When Trainees Aren’t There to Train

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 26

Another day of “maintaining.” So I was planning on spending the day around camp hoping there was something to do. Then out of nowhere I was told I was going up to the other site to help train some Army plumbers on how to replace toilets and take care of a few final things in that camp. I was also told that I might want to pack a change of clothes and/or swimsuit.

When we got to the armory, where the other camp we set up is, we found out that of the five toilets we were told didn’t work, two of them worked just fine, one just needed plunging and the other two were actually broken. We also found out that the plumbers we were supposed to train weren’t there because they were in class (the university started up again today) and that they wouldn’t be back until sometime later in the afternoon. Guess we’ll try again tomorrow.

After that we went back to the beach bar we’ve been to a couple times for lunch. We were going to try to go snorkeling but the dive shop there has wonky hours and by the time we’d finished lunch they were closed. We’ll see if we get another chance at it before we leave (which could be in the next two to three days, by the way). What was really cool about that though is that one guy got talking to a local who then mentioned that his generator was acting up. Well we just so happened to have two generator techs with us. Next thing we knew we were up the hill, sitting on his deck, having a beer while the two guys see if they can figure it out. Sadly they couldn’t, but the guy, Al, turned out to be pretty interesting. He started out in the Army after high school, and when he came back to St. Thomas after a couple tours in Germany he was tapped to be the Sergeant at Arms for the legislature, which he did for 30 years.

After talking to him for a bit we went in search of what was supposed to be one of the best beaches in the area, but the resort it’s attached to did not fare the storm well. Also by the time we got there it was raining. So we stopped off for dinner and then back to camp.

We have another late start tomorrow, and unless there’s some measurable change I imagine the day after will be late too. Hell, we may even be leaving Wednesday. Who knows? I sure don’t.

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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