When I’m doing a long, boring road trip back here in Canada one of the things I do to pass time is look at and memorize the license plates on passing cars. Yesterday I was on the highway when I passed a car with the first three letters of SAV on their plate. Immediately I thought of Savanna-La-Mar (aka SAV) in Jamaica. That’s how I thought of writing this blog post. Because Jamaica is so ingrained in my brain, even if I decided to never EVER go there again, there are certain things in everyday life that will forever remind me of the island.
Another funny example: A cup will never just be a cup, thanks to Richie Loop. At my job each person who works there has a cup where we keep our tips until the end of the day. For the life of me I CANNOT say anything about money being in my cup without singing “My Cup” by Richie Loop. The crappy part is that the people I work with have no idea what the hell I’m singing about when I break into “What’s in my cup stays in my cup”. Only in Jamaica can they make a hit song about a cup.
I also cannot look at a broom the same way when I have to sweep the floor, because Jamaica also has a hit song and a dance called “Sweep the Floor”. Of course they do….thanks Elephant Man….for not allowing me to just sweep a damn floor.
Oddly enough, ice cubes are another thing that remind me of Jamaica because having cube trays in your fridge back home are normal but in Jamaica you would probably find a big metal bowl or a plastic bag full of frozen water in a freezer. Your kitchen (and most bars) would also be equipped with an ice pic that you use to hack away at the big frozen block of ice to make your own malformed chunks of ice for your drink.
What are some things that go on in your every day life back home that distinctly remind you of something in Jamaica? Write your comments below and tell us!