Paul Thompson

Another Year

By Paul Thompson | January 5, 2010 | 22

Since I’m writing this and you’re reading this, means, we made it! We survived the Holiday Season and 2009. Down comes the tree to be stowed away for 8 more months. And I’m reminded of something that happened, after New Years on a ship I was on. Two weeks prior to Christmas the Chief Engineer wanted a Christmas tree set up in the wardroom. He tells the Chief Steward to make it happen, Chief Steward…

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Pebbles or Peebles, Who Knew?

By Paul Thompson | December 29, 2009 | 29

When returned home a few years ago, after 4 months on my last ship, and I noticed I had a new carport, and that my wife “Mayang”, had cement laid in the driveway and across the front of the house. I like it so much; I had cement poured across my backyard except the grass area in both the front and back. Then after my next ships tour was up, I noticed that plain cement…

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Cell Phones and Christmas

By Paul Thompson | December 22, 2009 | 21

The Saturday before last on12 Dec… I set off to the SM Mall in Pampanga, with my wife, eldest daughter, son-in-law, and of course my granddaughter. This time I took the expressway from Subic to the mall avoiding traffic accidents and blown tires. My wife has her trusty Charismas list and I have my wallet. I drove on the way to the mall, and figured my young son-in-law would drive the return trip while I…

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I Be A Plummer

By Paul Thompson | December 15, 2009 | 20

I mean how just hard it can be, every unemployed guy on my street tells me that he’s a Plummer, and then borrows my two pipe wrenches.  My father, who was a construction engineer, had to hold many trade licensees, electrician, carpentry, and plumbing plus some others. He told me the plumbers’ creed when I was young, and with this knowledge, I can’t fail. Water freezes at 32 degrees, turds won’t flow uphill Hot’s on…

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You Say you wanna’ live in the P.I.?

By Paul Thompson | December 8, 2009 | 48

Welcome To The PI: This to all those who still live in the land of the Big PX (or Navy Exchange and or Walmart) and are planning or thinking about moving to the Republic of the Philippines. I know that you’re beset with countless questions concerning a decision of such magnitude. So my response is study, investigate, and get off your duff and just do it! First thing you must and I’ll repeat, must know,…

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It’s Christmas Time Again?

By Paul Thompson | December 1, 2009 | 14

September 2009, when I walked into the SM Mall in San Fernando, Pampanga, I noticed that they were playing Christmas Music and the Christmas decorations were up. Since this was about the same time Christmas started when I lived in Puerto Rico, and I’d been coming to the Philippines since the late 60’s, I smiled and thought to myself; “Just the way it should be” As a kid I had to wait until after Thanksgiving…

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