Jumping Through Hoops Abroad
The flight from Guam was smooth. I tried to read more of Jennifer Government, but it’s really bad. I eventually gave up and began to watch the in-flight movie (Spiderwick Chronicles). I didn’t bother changing the audio channel from the jazz station, finding it more fun to figure what was going on from context alone. Eventually, I gave up and switched.
Somewhere in there, I fell asleep and slept the rest of the way. I woke up as we were landing, still tired and ready to go back to bed.
Denise had given me two numbers to call when I arrived. One was the cell phone of her friend Ben (who, it turns out had watch at 8 AM the next morning). The other was her house phone. She has a cell phone too, but it’s out of minutes.
As I sleepily wandered towards the baggage claim, I grabbed some of my American coins and headed for the nearest phone. The security guard yelled at me to keep moving and not stop there as it wasn’t in the designated area. Apparently, you can’t use the phones at the gates when the gates are closed.
Once at baggage, I gave a call to Ben’s cell phone and left a message. Then I did the same for Denise’s phone. With no answer at either, I grabbed my luggage and wandered towards the curb.
I sat outside for 10 minutes before the humidity began to sank in and then returned inside to bask in the aircon. I wandered around for a little bit before trying the phone again. After leaving another message for Ben, I was just dialing Denise when I heard her call my name.
As soon as we walked in the door, I crawled directly into bed.
Denise woke me up at 11 the next morning. I gave my parents a call and we headed out shopping. Though we didn’t get many groceries, I picked up a new belt (it fits!) and a few shirts so I’d have enough clothes to wear.
Everything in Guam is about 1.5x as expensive as the US. Apparently, they’re cheaper on base, but it’s insane off-base. Dinner for the two of us was nearly $40 at a TGIF style Italian restaurant. I tried to cover dinner with my Visa card, but it got shot down, so now I need to call the bank and figure out what’s going on.
I’ve been trying to keep up with the NBA Playoffs and the Celtics throughout my trip so far. It hasn’t been easy. Sometimes I lost track of time or day, since I’m a day ahead of the US. Sometimes I’ve woken up to find out the game I wanted to catch had already gone by. I’ve caught a few repeats (such as the one mentioned in my last post), but for the most part, I’ve been content to read about it.
When I woke up this morning, I knew game 5 was airing today. I gave my dad a call for Father’s day just as the game began and then Denise and I headed over to Naps, a barbecue place on base with a TV. They had the game on, and as the lunch rush had just ended (everyone here gets lunch at 11, so if you’re much later and you miss all the navy boys), there were plenty of seats.
We grabbed a couple pulled pork sandwiches and settled in for the 3rd quarter. Denise hasn’t seen a lot of basketball, so I explained some of the terminology to her whenever she had a question. I watched as the Celtics pulled back up to tie it and then dropped back by 14 again.
At the end of the 3rd quarter, Denise took off to go get the rest of the groceries we needed (I’m cooking dinner for her and some friends tomorrow). I was left as the only patron in the place, staring at the TV as the 4th quarter began.
It’s strange to be the only person watching, let alone the only non-employee there. Naps was supposed to close at 2, but they let me stay and watch until the game ended at 2:15. It was sad to see the Celtics lose, but they’re still up 3-2. I’ll likely be back for game 6, hoping they win.