Most of us have visited a Mouse Factory (Disney Parks) and remember that ride “It’s A Small World” Okay so you won’t admit you rode the ride, but try to deny you don’t remember that annoying song they drilled in to your brain until you ran screaming to Space Mountain.
Well it is a small world, and shrinking more every day. There I was on FaceBook a few months ago and I found a friend request from a guy named CJ, Wills, after looking his page up I found that we both were retired from the Navy and if that wasn’t enough, he also lives in Roosevelt, Dinalupihan Bataan. We exchanged phone numbers and I walk over to the elementary school which he said he lived behind. And in fact he does, but just not the one I went to. In confusion I called him again and he described his house to me and still right behind the elementary school. I looked again and there was still nothing there but the graveyard.
How was I to know that our Barangay had two elementary schools? After a few more calls we sorted it out, and CJ might have been thinking; “Do I really want to meet this knucklehead named Paul?” He came and picked Mayang and I up and brought us to his house, which was less than a mile from mine.
His house was lovely, and he has his very own Dog Army made up of MinPins (Miniature Pincers), we start talking sailor talk, which is, where we’ve been stationed, who we both new, and where we were from. Then it was noted that we both love old Rock and Country music, a match made in heaven.
We opened his computer when I noticed he had Globe Broadband, Whoa Nelly, I’ve been told for years that it was not available here in our Y2K zone of Bataan. Now my eyes see it first hand less than a mile from my abode. Nuff said on that, Paul, move on!
We decided to trade music, and meet for lunch at Texas Joe’s on Subic for lunch. We then reverted back to being sailors and broke out the SMB’s to get better acquainted. His wife Carmen and Mayang both looked at each other and knew the day would be long.
A few days later we are at Texas Joe’s and my friend Tommy and his wife Loleth joined us also. We had a great lunch as always, and adjourned to the outside bar for cocktails and more sailor talk. Tommy had once sailed on MSC (Military Sealift Command) ship’s when he was in the Navy, and when discharged he sailed on the same ship’s, as a CivMar (Civilian Mariner) and CJ was the Command Master Chief for the Military Detachment on Subic Bay Naval Base. So Tommy and CJ knew of each other and as with me, we all knew a lot of the same guys we had all worked with, see that world is still shrinking!
More lunches ensued, and more music was exchanged, plus more gatherings planned. Our three ladies? They’re still nodding their collective heads, for they are all married to men of the sea and know how we are when we get together. So new friendships are born and new Shipmates are met, and I’ll have to agree with Mr. Disney; “It is a small world after all.”
About the Globe Broadband? That a story for next week, isn’t it?