Like a Jack Ass in an F150…

March 18th, 2007

… Sometimes you just have to enjoy the ride.
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Even if you really didn’t want to get in.

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Off Island :(

March 15th, 2007

Ted and I, Nimbus and Bekka have finally arrived in Pittsburgh – as of 1am this morning. To the condo by 1:30ish. We were scheduled in by evening on Monday…. Fun with airplanes! Monday morning they had some unknown/unstated delay from St. Croix to San Juan that would have had us miss our San Juan connection to Chicago (and onward to Pittsburgh). We rescheduled to Tuesday at 12:30. They had some mechanical on the Chicago flight from San Juan – before we even left St. Croix they were already more than an hour behind – meaning we would have had to overnight in Chicago…. so a no-go again. Wednesday – finally – all seemed fine. We did well too – until Chicago. First there was a delay posted. Then posted for more delay. Then a gate change. Then sitting on the plane at the gate for an hour plus. Then they were overweight and 3 people had to get off of the airplane. Then it started to sleet and they had to get the de-icer truck. Jeez. There you go…..

Nim and Bekka are fine. Bekka was a bit nervous this morning as Ted and I were getting ready for work… “Where’s the stick pile? No coffee out on the water today guys?” Poor Bekka. Both Nim and Bekka are amazingly versatile. Such good travelers.

This morning was raining to beat the band and 36 degrees F. What a difference. It’s supposed to be snowing and/or sleeting by this evening. Such fun!

See you.

Equinox approaching

March 13th, 2007

As the vernal equinox approaches, the location of the sunset changes quite noticeably from day to day.

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Bike Route Keep Left!

March 12th, 2007

 

There is a fairly active contingent of bicyclists here, probably due to the St. Croix Half Ironman Triathlon which is held in May every year. I see roadies out almost every day.

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This section of road along the north shore is on the triathlon route. I call it little Big Sur as it is reminiscent of the terrain there, albeit on a smaller scale.

Saturday…. the day before the last day….

March 10th, 2007

It was an interesting day. Taking care of odds and ends. Hannah and Ollie have decided to get kittens – so we all trooped off to the shelter.

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This little girl is called Molly and was Hannah’s pick. She is sweet and has a big purr. Ollie’s choice is a very energetic marmalade boy – who is named Tiger. His newspaper bedding was in shreds! He’s quite a pistol! I think Ollie is considering that Tiger is a good moniker – Hannah is thinking of naming her little girl Mango…. but we’ll see how it all ends up.

The kitties are awaiting some vet care at the shelter – Hannah and Ollie are hoping early next week for a homecoming!

And there was even time for some “Subi” maintenance….. Hannah and Ted were cleaning and putzing with Hannah and Ollie’s new (1996) Suburu Legacy.

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Friday Evening at Savant

March 9th, 2007

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Ted, Hannah and I had Dinner at Savant this evening. It was just lovely…

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My token artsy shot – wines at the back (outside) bar at Savant.

The day was spent working. I also spent my due time at the DMV to update the registration on the truck – also to take care of the tire that Hannah blew out while doing some yard maintenance. Ted did lots of real work related stuff. And then cleaned and waxed the truck. Phew!

St. Maarten, N.A.

March 8th, 2007

Ted and I took a trip over to St. Maartin (or Sint Maartin) on Tuesday of this week. We stayed 2 nights, returning today at noon. Ted’s brother, Thackery has taken an Assoc. Dean position at the American Medical School there. We stayed with Thack, had the use of his car and enjoyed his company in the evenings after he’d finished up with his work.

St. Maartin is a slightly larger island than St. Croix. It also enjoys a much more robust tourism driven economy. Part One of the Heinekin Regatta had occurred just the weekend earlier – perhaps that helped to account for the large number of private jets at the airport and the HUGE yachts in the harbors?

The island is divided by two governments – the French have the northern part of the island and the Dutch have the southern part. The Dutch side is on the Caribbean – and has the Cruise Ships docking in Phillipsburg.

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Since we arrived in the late afternoon on Tuesday – we rose early on Wednesday and drove the 20 minutes or so over to Phillipsburg – mainly to take advantage of some duty free shopping in the electronics stores… Early still didn’t beat the Cruise Ship Crowds.

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Wall to wall people was not fun for us. We shopped – found nothing of interest and left! We continued our drive around the island (going counter-clockwise) up to the French Side. We stopped in the town of Marigot (the main city on the French side) and found it much more pleasant – less crowded and more laid back. Very French too. Ted found a Dollar Store!

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The French side Dollars were all Euros. Most things also priced in US Dollars. The Dutch side was the Gilder or also in US Dollars. The predominent language was English – tho the French of course – spoke French first!

We ate wonderfully well! Tuesday night we went up to Grand Case – a Beach town up the coast on the French side. We were surprised to find that on Tuesday evenings during “season” they blocked the street to traffic and had a giant street fair – with art vendors, food vendors, performers, etc. The French restaurant that Thackery chose was excellent! We had an assortment of pate as appetizer – oooh la la! I had ordered the steak special – which came with this “thing” on the top of it…. I was informed that it was fois gras and that “I was not to put it on the side but was to eat it along with the beef!” Dinner was great!

Wednesday evening – after Ted and Thack had a swim – we went over to the Sunset Bar which is located right at the end of the runway of the airport on the Dutch side…. Think LOUD. What a sunset tho…

 

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Later we went to another French restaurant – this time on the Dutch side of the island! More great food. Great atmosphere.

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This was a pile of spiney lobsters! Big Ones! Pretty funny!

All in all it was a great time. A nice place to visit. Good to see Thackery. He seems really happy with his job and is working on settling in down there.

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The view from Pic Paradise (Paradise Peak) the tallest point on the island. This is toward the NW part of the island – the French side. There is a lot of water internal to the land boundaries of the island…. Lots of sheltered harbors and lagoons.

Rust op Twist Beach

March 6th, 2007

Ted and I took our standard beach walk last evening – And Ted found just the perfect big coral rock for a stepping stone for in front of the house….. Something he does on occasion. He hauled it back down the beach to the house….

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Bekka came along – of course. She just runs and runs and runs. What a great life for a dog!

Another day at the beach!

March 4th, 2007

Sandy Point on Sunday afternoons….. Ahhhhh. Perfect!

 

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All of the usual suspects – from the left: Fran, Jill, Sean, Niko, Cobe, B-Nut. And then some. Hannah and Ollie joined us. Then we did the standard – up to Miss Norma at the Domino Club for some Mama Wanna.

We had everyone over afterwards for a potluck speghetti feed. What a fabulous day!