15 January 2001
Over the course of the weekend, I decided to continue. And Richard never
contacted me either, too bad for him. Who knows, maybe it's a "sign".
Today, I was given a "talking to" at the immigration office because of the way I
was dressed. I was wearing a pair of cut-off jeans, an extremely sun-faded
t-shirt and no shoes. A lack of respect to show up dressed like that, I was
told. And he asked what he was supposed to do. Implying that he wanted me to
come back there - decently dressed (which I didn't feel like). So I told him the
near truth. That all my clothes look like this because of the sun. And I don't
wear shoes because of a¨foot infection. And it's true that all the clothes I
wear actually look like this. (I do however have something put away for a
Maybe I ought to buy some "Authority clothes" - clothes for clearing when
arriving and departing(/setting out). I felt(/did feel) a little embarrased,
since there were quite a few employees at the office, who were all looking at
me. The problem is that you get used to seeing yourself wearing these
rags(/shreds) and clothes mean nothing to me, and absolutely nothing when
you're(/I'm) alone at sea.
Mark, the guy who works as Bob's deckhand, came to visit me and we had an
amusing afternoon. I was well entertained by stories about Bob and his many
ideas. On one of Mark's first days on board, Bob had forbidden him to put sugar
in his tea. "It will make you aggressive". After a couple of days at sea Bob
found out that Mark was (indeed, edit) sneaking his way to get the sugar. "Look
what you're forcing me to do". And then Bob poured the sugar overboard. I think
that would have made me aggressive, but Mark is a kind young man. Much later Bob
asked, "Now do you see how much better you feel without the sugar?". That would
surely have made me madly(/frantically) aggressive.
The thing about the infectious wounds must have something to do with(/derive
from) my dehydration. I have infections everywhere and even the smallest wounds
and cuts are developing for the worse with no indication of getting better
(soon, edit). I have tried cleaning them on a daily basis, and (I have,edit)
tried wrapping them up and keeping them dry that is not showering(/bathing) /
swimming. Then I tried swimming and showering(/bathing) and not wrapping them
up(/in). I have tried with and without ointment. I have tried antibiotic since I
now also have (got) swollen glands in the groin and under my arms, but maybe I
only needed to get to sea...........
I got(/was given) some canvas(, sailcloth) and a sail glove from/by Kirsti at
the sail loft, so now I'm(/I should be) able to do my own sail repairs...