Saturday, July 3, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things..NOT

Security is a must for Jamaicans.  These pictures reflect life as it is. You need a key to unlock the lock on the gate every time you leave or arrive home. Get out of the car, unlock the gate, pull into the carport, go close the gate, head for the apartment door, reach thru and open the lock, pull down the security pin, open the gate, enter the porch, close the gates, lock the gates, enter the house. I have included pictures of the front gates on the porch as well as the addtional locked gate to get into the entrance stairs. In addition all windows have bars on them on the inside, We have the fan in the master bedroom tied to them with a belt so we can get outside air in at night. Then there is the cochroach population which we spray for on a regular basis to assist in its removal from the planet. Just wanted to give a flavor for life in Jamaica. At night in addition to the fan in the window we also have the ceiling fan going and still the total covering consists of a sheet part of the time. Today is our second month anniversary of arriving in Jamaica.  All is well. Hope everyone who reads this has a great 4th of July weekend.

1 comment:

  1. I got your blog address from Jim so that I now will be able to keep up with you a bit. It sounds as if you are enjoying your time there and doing some good things and learning stuff. And I am not surprised that you keep your very positive attitudes and remain fun and optimistic there. I am not sure that I would be able to smile about the soggy hot atmosphere as well as you seem to do. We worried about you during the big revolution-gangster wars and are glad to know that you apparently were not in too much danger most of the time, although Jim said that you did get close to Kingston and some of the action.
    Liked reading about your mattress. It probably was worse than sleeping on the ground when we used to take the kids camping... It reminds me of one I had on my mission. I used to stand up on it for five or ten minutes two or three times a night to rest.
    I hope things go well for you and you find those good potential leaders that you are seeking. Things are quite unequal aren’t they? In our ward here there is so much leadership and musical and other kinds of talent that it is wonderful. There is hardly a man over 30 that would not make a good bishop and I keep telling them that it is obvious that their wives married down, just like mine so they better stay humble.
    God bless you. We look forward to seeing you again. Elwin