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September 18, 2011

It was bound to happen sooner or later.

An inevitability, perhaps.

We were walking the Art show at Alicia’s graduation when we espied a rather intricate artistic rendition of the Map of the World.  The artist went on for great lengths about the importance of accuracy in her work, except that…

Guam wasn’t on her “incredibly accurate rendition” of the world.

I bit my tongue.

“Do they have running water?”

“I could never go there.  The place is infested with tree snakes.”

I’ve been deep in the jungle – and I’ve yet to encounter a single one.

The general lack of information and knowledge of what is a US territory deep in the Pacific is astounding.  To help counteract this dearth of knowledge, the blog was started to help friends and family see a piece of this part of the world.

In many ways, it’s a much nicer place than the average mainlander would expect.  It has it’s strong points and weak points, but overall – it’s not a bad place to be,

This island at the other end of the rainbow.

5000 page views works out to an average of 40-50 views/day.  Not an earth shattering amount, but then again, this blog is for friends and family.  The core audience has been here since Day One, and I thank you for that.

We’ve seen some pretty interesting sights here – and in our travels to places both remote and exotic as compared to AnyTown, USA.

From this outpost of American culture (but note completely so), it’s possible to see the mainland in a different light.

It’s not a pretty one, either.

When I was a kid, we could hop in a car, drive 15 hours, and be in a completely different world.  A world where people spoke differently, ate different foods and did things differently than “back home”.

The advent of chain stores and restaurants along with big box stores has changed the face of America in my lifetime.  While there are remnants of individuality (thankfully we call one of them home), they are oases in a desert of interminable sameness.  AnyTown USA, replete with Anystore and AnyRestaurant.

Ugh.

What amazes and terrifies me is the average joe appears to prefer life, the universe and everything this way.  Have we been so conditioned over time to fear the unknown and seek this vanilla existence?  We’ve had many a Key West guest tell us this is true – so it must be.

I guess preferring to live in a place of variety and color while choosing to explore makes us aliens in our own culture, for I can’t imagine living any other way.

Daily posting of the blog has been a therapy of sorts – it’s helped focus an unarticulated worldview.  There’s so much more than what you see on TV and in the news and if you have the chance to do so – please.  Go out and experience it firsthand.  After recovering from culture shock, you’ll be glad you did.

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite photos of the past three months.  The Pheebs on a sidewalk in downtown Singapore, taking it all  in.

Children we have it right here
It’s the light in my eyes
It’s perfection and grace
It’s the smile on my face

– “Time out of Mind”, Steely Dan.

Thank you, all, for taking the time to drop by and adventure with us.

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2011 7:38 am

    Beautifully written:) Miss u….
    Pheebs

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      September 18, 2011 2:34 pm

      Thank you, and right back atcha!

  2. Ann Marie permalink
    September 18, 2011 8:12 am

    This was beautifully written! And what a fabulous picture of Pheebs!!!!

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      September 18, 2011 2:43 pm

      Thanks!

      There’s 121 posts similar to this covering SE Asia and Guam – lots of the Pheebs, too!

  3. Grandma permalink
    September 18, 2011 11:15 am

    We love taking these trips with you, by way of the blog. These are places we will never get to see any other way….Thanks for the ride…..

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      September 18, 2011 2:36 pm

      I’ts why we do it. Better than sitting in a dark living room with a Bausch and Lomb projector, going through slides years later. This way, one gets a few slides every day.

  4. jeff permalink
    September 18, 2011 1:11 pm

    Thank you Chuck for doing the blog. Always enjoyable. I didnt even know that was a US territory, or what that even means. Learn something new everytime I look here.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      September 18, 2011 2:39 pm

      It’s actually a little insidious; Guam is strategic to our military – otherwise we wouldn’t give a damn. Guam is turning East for their livelihood now that the US has little to spend here. the next 20 years will be interesting on this Pacific rock.

      Thanks for dropping in!

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