Red Horse’s Day Off

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 18

I love Ferris Buler’s Day Off as much as the next guy, but let’s be honest, he does exhibit some low level psychopathy. In fact, in an earlier version of the film he actually cons his father into revealing where he’s stashed some savings bonds, breaks into the lock box, and steals them to fund said day off. Really glad they cut that scene. Would have made the film a lot darker.

Our day off had significantly less museums and sausage kings. But it was still a day off. I actually didn’t go to sleep until around 10 last night, but when I did I went right out. I did not stir until I woke up a little after seven. I spent most of the morning starting to put my stuff back into order and realizing that there was still a lot of stuff in my bag that was wet.

In the afternoon I went over to the airfield and spent some time cleaning up the mud that had flooded the ramp in the storm that flooded our tents. The fire chief had come by and asked if we could help clean it up and I could always use more stick time. I didn’t have a brush so could only use the bucket to scrape the concrete. Even still there were some places where the mud was nearly two inches thick so I was able to clear a lot of dirt off.

After the cleanup I came back and poked around camp a bit, then joined some other guys on a trip to K-Mart. I got myself a couple plastic crates to use as a night stand as well as a bottle of Cruzan Rum. Might as well drink the local stuff.

Most everyone was taking it easy. A few people went out to different restaurants, but for the most part it seems like everyone just wanted to lay low after the hell storm that was the previous day. If we get another one while we’re here I’ll have to make plans ahead of time to perhaps check out a beach. After all, what good is an island if you can’t get to the beach?

What I’d really love to do is get a boat and sail around the area, but that will have to wait for a return trip.

In other news the kitchen is actually set up now so tomorrow we’ll actually have breakfast tomorrow morning. We’ll see how it compares to MREs.

Author: Jonathan Rodriguez-Lucas

I've traveled the world, but the exploration never ends. I've run marathons, but the race is far from over. I've completed life goals, but strive for more. I have questions with no answers, and answers to questions I've yet to ask.

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