Click on the link to se the latest list of countries I have to date.
Study the World Duct Tape list of countries that I do not have rolls from. Decide on a country to visit that is not on the list. I thought the Bahamas would be a nice place this time of year to get a roll from.
How about a Disney Cruse? That should work nicely.
Remember you are on a journey to get the roll and make a memory.
You want to have some nice memories to go along with the details of the story as to how you got your roll of Duct Tape to add to the World Duct Tape Collection.
Enjoy some good food and get to know your servers and tell them what you are up to. Eddie was a good source of information on where to get Duct Tape when we docked at Nassau the next day. Also there were people from over 60 countries working on the ship. So something might come up in the future as they sail the world from port to port.
Step # 7 PREPARE YOURSELF.
Start the morning off with a good cup of coffee. A roll of Duct tape isn't going to just jump off a store shelf and sign it's self for you. Obtaining a roll will take, determination and considerable effort. It is not a job for the faint of heart or anyone not willing to solve problems.
Step # 8 TALK TO THE LOCALS.
Officer #3193 was patrolling the Main Street in Nassau as they were fencing off the streets getting ready for the Boxing Day celebration and parade. In the Bahamas the day after Christmas is Boxing Day, a national holiday when most shops are closed. (Boxing Day came about as a tradition where slave owners would give the boxes that Christmas gifts were shipped in from England to their slaves. Slaves would use the box material to make things for their family.) The officer was helpful but told me that it was likely that all the shops that sold Duct Tape would be closed for Boxing Day. Also that the Main Street back to the port dock would be closing at noon. If I should need to travel inland I would have to keep this in mind as travel after noon would be limited. If I missed getting back on the ship because of a roll of Duct Tape that would be more of a memory than I bargained for.
OK, just as he predicted the three shops within walking distance of the port and Main Street were closed.
On to Plan B. I thought that maybe I could stop in at a hotel. Explain the World Duct Tape Collection and what I was doing. Hoping that perhaps someone in their maintenance staff would have a roll of Duct Tape I could get. Results, no hotels, no luck.
On to Plan C. Maybe I could get a lead on a roll of Duct Tape through one of the jewelry stores on the Main Street. My plan was to show them a Duct Tape Coin and ask about getting it engraved then bring the conversation around to my quest for a roll. These were all very high end shops. At Guccini Jewellers I approached the counter and showed them the coin. They informed me that they did not do engraving at the store but would call the people they did engraving business with. They were closed for the holiday. Bummer, it was 11 am and time was running out. This was not going to be easy.
As I walked I saw a sign for Hard Rock Cafe and thought what the heck. Inside I began to explain what I was looking for when another clerk said, "you are looking for the silver tape." Yes, I beamed! "You can get that at Super Value. Just take the #1 bus. Let the driver know you want to buy the silver tape he will let you right off at the place. For $1.25 you can ride anywhere.
Elvis signing the roll from the Bahamas
Elvis and the memory of getting roll #79 from the Bahamas at the Super Value. It doesn't get any better than this. I will try to send Elvis this picture.
My son and his friend with roll #79. Hopefully they will someday get a roll for the collection and have a story of their own to share.
Step # 12 SEND THE ROLL TO ME DICK ANDERSON AT 11672 CENTER HILL ROAD IN DARLINGTON, WISCONSIN 53530
When I get the roll I will engrave a 1 0f 200 World Duct Tape Coin as shown above and send it to you. So there you have it. To see an up to date list of countries in have to date click on the link
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE WORLD DUCT TAPE COLLECTION