Another week closer to some hands on sailing experience. It’s great to have a theory component, but I think I’m more of a hands-on type of learner. On my way down to St. Croix to meet the ship, I’ll be stopping in Puerto Rico for a few days, to check it out. I have several friends from there and it’s supposed to be beautiful, so I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to stop there. During our cruise, we will be going from St. Croix to St. Martin (wind and weather permitting), Samana in the Dominican Republic, Port Antonio, Jamaica, and finally arriving in Key West.
I’ve been spending a lot of time doing a lot of research for papers and projects, but every time I’m in the library, I get distracted by the amazing amount of great maritime history books. Maybe I’ll ask the SEA people to let me come back after the cruise and just live in their library for a bit.
A few days ago, we had a presentation from an organization that does sustainability projects in Haiti. They’ve been involved in the country for several years, creating fish ponds with low resources, and therefore proving the locals with fishes to sell in the markets. Bill Mebane, the man in charge, made such a great emphasis on providing Haitians with means of sustaining themselves instead of merely relying on relief money. You know, the whole concept of give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach him to fish, etc.
Here’s a link with more information. I’m sure several of my Arizona folks will be interested in learning more about this project and how they might get involved.
While we’re on the Haiti subject, since our trip will be taking us very near Haiti, the wheels are in motion for us to alter course and deliver some supplies (SPAM to be more specific. Very popular down there!). So we’re taking donations and having a fundraiser to pay for the 3,000 lbs of SPAM that we’re hoping to deliver. More specifically, we’ll be (hopefully) delivering this food to Jeremie, Haiti, to the Haitian Health Foundation. They’re seeing a lot of refugees arriving from Port-au-Prince, and all supplies running low.
Let me know if anyone is interested in donating, I can give you some more specific information. Any little bit helps, of course.
I have two presentations — one tomorrow and one on Tuesday — and I’ve been wagging a personal battle with Power Point.
Wish me luck…