Wrap Up Before Leaving Calcutta
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It didnâ€™t take long before realizing that the routine at Prem Dan for short term volunteers--those staying less than a week or two--was basic and unvarying. Those who stayed longer were â€˜promotedâ€™ to duties such as changing patient dressings. Iâ€™ve seen some of the wounds and sores; trust me, thatâ€™s no promotion. There was a group of us, including Christine and me, a guy who graduated from Ohio State a year and a half ago and has been traveling ever since, and one of the Pepperdine law school guys who was really laughing about our days here. The Pepperdine guy, letâ€™s call him Dan, since I forgot his name, claimed to have shaved 4 guys in an hour, without a new blade no less. I found this impossible to believe and became a little defensive. So I questioned the quality and smoothness of his jobs and threatened to track down his patients and feel their faces but I think word spread among the inmates about how I hacked up my guy.
John, the OSU guy, and I were on massage detail at the same time in the courtyard where about 75 of the men sit and wait for us. We put on our latex gloves, grabbed the baby lotion and started looking for someone who would no doubt take advantage of our good will. We were warned that some of the men have no qualms to try and coax you into giving them a happy ending as you move up their legs. I decided then and there that my boundaries would be mid-thigh and no more, no matter how much of their lunchtime rice they promised me.
John, the Pepperdine guy with the $250k in school loans, and I talked quite a bit and he mentioned that he has a good friend from college who lives in Cleveland and is in finance.