|A Free Drink of Rum From a 55-gallon Drum (standard:Fan Fiction, 1157 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jul 06 2013||Views/Reads: 1224/804||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A night watchman makes a habbit of drinking rum from a 55-gallon drum.|
A Free Drink of Rum from 55-Gallon Drum Subba Rao Joe was the night watchman at the research station. He lived on the compound in a cottage not too far from the main building next to the water tank. Since there was no city water supply or deep wells, rainwater from the building gutters is conveyed to a huge in-ground tank for storing and supply water for the premises. Joe looks more like a cricket player than a watchman with a physique more suited for athletics; with his broad shoulders and long muscular legs, he could be a fast bowler on Jamaican cricket fast pace pitch. His lack of education perhaps let him down to work as night watchman. Minding a hog or two was not uncommon at the homes in the countryside in the Caribbean. A tiny piglet can put weight up to few hundred pounds in a hurry munching on the waste from the kitchen and garden. From green bananas to avocados to papaya; anything green to yellow or red perishables from garden are part of the daily diet. On top of it, a small ration of commercial animal feed can help a hog grow fast. Joe always had one or two hogs at his cottage with the permission of the research director, he kept his yard clean and no research staff member complained of nuisance from his pigs. An animal like pig with a tendency to put weight easily provides a cash flow to poor families. A hog is a cash crop, within few months one can make quick money with little investment from selling the hog to a local butcher. On few occasions, when Juggernaut worked late in his lab, Joe used to wait outside to lock the building after Juggernaut finish working and walk him to his car as a courtesy. As a night watchman, Joe kept the keys to the every room in the research institute and the main gate. On occasions, Juggernaut chatted with Joe on his way out from his lab. “How your hogs doing Joe?” was the familiar starter conversation for Juggernaut. “Well, sir one hog is ready for sale, hoping to make few dollars on it,” replied Joe rubbing his hands together with a broad smile on his face. Jamaica produces fine rums from molasses made from locally grown sugarcane crop. 100 proof white rum is the most popular local Click here to read the rest of this story (147 more lines)
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