Night-time Marine Maneuvers

For me, there has always been something ineffably romantic about ships at night. There was thunder, lightning, and rain earlier. Now it’s 10:30, and the ship that Don charters to bring in his fuel just docked. The fuel is moved in tanktainers, but they’re not taken off of the ship. Instead, they attach the fuel…

The Crows Nest

[Well, after two days racking my brains and resetting every setting, I figured out why my internet connection was so slow … not pokey Solomon electrons after all. Turns out I’d put a big file into DropBox and every time I logged on it jammed up the gears trying to upload it. So I’m back…

Bad Web, No Cookies For You

Well, I wrote another long post with lots of pictures and three short videos, but the web here is currently intermittent, and when it’s running, seems like the electrons are going Solomon speed … so here’s a short post with a few pictures. I’ll post more when I get some place where things move faster.…

Rain On The Islands

  I spent today writing up the findings of my survey of the condition of the noble vessel ICE. It’s been raining on and off all day, never hard. In the afternoon I took a break and walked towards town in a gentle warm drizzle. It’s Sunday in this mostly Christian nation, so there were…

Nais Bolas

I took a mental health day today, rested, wrote, took a nap. I’ve worked every day since I got here, so I was ready for one. On my walk to town this morning, as I’ve done every day I waved and said “Mone” (morning) to the lady selling betel nuts near the ship. To my…

Unidentified Flying Voters

My walk through town today was as productive as ever. Today, I found out that the Solomon Islands are much further behind in these politically correct times than I thought. They clearly haven’t gotten the 21st-century news flash from the American Social Justice Warriors. Here’s the poster I saw that brought this to mind: For…