Final dinner.


At the evening meeting tonight, we gave our goodbye toast as is custom for all HODR volunteers departing the next day.

I know I’ll have a final round-up of thoughts and thank yous tomorrow…so for tonight I’ll keep it brief.

Both Philip and I shared our heartfelt expressions about the project—but in honor of the St. Bona guys, we also created our own Top Ten:

The HODR survival guide for couples—in Top Ten Format….

10. Breakfast in bed consists of a power bar and peanut butter, with the sound of roosters crowing, and goats baying in the background

9. When she asks to rub lotion on her back, your options are spf 50 or 100

8. If you’re not shaving…I’m not shaving

7. If you can survive putting up mosquito netting together, couples counseling is no longer necessary

6. The perfect combination of OFF, deet and sunscreen becomes highly arousing

5. In Haiti, when you sleep on opposite sides of the air mattress it’s not because you’re mad—you just smell, and it’s really hot

4. The whole “How was your day at the office, honey?” conversation now occurs on the back of a tap-tap.

3. A dinner date now consists of rice & beans with 50 of your closest new friends, lit by headlamp, and follows with a romantic stroll to Joe’s Bar.

2. Hitting one another with rebar does not count as domestic violence

1. When he tells you he’s booked the arrangements for an all-inclusive 2 week vacation to the Caribbean…but tells you to pack your workboots…you should probably ask to see the brochure…

Bon nuit for now

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1 Response to “Final dinner.”


  1. 1 andrew March 7, 2010 at 10:20

    Have a safe flight back to NYC. Can’t wait to hear the stories and see the photos.


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