16 April 2018 – I took the day off in Santa Rosa. I worked with Blanche and planned my route through her because I didn’t have the internet. I walked through town and later in the evening went shopping for food. I stopped in an ice cream shop and bought some ice cream. It was a true test of my communication skills. Even with my cell phone translator the guy couldn’t understand what I wanted. I tried to ask him if he had Neapolitan Ice Cream. I told him I wanted strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. No way could he grasp that. I finally bought a single flavor and left. I know he tried hard to give me what I wanted but somehow that combination of flavors was totally foreign to him.
When I got back to the hotel the internet was up and for some reason the air conditioner started up. All were not working when I left. Mysteries. A Monarch Butterfly was pinched in between my computer and paperwork folder. It had lost one antennae otherwise it looked in good shape. I’m afraid he’s doomed. I felt bad for him. I was able to Skype Mary since the internet was up.