A word, or two, about commercialism of ports when you go cruising, is in order.
But not so fast, my friend.
Yes, it’s true that it is a gorgeous place, and all. But ONLY inside the wrought iron fences that surround the port district and on the escorted tours.
As to wandering around the “old town” part of Falmouth, we were advised, both on the ship and by ground security personnel that wouldn’t be recommended. And that’s for a party or four.
A couple of things here: One: Jamaica has strict gun control. So a lesson may be learned there. The biggest problems would likely have been lots of “in your face” street vendors and outright begging and so forth. Crimes against persons, as in assaults and such, are low. Still, it takes some of the buzz off the place.
You can find the Jamaican Firearms Act online here, but the long and short of it is that while it is a deterrent to the some of the newbies, the drug gangs still have them.
This will almost certainly get us into a long discussion about “How much worse things would be without gun laws…” But, since the two conditions (armed/disarmed) cannot exist in the same place, all we can do is again note that places where there are gun laws (Syria’s president Assad is big on gun control for State Security which in turn uses official guns to intimidate, harass, and steal outright from the civilians.…) things are usually far from peaceful. Or, at the other extreme, you get a totalitarian State, so choose wisely. As our Founders did.
The second thing that happens in Falmouth is that commercialization takes place. We had a cold one at Margaritaville (yes, the one with the souvenir mugs). That’s a familiar brand in the US, so it’s kind of interesting to travel 2500 miles (round trip) on a ship and still have the familiar brands about..
On the other hand, we had the obligatory Tasties patty at the Port and it had only about half the meat/filling which I remember from the 1980’s. Back then, the rule of thumb was a good patty should have equal amounts of meat (like a 1/2 inch) and that should be more than the combined thickness of the two halves of the pastry.
If you’ve never had one, think of the 7-11/QwikiMart Apple Pie/turnover as a form factor. Now, take out all the filling and sugar and stuff a Caribbeanized version of taco filling in it and deep fry.
On the other hand, got no complaint about the price: Just $3 bucks for chicken or beef, or the combo. Stark contrast to the $24.95 large frozen margarita. Any nutritionist would pick the patties as best price/nutrient.
Other than Elaine posing on the (not real) treasure chest outside with the Landry’s looking on, Mr. Video liked Falmouth but with a clock running, we didn’t get outside the shopping area.
Today and tomorrow we are enjoying tailwinds back to Galveston.
If you ever get around to doing a cruise like this one, do yourself a favor and get a good, hard look at the school calendar. We try to make it a habit to cruise only when there are no kids around.
There are a couple of babies in arms, but no waiting in the video arcade, and the last of kids running around is marvelous. I like kids – don’t get me wrong. But it is easier to like them when the exposure time is limited when other people’s kids these days are largely inconsiderate and obnoxious.
The flip side isn’t perfect: We watched in horror last night as a “gray” on a runaway 3-wheeler mobility machine run down a perfectly nice gray lady as we looked on, helpless. The old codger’s reactions were measurable in seconds, not milliseconds.
The difference is kids would look at that kind of event and laugh about it. On this side of 65, we don’t laugh about things like that.
We patiently wait for our turn and hope that one never comes.
Off to retrieve more coffee and then into markets. Drop by Monday for our latest adventure…
A 9/11/01 Note
Don’t forget the “remembrance moment” for 9/11 – which we take to be a reminder to be sure to read the entire Architects and Engineers for Truth report library online here.
When 2,500+ architects and engineers convincingly argue controlled demolition – it’s all a head trip – you gotta pay attention. Government’s mission is to keep governing because if they fail, the whole world collapses into mass death and starvation. Anyone who has looked at the problem seriously knows this.
And anyone who hasn’t spent the time between 9/11 and now preparing for government to blow it again doesn’t seem to understand that “government” today is not what the Constitution describes and ordains.
At your peril.
Am I open to the remote possibility government didn’t lie? Why sure!
Right after you convince me why WTC-7 fell down and it wasn’t hit by a plane. That’s the building that was likely supposed to have been hit by the Pennsylvania plane but that had to “be pulled” lest the demolition charges would be discovered later.
Do you understand why a free and open internet is so dangerous now?
My personal remembrance moment is that governments will sacrifice even their own citizens in order to continue a mandate to avoid even larger problems. Like the breakdown and anarchy that will accompany economic collapse. Death from which would easily be in the millions.
The case has been made that in earlier times – at Dealy Plaza – a single citizen was killed because he was getting to close to the “order of things.” But that is detailed on other sites; we merely reference that American history is littered with horrific crimes.
What Mengele et alia were found guilty of at Nuremburg can be found in a read of the US Public Health Service syphilis experiments from 1932 through 1972 right here in the US, and for a few years in post-WW II Guatemala.
How about Freedom of Information Act request 43933 quietly revealing the truth about the second Gulf of Tonkin incident that led to how many dead (but how much economic stimulation?) in Vietnam. The source/declassified NSA report may be read over here.
So if someone says government always does good, try to remember there are more than a few blemishes on the record as well. Forcing Japan into WW II was another…the list a well-read historian could deliver would be even more impressive.
I would list the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty by our “friends” in Israel as suspect, while we’re at it.
Which is why my remembrance today is for 3,500 sacrificed by a very suspect hand that allowed the Saudi perpetrator’s families to be the only ones flying while law-abiding Americans were grounded following 9/11. Powerful how the Big Lie, often repeated, can be.
The shadow government which even today cooperates with coyotes and cartels along the joke of a southern “border” and all the rest of it is a disgrace. But what’s the alternative? Honest money would blow up in no time.
The same government that backs and ensures the election of pliable/friendly leaders, or the elimination of more patriotic ones after election, owns the future. What’s in your control file is a good question to ask at a town hall type meeting.
In all cases, were there nothing to hide, government would not have sealed records.
America has much in common with an alcoholic. Both will do damn near anything to convince themselves they “don’t have a problem.” The fact is, both do.
Write when you break-even,