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The one part of a Disney Theme park that I disliked most was that Small World ride with that incessant song playing over and over and continuing for eight more hours in your head.
It’s in your head now isn’t it?
When I was a Navy Recruiter in Orlando Florida I was the Navy liaison to the Mouse Factory (That’s what the employees called it) and under Disney World, down in the tunnels below the park you would meet employees traumatized by that song. More people enjoyed water boarding. Then it dawned on me that for the most part I also lived in a small world. True it was larger than an 8×6 prison cell, and thank heavens my roommate was not named Bubba, but small it is.
Fast forward to the Philippines 2016, one of my purok mates asked my wife if I got lonely or bored living in our area? Later Mayang came and asked me and without a second thought I said no, I was not bored at all. We get out a few times a week, to shop, grab a meal and a movie, or meet up with friends for social interaction and Boat Drinks. But true I do spend a lot of time at the house.
Being that I’m one of the last smokers on earth, and I like living in a land without anti-smoking Nazis lurking on every corner. But on my own volition I don’t smoke in our house (Or anyone else’s) or in our car (And never near any child), I like Non-Smoking restaurants as my family doesn’t smoke; I can go to the restaurant’s patio after I eat to do that and have a cocktail too. And while at home I’ll go out on our roof patio every hour or two and smoke there, which is far less pollution than the 3.5 fires that are burning up and down the street at any given time. And no matter what the US President says about the war on terrorism, I’m not responsible for Global Warming! But anyway seeing me out there like that is where the neighbors got the idea I was bored, which could not be further from the truth. In 1967 I swore I’d quit smoking when they reached $1.00 per pack, they haven’t yet in the Philippines.
I’m not going to lie, as I hear here on LIP all the time that; “I don’t watch or even own a TV. That is a form of smoking too, or at least trying to blow smoke up our butt. Now it’s true for some, as they live so far off the grid that TV can’t reach them. But if you gave them a satellite dish……………..
I spend the early morning on the computer; I draw great pleasure by going on CNN Politics website and upsetting liberals, by injecting logic into their rants, and wait until they respond by calling me a racist, albeit their new buzz word is misogynist. But I always respond to the racist comment by explaining that I’ve never drove a NASCAR track in my life. I have to work on one for misogynist
Next I’ll go and watch one hour of CNN (Clinton News Network) to get my blood pressure up, then I’ll eat breakfast and move to the front of the house for coffee with my wife. If my Kano friends are in town I go visit them (Or them me) and again coffee and solve the worlds many problems de jour, sadly we never write them down. Next I’ll check with Mayang to see if she has plans to go to town and if I’m involved. She kindly leaves me out of mall trips with no movies involved. So sometimes there is nothing on the new metric social calendar for the day.
I have a few thousand novels on my android tablet, so now I spend a couple of hours reading and a nap. The reading and nap portion of the day can be accomplished in many sections of Casa Mayang; it only depends on mood and weather. I might have a beer or cocktail in the afternoon, or not, once more it’s all about the mood. Eat supper then I sit outside and slap bugs until sleepy Next morning start again. Remember I’ve lived the adventurous life in my younger day, so I’ve been there and done all that.
But now I’ll answer the purok mates question; “Paul why aren’t you smothered with boredom?” It’s like this. As a person walks by a ship tied to a pier and looks up and thinks, wow that is big! But a fleet tug or a carrier is the same size to a crew member. Let’s start with the carrier, yes huge with a large crew, but your section is compartmentalized meaning you sleep in one area, eat in another area and work in a third area. At night you might stray to a Gedunk (Snack Bar) or a movie or the gym. Unless it’s your job there are sections of all ships you will never see or go. Your section of space onboard shrinks until its one size, and though the ship is huge your section is not.
Even the guy living on terra firma that wakes up in his house and goes to the office every day, or the truck driver sitting in the cab of his dressed out Peterbilt it’s the same Small World, I drove cross country (USA) quite a few times and noticed that in Kansas the view in the rearview mirror was pretty much the same as out the windshield (Or Windscreen for our friends from other parts of the world) We sailors can stand on main deck and gaze upon the ocean so vast, but unless someone tells you or you hold a GPS unit in your hand you’ll have no idea which ocean you’re on as they all look pretty much the same. Okay icebergs might give you a hint, but are you at the South or North Pole?
Thirty-five plus years on ships and I guess I’m used to living in a Small World After all and I still enjoy it! But not that song…