Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Hi folks! Ravi here, with the first installment of the Ravi Report.
We are less than a week away from embarking on the first Black 6 Project overseas journey. A lot of moving parts have come together to get people, equipment, medication and other supplies from the US halfway across the world to Mindoro in the Philippines.
We have Black 6 personnel coming from New York, North Carolina and Taiwan. Most of our communications have been through email,chat or videoconferences, sometimes to hilarious results. The first time Joe and I tried to videoconference from a Starbucks there was an apparent robbery going on, when a shady character carrying bags of electronics sat down a couple tables from the door and tried to make off with a coffeemaker. I don’t know how far he could have gone with all that gear but I’m sure we will find out on eBay.
Meanwhile in Raleigh, North Carolina, Adam Davis was in the middle of a massive thunderstorm and having lightning strike a few feet away. We were half expecting to lose our entire southern division during that call, or at least have his hair go from Axl Rose to Slash.
Adam and his hair survived though, thankfully.
Videoconferencing silliness aside, a lot has happened in the past few months:
The supplies are ordered, from water filters to medications and equipment, boxes are being readied, passports in order, and communications devices and protocols established. Our transportation is arranged, local officials know we are coming (they even created a banner for us so people can come and get seen!) and our crew is getting in place over here and on the island. Months of planning and preparation have gone into this, and this is just the assessment/recon mission for the main body of the Black 6 Project medical mission.
The story continues in 5 days when we fly out of JFK. I plan on updating daily, and sending it over whenever the signals exist. Hope you enjoy following along with us!