Tag Archives: Week19

Encyclopedia Goodridge presents Unfinished Business: Harvey The Rat returns with a vengeance!

If you recall from page 74 of Jamaican on Saipan, I had a little run-in with a rat while I was living in Chalan Kiya. I thought that that sordid episode had ended. Well it seems that “Harvey” didn’t think so. He’s back……and he’s pissed. But let me start at the beginning.

A few nights ago, I returned from a night out at the Liberation Day festivities here on Saipan to find this:


A hole in the bottom of the screen door to my bedroom balcony with a paper towel sticking out. (Crime scene recreated for the benefit of the investigation.)

I know why it happened. Without getting into too much detail, I use coconut oil for massages. (For more, see I want to date a Jamaican in China (“Don’t speculate! Ja-Make-A-Date!”)

In any event, while I was out that night, I had left a little measuring cup of coconut oil and an oil-soaked sheet of paper towel on the floor by the bed. (Neatness has never been my strong suit).

Harvey must have caught the aroma of sweet oil as he was making his nightly rounds, and decided to take a souvenir home with him. My measuring cup was gone and the paper towel, as I mentioned, was stuck halfway through a hole in the mesh at the bottom of the sliding screen door. It’s the sort of mesh screen that keeps out mosquitoes, but was never designed for determined, committed, goal-oriented rats.

So, just so we’re clear: “Yes, officer, a rat broke into my apartment from the balcony, stole my plastic measuring cup, came back, and was halfway through his second incident of breaking and entering and first degree theft, when my return scared him away.”

The next morning, I measured my screen door, then went to Ace Hardware and got some higher/stronger gauge screen, some screws, bolts and washers to construct a rodent barrier!

I had the mesh cut about two feet high, as the sales rep at the hardware store and I both agreed that the rats wouldn’t climb up the mesh to get to the weaker mesh above. I took my purchase home. (I felt like Wile E. Coyote with a new contraption from ACME, or Elmer Fudd)

I attached the higher gauge screen to the smaller gauge.


I’ll stop you yet, you wascally wodent!


I was so proud of my handiwork

Well it seems the hardware rep and I were wrong. I went to bed thinking that all was right with the world. However, at 4:00am this morning, I was awakened by the sound of some scratching. I opened my eyes and found myself staring at the underbelly, and into the glowing yellow eyes of a rodent, two feet off the ground, perched on the top of the high gauge mesh, still outside, but about to begin his toothy assault on the smaller gauge mesh to gain another entry into my apartment.


Re-enactment featuring professional rat actor paid rodent scale. No animals were harmed in the making of this.

A few milliseconds later, a thought entered my mind: “Excuse me, you’re lying on a bed two feet off the ground and you’re staring at eye level at the furry underbelly of a rat hanging from a mesh screen, suspended in the air two feet above the ground about to gnaw his way into your apartment. Hello?”

At that point I sat up, and my quick movement scared him away.

Ah! yes! I love a battle of wits and will! (even if it’s with a rodent!) Bring it on! I lay in bed staring at the ceiling and spent the next few minutes figuring out my retaliatory (or would that be “defensive”) strategy. Would I have to use high gauge mesh on the entire screen door? Would I have to keep my glass door shut at all times (unacceptable, since I don’t believe in or use air conditioning, and  prefer to have a breeze flowing through my apartment). Think, man! Think!!! Poison? Rat trap? No good. I don’t believe in  killing–not even ants–plus, a dead Harvey the Rat would simply be replaced by another, angrier friend or family member. I’d have to launch what would eventually become known as “The Great Jamaican Rat Massacre of Saipan!” I’d have to sleep with a shotgun. Frankly, I don’t have the resources.

And then, as I stared at the mesh, and the sliding door picturing the rat climbing up, it hit me! I think I found the solution!

Encyclopedia Goodridge and the Mystery of the Bypassed Barricade

I’ll pay homage to Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective, one of my favorite series of children’s books growing up, and ask: “What did Encyclopedia Goodridge realize that could make all the difference in the world to keeping the unwelcome rat outside the apartment?”  If you think you know the answer (or if you simply want to make a suggestion), enter it in the comment box below, and then click the link below for the answer!

CLICK HERE to learn the answer!

Diabolical, don’t you think? Well, I’ll let you know how it works out…..stay tuned!

Moral: If you run away to a tropical island to escape the rat race, beware, the rats might not be too far behind!

 

Are you really ready for “The BIG TIME!?”

Are you really ready for the BIG TIME!?

If you’re a fellow author, blogger, passionpreneur, nomadpreneur or hip hop entrepreneur seeking to get to the next level of  success and perhaps even “hit the big time,” then this is for you!

Now, if you’ve read Living True to Your Self, then you might already know my basic philosophy of life. Consistent with my belief that the universe is perfect, is the certainty that everything happens in divine order, how it should, and when it should.  The unfolding and manifestation of that desired reality is more under our control than we might believe. However, there are some limitations.  Yes, we have the power to create our desired realities. But, we’ll only allow ourselves to experience the reality that is consistent with  what we believe about ourselves. We’ll only allow ourselves to experience what we’re really ready for.

So, how do we get ready? On psychological level, we must modify our self-concept and remove any untruths about our identity, about life, and the world we live in that might be holding our success at bay. At the same time, on a practical level, a key part of a good strategy must be to  remove all the excuses and hindrances we might be using to sabotage our own success. By that I mean, if we know in our hearts that we’re really not ready emotionally or practically, then we won’t really give maximum effort to achieve the goal.

Whenever I’m working towards a specific goal, if things aren’t moving at the specific pace and if I’m not  producing the specific results I’d like, I spend some time brainstorming about what I need to do in order to bring about the “when” it should. Let me give an example.

Let’s say I’m a writer who would love to sell a million copies of my books. But, would I really be ready if Oprah called today and said she was reviewing my book for her book club? (Yes, I know her show is over! Just work with me!) In other words, is my house in order? Is the quality of my product up to (and over) par?  Is the infrastructure in place? Is the manufacturing capacity there? If not, what can I do to prepare the way? What’s missing? What have I overlooked? What loose ends do I need to tie up in order to be really ready for “The Big Time!”?

These are not just ideas to think about in a general sense. They are things to do something about in a specific sense!! If you answer “no” or don’t know the answer to any of the questions, then you need to do some research, find the answer, and if necessary, rectify the situation. To help answer these questions, and take the appropriate actions to get you really ready, here is the first of planned series entitled “Are You Really Ready for the The Big Time?”

The Big Time means millions of visits to your website. Can your site handle the load? Do you need to upgrade your hosting account? Are you on a shared server with limited bandwidth? Are you form scripts able to handle thousands of people signing up to your mailing list at the same time?

The Big Time means thousands of simultaneous orders for your product or service. Do you have the manufacturing capacity, distribution/delivery channels, time, energy, employees, etc. to be able to handle multiple,  large orders from all over the world?

The Big Time means demands on your time and presence. If you’re still working a job as an employee and haven’t yet transitioned to being a full-time passionpreneur, do you have the flexibility to fulfill those demands on your time and presence?

 
Yes, hitting the big time is as much about doing the right things and taking the right steps to get to the big time, as it is doing the right things and taking the right steps to allow the big time to get to you.  You don’t even have to spend any money, necessarily. Taking the right step might simply be a phone call to a vendor or manufacturer to have things in place for if and when you get that call from Oprah. You might be surprised how simply knowing your ready for The Big Time, can have an effect on what actually happens to bring you closer to actually hitting it!

For more conversations like this, check out “7 Conversations to Freedom,” the free ebook download at passionprofit.com


I’d love your comments. What other ways can you suggest to fellow passionpreneurs to get themselves ready for the big time?

There’s more to freedom than….

Walt on Saipan

When I talk about freedom, I’m not talking about money. There are many entrepreneurs and many employees who earn much more income than I do who feel trapped in aspects of their lives they wish to change.

When I talk about my personal definition of freedom, yes, I’m talking about the freedom from working a nine-to-five job, and the freedom to live in a location that suits my tastes, but what I’m primarily talking about is freedom from fear. What traps many people in their lives is the fear that comes from their belief system. There’s a wise saying that goes: “the only way to control someone is to lie to them.”  In other words, you can’t be controlled by the truth.  A person’s belief in falsehoods, therefore, is what traps an individual. Therefore, the more you know the truth about certain, specific things, the freer you become.

Let me explain by giving you an example. First, however, let me say that the reason you’ll always hear references to health and diet in my books and discussions about turning passion into profit, or living true to your self, is because those references are really about taking control of your body–your physical manifestation here on this planet–by choosing a different belief system that empowers and frees you rather than one that controls you by lying to you and causing you to live in fear. And as a trillion dollar industry, health care is obviously a very important aspect of life and an area about which people often feel the most powerless and fearful.

So, to explain how this works, let me ask you a question. How much money would you need to earn each month, and how much would you need to have stashed away in a savings “nest egg” account in order to feel “free?” Have an answer? Good. Now, here’s the next question: How much money would you need if you didn’t have to worry about paying medical bills? It would be less than originally stated, wouldn’t it? Like many people, your beliefs about, and thus your fear of falling ill determines what you believe is required for you to be free.

Let’s suppose that instead of what you currently believe about your body, and about health and sickness, that you absolutely knew and were convinced of a different simple truth, say, for example that cancer is preventable and curable, and that keeping the body alkaline (instead of acidic) prevents cancer cells from developing in the body. Imagine that you were a person whose family members all got cancer, and you worried continuously about getting it yourself. Can you imagine how much freer you would feel (and then, by extension, how much freer you would act) once you held a different belief about cancer? That’s what I’m talking about. Think about it. Considering how expensive medical care can be, especially in the U.S., no practical amount of money would free you from the debilitating effects (financial as well as physical) of buying into a belief system that sells you the falsehood that your health is a random effect of luck and chance, and/or that the only way to cure your afflictions is with chemicals, radiation or by cutting off the afflicted appendage. So, you see, that’s how one belief can have a tremendous effect on how free we think we are, or how easy we think it is to achieve that freedom in financial terms.

Again, that’s just one example. However, people are trapped by their beliefs about many things including beliefs about their roles, their nationality, their gender, about people from other nations, religion, spirituality, life and so on. Make no mistake about this: It’s not a lack of money that keeps people trapped. And make no mistake about this: it’s not the acquisition of money that makes people free.

I always tell people that I made the decision to walk away from corporate employment on a Sunday, and then actually quit my job the following Tuesday. My financial position had not changed by a single penny in those two days. In fact, I had no savings, I was in debt, and was behind in my rent. What changed was my belief system about what I believed was possible for me, and what action I believed was required in order for me to be happy.

So, my point is this: You’d be surprised just what it takes to be truly “free.” You can’t achieve freedom unless you change the beliefs that are keeping you trapped. You might be surprised just how little money is actually required to live free and travel once you adopt a new set of beliefs (and prove them to yourself) about you, about the world, and about the universe you live in. For there’s more to freedom than money.

Just a little something from the Jamaican in China (currently on Saipan) to help you understand what you’ll read in Living True To Your Self as well as The Ageless Adept, two of my books that address respectively (1) finding a better belief system as a whole, and (2) finding a belief system about health in particular.

 


Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of perpetual summer on Saipan!

I live a simple, natural life. Nothing fancy. Nothing extravagant. But, I have my freedom. That’s always been the most important thing for me. So, the question I’ve been asked is: with all that freedom, what do I do here on Saipan when I’m not traveling around China?

Well, let’s see…just kinda hangin’ around, I guess….


Hanging out with friends…


shopping at the market…


enjoying the scenery


listening to music in the car (note the coconuts in the back seat)


Helping an occasional tourist


and chasing rainbows


Hey! Is that a pot of gold?

Download Nobody Canna (“Cannot”) Cross it Remix video + lyrics

download nobody cannot cross it
CLICK HERE TO BEGIN DOWNLOAD

Email me if you have any trouble with this link or the download process

As a much-needed public service, for those who cannot, or don’t know to download videos from Youtube, and as an addendum to the original post in which I offered the lyrics, translation and study guide for Nobody Canna (Cannot) Cross it, I hereby offer the full-length 2:36, mp4 video for Nobody Canna (“Cannot”) Cross it.

 

Directions:

1. Click the download link

Once you get to the download page,

2A. If you are using a Windows-based PC, “right click” on the link and select “Download File As” to begin the download and save the video to your computer’s hard drive for unlimited enjoyment.

2B. If you are using a Mac, “ctrl click” on the link and select “Download Linked File As” to begin the download and save the video to your computer’s hard drive for unlimited enjoyment.

READY?
CLICK HERE TO BEGIN DOWNLOAD

MORE:

  • View My original post with lyrics, translation and study guide
  • “Nobody Canna (cannot) Cross it!” Jamaican Translation and Lyrics

    If you haven’t heard about the latest viral hit to reach youtube, it’s a new genre of infotainment called a “News Remix” by Jamaica’s DJ Powa! Here’s a little background, plus the lyrics for those of you who need a little help deciphering exactly what’s being said.

    Certain parts of the island of Jamaica (specifically, the parish of St. Thomas) were experiencing some flooding recently…A news report was produced highlighting the situation. A creative Jamaican DJ deftly edited the report and added a musical track and, word has it, it’s such a catchy hit that it’s even being played in the clubs in Jamaica! Here is that “remix” of the news report  that puts the situation into musical perspective! I love my countrymen!

    Click on the image or link to watch it on Youtube. (Opens in a new window, so you can keep the lyrics handy.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknVoAoyy-k

    DOWNLOAD video

    Lyrics to “Nobody Canna Cross it”
    (Nobody Cannot Cross it)
    A News Remix by DJ Powa

  • Note 1: This is my Listener’s Guide, modified from mscdubya’s youtube comment.
  • Note 2: As a Jamaican, I can tell you that Clifton is saying “Nobody cannot cross it.” (We’ll forgive him for the double negative)
  • Note 3: $250 Jamaican dollars is about $3US.

    NEWSCASTER: “Three miles down the road is the Yallahs River. Residents were forced to pay between $250JA and $500JA dollars to cross, as transportation was restricted to either a heavy-duty vehicle or being lifted across.

    Right now, nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can understan’ it cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only a fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!

    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can manage (handle/negotiate) the water
    It’s only so (that way) they (can) come over
    Or if we(‘re) around to help them.

    Nobody can swim
    ‘Cause if you cannot swim, you cannot cross it.
    Nobody cannot cross it (Unless) If we around to help them over
    Fisherman can cross it
    And a fisherwoman could cross it
    Cannot swim? Trust me.. You gone (you’ll be carried out by the current) to St. Thomas pond!


    Chorus:

    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who understan’ it, cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only (a) fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can manage (handle/negotiate) the water
    It’s only so (that way) they (can) come over
    Or if we(‘re) around to help them.

    Not all the vehicles – can cross it
    This vehicle – cannot cross it
    We’re locked away in the wilderness
    Nobody cross it. (CROSS!)

    Yesterday, the bus just come in from town… A bus load of people
    It was just the mercy of God why the bus don’t go over (capsize)
    The bus can swim! The bus can swim! The bus can swim!
    Believe it or not, the bus can swim!

    Yesterday, the bus just come in from town
    The bus can cross it
    The last time, (we had a) hurricane, we had to bury up the top (not sure about this line-W)
    Nobody nuh fi walk (Nobody should walk)
    The bus can swim
    Nobody nuh fi walk (Nobody should walk)
    The bus can cross it

    Chorus:
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can understand it, cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only  fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can manage (handle/negotiate) the water
    It’s only so (that way) they (can) come over
    Or if we(‘re) around to help them.

    I’m very concerned; very concerned
    Because nobody cannot cross it
    Not even the kids dem* can go to school, trust me!
    Because nobody cannot cross it
    Fisherman and a fisherwoman can cross it.
    Like, them understan’ it
    Cannot swim? Trust me: You’re going to dead up (you’re going to be dead up there)

    Chorus:
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can understan’ it, cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!
    Nobody cannot cross it
    It’s only who can manage (handle/negotiate) the water
    It’s only so (that way) they (can) come over
    Or if we around to help them.

    Nobody cannot cross it! Nobody could cross it
    It’s only who can swim (can) cross it
    Cr cr cross it (CROSS!) No no no no no..body cross it!!!!

    COMMENTATOR: “Dara Smith, TVJ News”

    *dem (them) can be used to make a noun plural (“Di bwoy dem a play football”). However, it can also serve in what is a uniquely Jamaican secondary pluralization of an already plural noun. So, “the kids dem” might best be translated, for instance, as “the kids–all of them–cannot cross it.” However, it also serves as a term of endearment that has the effect of humanizing or evoking empathy for the shared experience of the group or animals being referred to. You wouldn’t typically use “dem” when referring to inanimate objects. However, you might typically say “The people dem start to riot caw dem can’t get no food!” (the new double plural noun is “people dem”); Or, you might say “Di dog dem start to bark when the fire start!” (The new double plural noun is “dog dem.”)–a cultural note from Walt Goodridge, Jamaican in China

     



    YAAD STYLE (NO TRANSLATION!)

    NEWSCASTER: “Three miles down the road is the Yallahs River. Residents were forced to pay between 250 and 500 dollars to cross, as transportation was restricted to either a heavy-duty vehicle or being lifted across.

    Right now, nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can understan’ it cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!

    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can manage the water
    Is only so dem c’n come over
    Or if we around to help them.

    Nobody can swim
    ‘Cause if you cannot swim, you cannot cross it.
    Nobody cannot cross it. If we around to help them over
    Fisherman can cross it
    And a fisherwoman could cross it, cross it
    Cannot swim? Trust me.. Yuh gone to St. Thomas pond!

    Chorus:
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who understan’ it, cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can manage the water
    Is only so dem c’n come over
    Or if we around to help them.

    Not all the vehicles – can cross it
    This vehicle – cannot cross it
    We lock away in the wilderness
    Nobody cross it! (CROSS!)

    Yesterday, the bus just come in from town… A bus load of people
    Is just the mercy of God why the bus don’t go over
    The bus can swim! The bus can swim! The bus can swim!
    Believe it or not, the bus can swim!

    Yesterday, the bus just come in from town
    The bus can cross it
    The last time, hurricane, we had to bury up the top (not sure about this line-W)
    Nobody nuh fi walk
    The bus can swim
    Nobody nuh fi walk
    The bus can cross it

    Chorus:
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can understan’ it, cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only  fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can manage the water
    Is only so dem c’n come over
    Or if we around to help them.

    I’m very concerned; very concerned
    Because nobody cannot cross it
    Not even the kids dem can go to school, trust me!
    Because nobody cannot cross it
    Fisherman and a fisherwoman can cross it.
    Like them understan’ it
    Cannot swim? Trust me: You’re going to dead up!

    Chorus:
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can understan’ it, cross it
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only fisherman and a fisherwoman, trust me!
    Nobody cannot cross it
    Is only who can manage the water
    Is only so dem c’n come over
    Or if we around to help them.

    Nobody cannot cross it! Nobody could cross it
    Is only who can swim cross it
    Cr-cr-cross it! (CROSS!) No no no no no..body cross it!!!!

    COMMENTATOR: “Dara Smith, TVJ News”

  • Jamaican in China Home page
  • LATEST POST: “I want to DATE a Jamaican in China!”


     

  • Nobody Canna Cross it übersetzung
  • Nobody Canna Cross it traducción (German)
  • Nobody Canna Cross it vertaling (Dutch)
  • Nobody Canna Cross it traduction (French)