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Short Shore Conversations

Short Shore Conversations

During my extended stays in Nassau, I spoke and listened to various voices. When walking around this island's capital city, I often recognized familiar faces.  Some casual and occasional conversations ensued. Some of those conversations seemed somehow a little more than mundane. Somehow they added a little more spice and light to a day's character. 

 A stormy forecast and some unsettled weather for two days

A stormy forecast and some unsettled weather for two days

While I sat in numerous Nassaulaan places to write / relax and access wifi, I had no intention of  listening to overhear, eavesdrop or intrude into or even learn much, if anything, about others' lives. How often do lives overlap? How difficult not discovering other's dramas, politics, opinions, attitudes, issues, etc. We all know rain drops fall on dry spots.  They, like showers drp and wash over where one is, often creating a splash dash or sudden puddle on a dry patch for any of those within earshot. 

 The Starbucks is one popular spot

The Starbucks is one popular spot

"Some change? Mister, maybe on your way back?"
- 30-40 year old black male man sitting on stone wall on East Bay Street near mall entrance. 

"Hi"
"Eh" - responds a 60-70 year old bearded white male sitting on stone wall near office buildings

"Want a tow?"
"Sure, awfully kind of you to offer."
"Saw you rowing; thought I could help."
"Appreciate it."
"What is wrong with your outboard?"
"I think the battery connection may be loose."
"Let me know if I can help. You can reach me on Ch 16 VHF." 
- French Canadian sailor aboard his nearby sloop Twilight
"Thanks, may take you up on your offer."
(and I did the next day and he came over in his outboard showed me a solution and then towed me ashore the next day where I found a fix.)

"Some change? Mister, maybe on your way back?" - 30-40 year old black male man sitting on stone wall on East Bay Street near mall entrance. 

"Is that a banana boat? - Shadario - 12-year old boy shows up on Rupis gas dock as I depart.
"No, that's my yellow kayak. Have you ever see one before?"
"What you doing?
"Bailing it out; somehow it got turned over. Looks like someone turned it upside down."
"Whoa...look at that!"
"Yea, Stingray"

 THe coffee line is quite short this morning

THe coffee line is quite short this morning

"Hi"
"Eh" - 60-70 year old bearded white male sitting on stone wall near office buildings

"Get yourself a gas filter for your 4-stroke." - Nearly toothless, quite personable 20-30 year old diver working on readying his motorboat next to my dinghy.

"Your outboard 4-stroke needs a new spark plug - Martin - one of my mechanics who fixes my starboard engine

"looks like your 4-stroke needs to be run more." -Brad - the head mechanic who fixes my starboard engine.

 Shadario - 12-year old boy who sees me at the   On the Run  Esso convenience store

Shadario - 12-year old boy who sees me at the  On the Run Esso convenience store

"What you got there?"
"Money"
"How much?"
"Thousands of dollars....Let's see. That's more than that...closer to $100,000.
"I'm rich"
"Yes, but that wad is only Monopoly money....won't work on the streets."

"I know" - Shadario - the 12-year old boy at the One the Run convenience store

"Hi"
"Eh" - 60-70 year old bearded white male sitting on stone wall near office buildings

"Some change? Mister, maybe on your way back?"
- 30-40 year old black male man sitting on stone wall on East Bay Street near mall entrance. 

I am sitting at Starbucks' patio when a high school age boy taps me on the shoulder
"Help me pay for my book?"
"Like a yearbook?"
"Yea, for school....Here, buy a bag of potato chips?"
"No, thanks."

"Some change? Mister, maybe on your way back?" - 30-40 year old black male man sitting on stone wall on East Bay Street near mall entrance. 
"You know the definition of insanity?"
"Groundhog Day....a life that keeps repeating itself"
"Yea, doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results."

Why can't you give me the key to the bathroom?
"Keeps getting stolen.....yea, I know, doesn't make sense." 
- female attendant at On the Run convenience store on East Bay Street.

"Some change? Mister, maybe on your way back?" 
"More insanity?...You know how seagulls get fed? You remind me of a seagull I once encountered in the Exumas. Landed on my boat and stayed with me for two days..asking asked for a handout, but I could not feed it because it would only want more and not learn how to feed itself....have you considered another line of work?"
a silent answer...

"I can push it" - teenage black girl grocery bagger at check-out line at Fresh Foods
"OK" 

Pushes cart 50-60 feet to and through exit door to sidewalk.
"List?"
"Grocery list"?
"No."
"Money, is that what you want?"
"Yea" - gave her a dollar.
"thanks"
"That was not nice."

Nassau: 4th-5th Weeks

Nassau: 4th-5th Weeks

Short Waterfront Encounters

Short Waterfront Encounters