Sunday, August 5, 2007

Finally got the internet hooked up

First off, please forgive the dead air on our blog since the 29th. Honestly, the past week has been one of boolean contrast, for which there were no moderate 'in-betweens' to ease the polarity that has enveloped us.

The most positive thing to note about Rota is that the people of this island, whether Chamorro, mainlanders, Philippines, or otherwise, are all representatives of the salt of the earth. Nay a single soul here has treated us as if we were not part of some sort of family, which is beyond surreal given the world(s) we come from. This unnerving beauty shared among the people of Rota surpasses to me, even the vast, VAST, beauty of the island of Rota itself; although, our lack of transportation to date has placed severe limitations on our exploration outside of Songsong. But still, I doubt my opinion will change when that does.

Right now, Suz and I are doing our best to tend to a range of other issues, for which, we'll discuss later. Let's just sat that It is quite a transition for now and that even though we tried to take on this venture with our best imitation of objectivity, certain things and certain ways we thought we could be helpful are not likely to pan out. However, one good thing is that I was able to become an official volunteer at the school! I think that I can be of a lot of help there, especially with the yearbook/journalism class.

Speaking of which, I am going to discuss selling the Rota HS Yearbook on the blog to try to help raise money for the school. Would you be interested in that? If so, let me know and I'll set up a Paypal Acct. or something. I think the yearbook has a run of 100 and sells for $30, so maybe I can sell the remainder of the run once the kids have bought theirs. We'll see. No promises.

I have to run and finish a poster I'm working on for the HS. Please forgive the lateness of our posting here. Getting our internet and phone hooked up was nothing short of a nightmare (a topic for a post later, perhaps.)

Thanks for the big flurry of phone calls this morning and last night. It really meant the world to us as we have been in radio silence for almost a week.

I'll catch ya...




Marianas Eye said...

Great to have you back! I got chills reading the second paragraph of your post. The people make the place. I'd like to quote you on my blog if that's okay. Let me know.


A G Gatto said...

Please do, David.



violetlady said...

Andrew -- great writing and great insight into your new home. Is SongSong the name of the town on the island of Rota?
Love, Aunt T.

A G Gatto said...

Hi, Tina..

Songsong is the village we live in. Also, it is a common family name here.

I'll post some pics soon of Songsong.