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Wrestling Iguanas

first_imgBy Althea Romeo-MarkFrancis Vessup, back from shopping in town, trudged uphill to his pink, concrete house. Reaching his front porch, he yanked the stiff iron-gate open and plopped himself onto a garden chair to catch his breath. He surveyed the island’s dry, hilly landscape. Trees were still leaning after the lashing winds of last year’s hurricane. Shriveled vines wound round drooping hibiscus and yellow bells. He rose after a few minutes and had barely unlocked the front door when he heard a scratching and thudding sound coming from the bathroom.“What the hell?” he gasped. Francis tip-toed to the kitchen and grabbed his sharpest cutlass. Francis raised it in readiness and wrenched open the bathroom door. A brown iguana was attempting to scale the enamel tub. It flipped its long, scruffy tail and thrust its rubbery head back and forth at him. Francis rested his cutlass against the bathroom wall, then gripped the iguana’s tail and head. It writhed about as he made his way to the porch and threw it into the parched garden. After that, he warmed goat soup for lunch, ate it and dozed off on a recliner on his veranda.Half an hour later, he wiped spittle from his dry mouth and rose to inspect his garden. He froze. The small fences he had constructed around seedlings lay on the ground, the young plants were stripped of leaves.“No! no! no!” screamed Francis. “Is them damned overgrown lizards. Is hard enough to get things to grow in this drought.” He pulled on his work shoes and covered his grey hair with a tattered straw hat. Armed with two large buckets, he tramped out of the house and down the short, rocky slope to his garden. As he trod, filled his buckets with stones, an iguana emerged from nearby brambles. Francis dropped the buckets, seized the iguana’s tail, swung it round and round, then struck it against a boulder where it twitched and fell still.“Serve it right,” he grumbled. Francis stamped his feet, shushed, yelled at and stoned other iguanas as they arrived in search of food. The remaining iguanas fled. Francis grasped the lifeless reptile and tossed it into the bush. “All that work for nothing.” He groaned and sucked his teeth as he straightened the fences, inspected chewed leaves, and gathered more stones.  Francis trudged back up the slope to the house, full buckets in his hands.He piled his missiles on one of many concrete posts, which framed the veranda,  ready to pelt iguanas on sound and sight.A gigantic iguana appeared late the following afternoon while Francis was pulling weeds. He had seen none larger. Others soon joined it. “God damn it,” he yelled, “so many breeding in the bush?  Is a battalion, man! Dem spirits turn iguana?” He shouted and stomped and made the sign of the cross. Some reptiles retreated, but the giant iguana thrashed its tail about and rushed at him. Francis jumped back. “Well is you and me, devil!” He clasped its head, but the strong iguana wrestled itself out of his hand and dashed between his legs. Francis losing his balance, fell and struck his head on the craggy ground.“Help, help,” Francis moaned when he came to sometime later. A water truck and a smoke truck, fumigating mosquitoes, rumbled uphill, drowning out his voice. Francis coughed and wheezed. Pain peppered his eyes and he closed them tight to ease the burning sensation.Crunching sounds in the garden woke him. The sun had crept up into the sky, pointing its rays at Francis’ eyes and he shaded his face with his arms. Iguanas rustled about in search of food. A young one, hind legs tangled in a vine, fought to free itself. Another crawled along Francis’ arm and tugged at his shirt, but finding it tasteless, turned away. Raising himself up on his elbows, Francis saw that more plants had been stripped.  Rage propelled him to his feet. The small plot of seedlings had vanished completely. Iguanas glared at him with a “So what you going do look?” on their faces. A staring match ensued. Francis backed away and hobbled up the slope to his house.Once inside, tears, which he had held at bay, streamed in full force. He seized the telephone and dialed.“Hello, Antillean Zoo.  This is Francis Vessup.  I understand you buy iguanas. …You have enough? …..Well, I going poison everyone in me yard. …What? I can’t do that? It’s against the law? …..Why? ….. Protected species?…..Well, you better come and protect them from me, ‘cause by tomorrow morning they going to be dead as door nails.…….What? My number and address? ….. “Mariendalh Estate 95B, phone number–775-5698.” Francis slammed the receiver down.Next morning, a vehicle thundered up the hill and turned into Francis Vessup’s yard. He peeped through louvers at four men carrying large cages.  They mounted the steps and rapped at his door.“Morning, Mr. Vessup,” the head man said, “we come to collect the iguanas.”“Go down the slope in the back. That’s where they killing me plants. Be careful! It’s rocky.” He watched the men from the veranda as they combed the thicket and netted twenty iguanas.After they left, Francis tottered down to his garden. Only a few pigeon pea trees had survived the rapacious iguana attacks.      “When the next rain comes, I going plant again,” said Francis, turning to leave. He paused, thinking he had heard rustling in the bush. “Me mind playing tricks on me,” he mumbled and looked back in search of movement. Then he saw them–three tiny, green iguanas, sticking their heads out of the thicket.© Althea Romeo-Mark© 1998 Althea Mark-Romeo, 4.06.10, 04.08.18,14.08.18, 08.09.18.       Word Count 952Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It all adds up

first_img“He told me about getting the Distinguished School honor, which was great. But then I asked if he could check to see if we got the \ award,” Boline said. “So he checked and said, `You saved me from making another phone call to you because you got that award as well.’ “It’s a very big honor for us, and the faculty has worked so hard in our five academies,” Boline added. The academies offer career training in automotive, business, health, culinary/hospitality and architecture/engineering, Boline said. “There are a lot of good things happening at Cal High,” he added. This year’s distinguished schools represent about 7 percent of the state’s middle and high schools, state officials said. Of the 478 eligible schools, only 279 schools completed an application, which included in-depth descriptions of curriculum, instructional program, support for students and school climate. WHITTIER – Whittier Union High School District officials had much to crow about Tuesday after two of the district’s five campuses – California and Santa Fe high schools – were among 171 schools in the state to be named California Distinguished Schools. During his announcement of this year’s distinguished schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell also gave special kudos to 2,960-student Cal High for its five career academies, handing it an Exemplary Career Technical Education Program award. Cal High was among three distinguished schools in the state – and the only one in Los Angeles County – to receive the career tech award, which honors schools that provide a foundation of career programs and services in which all students can participate. “It’s been great,” said Cal High Principal Rich Boline, who said he was personally notified about both honors during a phone call Monday from O’Connell. The Distinguished Schools designation lasts through 2011, officials said. For Santa Fe High, the road to becoming a California Distinguished School wasn’t easy, said Principal Monica Oviedo. The 2,700-student school was initially denied because its application didn’t score high enough. But school officials became suspicious because the areas where judges said they were lacking were among the school’s strongest points. So they appealed, Oviedo said. “We couldn’t write anything new, we just had to show them in our application where we talked about our diversity, how we prepare students for college and the kinds of support services we offer,” Oviedo said. “And one county official told us we were the only school that appealed and was granted the appeal,” Oviedo said. “So we were thrilled. “This is huge for our community, students and staff. We know how hard it is working every day, especially with the recent changes in the state and accountability,” she added. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgDDTV VIDEO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: IT’S not every day that the world’s most famous athlete takes time out of his busy schedule to pay tribute to a top club – but that’s what the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt did this weekend in honour of Finn Valley Athletics Club.Bolt filmed this special tribute (click to play) to help Finn Valley celebrate its 40th birthday at a very well attended Black Tie event in Jackson’s Hotel on Friday night. An attendance close to 350 included many current club members and indeed a number from abroad shared memories, acknowledged the many volunteers that had assisted since the initial meeting in 1971.The club also took the opportunity to honour local business man John Mc Elhinney and his family marking 40 years of his special contribution to the community.Former national senior champion Sean Carlin, in his address, remarked on the drive and leadership provided by John and by Patsy Mc Gonagle over four decades.Both received presentations as did Neil Martin, Patsy McGinley and PeaderMc Granaghan. MC for the occassion was international athlete Kieran Carlin. Organising committee was in addition to Kieran, Ann Marie McGeehin, Rosaleen Mc Gonagle, Bridgeen Doherty and Dermot Mc Granaghan.Sponsorship provided by Mc Elhinneys, Rite Financial Services, Kelly Scaffolding and Kavanaghs Supervalu.In a closing address Patsy, in dwelling on the past glories, looked ahead to the development of further facilities at Finn Valley most notably a swimming pool for the region.Celebrations went on into the early hours and links were provided with Usain Bolt who apologised for being unable to attend due to work committment in Miami and from Vivian Cheruiyot world 5000/10000m champion coached by Finn Valley’s Ricky Simms who like Usain is in Miami and was unable to be present.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDDTV VIDEO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: USAIN BOLT’S TRIBUTE TO FINN VALLEY AC was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DDTVdonegaldaily.com videoFinn Valley Athletics ClubUsain Boltlast_img read more