4It was an ordinary day. Sunning, fishing, water skiing, just really enjoying myself. Every year we travel to the Chesapeake Bay with our friends Gary and Sandy and their three kids. Their kids are just about the same age as our kids and everyone gets along so good. Supper is the highlight of the day along the Elk River. Meal of burgers and dogs, Gary’s baked beans, a bushel of roasting ears (corn on the cob for those that don’t know), salad, and Sandy’s dirt for dessert. Don’t know the recipe for “dirt”, but it is fantastic. Like a vanilla pudding with ground up Oreo cookies on the top and bottom. A trip usually follows as we all jump in Gary’s minivan and drive around the back roads of Maryland looking for deer as they feed in the twilight. After that we may sit in the van by the garbage cans and wait for the raccoons to arrive for their evening meal. Great entertainment and it's free! Sound like fun yet. Then the evening game or movie. THIS IS VACATION!! Vacation as vacation was meant to be. By 10:00 the kids are dead to the world. The four guys bunk together and the two girls share a room. Then the fun really starts. For years, after everyone is in bed, including our friends Gary and Sandy, Carol and I sneak out the door and head to the water. Our evening dip. All by ourselves. In the dark. Scary, you bet. Have no idea what lurks in the water of the bay at night. Could be the large channel catfish or the slimy eels. Doesn't matter though, since it is OUR time and a TRADITION. Wrap a towel around you, sneak out the door, head to the water and go skinny-dippin’. Our annual tradition. At least it was for half a dozen years until the kids got wind of what we did and started watching from their windows to see if we really did it. Well, we didn’t disappoint them the first year, but after looking towards the house and seeing the silhouettes in the bedroom windows, we called an end to the skinny dippin‘ rendezvous. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.
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The Cat Lady - a local merchant sells used books that are given to her and uses the proceeds to buy food for the stray cats of the island.
The Sea Fan - while sitting on our condo balcony I noticed the bottom of the blades on the ceiling fan reflected the azure color of the Caribbean Sea as they turned lazily around.
Oven Time - no matter how hard we tried to to set the clocks on the combo microwave and stove, they never kept the same time. One ran on regular time while the other ran on island time.
Croaking Away - in the evening, when the sun goes down and darkness arrives, little frogs called tree frogs start their evening serenade. They are the size of your fingernail, but their voices are the size of your heart. My hearing, as documented in other stories, is not always the best, but I have no trouble hearing their island song.
Beach Patrol - topless bathing is against the law in Barbados, but that doesn't stop people from trying. A very well endowed bather sitting near us shed her top to get rid of tan lines. A short time later the beach patrol stopped to tell her to cover up. She complied, but removed the top as they worked their way down the beach. The male friend she was with kept a close watch for a return trip by the patrol.
Almond Joy - as I sat reading my novel, I felt something hitting me. Looked around on all sides, but nothing, so I went back to reading. And then it hit me again. Looked skyward and there was the culprit. Bird peeling the cover off an almond was dropping the remnants on top of me.
Stories could go on and on, but enough for now! It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.
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• Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach is only 5 1/2 miles long.
• Only one in 1,000 green sea turtles will survive birds, fish, and other perils on the way from the birthing nest to adulthood.
• The largest brain coral in the Caribbean can be found in Little Tobago. It is 10 feet by 16
feet, or about 1,200 times the size of your brain.
• The movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" had only 2 scenes filmed in the Caribbean while the rest of the movie
was filmed in Hawaii.
• The closest thing to snowfall in the Caribbean was a mix of snow and rain in Grand Bahamas in 1977.
• There are approximately 7,000 islands in the Caribbean, but only 2 percent are inhabited.
• The parrotfish can produce two tons of sand in one year. The grains are undigested coral that it excretes.
• One of the most popular styles of music in the Caribbean is pan music a
nd is played on steel tins or drums.
• The Caribbean lies on the Caribbean Plate and was predicted to have a major earthquake 20 years ago. I guess the recent earthquake in Haiti was what was predicted.
• There is a species of oyster in the Caribbean that can climb the mangrove trees.
• More ships cruise the Caribbean than any other region in the world.
• The only "drive-thru volcano" in the world in in St. Lucia.
• It is very rare for any island in the Caribbean to reach a temperature of 100 degrees.
• Boiling Lake on the island of Dominica has a water temperature consistently over 200 degrees.
• The name Caribbean originated from the name of an ethnic group from Lesser Antilles, the Carib.
The list could go on and on, but most of the facts can also be related to other areas of the world. Interesting place, the Caribbean, no matter how you pronounce it. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.