisses* HH

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

      —-NOW!
      I like that HH. Beautiful.
      I think I would have said NOW before last year happened.
      I can’t say that today.
      Kiss 4 U. xx

  • Reply
    mercy
    August 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

    wow! You must have had fun! I so envy you.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

      —Never Envy me, Ms. Africa….
      Be better than me!
      xx Luv U

  • Reply
    Bella
    August 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Kim, that photo of you is stunning! Oh my goodness, sister, look at that tan! You are so beautiful, lady! I loved reading this post. I worked as a reservations agent for a five star hotel many moons ago, and remember having to book suites for the high rollers. They spared no expense and I always wondered what it would be like to spend money like there was no tomorrow. Thank goodness I matured and realized money, while it can buy you creature comforts, does not guarantee joy in life. That said, what I would have given to have been a fly on the wall while you were dealing blackjack! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Dear, Bella,
      isn’t that the truth…Money does not buy happiness,
      but I’d like to have both! Ya know?
      Dealing was a fun life….Most definitely for the Single Woman!
      XX Kiss.
      Are you back from Spain?
      I’;m waiting for you to do a Vlog.

  • Reply
    Dad
    August 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

    You are more beautiful now then you were back then.
    Love you More
    Dad

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      -Love you more than drizzled Chocolate on Sponge Cake with Butter Cream. xxx

  • Reply
    Bruna
    August 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I know those Italian boys. A summer trip to Italy was enough for me. So forward, so blunt. They know what they want and their not afraid to ask for it. LOL

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Bruna,
      So true…and most of the officers were married, as well.
      VERY naughty boys 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Blond Duck
    August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    That is a great story for the grandkids!

  • Reply
    Ginger
    August 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    What a wonderful post! You tell so much in just a little space (the true art of a successful writer, in my opinion anyway!) Because I am a post-divorce accidental cougar, I had a year or two of “revisiting” my wilder days and thoroughly enjoyed it from the vantage point of a (mostly) adult woman with more confidence and self-reliance than when I was younger. Even with my mishaps, I don’t think I would change a thing. Thank you, as always, always, for the inspiration! And I love the picture, too!

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Dear, Wild -Cougar- Beautiful- Ginger,
      You inspire me…as always.
      ps….I love the idea of using little space for an entire experience.
      The idea of using less turns my crank !!! xxxxxxxx kISS for you, my dear.

  • Reply
    Emily
    August 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Whew! Sounds like a lovely whirlwind of an adventure!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      —Emily,
      Yes, A whirlwind of Fun!’
      Thanks for poppin’ by…
      I’ll check out your site, as well. 🙂

  • Reply
    Ameena
    August 11, 2011 at 6:45 am

    That’s what I love Vegas…you can be whoever you want to be for a few days. Before it gets to be too much and I’m happy to go home and be myself again. For a few days…

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 7:19 am

      ———-Ameena,
      so true about being somebody else for a while.
      It’s sort of liberating in a strange way… getting away
      from reality….
      xx

  • Reply
    Lady Fi
    August 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

    What a life of adventure!

    I loved my childhood and would like to relive it. But not the teenager years – please no!

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

      –Lady, Fi,
      I agree. The teenage years were a real bitch sometimes.
      I thank God for “Poetry!” xx

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury, Freelance Writer & Blogger
    August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I’ve been toning my butt, working my ass off. Then I got desperate to come over and see what you’re up to. This is eerie – just the other day I thought about something like this. Was talking to someone who asked me to list three outrageous things I had done in my life. Well, three seemed stingy. 😀 Didn’t want to get started and scandalize the poor soul.

    You look smashing in that picture with Fazio. I swear I was only looking at you! 😉

    I must try a Merlot.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

      Vidya,
      ———-What the hell are the 3 THINGS???????????????????
      I’m waiting for you to tell me.
      Yeah, isn’t Fazio Fazzzztastic? xxxxx

  • Reply
    Adriana Iris
    August 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

    OMG sister how i love thee… let me count the ways… this post is delicious and juicy and yummy.
    this is why we connect… you + me = trouble. LOL

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

      —Dear, Adriana Iris,
      The name fits somehow.
      Iris. Flower. Colorful. Beautiful.
      I love this: you + me = TROUBLE.
      Fab.
      You are Fab. xx

  • Reply
    Kelly
    August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’m a terre ferme kind of gal but I do like cards… sounds wildly exciting!

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    Kim Sisto-Robinson
    August 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    —Kelly,
    I never played before…I’ve only dealt.
    Yes, exciting…but one can only live that kind of life for so long…
    sooner or later, it will GET YA 🙂
    xxx

  • Reply
    Clare
    August 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I LOVE your blog! So glad to have found it! Can’t wait to read more of it!

    I must say, I have no regrets as well, but if I could just go back to the carefree days of college for just one weekend night, that would be fab. However, I would want to go back with the confidence and perspective of my 36-year old self. And with better clothes!

    Great post!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      —Clare,
      Yes….Only if we knew back then what we know now…
      But then it probably wouldn’t have been as much FUN.
      “36 year old self w/ better clothes!” I love that! xxxx
      ——-Loved your blog, Too! You are the Dream Maker, Right?!

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    Natalie @ Mama Track
    August 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Sigh. I miss law school, actually. It was such a fun, happy, full of promise time in my life. (I know that sounds funny.) But it was.

    I’d love to go back, even if just for a weekend.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      —-Natalie,
      Are you now a lawyer?
      —If so, that sounds like it would be just as fun as school !!! 🙂

  • Reply
    mom2kiddos
    August 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Augustino looks like a real Casanova there! What a wonderful time you had. These are great memories to cherish! 😀

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      —-Mom2kiddos,
      Yes, good times….great memories.
      Thanx for poppin’ over .xxx

  • Reply
    oh my dior
    August 12, 2011 at 6:23 am

    your blog is so cool! I want to follow you but I don’t see where!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Dior,
      Go to the top and subscribe! That’s it!

  • Reply
    Sonishka - Far and Away
    August 15, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hi my inner chic, thanks for visiting my blog via LB. I sure do know you from there 😉 see u around 🙂

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 15, 2011 at 7:04 am

      Sonishka,
      See you at the Tea Party 🙂

  • Reply
    Katerine Filak
    August 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Your undercharging for kisses. I will always be your current valentine’s!

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