So has anyone ever wondered what Christmas or New Years is like in a remote Fijian Village? Well , pretty similar to Christmas in The United States! lol I was Drunk both days... Now keep in mind drinking here doesn't mean the same as in the U.S. Here we work on the "Taki" system. For example.. If we have a bottle of rum and 4 of us then we have one glass which shots are poured into.. Now one shot at a time is poured into this glass and given to each person in order. So we basically all take turns doing shots WITHOUT stopping until the bottle is done. No casual drinking here.. Its pretty much a race to get shitfaced as quick as possible. needless to say that me in my old age am not so good at the chugging and shots as, those of you who used to know me in my younger days, I used to be. But i did my best and ended up the same way i would have ended up if i was in my younger days.... Hugging the frickin toilet and swearing i would never drink again... It is also an important thing to point out that the rum here is over proof rum meaning that it is 116 PROOF. So ho ho ho and a bottle of rum ,Christmas + New Years have come and gone.... And just when i thought it was over come to find out that we celebrate or full week after the new years!!! This is the time of year when we splash water on each other and rub baby powder on each others hair. The kids walk around the village playing drums on old junk pieces of tin and clang on old beer bottles going all around the village attacking people with water and baby powder and flour. Amazingly the kids sound like a pretty good damn band.. I'm thinking of teaching them how to play "Hang on Sloopy" next! " lol
Which leads me to my next Subject which is OSU football... I could not bare to go without watching the Buckeyes in the Championship Game so i took matters into my own hands....
I Called up the U.S. Ambassador here in Fiji and i asked him if i could come to the U.S. Embassy and watch the Ohio State game on the Big screen TV there on the U.S. Armed Forces network..
He invited me to come and i'll be flying to the mainland on Monday to catch the game which will be shown on Tuesday at round 12pm or 1 pm...
Last but not least.... I've been reading more and more books..
here is an additional list of new books read..:
Striper Wars~ Dick Russel
Villa Incognto~ Tom Robbins
Freakonomics~ Stephen D Levitt + Stephen J Dubner
Mindfullness~ Ellen J Langer
Jitterbug Perfume~ Tom Robbins
The Politics of Ecstasy~ Tomothy Leary
The Weather Makers~ Tim Flannery
Me Talk Pretty One Day~ David Sedaris
Among the Elephants~ Iain + Oria Douglas Hamilton
Sunrise With Seamonsters~ Paul Theroux
Either Side of Winter~ Benjamin Markovitz
I think that makes 20 books so far.... My high school English teachers might finally be proud to see i'm not using Cliffs Notes anymore! :)
Once again i hope everyone is doing good back home.. I miss all of you everyday....