I'm a creature of habit.
I tend to start off with the same song,
singing it under the same bridege each cruise.
Likewise, I usually end with a particular song as well.
My safety speech, which is followed by some tips on traditions observed on board the gondola, always seems to be delivered at roughly the same locaiton on my route too.
And then there's the question,
I ask it just about every single time,
And almost in the same spot along our cruise route in Newport.
"So folks, are you a little bit more relaxed now than you were when you showed up?"
The answer is always the same.
As gondoliers we specialize in several things,
but at or near the top of our list with each cruise is relaxing people.