Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US


Alligators and Jellyfish

16 October 2009
Alligators and Jellyfish
Friday 16th October 2009. Cancun. Day off.

There's nothing quite like waking up in a Mangrove swamp on the Yucatan Peninsular. Especially on a Friday. At breakfast, Sharon was a little wigged out at having spotted an alligator outside her room. She has the 'end terrace', so her balcony and jetty are immediately adjacent to the heart of the swamp and apparently a substantial alligator has taken up residence next door.

I spent much of the day in my cottage working away. Highlight of the afternoon was discovering another bathroom to go with the two I'd already got. I opened what I thought was a sliding wardrobe door only to find another whole place behind it. You can't have too many bathrooms, I always say, especially one with its own outdoor courtyard and a bath that could comfortably accommodate Sharon's alligator.

Smasher's been working non-stop but finally managed to take an hour off this afternoon so headed to the beach which is a five-minute golf cart ride away. He dived into the ocean and was immediately stung by a jellyfish. I'd say that’s the last time he'll leave his bungalow before we head out of here.

Wrapped up the day with another productive evening meeting on Bono Island, followed by a late beer with a side of mosquito spray.

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27 October, 2009
An alligator!?
If I had a home around which were alligators or crocodiles, I'd bloody move! Aren't jellyfish poisonous, too?! You have guts, bub. By the way, thank U2 for playing Your Blue Room, Unforgettable Fire, and Ultraviolet in Toronto. As Bono said in 1992, "Screw the pop kids. We don't need 'em." Setlists shouldn't be overloaded with hits when there are so many great obscure songs.
27 October, 2009
I'm worried
what happened to the bagel? I was hoping to find an update about it in this latest diary... did it walk out of your computer bag by itself? :p
27 October, 2009
Jellyfish sting
Ok... The jellyfish ending was funny and unexpected...thanks for the laughter...
27 October, 2009
Nasty Jellyfish
Always take Adolph's Meat Tenderizer to the beach! Apply a paste to stung areas. It helps a lot. Urine is supposed to work also--haven't tried that!
27 October, 2009
Totally agree!
Oh to have an alligator outside my office! It would certainly be more exciting than looking into the eyes of another corporate drone...
27 October, 2009
Same here
I love reading your thoughts and experiences. Don't forget there are tens of thousands of us out here trapped in grey-walled cubicles 9 hours/day that NEED things like your Diary for better mental well-being.
27 October, 2009
Alligators & Bono Island
As always your diaries are so entertaining and funny, you make me laugh out loud sometimes.. I definitely hope you will be able to have some time off and enjoy this "paradise" (with alligators) Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. Love & Peace
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