yeah dots, time marches on, for better or for worse.
that youth who showed me and my friends around, he took us to all the usual spots like the stone that was bobs pillow and bunnys house etc but also we hiked around the surrounding hills for a couple hours, took us to their community herb field, all that sort of thing. before we left i asked if he would like us to send him anything from the states. i expected him to ask me to send a boom box or some music or clothes or something. instead he asked to send an american flag (!!!). so when i got home i did just that, and he sent back a photo of it hanging from a flag pole, one of the flags from all nations that surround the mausoleum. that was pretty cool of the guy and like i said i came away from there (and the marley house on hope road too, actually) with a whole lot of respect for bob marley and all his family. that respect has been tarnished somewhat in the years since largely by the actions of rita, but still, my respect for bob marley remains concrete. many people dont know that on fridays a line formed in front of his house of people looking for money for investments etc and he always made sure they went away happy if they had even a halfway reasonable need.
anyway, its sad to know things went downhill at nine mile but i guess it was inevitable. just like at hope road...when i was there last (92 i think) it was well mellow and you could wander around freely even though you did pay an admittance fee, it was well worthwhile. i hear thats descended into a tourist trap too, which is a shame but likewise inevitable. i guess rita has to eat.