Author: David Penland (209.183.34.---)
Date: 03-03-08 21:35
OK... I was told I could talk more about it today.
I evidently have to watch what I say because, IN MY OWN OPINION, the press here seems to operate like a communist state and prints whatever the heck they think will make the locals mad enough to get them to back some crazy agenda.... Kinda feels like East Germany before the wall came down around here.... Anyways, enough about MY OWN OPINION.....
We're working on filling in the largest ballcourt in PR. The Corp was gonna build this lake to stop Ponce from flooding, and so they sent the company I'm with in to do a quick once over to determine if there was anything they might destroy while building the dam, or anything that might be destroyed due to a frequent wet/dry action of the lake expanding during floods. From what I understand, there wasn't supposed to be much there. Well, we ended up finding an extremely important site. Ended up that the dam and lake were moved, instead of spending millions of dollars in lab and manhours to analyze the site properly. We did our job. We found something that surprised everyone. Maybe we weren't supposed to, you know how governmental agencies hate changing plans mid stream. But, as it has happened, the parties involved decided to rebury everything with a membrane covering several acres of the site and several feet of fill dirt covering that. We're preserving the site exactly the way it is now for future agencies to figure out what they're going to do. Like I said, we did our job... and as it happens they decided to move a lake, and save one of the most important sites in PR. I commend them for that. Wise choice. Companies like Walmart frequently bulldoze such sites without batting an eye. The press here has written several articles on how we've plowed through the site with heavy machinery and destroyed all kinds of artifacts in the process. There's even a powerpoint presentation on the internet using photos of ballcourt stones as evidence to this fact. lol. The stones are broken in the manner they are on pupose as part of the story that they tell about the afterlife. It's perfectly obvious to any archeologist that the stones were not broken in at LEAST several centuries. The press just keeps trying to stir up trouble here. What's their deal? What we have to watch out for is the locals that actually believe what the paper says about us, and the press, who may take anything I've said on here, twist it around, put a story on the news for ten minutes, Throw headlines across the papers bashing us again in some manner, and then move on to something else, like who won American Idol. Argh! I hate being blamed for something that had nothing to do with us. I feel like I'm gonna get shot any minute. We even have rotating armed guards in bulletproof vests, for real...
Anyway... The powers that be can figure out how to pay the millions that it will take to clean the site with brushes, if they want to. We'd stay here and excavate the site with toothbrushes for 60 years, if someone would actually pay for us to do that. We'd LOVE to be that careful with Puerto Rican sites, but no one here wants an AMERICAN to do that... Trust me WE'RE NOT WANTED! Tourists, cruise ships, sure... archeologists, ah, hell no.
We've even been accused of looting sites, by archeologists who ARE looting sites. How screwed up is it that they can actually get away with that here?
Well, it's going to be an interesting three months to say the least...
Can't wait to see the island though. I've heard the bioluminescent bay west of here is definitely worth seeing after dark. Culebra, Coffin Island, the sunset on the western shore, and the sunrise on the eastern shore, I will see all of them before I head home. This is a fantastic adventure and there are some of the nicest people I've ever met here. GREAT FOOD, too.
I ate a pan-fried sandwich tonight with what I thought was ketchup on it, but it turned out to be something similar to strawberries in taste. Kinda unexpected on a ham, turkey, swiss, pastrami sandwaich, but it was actually very tasty..
Sorry if I have offended anyone with MY OPINIONS on here, I'm actually a pretty nice guy that doesn't really like most Americans enough to shot by someone who really hates them. So, go shoot someone else more deserving...
Maybe, hunt down one of the murderers of the 127 people who have been killed here since January 1st and give back something to this country? ... Ah, there I go again with my silly opinions...
Thank you, and... Good night!