Day #214 in lockdown in Mumbai, India hotel…Fun story about us in a Minnesota podcast…Listen up, folks!…

 

On this date in 2013, we finally spotted a bushbaby eating a banana next to us at dinner as we dined outdoors at the Leopard Beach Resort. A small platform was set up for the bushbabies loaded with bananas to encourage them to visit the guests while dining.

Today’s photos are from the post on this date in 2014 while living in Diani Beach, Kenya. For more from this date, please click here.

In 1993, Tom started listening to a radio show, most often on his way to work entitled, Garage Logic, often commenting to me how much he enjoyed listening to the show. When we began our journey in 2012, he was still able to listen to the shows via the internet.

Often, I’d listen to the shows in the background while I prepared each day’s post, chuckling from time to time, easily understanding why he enjoyed it so much. In a way, it kept him in touch with his lifelong history of living in Minneapolis, Minnesota (except for these past eight years).

Although extremely shy, bushbabies aren’t tame and are very cautious around scary-looking humans. Their bulgy eyes cause the flash to reflect off their eyeballs presenting this eerie look. Little did we know, when we selected our table close to the trees that we’d be as close as we could get to their natural habitat.

In 2018, the sports-related radio station dropped the show, and with a huge and enthusiastic following, in Minnesota and throughout the country, the show moved to broadcast via podcast which may be found at this link. Once they began podcasting, Tom continued to listen on a regular basis, sometimes the latest day’s episode (always one day late for us), or multiple episodes during the times we were out sightseeing, had a poor WiFi connection, or were on the move.

The show has become a staple for me while posting each day, listening in and out as I work diligently to get each new day’s story and photos uploaded. Tom, also multitasks on other websites while listening more intently than I. At times, I am so engrossed in the details of the daily post, I miss an entire show.

On and off over the years, Tom sent Joe Soucheray, the head podcaster, various articles about Minnesota, from This Day in Minnesota History, and occasionally, he’d mention Tom’s name as having sent in the information which they’d include over the air. At times, Joe would mention, “Tom Lyman from Marloth Park, South Africa,” or “Tom Lyman from Bali, Indonesia” and such.

Ordering the seafood platter for two resulted in a fabulous meal we both enjoyed, each receiving our own huge platter. That sure looks especially good now!.

Once we became “stuck” in lockdown in Mumbai, India in March 2020, Tom started sending in an email each day of the five days the show is podcast. Early on, we noticed Joe stating, “Only, because they come all the way from Mumbai, India, (with a huge emphasis on these words), our friend, Tom Lyman…” And then, he’d proceed to share the story about Minnesota that Tom had sent in.

Each of those five weekdays, we’d laugh out loud as Joe mentioned the above statement and in our boredom during this lockdown, we particularly enjoyed hearing him mention “Tom Lyman.” For us, it became a highlight of those five days a week.

During this period, many listeners to Garage Logic have written to Tom commenting on how much they enjoy hearing his name mentioned on the podcast while we’ve lived under these unusual circumstances. As a matter of fact, at the end of yesterday’s post, (found here), a reader commented, “And because you come to us daily in your posts to the GL Podcast, it seems I have yet another vehicle at my disposal with which to chase the Covid Blues away. You two take care, you hear? Good Luck.”

Tom’s platter included white rice. He ate everything on his plate, except he moved the calamari, cauliflower, and broccoli to my plate.

We can’t help but chuckle all the while appreciating such comments. In a funny way, it connects us to the world and for Tom, particularly to his birthplace, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Every contact with the outside world means so much to us, now more than ever.

On the October 21st podcast, Joe mentions us, wondering why we’re still in Mumbai, India. We wrote back and he read our response over the air on the October 22nd podcast for over three minutes, found here at the point where it was 1 hour, 10 minutes, and 53 seconds (01:10:53) into the podcast (in the event you prefer not to listen to the entire podcast) where Joe tells our story.

This put big smiles on our faces, brightening yet another relatively repetitive and boring day in lockdown. Feel free to share those smiles with us by listening to our mention on Garage Logic.

While at the bar, we noticed this cigar menu. Tom had hoped to order a Cuban cigar to enjoy in our outdoor living room, but for whatever reason, they were out. Not a cigar aficionado, he had no clue as to an alternative, so he passed.  (KES $1000 = US $11.76).

Have a great day!

Photo from one year ago today, October 23, 2019:

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The Leonardo Southampton Royal Grand Harbour hotel where we stayed for two nights one year ago while awaiting a cruise to the US to see family. (Not our photos). For more photos, please click here.

 

 

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