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Saturday, 3 March 2007

The Bahamas. Kim the Dog. Leave from Vietnam

Our dog Kim was overjoyed to have me back. His father had been champion Labrador of Canada. His mother a very gentle Golden Retriever. He was proud and full of energy. Before I went to Vietnam he used to accompany me in my Austin Healey Sprite. He would go completely crazy at the sight of kites though and became a real menace in the car. When I was in Nassau doing the night shift for Decca I would take him along to warn me of the Area Manager's arrival. He had this habit of dropping in on his way home at about one in the morning. Once when an ex US marine was on duty he saw a rubber mattress on the floor. Marines don't sleep on duty so he opened a cupboard and out popped a woman.
I took Kim for long walks on the beaches. Dogs are the most loyal of friends and never cause one any stress. It was a most relaxing time. I thought for a moment about buying some property as an investment and went off to Abaco. I spent the night in a small settlement of former United Empire Loyalists. These were people who had left America after their war of independence because they wished to remain under the crown. Some went to Canada and others to the Bahamas. Most strange people. The women wore long dresses down to their ankles. No makeup. No alcohol in the settlement nor any coloured people after dark. They were very inbred. I had much preferred the locals when I had been on the out islands. They were great fun. The land proposed didn't interest me nor did the future neighbours so nothing came of the visit.

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