I hesitate to post here, I am not a firewalker, I express too many epithets.
I've been thinking about restricting my southern sailing to US waters, considering some of the rising crime issues in the Caribbean
. Going down to the Keys is cool and you're in the Conch Republic. Just a few miles away is Cuba. What a great loss for us sailors, but we know what it represents politically and maybe we have a concience about how we used that country years ago. It was like Old Time Las Vegas and Old Time Columbia
, all rolled into one. I had older fellows just out of school
who were on their way to Cuba to fight for the people. They mostly ended up in Vietnam
and did fighting there. I did get to Cuba on a ship to G'tmo and it was eerie. It's not like Cuba could be another place in the Caribbean
or St. Martin. It would be as close as the Bahamas
. Who screwed it all up. Poppa Doc? Fidel? In the Caribbean you have islands with small governments with big problems and touristas pay the freight. In Cuba it has a proud tradition now, defying the Americans, but now we have "cultural" access by group trips and some TV journalists. The people are very nice and understand what the American government
has done and an influx of cultural groups from schools, religious groups, and research
societies will help keep an idea that Americans aren't as a population opposed to the Cuban people. It might be different if planeloads of camera
wielding tourists descended on the place, complaining about things. But a few cruisers, maybe they could get us into the cultural interface group. "Old Men
Against the Sea", and mention Spencer Tracy or Adolph Menjou.
There, I feel a little bit better. Can I sail into Havana with a Hawaiian flag and get around all this fol-de-rol.
Islanders, Islanders, Revolt!