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November 27, 1991

27 November

Exams started today. I was supposed to invigilate an afternoon exam, but I was violently ill. I don’t know what caused it: the cheese I ate for lunch? the Ravioli I ate two days earlier? I had felt the same way after eating the ravioli before, however, I never puked. 

I thought I might make it to school. I didn’t. I slept and then had severe shaking and chills. I gradually ate throughout the day, napped, and read. 

I still feel weak at the moment, but I should be in good enough shape for school tomorrow. My schedule is even lighter. I only have a third form class first period. The fifth formers also take the Math multiple choice exam. 

I have to do some wash and work on my law school applications or financial aid before I retire tonight. 

On Monday I got a copy of my contract for the apartment. It wasn’t a signed copy; it didn’t have anything about the security deposit. Mrs. Garraway saw me yesterday; she didn’t say anything about the rent. She’s checking out the place Tuesday.

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November 1991

The last video from my Portsmouth Apartment sometime between November 16, 1991 and December 8, 1991. The descriptions of this segment of the video in my notebook are: Sunset at Portsmouth through veranda, The view from the back of my Portsmouth apartment, and Pointsetta (sic). Somehow YouTube did not catch the low volume of Cream from my cassette player as I filmed.
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November 23, 1991

23 November 

It rained today. In the morning, afternoon, and at night it rained. I started my day by delaying going to the market until the rain slowed to a drizzle. There wasn’t too much to buy because there weren’t many sellers. I had trouble changing a $5 bill until Murphy helped me.

I went home to eat my fish cakes, bakes, and Raisin & Cinnamon bagel which had fallen in my pot of water. I was resting it on top of the lid to warm it up. I knocked it in unfortunately. I used Strawberry Cream Cheese on top of the bakes and bagel. 

Mrs. Garraway knocked on my door to tell me I forgot to pay my rent. I reminded her of the agreement that the deposit would become the last month’s rent. She said we never agreed to that. I hope Brad and I had her write it on the signed agreement. I’ll find out Monday when I ask Gabriella to send up a photocopy with Bill.

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November 22, 1991

22 November

This year it won’t be so difficult to get to the Thanksgiving dinner; it’s on a Saturday the day after the Open House. Making cookies this year might be difficult; my oven still doesn’t work. My landlady today said that the repair man might show up Monday. She’s been saying that for weeks. If it happens, I’ll be happy.

Mrs. Garaway also said that she would have to check out the apartment early in case I owed any money for damages. She is really worried about her money. I used to think she was a good business lady. Now I see her as an irrational, greedy person.

I’m happy that she didn’t see or mention anything about my two guests in the last week. Linda Rodgers was here from Mon.-Wed.

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November 12, 1991

I think this is a picture from Morne Bruce. I took this picture of my dad probably on his camera. The mountains and greenery make me confident that this is Dominica.
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November 12, 1991

This might be a rode to Trafalgar Falls based on the pipe far in the background. It must be Dominica because it is so green and mountainous. I think I took this picture on my Dad’s camera.
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November 1991

Students get ready at Borrow Square (to honor Dominica’s Independence Day November 3, 1978)
Portsmouth, November 1991
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November 13, 1991

Trying to steal a banana. Indian River.
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November 13, 1991

When my father visited, I took him to the Cabrits National Park to see Fort Shirley.
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November 15, 1991

Peace Corps Volunteers gather at La Robe Creole to say goodbye to Art and Fred. One volunteer orders Mountain Chicken. According to Lennox Honeychurch’s book on Dominica, La Robe Creole was “probably Dominica’s most renowned restaurant” in 1991. Situated on Victoria Street, just down the road from the Fort Young and the Cenotaph. “Excellent menu served by staff in traditional island dress.”