I meet new people all the time now that Bob Martin let’s me post my missives on his web site. The people I’ve met so far all have been great and interesting people. But once in a while the real deal shows up. And this is how it happened:
Of course through Bob! Who had forwarded me an e-mail from a guy in Colorado whose wife is from the Philippines and requested we meet. By the tone of his e-mails I was pleased and looking forward for that to happen in the near future.
October 2011 Mayang and I walk in to Texas Joe’s in Subic and Gilbert Lee the manager brings me a beer and said; “A guy from Colorado bought you this one!” That took me aback for a second, and then the old gray matter put one and one together, and drank the ice cold SMB, and thought; “Mmmm what a classy guy!”
Upon returning home I contacted this gentleman and conveyed my heartfelt thanks to him. Then I found that he was in country and living in the Philippines right here in my neck of the woods. Beautiful downtown Olongapo City. We must get together for lunch!
So we met a few days later back at Texas Joe’s for lunch and adult beverages. We found that both of us were former Navy, and had been introduced to Olongapo back in the 1960’s. Where he had met his bride Mercy and have been together ever since. We both told each other some funny Sea Stories and got acquainted and I for one had no desire for the day to end, as I was enjoying myself to the tenth power. It was the good fellowship, and not just the cocktails and beer.
Now I must point out that as men, we can get along and have a good time but we both must see how our ladies get along with each other if this is ever going to flourish. Mayang and Mercy were sitting with us and yacking (Yabang-yabang in Tagalog) about life, and more than likely talking about the two guys they were married too, and the stuff we had done or hadn’t done . But on the way home Mayang looked over at me and said; “Ate Mercy is my new friend!
Over the next few months we started meeting at least once a week and we went to other restaurants and enjoyed ourselves, well at least I did! Then I introduced them to my Friend’s Don and Anita and Tommy and Lolet. Who had joined up once in a while to have a nice day out on the town with us?
So last week we had to say so long as Loren and Mercy were departing the Philippines to their other life in Colorado. Loren sent an e-mail to LiP and summed up his vacation and a few funny antidotes about his time here which Bob published. I hope you all read it and someday get to meet “Big P” and his Lady.
So to Loren and Mercy, thank you for being our friends, please come back soon, as you can, as you both will be missed!
Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate!
Next week is my trip to Manila; I’m looking so forward to that!