I am so glad to be back on Saipan. Yes, even with the outrageous cost of living and upcoming election madness. I spent my second day on the island of Guahan, driving from Yona to Yigo, trying to occupy my time while my husband was at a meeting. It was nice, for the most part, to drive a longer distance and enjoy the billboardless scenery. I tried to listen to the radio, but after a while I was so disgusted with one of the radio station's promotions that I just turned it off and listened to the sound of the car engine, a better audio entertainment by far than what was on "air".
There was a promotion for the Globe, a hot spot and happening club in Tumon. It was apparently "No Panties Night" at the Globe and the DJ made lude comments about it being "pao pao in Tumon tonight". Now I'm admittedly way out of the party scene and consider myself to be more conservative than the average GenExer. But, this was outrageous. I could go into all the social and ethical implications that this sort of promotion brings, but I know I'd have a barrage of comments from folks who would try to convince me to be more "with it".
I am glad I live on Saipan, where Porky's promotes no smoking Wednesdays and you can still find a nice place to hang out and have "a few" without feeling like you're in a meat market. Saipan, where the only titillating specials are Naked Fish's hole in one deal and Oleai Beach Bar and Grill's dollar tacos.
Change is a good thing and should be embraced if we are to understand the dynamics of human relationships. Change though, in my opinion, needs to be for the better and I cannot, as hard as I try, contemplate the benefits of having a club full of panty-less females in an alcohol laden environment. What have we come to?
I think of my own children and the things that will become acceptible in their social environment. We have such a heady responsibility as adults. We have the awesome task of preparing them to make their own good choices. We must also prepare an appropriate selection of options for them. Perhaps I am a just a backwards island girl who takes everything a little too seriously. Perhaps the CDC shoud look into bringing their free HPV campaign to the Globe.