4 words. Pirates. of. the Caribbean. For some odd reason, this has been running through my head for the last week. Could it be the new teaser trailer that I saw? Or the knock off "Pireate's of the Caribean" sandals that I have seen everywhere? Maybe it's the fact that the fishermen are cleaning their boats and preparing for open seas? Perhaps. But I would like to think it's a bit of all three of them.
The bay is packed with ships either loading up on gear or preparing their nets and lines. Every day when we head toward the hospital one speeds by our dinky little boat. I wish I could go on board one of them! I've never seen anything so piratey before. Sometimes, I just imagine the ship coming into the bay has a pirate flag with its canons out and ready. In my head, I'm just sitting on the little, rickety boat thinking about how bleak the weather is or how murky the water is.. when BAM. pirate invasion. I then use my expert reasoning and logic to deduce who has sent these looting pirates, and put a stop to it with the help of my handy side-kick. Basically, I save the day. Go me.
We haven't been too busy here, just saving turtles and making a difference. . . no biggie. We got a little break the other night when we went to another KTV. I swear, I think I'm getting worse and worse at singing. It amazes me that the Chinese people we have gone with are never self-conscious about their singing.. good or bad.. I get up there, and I can see people's eyes sinking into their heads as one by one they slip into a trance. They begin drinking and next thing you know, I have transformed a normal group into a a group of alcoholics who must drink in order to survive my rendition of "Say my Name" by Destiny's Child. The KTV was pretty nice, we had a huge room and they gave us fruit and peanuts. I love peanuts. They taste good. I'm always nervous about the fruit. I mean, was it scrubbed? am I going to get a case of exploding diarrhea? Luckily, that has no happened in the 6 weeks I've been here. BUT. safety first.
Tonight, the taxi boats were giving me a tough time. I had to jump onto the boat (considering I fall or trip nearly everytime I get on, this was very difficult). When we pulled up, there was a bit of a traffic jam. Taxi boats were all over the place. When this happens the best thing to do is jump from boat to boat to get out.. I got on one boat, didn't realize there was a beam so low.. Ducked when I saw it.. was to late, and smacked my ear on it. Now, I look like I scratched my ear and made it bleed. It's just another one of the things the Chinese will think is wrong with me. They will probably bring their children to look at the foreigner's ear while telling them a story about how this happens to people who don't take care of themselves.. I'm a cautionary tale.
Tomorrow, we have a meeting with the higher ups at the Ritz-Carlton for their program. I have finished the slide show, but now I'm just debating on how well I'll be able to present it. I try to be a relaxed speaker, and sometimes I think I pull it off.. okay.. I'm lying, I don't think I have ever pulled off a relaxed speech. I only got an A in my public speaking class because I tried harder than any of the other students.
Keep up the good work people. I'm sure all of you are doing fun and fantastic things, and I'll see ya'll in a few weeks!