Monday, January 21, 2008

Eleventh in a Series - Digging a Hole

When I first started this blog I wasn't really sure what it was going to be. I tried out a couple different things, one of them being a Photo Series. Basically I posted a string of pictures that were same same, but different.

In three years I've only managed to post ten, the last one in March 2007.

These photos of me digging a hole behind the hospital screamed Photo Series to me.

Susan Schorr, who left today after living on Saipan for 21 years, asked me to help her plant a tree at the hospital.

We planted a pink tacoma from the CNMI Forestry nursery. I was lucky enough to dig the hole.

Angelo Villagomez Beautify CNMI SaipanAngelo Villagomez Beautify CNMI SaipanAngelo Villagomez Beautify CNMI SaipanAngelo Villagomez Beautify CNMI SaipanAngelo Villagomez Beautify CNMI SaipanAngelo Villagomez Beautify CNMI SaipanAfter we planted this tree we drove over to the library and planted 9 more trees with her daughter Zoe, who has been a great Beautify CNMI volunteer over the last year.

I am really sorry to see them leave, but I'm getting used to saying goodbye. They are part of a growing flood of people escaping to greener pastures.

Last week the CNMI lost Bree, Doug, Litcelle, and Helena. This week we lost Susan and Zoe. Next week we're losing EJ.

Bad economies suck.

13 comments:

Marianas Eye said...

Sad news about EJ. Sad news about everyone, really, but sad especially about EJ.

CNMI Blogger said...

I agree. Sorry I missed the tree planting. But I'm glad I was able to have a farewell breakfast with the Reynolds and Susan and Zoe before they left. They will be missed!

jeff said...

man, im sorry about EJ.hope every thing is ok with you two.

Saipan Writer said...

I've known Susan for a lot of those 21 years, and have known Zoe all of her life. Susan gave a lot to the CNMI, in her work as a nurse and otherwise, and just by being here. Zoe has been a joyful, loving child and wonderful citizen, member of the community. It makes me very sad to see them leave.

I think the tree at CHC was a beautiful gesture and memorable parting gift from Susan. Thanks, Angelo, for helping with the grunt work to make that gift happen.

Saipan has always had an ebb and flow of people, even during boom times. But in a way, it's like Hotel California--"you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." Saipan will always be part of you, and those of us here will still count you as part of us!

Good luck to all those relocating from Saipan. We'll miss you.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I agree with you on the never leaving thing.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

On another note, I never really understood the connection between people, trees, and the land until I started planting trees here almost two years ago.

Now I do.

Karsten said...

Yeah, it really sad to see people go, but maybe, a few new faces will revive the color to the mosaic? Anyway, about the hole digging, I noticed you weren't using water to help. I've found here that if you use a little water it really softens the rock and makes it much easier to dig, at least it does in the Kagman Homesteads where everywhere you dig is almost solid.

Tamara said...

Heard you on Harry this morning. I have this nagging question and thought I'd ask you. Since your such the "environmentalist" maybe you could answer it. I've noticed the ocean water on the east side of the island (Lali 4, Aquarius Beach Towers, Bantalon, etc.) has been unusually super cold in the mornings lately. I mean like really, really cold. Last weekend when I stepped into the ocean at Lali 4 it literally felt like I was jumping in to a glass of melted ice. Do you have any idea why? and could this be a cause for the Eagle Rays disappearing? Maybe they left in search of warmer waters??? Just curious..

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Why is environmentalist in quotes?

I tried jumping in the water at Micro earlier this week and it was freezing, too.

I know that it is Trade Wind season, so maybe that's why. The seas are rougher, so colder, deeper water is upwelling to the surface.

Maybe?

I don't really know.

My specialty is the optimal feeding behavior of gray tree squirrels. I just dabble in everything else.

The Eagle Rays are kind of a mystery. Maybe they're being fished out, maybe the water is too hot, too cold, too acidic, too basic, too salty, too brackish, too polluted...the list goes on.

Who knows?

Tamara said...

Sorry, I have a bad habit of misusing “quotation marks”. I didn't mean anything bad by it :)

Thanks for the non-info on the Eagle Rays..ha ha..I know now to keep my nagging questions to myself unless they are about the feeding behaviors of the Gray tree squirrels. :)

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

My guess would be that they are being fished out. I've heard stories of small boats coming back full of Eagle Rays.

The population probably numbered in the hundreds, not thousands, so a few boatloads would definitely put a dent in the number of rays out there.

Tamara said...

Thats really sad!

the un cheesy Bree said...

we'll miss you angelo, and you and jane are right, you never "leave". why we just spotted a chamorita on I-5 the other day. Her bumper sticker said "bebe juice, chamorro natural energy drink"