I still wasn’t quite ready to wake up this morning. The jet lag, although wearing off, was still present since we still working. In a not so swift move, I mangled part of my business Database by trying to put borders around the new business by hitting CTRL+D, Not “Format Cells – border”…User Error.
We started working on the survey again, going to business after business seeing if they have the forms or not and leaving our, errrr, my business card for the point of contact. At 10am, we had a meeting with Department of Commerce people who are our point of contacts here on the island.
Now, the government building is NOTHING like you would find in the States. First of all, it’s renegade parking for those who don’t work there. You find a place or you make a place to park. Next, there is a person at the entry way, but the entry way is more like a breezeway, into the Government Building. Although he probably doesn’t hang out here… the Congressman and Governor have offices there.
We made our way to our meeting and our contact, Vai, was out of the office. He had to work on election day and took the day off. Well, we met with Alex who has helped us before and that was reassuring. We even met the Director of the Department of Commerce. A BIG Samoan, but very soft spoken and polite. Someone you’d probably enjoy working for. We gave Alex some information about the places we hadn’t gotten yet and he hooked us up.
After our meeting we went back out to do some more surveying. And Chicken of the Sea people called us to let us know that their form was ready! Sweet! Would you believe that the fish smell at the docks is pretty potent… I kept craving mayonnaise…
The afternoon was filled with more boring survey stuff… leave form and card, wait for call. Rinse and repeat.
I did get out and about and got some great running in. I started off on the treadmill at a 8:00 min pace. I could not go any further… I was just done with the treadmill. So, I decided to go outside and run. I was inspired to run outside and knew that I would have to purposely run much slower than even before because I had run like a crazy fool the day before and had close to a 5k pace during a training run.
So, it sorta worked that I was slower than the day before. I made my route easy to map out at a later date. It wasn’t the most scenic route as I ran right by the construction storage area of gravel, dirt, machinery and junk. But if I looked left, I saw the beautiful mountains of pictures earlier.
As I started running I felt a gnat hit me in the face. Aha, no wind… means gnats. Oh well, part of the atmosphere. When I rounded the corner I was able to see the cloud of gnats and could lower my head for a full mouthful of gnat, mmmm , protein. So, then it seemed that I couldn’t get rid of the gnats. And you know what happens when you are sweaty and run through a cloud of gnats…
I ended up running a sub 8:00 pace for the 4.6 miles, my longest route to date. I am very glad that I am able to keep the speed up in the heat. Now, it is flat, so I am able to handle the heat a little better without having to deal with the hills.
We ate at Pizza Hut for dinner. Well, we waited like 15-20 minutes for them to take our order. Yours truly was designated as the official eating machine and polished off the rest of the pizza. You know… since I had a nice appetizer of Gnatty Platter.