It has been a very busy holiday season here in Mahahual. There have been ships every day, and most days multiple ships. I have been very busy doing my “Good ole boy from South Carolina” routine every day here on the beach. I must have answered hundreds of questions about living here from people off of cruise ships.
Because it is holiday season, and Christmas fell on a Sunday this year, we have had ships every day, and at different times. We have had ships stay until 8pm a lot of days these last couple of weeks. I have been getting home at 8 or 9pm at night, watching a bowl game, then going to bed, and getting up the next day and doing it all over again. I leave at 9 in the morning, and get back at 8 or 9 at night. So I am way behind on my writing, but after talking to Americans and answering questions all day on the beach, I have a hard time at night sitting down and writing posts for this blog. But starting next week, we will being going back to normal, and having ships only Monday through Friday, with an occasional weekend ship.
Mahahual is really turning into South Carolina on the Caribbean. These past couple of weeks I have met and talked to a lot of people from South Carolina. I mean every day on the beach at the Tropicante people are coming to look me up. I have become a kind of “legend” among South Carolina Gamecock fans, and they are always finding me and asking me about living here.
Here is a story that happened the other day. We had about 15 people on the beach from South Carolina off of the cruise ships. Most of them were wearing Gamecock hats and shirts. There were people from Greer, Aiken, Irmo, Charleston, and several other places. One woman graduated from Geenville High in 1959. There were several South Carolina graduates, (again no Clemson people, they don’t cruise much, stick to their farms), one of the guys is a doctor and graduated from USC in 1981, and also got his MD in Dermatology there. I was talking to the Dr. and I jokingly asked him since he was a doctor why don’t he look at this thing on my arm and tell me what it is. He and his wife are both dermatologists from USC med school, and he called her over, and they both looked at it and said, “you have to get that taken care of”, and shook their heads. They told me it was an early form of skin cancer, and pulled out their phone and asked me if I wanted to see photos of people that have what I have, and don’t have it treated and see what happens. I just shook my head and said, “I believe you”. I am not surprised I am in the sun every day, and have been for the last 7 years, and my father has had it also. Well the doctor had a few drinks and then he whipped out a note pad, and wrote out in Spanish what I had, and what the doctor has to do to treat it, and what kind of medicine and stuff I need to get it to go away. His mother is from Cuba he said, so he knew Spanish. He wrote out exactly for the doctor here in Mahahual the procedure to cut the cancer out, and then burn it, and stuff like that. He then told me that at his practice in Charlotte what he just did would have cost me $5,000 there, and I got it for free. So now in the next couple of days, I am just going to walk into the clinic here, and slap down my piece of paper with all the dermatology instructions in front of the doctor, and see what happens then. The doctor is probably going to think, where in the hell did this Gringo get a dermatologist here in Mahahual who can write out dermatology procedures in Spanish. This should be interesting, stay tuned.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina