Friday, October 28, 2005

SIX DAYS IN CANCUN

Day One - The Evacuation

We were handed a bulletin written in both Spanish and English outlining instructions for the evacuation. I was skimming the page and came to the part that read "From Thursday 20th at 8.00 a.m., we ask you to be prepared for the evacuation."

I read no further!!!

I began to run around the room picking up all the clothes and personal items and smashing them into suitcases. Joe took a shower, but I had showered before going to bed and decided not to waste time!!! It was 7.45 a.m. and closing in on 8.00 a.m.

What does one wear for an evacuation? I chose white Capri pants and a blue Old Navy V-neck tee. We proceeded to go down stairs to see what was going on and eat breakfast.

It was very close to 8AM. There was very little activity in the lobby. I asked at the front desk and was instructed to go eat breakfast....a good breakfast, the evacuation will take place in time.

In time. Time became our nemesis .....in time.

There was no panic. Things moved along slowly. We watched the staff climb around the balcony area and tape the windows. We watched as they took apart the heavy glass doors leading to the swimming pool area and the beach. We watched people watch people.

The bars are closed in a crisis event. Any type of alcohol sales are prohibited. People were drinking the Corona's from the refrigerators in their room.

Joe and I returned to our room and gathered what the hotel staff had instructed...pillows, passports, money, personal cosmetic items. We skipped the blankets. We were only going to be gone for 12 to 24 hours! We placed our luggage in the bathroom later to be moved to the bathtub by the hotel staff. Naturally we filled a water bottle with tequila from the bottle supplied to us in the room. Survival.

We patiently waited for buses to pick us up. All our belongings resting in the large plastic bags supplied to us by the hotel. We watched the staff begin to remove coconuts from the excessive number of trees surrounding the hotel, then some of the limbs themselves.

Out of boredom we began to chat with a couple seated with us, close to the back of the lobby. Bob and Judy.

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

16 comments:

blondepennierae said...

And we're in the middle of reading a beautifully written story that is keeping us on the edge of our seats!  Pennie

suzypwr said...

Don't stop!
xoxo

my78novata said...

well you did meet some wonderful friends it sounds like

mariebm56 said...

keep going.........

dbp2000 said...

Get back here and finish this story!!  Did you have to brush your teeth or take a bath in tequila?  We want to know the details.

Donna

dcmeyer420 said...

Tequila, yes! And then...

oceanmrc said...

Yes, passports!  After NOLA I have learned: do not let your passport out of yuor hands during a disaster!

mymaracas said...

What doesn't kill us, makes us...  characters in a great story. LOL
Can't wait to hear what happened next!
:)

sieblonde said...

hehehe.  Tequila.  I've been thru 1 strong hurricane (Hugo) and about 4 lesser ones.   Tequila is a must.  and coffee.  yep.  that'll do.  ~Sie

krobbie67 said...

Your alcohol fixation is hilarious! Screw water and food, you need to stockpile the tequila in case the place is ravaged. :-) ---Robbie

txsguinan said...

Mary, I love you!  

What does one need in a time of crisis?  Why, white capris pants and a bottle of tequila, of course!  ;D

You are a woman after my own heart.  And this is a hell of a read.

belfastcowboy75 said...

Tequila. Bwahahahaha.

queenbigo said...

Liquor is a MUST HAVE in a hurricane situation.

freeepeace said...

"What does one wear for an evacuation?"

Hee, good to know you're still thinking in crisis mode.  And tequila-water.  Good call.

randlprysock said...

Good thinking... about the capri pants and the tequila and pillows and all.  Wish you could have the blankets.  Hugs,
Lisa

deabvt said...

Wow!
V