Where I want to go for the summer Update

Another wrap up of a previous blog. In the previous (i’ll paste link below) I pointed out that my lady and I had both made lists of places we wanted to go and we even had a contingency list just in case.

https://theainzlee.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/where-i-want-to-go-for-the-summer/

Well, it didn’t turn out as expected with more planning happening for after the summer ended than within the summer. We still traveled around but didn’t get to explore what we had our hearts on.  They say quality time is important and that we did have but as always as humans it’s hard to be satisfied, our insatiable appetites always wanting more.

I won’t go through the list of places we did end up but mention food stops on Spur Tree Hill and a lazy day in Treasure Beach.

From the Original List here is where we went noted by a complete beside the location.

Jan’s Picks

  • Mystic Mountain, St. Ann
  • YS Falls, St. Elizabeth *attempted but work complications*
  • Negril, Westmoreland
  • The Steakhouse, Mandeville (completed)   *Jan went to a business meeting here*
  • Truck Stop, Kingston
Ainzlee’s Picks
  • Lover’s Leap, St. Elizabeth (completed) *went but it was closed*
  • JamWest, Westmoreland
  • Dover Raceway, St. Ann  (completed)
  • JDRC Dexterity Competition, St. Elizabeth
  • Font Hill, St. Elizabeth *went to Treasure Beach instead*
Contingencies
  • Lil Ochi, St. Elizabeth (completed)
  • Another Beach – Maybe Montego Bay *went to Aquasol*
  • St. Mary or maybe Mavis Bank (see if we can cross it)
  • Milk River, Clarendon *road too bad*
The average cost of our trips were 3000 JA ($30+CA/US) so it wasn’t bad at all! Until the next summer list…..
Below is a video of the Treasure Beach Trip…. Would love some feedback!
Peace
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The Jamaican Dream

What is the Jamaican dream you might ask.  What is it that most Jamaicans want from this land of wood and water? For some it is very simple and for others complicated to the nth degree. Some dream of money, cars, fame, girls while others simply want to retire early and live far away from work in all forms.  Yes, it may be all of those and more but for each and every one no matter how close our dreams may be to another Jamaicans we all have different variations.  NO matter where you go people express big dreams from owning their home, driving the biggest car to retiring on a beach with not a care.  These dreams though to be reached have to have a start and different levels to go through to reach that ultimate dream.  You have those who are serious about their dream and work diligently to reach it.  You have the other set that just talk and talk and, well you get the drift and never really do anything to attain what their mind keeps screaming at them to reach towards.

No matter how long you know someone and are even involved in some aspect of making their Jamaican dream come true you still will never know their dream unless they share it in detail.  I’ll share mine later on.

In Jamaica there are many obstacles though (which after spending 35 years on the island minus vacation may cause this statement to be biased) to reaching those goals.  I’m sure you are internally screaming in your head that this is true if you have started your trek toward your dream.  I’ll only point out two.  One is the ever present bad mind aka covetousness aka crab inna barrel mentality which cripples us at every turn as a people. Have you never wondered why we haven’t reached any further as a nation when we are so talented?  Other than some of us being lazy the rest who choose to work will go out of their way to make sure that the people around us never go past a certain level be it financially or socially for fear we’ll be left behind. So instead of encouraging we feed them with negative comments, pointing out why their plans won’t work and they should just be satisfied with the way life is.  I’ll stop there cause this is a never ending subject which can be approached from every angle of society from politicians to fishermen.

The next barrier in our way is connected to covetousness but stands by itself (maybe Siamese twins) is greed.  This is another word that can exhaust all gigabytes of space on my laptop so i’ll try to hit it on the head. When the need for more for yourself and only you becomes priority and the rest of the people around you in your country fade into existence it has gone too far.  If you forget that the company you are stealing from has had you on their payroll for years with lots of benefits but the need to drive a car bigger than your salary overcomes common sense, then we have a problem. And a big problem it is. One more example (cause dis one a bun me) is when you get a sweet govt contract to fix roads and instead of buying the needed material you throw marl in the hole so you can “fat” up your bank account and who cares if all the people who are tax payers suffer, that my friend is greed.

But alas I have gone off course a bit. I was talking about dreams right? Well let me share (before this blog gets too long) what I see for myself and have always wanted as long as I can remember.  My dream happens to be on the simple side and may have to do more with my basic rights as a citizen of this great nation. The nation called Jamaica that from the time I can remember singing the national school song , “I pledge my heart forever to serve with humble pride” would bring tears to my eyes even as a child.  The nation so blessed with enough resources to give everybody a shot at being a millionaire (for the ones who actually want to work) and could easily be a first world nation.

My dream is to be able to travel this beautiful island from corner to corner without the fear of being killed by my own brother who for some unexplained reason feels I will be better off dead.  To be able to sit on the beach with friends till hours laughing about our day and enjoying the sounds and sights unique to our  shores without having to depend on security of any sort.  I want to be able to build my house without having to imprison myself behind bars, a place where I can leave my kids in the yard without having to watch them like a hawk. My dream for my life here is one where I don’t have to worry if my wife will make it home from work for fear they kidnapped for a ransom. I want to be able to operate my business (which is my passion) without having to be looking over my shoulder for extortionists and other people who don’t think farming, fishing or masonry is a viable way to get money and is beneath them but instead feel I’m obligated to suffer so they can “eat a food” .Plain and simple I want to build Jamaica. That is my dream.

But on the other side of dreaming is a little thing called reality. A reality where the obstacles I mentioned seem to be stronger than the dream.  My reality is a place where I have been burnt numerous times by the people who smile with me but take advantage of me the minute I turn my back.  A reality which has forced closed profitable endeavours for not only myself but so many loyal, hardworking Jamaicans who want nothing more than to live and strive in peace. That reality is what makes me keep my mouth shut and not shout as I once did, “making it in Jamaica means I can make it anywhere”. That reality though, is a whole other blog post.

Peace.

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Where I want to go for the summer

So who is as excited as I am that the summer is here? Hands up! Okay I can’t see your hands but I’m sure a whole bunch of us are equally excited.  Longer days, shorter nights and for Mandeville that cool breeze all day long (don’t hate).  But on to the reason this blog is being typed, what I wanna do this summer.

In March my lady and I made plans to make this both our best summer ever so we both chose five places to go with 4 places as contingencies….

The list below is where we want to go as well as where we have gone since we made the list.  It should be a great summer with movies coming out that will keep us busy in Mandeville too (nothing else to do in Mandeville).  The trips we have been on so far have cost us $6000 (app. $70US)  or less (Average around $4500) and we are trying to make it a very cost effective trip (else we naah go) so I’ll  update again when the summer is over on how many of these places we actually got to.  Hopefully I get to pin some more places on my map.

Jan’s Picks

  • Mystic Mountain, St. Ann
  • YS Falls, St. Elizabeth
  • Negril, Westmoreland
  • The Steakhouse, Mandeville
  • Truck Stop, Kingston
Ainzlee’s Picks
  • Lover’s Leap, St. Elizabeth
  • JamWest, Westmoreland
  • Dover Raceway, St. Ann  (completed)
  • JDRC Dexterity Competition, St. Elizabeth
  • Font Hill, St. Elizabeth
Contingencies
  • Lil Ochi, St. Elizabeth (completed)
  • Another Beach – Maybe Montego Bay
  • St. Mary or maybe Mavis Bank (see if we can cross it)
  • Milk River, Clarendon
Below I’ve put some videos of the places we’ve been already.  Hope you enjoy.
Peace!
Dover Trip – 
Dover CMRC Trip – 
Lil Ochi – 

Road Trip to Dover (CMRC Meet)

Dover! How I love the sounds of the engines and the screams of the masses as tyres squeal around sharp turns.  The excitement of Dover.

   (Easter Meet VloG)

I won’t waste any time but to say that after my last experience with Dover I was excited to go back minus having to contend with the traffic I had to deal with at the Easter meet.  Had to sit there in traffic, after leaving early (around 2) and didn’t get to the main road until minutes to five…

But the draw of the CMRC meet was too much to handle. I had to see the match ups and not second hand either.  So off we went on Labor Day heading to St. Ann from Mandeville.  We were all hoping to get some roasted yam on the way through Clarendon but everywhere we passed wasn’t ready for the Dover crowd.  Itz like they already made their millions so who cares if all these cars passing wanted yam or not.   We weren’t amused.  After about two hours and about a hundred potholes we finally got there and immediately sought food.  Jah know… a who tell we nuh fi carry foood..   all prices double up…

I’m saying this right now!!!! NEVER AGAIN will i go to Dover without carrying foood.  NEVER!!!!

We got there early so we saw the intro of the drivers as well as the ceremony.

(lots of footage here) http://www.youtube.com/user/ainsleydacres

It was a good day with lots of activities and the races were hype.  The anticipated match ups did not disappoint either.  My fave racer David The king made sure to show them who was boss and all the racers did well.  Big up SeaBoard for the sponsorship of the event.  Keeping racing alive means alot to many Jamaicans.

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At the end of the day the thought of long waits in traffic lingered but this time it only took about 50 minutes to an hour to exit because of the new exits and the control of the authotiries.  So no sour points this time to mention at all.

Well okay..  there was one… the YAM!!!!.. Even on our way back they had run out so they actually catered for those who left real early or reached late…  Maybe I need to open a yam stand on public holidays.  Show them how itz dun…

Well other than that I can’t wait to do it all over again.

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