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Watson pit Vanhercke, had told me in his ing through the hot madness-filled From page 1 emails: Mr. Soil wears a little red streets of Dakar with their gritty LED light on his forehead when dust, broken asphalt, vendors and tion and customs. All of three meeting guests. Sure enough, I beggars than to return to the cool, immigration officers were there to looked down the gauntlet a ways tranquil confines of the Casbah. handle about 150 arriving passen- and there was a tiny red LED light After spending the first night gers in a stifling hot cinder-block in this sea of faces. I approached there in my mosquito net-draped building and the whole process closer and there was a hand-held bed, I walked upstairs to the roof- took at least two hours, sign that, rather than having my top terrace tO watch the sun rise When it was over and I'd got- name, said "Mamadou Soil." I over the desert. ten my prized passport stamp pro- had found my ride. I wasn't troubled by jet lag. My claiming that I was indeed legally After racing through the dark- slow-boat trip across the Atlantic in the Republique du Senegal came ened but still crowded streets of from Philadelphia to Belgium had the next challenge. Dakar for half an hour, we ar- seen to that. I had taken the plunge on the rived at Paradis des Canaris, an Senegal is 90 percent Mus- Airbnb.com website a month ear- "ecologique" four-unit condomin- lim and as the sun's hazy red orb lier and reserved a condo in the ium run by Dr. Vanhercke, a re- slowly rose over the desert, blaring Gorgui district of Dakar, sight un- tired Belgian physician who once loudspeakers all over the city were seen obviously. The owner of the worked for the World Health Or- announcing the morning calls to condo had graciously arranged to ganization, but who now lives in prayer. have a private driver meet me at blissful retirement in Dakar with The towering minarets of the the airport, a Mr. Mamadou Soil. his Congolese wife. city's numerous mosques dotted Sounded easy enough. But now For reasons that I won't bother the skyline and beyond that a half had to find my driver and what I to go into, I had accidentally rent- dozen or so tankers and container was confronted with after exiting ed a place that was more expen- ships rested comfortably at anchor Customs was an ocean of hundreds sive and a bit posher than I really in the busy port. of people waiting in the ground needed or wanted. But here at my The rapidly-growing city has, transportation area. We passen- final destination in this two-month over the centuries, spread itself out gers were funneled down a long odyssey, I was glad I'd done it. over the Cap Vert Peninsula, a dry, walkway bound by iron-wrought The unit cost $1,800 for thedusty expanse of land that pokes fencing on either side that separat- month and was a five-room condo out into the Atlantic Ocean' like ed us from the throngs of taxi driv- with two bedrooms, three bath- a barbed spearhead. The Portu- ers, vendors, beggars and heavily- rooms, a large salon with wicker guese name "Cap Vert" translates armed Senegalese soldiers, furniture, a dining room and a to "Green Cape," and although it's Hundreds of faces lined the large well-equipped kitchen. The not exactly bone dry, I'm not clear fence on both sides of the corridor, whole joint was tiled and breezy on how the Portuguese came up many of them holding signs with with screened windows to keep with that name. the names of their expected par- out the bugs. Technically, Dakar--and most ties. None of the signs said "Jim Even the walls between the of Senegal for that matter--is not Watson." interior rooms had large, heavy How on earth am I going to find wooden panels that opened up, al- Mr. Soll, I wondered. It was near- lowing the gentle breeze from the ly midnight by now and I was beat Atlantic to waft between rooms• I from traveling all the way from immediately dubbed my new digs, Paris that morning with a brief "the Casbah." visit to Madrid. I was to be grateful in the weeks Then I remembered something to come for this place• Nothing that the condo owner, Dr. Ben- was better after a day of adventur- Catalina Transportation Services is hiring for the following employees: All employees (with the exception of mechanic & on call tow driver) to be cross-trained in the following: Taxi driving; Dispatching & Tours - All employees must live in Avalon. • Full-Time Drivers Monday-Friday from lOam-Spm. Commission based job, gratuity dependent upon customer satisfaction. • Drivers Saturday & Sunday from lOam.8pm. Commission based job, gratuity dependent upon satisfaction. customer • Closing Driver Thursday-Sunday 4pm to midnight (July & August Friday & Saturday 2am) $10.00 per hour minimum or commission based whichever is higher • Full-Time Day Dispatcher Monday-Friday from 7am-4pm $12.00 per hour/health & dental benefits • Full-Time Night Dispatcher Monday-Friday (July & August Friday 2am) $12•00 per hour/health & dental benefits from 4pm-midnight • Full-Time Garage Mechanic Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm Pay dependent upon knowledge/health & dental benefits • On call tow driver $25.00 per hour for each call Applications available at the following locations: ~axi. Dispatch booth (308 Crescent Avenue) Main Office (228 Metropole Avenue) Website www•CatalinaTransportationServices.com Applications need to be turned into main office (228 Metropole Avenue) by February 29th 2016 Interview process will begin March 14th 2016 Training will begin April 1st 2016 Catalina Transportation Services Is a family run business. All of our employees are like our family! Old French colonial buildings mark the campus of the Institut Francais in the Senegalese capi- tal of Dakar. Photo by Jim Watson in the Sahara proper, but rather in population in Senegal. Was there the Sahara's lesser-known and less any friction here between the two arid cousin to the south known as religions? Do they all get along? the "Sahel," a broad swath of scru- What's the crime rate really like bland that traverses North Africa here, as opposed to the lurid tales from the Atlantic to the Indian of banditry and bank fraud one Ocean. reads about on the Internet or in By the time the sun had climbed the overly-cautious U.S. State De- several degrees above the horizon, partment travel advisories? I had finished my coffee and the I had a lot of discoveries to holy men of Islam had finished make in this stark and mysteri- their prayers. Across the street pus land and today was the day I from my condo sprawled the Col- would plunge head-first into it all lege Sacre Coeur where the ad- as I made my way to the down- herents of another of the world's town area known as the Plateau. great religions were showing up in There, I would register at the ven- their crisp blue uniforms on their erable Institut Francais for my way to class. Catholicism, one of three weeks of intensive French the many legacies of French rule language classes. in West Africa, is the choice of most of the other 10 percent of the Next Week: Into Dakar ! I Ii [ ~ Friday ........ Saturday ........ sunday .... Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday |1 Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny 'Sunny Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy 72 / 51 70 / 52 67 / 53 68 / 52 69 / 55 72 / 54 68 / 52 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% 10-2131415 1819M 11+ I 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate. 6-7: High. 8- I 0: Very High, ! 1+: Extreme Exposure DaLe- High_ Low Normals 2/1 49 44 65/50 0.00" 2/2 53 43 65/50 0.00" 2/3 55 45 65/50 0.00" 2/4 61 49 64/50 0.00" 2/5 66 54 64/50 0.00" 2/6 70 55 64/50 0.00" 2/7 77 58 64/50 0.00" ~qtat is the record for the most consecutive hours below p 9 zero in the 1o~ er 48 states~ • "s.lnoq 0017 ~1J13911 JOJ OJaZ ~Olaq ~IU'~S "lUOlN 'aJAUH '696I ~e.nuef nI :3~i'ffgllv E_c.h,_12u.J,9.~ - A classic "Nor'easter" fonned off the Carolina coast and intensified as it moved up the Atlantic coast• bringing heavy snow to the Today we will see mostly Sunny Skies with a high temperature of 72°, humidity of 20%. The record high temperature for today is 87° set in Fri 1977. Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat overnight low of 51°. The record low for tonight Sun is 35° set in 1949. Saturday, skies will be mostly Mon sunny with a high temperature Of 70°, humidity Tue of 23%. Skies will be mostly clear Saturday night Wed with an overnight low of 52°. Expect sunny skies Thu Sunday with a high temperature of 67°. Skies will be mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 68% Tuesday, skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 69°. 3:15-5:15 2:45-4:45 4:09-6:09 3:39-5:39 5:03-7:03 4:33-6:33 5:58-7:58 5:28-7:28 6:52-8:52 6:22-8:22 7:47-9:47 7: 17-9:17 8:40-10:408:10-10:10 Avalon Catalina Harbor Fri ll:46am5:53am None 6:08pm Fri ll:51am6:01am None 6:16pm Sat 12:37tun 7:05am 12:54pm6:56pm Sat 12:42tu'n 7:13am 12:59pm7:04pro Sun 1:35 tun 8:34 am2:29 pnt 7:56 pm Sun 1:40 am8:42 am2:34 pm8:04 pm Mon 2:43am 10:llarn 4:28pm 9:17pm Mon 2:48am lff.19am 4:33pm 9:25pm Tue 3:57am ll:31ara 6:0lpm t0:44pm Tue 4:02am ll:39am6:06pro10:52pro Wed 5:06ran12:30prn 7:01proll:54pm Wed 5:llam 12:38pm7:06proNone Thu 6:04 am1 : 17 pm 7:44 pmNone Thn 6:09 am12:02 am 7:49 pm1:25 pm 12~ ~ ~ ~ Moonset First )~ Fri 6:39 a.m. 5:35 p.m. 9:25 a.m. 10:26 p.m.L~ Last 2/15~ Sat 6:38 a.m.5:36 p.m. 10:07 a.m. 11:31 p.m. 3/1 Sun 6:37 a.m.5:37 p.m. 10:51 a.m. Next Day entire Northeast. Totals ranged up _, Mon 6:36 a.m.5:38 p,m.11:37 a.m. 12:35 a.m. to 26 inches at Camden, N.Y. and Full Tue 6:35 a.m.5:39 p.fia. 12:26p.m.l:36a.m. New Chester Mass. - 2/22 "L) Wed 6:34 a.m.5:40 p.m.1:19 p.m.2:34 a.m. 3/8 ' ::~'n" "~:~ r Thu 6:33 a.m.5:40 p.m.2:14 p.m.3:29 a.m. NEWPOR BE CH TO CATALINA : .. 800-830-7744 Catalinainfo.com ..... ~" Departs Balboa Pavilion 9am / Return from Avalon departs 4:30pro THE CATALINA ISLANDE~ ........................................................................................................................................................................................ Friday, February :121 2616i 9