Monday, August 4, 2008

If you are bored in GTMO it's your own fault

We had an action packed weekend.

7:00 AM - Breakfast at the Galley
8:00 AM - Hunt for Sea Glass
9:00 AM - Back at home to shower
10:00 AM - Tour of a Ship ( more on this later)
12:00 PM - Trip to the Scuba shop to pick up gear
12:30 PM - Scuba dive
3:00 PM - Back in the shower
4:00 PM - Jerry heads to work to give a tour of the Northeast gate
4:30 PM - I head off to a 30th birthday party
6:30 PM - Jerry arrives at birthday party
9:00 PM - Off to Jamaican independence day celebration
11:00 PM - In bed at last

Sunday was not as busy but we did have a trip to the commissary and did some yard work. Actually we have a Filipino worker that did most of it. It's work we could do ourselves but this is money they send home to their families. They only make about two dollars an hour here, some less. They work six days a week, ten hour days. I'm sure you are wondering how this can be. Well, we hire contractors and the contractors hire them and pay them what they want. Compared to their economy the money they make here can completely support many family members back home. So on Sundays, their only day off, they clean houses and mow lawns.

We were invited on a personal tour of the USS Farragut. Named for Admiral Farragut who was the first person in the history of the United States Navy to be awarded the rank of Admiral. Too bad he died in 1870 and never got to see the ship named after him. Anyhoo, it was a very nice tour and we were asked to have lunch in the Ward Room where we met the ship's Captain and other important dudes. I could have never been in the Navy. The tight quarters and low ceilings made me claustrophobic.

I realize this is a terrible picture but it's the only one I have of Jamaican Independence day. Jamaicans can really dance and really party. We were in bed by 11:00 but I hear this party went on all night.

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