One of the first nights I spent time around the World Teach Volunteers was on a sunset cruise last fall. Sebastian, a WTV, mentioned the book he was reading, “Do you know who Anthony Kiedis is?” I almost spit out my beer. “AreyoureadingScarTissue?! ILOVEthatbook!” We quickly bonded over a shared interest (on his part, love on my part) of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The following events have been pieced together by a couple different people…
In early February, on a day henceforth dubbed Tsunami Wednesday, all the volunteer teachers and expats (except for one) gathered at the Kosrae courthouse, the highest point on the island. “Where’s Heather? She knows about the tsunami warning, right?” asked one concerned friend. “Yeah, she texted me about leaving the house, but I haven’t seen her or her family,” replied a fellow PCV. “Oh, Heather? She ran home to grab her Chili Peppers cd. To you know, make sure she had it, just in case.”
That's right, I risked my life for By the Way. Not really. What really happened is that my extended host family lives nearby at an equally high point, so we went there instead of the courthouse. I like the other story much better though, it really portrays my priorities nicely, haha.
Everyone interested in the 1990's alternative music scene really should read Scar Tissue though, it’s an autobiography of RHCP’s singer, and a really interesting book.
Oh, by the way (heh), the tsunami warning ended up being canceled.
Also- just so this is on record, my 3-year old host sister is totally pointing and laughing at me right now. She came across the room, carrying the phone and calling my name. My first thought was that was someone was on the phone for me, so I held it up to my ear. Really, she was just giving it to me to put up on the shelf where she couldn’t reach. Actually pointing and laughing. Haha. It doesn’t get better than a 3-year old pointing and laughing at you.