>I left home in January, and since then have circumnavigated the globe- From Costa Rica to Los Angeles, from there to Hong Kong, from Japan and China to Thailand and Egypt, from Egypt to Italy and from there to Russia to England. And now I will fly west returning home for two months. Because in 7 months at sea I have not had a bath or a day off.
Since I left home I bought 3 suitcases worth of souvenirs and had my whole life turned upside down a couple of times over. The things that have happened to me probably could not fit on this page, and are mostly state secrets anyways. But my lesson is this: just when I thought it would take all my strength to do something, it became even harder. And then harder, and harder again. The lesson is this: We are always provided with enough strength to deal with whatever comes our way. I had no idea how much I had, but now I know I can do anything.
I leave the band in the capable hands of Eric, Becky’s man, and I leave him this handover note:
(pardon my penmanship..)
Each guy in the Filipino band goes by a different name than is on paper. And I think some of them change their nicknames each contract. Eric, being the nice man that he is, is concerned about knowing the right names.
Best of luck, Eric! And please don’t forget to water Woody my bamboo and Shrinking Violet.
I will be back at sea in October. But please stay with me, as I have a couple more ports of call to show you, and lots of things to share with you. And heaps more internet time to get to know all of you better!