Thursday, December 6, 2007
Distance Made Good

Today is our last day at sea. I am all packed and my grades are in. It is a beautiful day as we pass through the Bahamas on our way to South Florida. I plan to go on deck to watch the oceans and get one last round of ping pong in. Tonight is convocation. It is a ceremony for those students who are graduating this semester. I wrote a poem that is on the program. It is called Distance Made Good, a maritime phrase that refers to the amount of travel you have made along your journey. I also use the maritime word retard which means to turn back the clocks. So here it is…toodles!

Distance Made Good


Nancy Eileen Muleady-Mecham (Doc Nancy)
Fall 2007, SAS

On a global voyage of learning,
We’ve traveled as far as we could,
To measure our heart’s growth and yearning,
As personal distance made good.

Our experiences were constant and many,
We met all with a light-hearted mood,
The friendships were all new and plenty,
As personal distance made good.

Field trips and Indy stops filled us,
With new and exotical food,
We rode camels, a horse, and “the bus,”
As personal distance made good.

Warnings of snakes and life safety drills
Kept us safe in our very own “hood,”
We measured Doc Linda’s little pink pills
As personal distance made good.

M/V Explorer retarded the time
Which most of us misunderstood,
But it meant more sleep, and was just fine,
As personal distance made good.

The lands and the people, the culture and life,
Made this a trip of a lifetime and should,
Teach us to be tolerant and fight global strife
As a worldly distance made good.

Posted by Nancy @ 05:25 AM pst

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The Bermuda Triangle

Well, we are still here. We have had rough seas for a few days so we sailed south of our planned route to get away from the storm to our north. The swells were less yesterday. I have played some ping pong every day. It is a real challenge playing on a rolling deck, but a lot of fun. I gave one final, People, Pathology, and World Medicine on Monday. I had them corrected and returned to the students by 5p.m. in the Union. They all did very well.

Saw a whale 2 days ago, a straight blow but far off. I went to get Suzanne, who wants to see one, but she was not able to come on deck to see it in time.

Yesterday, while out on my blue triangle chair outside 7 forward, I watched the ocean as I do every day that I can. Flying fish, including a school of 40 jumped to get away from our ship all at once! Patches of Sargassom (a sea weed) drifted by, and I think about the nursery they provide for the little critters like turtles, eels, crabs, mollusks and more. Columbus wrote of the Sargassom extending to the horizon. But I haven’t seen that.

While at my little post on the deck, Bob, one of the LLL, came out and asked what the island was to the south of us. I said, to my knowledge, there was no island south of us. So, Bob went inside and returned a few minutes later. He said the wall map had no island there, but it was still on the monitor screen which fed our position to us from the bridge. Those of us on deck contemplated that and some chuckled that it was because we were in the Bermuda Triangle. Hmmm, an island on radar that was not on the maps, in the Sargasso Sea of the Bermuda Triangle.

The scientist in me felt that the map scale the bridge was feeding us had to be different and maybe it was Antigua, but then again, that is very far away, and the monitor showed only one island, not an archipelago of islands. Later, it was gone from the monitor. Very strange, this Bermuda Triangle!

I am listening to Spanish Guitar by Anthony Arizaga. Our IT specialist is Judy Lunn, and she gave me a copy of the CD. It is marvelous. Judy is also a gifted vocalist and her CD of John Denver’s songs is great.

So, tomorrow is my last workout day. I am literally, all packed (big surprise, huh Mary Anne!) So, I hope UPS does not lose all of your Christmas presents that I traveled the world to procure. Toodles.

Posted by Nancy @ 04:55 AM pst