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Libraries are Fun But Beaches are Funner

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 27, 2010

July 8-9, 2010

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Mark heading out to sea

Upgrade from Alternate JET Position

When we got back from Patriot’s Point I checked my email. Mark and I had sent out many job applications to companies in Japan and I needed to see if any of them where going to give me a job interview. I hadn’t checked my e-mail in a few days.

When I opened up my hotmail account I saw an email from the Japanese consulate in Guam. They had been trying to reach me all day. If I still wanted the job I had to reply soon or they would give it to someone else. I emailed them back. Just to make sure they didn’t give my job away, I borrowed my mom’s cell phone and called them up too.

Back in February I went to Guam to do a job interview. I wanted to join the JET Programme. I thought the interview went really well. Or, at least I thought so until April when I got an email telling me that I had not been given a position. I was placed on the alternate’s list instead. If someone they had hired backed out or could not fulfill his or her duties, then I might be hired.

I gave up hope and started looking for jobs with other companies in Japan. I thought my chances with JET were next to zero. But, it turns out that many alternates do get hire. (Later, after working with the JET programme for many years, I would meet many alternates.)

Mr. Tenorio at the consulate emailed me a whole bunch of documents that I had to sign, mail out, or send back to Guam. The next day, while everyone else went to the beach, I went to the library to get all my things in order. So I wouldn’t be alone, I talked my mom into giving up a day at the beach to come with me.

The beach is a nice alternative to the library.

Library Folks are Good Folks

When traveling in the US and you need wifi, just about every restaurant and shop has it, and for free. But if you need a computer or to print something there really isn’t anything for you… except for the library. There are very few internet cafes.

Just walk into any public library and ask for a temporary card or day pass. They call it different things at different libraries. Tell them you’re from out of town and you need to use a computer and/or the internet and they’ll help you.

Fun at the beach

Adult Swim

The next day all the kids were too tired to go swimming. I refused to leave South Carolina without swimming in its waters. I talked the adults into taking another trip to the beach. “It’ll be more fun without the kids. No one telling you how hot or hungry they are…” We went to Folly Beach.

There were some kids playing with a skim board. Mark wanted to buy one, but we didn’t think it was worth the price. Then Mark found one that was forgotten by its owner. We waited until most people left the beach, to make sure that it was really left behind. Mark and Malcolm tried it out while Vonia and I laughed and took pictures. We left it at the beach; that devil’s board!

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Lake Aire RV Park

How to get there:

  • 32°46’39.1″N 80°08’52.4″W
  • Directions from the website

Address:

4375 Highway 162
Hollywood, SC 29449

Phone:

  • 1-843-571-1271

Website

Download:

Cost

Notes:

  • There is free wi-fi. Not every camping spot can get wi-fi, but there are many hot spots throughout the camp.

Mt. Pleasant Branch Library

How to get there:

  • 32°48’58.2″N 79°51’50.8″W

The library is on Mathis Ferry road.

Address:

1133 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464-521

Phone:

  • 843-849-6161

Website:

Cost:

  • Mostly free.
  • Printing cost 10 cents a page

Notes:

  • There are very few internet cafes in the US. So, while traveling in the states, libraries are a great place to go when you need free wi-fi, free uses of a computer, cheap printing, cheap scanning, general information about the area, and just information in general.
  • This one in Mt. Pleasant even had a notary public that notarized papers for free.

Folly Beach

How to get there:

Website

Download

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • Always available

Notes:

  • There is a changing area and many shops and restaurants nearby.

Map:

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In the Navy

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 26, 2010

July 7, 2010

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Malcolm in trouble

A Very Big Ship, and a sub

It was a very hot ship. It was a huge ship. Most of the ship was not air-conditioned. The day was very hot and there were a lot of stairs. I tried to see as much of the ship as possible. The heat and time were against me.

There are six sections, or as they call them, “tours”, on the ship. I got through only four of them and the top deck. Eventually, I had to take refuge in the cinema, one of the two sections of the boat with a/c. There was a video showing the history of the ship as well as the history of WWII.

We always walk through ships while posing at every turn.

The ship is the USS Yorktown (CV-10); the 4th USS Yorktown. Although this Yorktown did fight during WWII, neither it nor its predecessor was stationed in Hawaii at the time the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. The Yorktown (CV-5), the ship the CV-10 replaced sank in the Battle of Midway in June 1942.

The CV-10 fought several battles in the Pacific during WWII, but my favorite of its missions is the retrieval of the Apollo 8 Command Module in 1968.

George H. W. Bush

After chilling out in the cool cinema. We went to see the sub in the front. It was cramp like most subs, but nothing that would bring out my claustrophobia. But I do have a lot of respect for the men and women who live in one of those things.

Filming Army Wives

You’ve Never Heard of the Show!?

As we were leaving, we saw a film crew setting up for a shoot. The kids asked someone in the crew what was going on. They were told that the show “Army Wives” was being filmed.

I’ve never heard of the show, but was still slightly excited to get a glimpse of some filming in action… well at least the setting up for the filming.

By the way, the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! was filmed on the USS Yorktown (CV-10). Again, a movie I have never seen. When I was younger I thought it was a movie about the Jewish holy book.

What should I buy?

More Shopping

We then went to downtown Charleston and walked through the Market Hall and Sheds. I was very much tempted by many of the items that I saw there. But since I knew that I would eventually be heading to Japan and that I wouldn’t be able to fit everything in my little suitcase, I had to hold back.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Lake Aire RV Park

How to get there:

  • 32°46’39.1″N 80°08’52.4″W
  • Directions from the website

Address:

4375 Highway 162
Hollywood, SC 29449

Phone:

  • 1-843-571-1271

Website

Download:

Cost

Notes:

  • There is free wi-fi. Not every camping spot can get wi-fi, but there are many hot spots throughout the camp.

Patriot’s Point

How to get there:

Address:

40 Patriots Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone:

  • 1-843-884-2727

Website

Download:

Cost:

  • Adults – 18USD

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:30

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • Parking cost $5 per vehicle.

Market Hall and Sheds

How to get there:

Address:

188 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401

Phone:

  • (843) 853-8000 or
  • toll-free (800) 868-8118

Website

Download

Hours:

  • Mar.-Oct. 8:30-5:30;
  • Nov.-Feb. 8:30-5:00

Map:

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Blow Out

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 26, 2010

July 6, 2010

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Lake Aire RV Park

How to get there:

  • 32°46’39.1″N 80°08’52.4″W
  • Directions from the website

Address:

4375 Highway 162
Hollywood, SC 29449

Phone:

  • 1-843-571-1271

Website

Download:

Cost

Notes:

There is free wi-fi. Not every camping spot can get wi-fi, but there are many hot spots throughout the camp.

Map:



Malcolm changing the trailer’s tire

Isn’t That Malcolm?

As I said in the last entry, Malcolm left for South Carolina before Mark, me, and company. It was very late at night when we caught up with Malcolm on the road. He was easy to spot because of the trailer he was pulling. We tried to drive along side him or right behind him, but he was going way too fast.

Malcolm flew past us and we trailed behind. Then, way up ahead I saw their trailer swaying back and forth. I knew something was wrong. He pulled over on the side of the road. We passed him and then pulled over too.

the old tire

We called him on his cell. He had hit a bump on the road and one of the tires on the trailer ripped open. He needed a new tire and didn’t have a spare.

There was a cop helping him. But we would have to go to the nearest Wal-Mart and get him a new tire. He told us the type of tire he needed. We typed Wal-Mart into our TomTom and went shopping around midnight.

We got him 2 tires, just in case. When we returned to where Malcolm was, we parked behind him to shine our headlights on the trailer. He changed the tire, but needed to adjust the contents of the trailer to even out the weight on the tires. We all then went to Wal-Mart.

You repack. We’ll get snacks.

Should we offer them some chips? Nah, they look busy.

Malcolm and Mark unpacked, then repacked. Vonia, Malcolm’s wife and my sister-in-law, and I got some snacks at Wal-mart. Then, we all sat around the van and chatted… while Malcolm and Mark worked. We did offer them some of our snacks.

The trailer was a family project. Malcolm and his 3 boys built it together. They took the base from an old trailer they either bought, had, or found; I don’t remember which. Then they got some wood from Lowes and over a few weeks the four of them built the camping trailer.

instant camping kitchen

It’s a really nice trailer for camping. There are side compartments that open up to reveal the cooler and camping stove in such a way that it doesn’t need to be unpacked for cooking purposes. Shelves inside hold tents, sleeping bags, mats, and other camping gear. It was a great family project and you could tell that the boys took pride in their trailer.

Isn’t camping great!

Enjoying Nature

Needless to say, we got to the camp very late. We put the tents up in time to sleep during a few sunless hours left that night. The next day we didn’t leave the campsite. It was just a day to relax and recuperate from the last night’s adventure.

Malcolm taken out by an aerobie.

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Viva La Revolución

Posted by Heliocentrism on June 8, 2010

June 8, 2010

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So many papers to grade…

Just like in that Patriot movie!

Mark and I are visiting his sister who lives in South Carolina. On our way to her place Mark and I saw a sign for Historic Brattonsville. The next day we went to see it.

Brattonsville was the site of a Revolutionary War battle called Huck’s defeat. In this battle, although only one soldier in the American militia was killed, a large majority of the British were slaughtered. This battle was not close. I won’t tell you how the whole war ended.

Brattonsville was also the place where a lot of the movie The Patriot was filmed. Many of the houses on the property were used in the film, including the main house in the first picture.

yummy!

There really wasn’t a lot going on in Brattonsville the day we went. There were no performances scheduled. I hear, though, that this is a great place to spend the fourth of July!

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Historic Brattonsville

How to get there:

  • 34°51’53.2″N 81°10’33.9″W
  • map

Address:

1444 Brattonsville Rd
McConnells, SC 29726

Phone:

  • 1-803-684-2327

Website:

e-mail: information@chmuseums.org

Cost:

  • Adults – 6USD
  • Kids     – 3USD
  • Seniors – 5USD

Hours:

  • M-Sa 10:00 ~ 17:00
  • Su 13:00 ~ 17:00

Video:

Notes:

  • I recommend going when there is a performance to see. Otherwise you’re just walking around with no one to answer your questions.

Map:

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