July 11, 2012 by Chris French
I don’t really consider myself a saxophone guy, after all Bill Clinton is really the only sax player I can think of off the top of my head, but there was a guy in the cafeteria tonite that was knocking it out! He let me video this song. You should check it out. He was amazing and you could hear his music all over the hotel if you were outside your room, but it’s barely audible in our room on the 2nd floor.
Our two plane rides, Nashville to Miami and Miami to San Salvador, were fairly uneventful, with the exception of a new desire to see the Everglades up close. They were impressive from several hundred feet up, I can’t imagine trying to navigate this warren of islands with a ski do, much less those boats you see on Swamp People. I’m not a huge fan of Florida. The beach isn’t a big draw for me, but I’ll be making plans to ride thru the Everglades.
Kelly, B.J., Donna, Gloria, Zach and I also got picked for special attention from El Salvador’s finest Customs agents on our way into El Salvador today. Apparently combining one’s bags on a cart with one’s closest friends bags on the same cart makes one suspicious in the eyes of the authorities. Now you need to understand that each cart was $2 a piece so in an attempt to be frugal we somehow sent a message to these agents that we were bringing illegal substances into their beloved country. After pulling us aside for “special recognition” the agents sent our bags thru the x-ray machine. Apparently the signals we were sending were quite specific so they asked me if we were carrying any medical supplies. I assured the nice lady, with latex gloves on, that I had no medical supplies in the bags, but she didn’t learn the honor system in her school of hard knocks so I had to figure out how to open a military duffel bag. It doesn’t sound that hard, but you try doing it under that kind of pressure! When I got it open she delved into our incendiary bag of tricks and pulled out…a coloring book and some stuffed animals. Our lack of harmful products got us off the hook and we were free to roam the country as we pleased.
I’ve just finished a nice hamburgesa y quesa from room service. Hope you didn’t miss the Courageous reference! Tomorrow is the day we break up massive bags of food into smaller bags and put all the different types of food in one bag. We’ll see how many we do. Seems like we did around 800 last year. See you on the flip side!
Check out the pics from today, there’s only four of them, but you can see them all right here.