I wrote a post about Chamorro bloggers, to which Tami responded with a post about her non-Chamorroness, yet obvious localness. She wrote about 20 things that she remembers from the good ol' days. I told her she should tag other bloggers to write about their memories of the good ol' days and guess what? She tagged me!
Well, I didn't grow up in Saipan, but I did visit here a few times as a kid. I've decided to reminisce about 10 things from my childhood and 10 things from my return to Saipan two years ago.
Here it goes, stuff from when I was a kid:
1. You could find glass balls on the beach.
2. It was a real treat when we'd go get fresh donuts at the donut shop next to the college. Was it called "galaxy" something or am I just a moron?
3. We used to catch hundreds of fish at Forbidden Island before it was a protected area.
4. I would get up early to feed the chickens and the pigs with my father.
5. I loved digging in the sand looking for clams to make soup.
6. I used to be really good at finding sea urchins at Obyan Beach.
7. I remember when the roads didn’t have any names..oh wait, they still don't. They just have street signs.
8. All you used to get to eat at a rosary was a cup of corn soup and some Kool-Aid
9. It was a huge treat to stop at a store for a single can of Fanta after an afternoon of fishing.
10. Every time we went to Bonzai Cliff we saw a green sea turtle.
Things I remember as an adult:
1. I met EJ at Godfather's. She came up to me and Emily and introduced herself. Soon after that she became Saipan's #1 Korean Party Girl.
2. I met Jeff Turbitt at Godfather's. He was wearing white sneakers.
3. The first time I heard about Harry Blalock, one of my cousins was telling me about this guy on the radio who "tells it straight, bro."
4. We called Beautify CNMI the "Beautification Group" for about a month. I kept thinking to myself that "beautifiction" was a stupid word.
5. I had chicken kelaguen on my first day back on Saipan. Chicken kelaguen is the real reason I've stayed here for the past two years.
6. I was shocked at the number of foreign language signs in Chalan Kanoa when I first returned. When did that happen?
7. I was shocked to see the dump in Puerto Rico. Who let that monstrosity get like that?
8. I vowed that I would never work for the local CNMI government when I got here. I'll be 30 this year and I'm still going strong.
9. When I got here I thought that the electricity was pretty cheap. I've since changed my mind.
10. My first experience with the retirement fund left a bad taste in my mouth. They are corrupt and they are going to end up screwing a lot of people.
I tag Cinta, Gus, Bev, David, Guns, and Bree. You guys have to come up with 20 of your oldest memories of Saipan, whether they are from 1905 or 2005.
I'd tag EJ, but she says she's not blogging anymore. Please call Russ Quinn at 235-9090 and thank him for turning her off from blogging. Way to go, Russ.