Pete checked in from Tianjin and things are going well. It was a turnaround day on the ship so they had several music activities, including a parade and welcome aboard shows. He did mention that, when his regular Music Director left for vacation and the new musician, Roman, came to take his place, it turned out that Roman's clarinet was damaged in transit. As a result of that bad luck for Roman, Peter has had a chance to play clarinet a lot more in the past few weeks, which is great for him. Pete did mention, though, that he has a cork acting a little funny on his own clarinet so he is keeping an eye on it. Keeping the instruments in good playing order while out to sea is quite a challenge. Pete ordered some new reeds shortly after he arrived on the ship and, although the tracking info says they were delivered to the Florida address for Royal Caribbean, Pete has still never received them on the ship. Luckily, he was able to buy some in a music store in Japan. They may be laying around on a dock somewhere in Hong Kong, in which case, maybe Pete will get them before he comes home!