The Humidity of it All - Life on a tropical Island

Friday, June 20, 2008

Cement

Most of the buildings here are made of Concrete. I guess after all the typhoons of the past folks got tired of rebuilding, so they figured a nice box made of cement might last a bit longer, and it does. The cement require one to really want to 'nest' to settle in, to put things on the wall. Sticky... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

No more flights

I realize how spoiled we sometimes are on this little piece of rock where America Starts its day, as all the t-shirts say. We get to pretend we are in america while really we have some americans, use the currency, and have the passport, but golly, it's not exactly like the materialistic, rv driving... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

and then, you have that

Yeah, the power company can't do that. On the way to work this morning, a reminder that there are trade offs making some things not as important as others. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 9, 2008

An Ode to Power - oh wait, I'm just bitching again

Do you know that power is a luxury? No really it is, it is a luxury that both the rich and the poor have to do without around here. Oh rolling blackouts! Doesn't matter what part you live in, what village, what income you make, we are all effected. This weekend there were three each day. Of course... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Understanding the dialect

Being a US protectorate, like Puerto Rico, the island uses US cash, and of course English is the language, and the natives are US citizens. In reality it is more like a rock full of people pretending to be American, advertising America to tourists, and really being a hodge podge of people, cultures,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

How to become a Local in 20 minutes

I was picked up by my new boss who seemed to be running with fire ants up her dress as there was no stopping for a siesta, "gotto get you local" were her first words. We sped off to the DMV, suitcases sitting in the truck, me thankful to be in air con, that's island for air conditioning. Within 5... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Uhm, thanks for the lei, but i could really use a towel.

Like most midwesterners do when the snow is high, the temperatures are low, and the snot dripping from your nose starts to freeze, we dream of moving to a tropical island paradise. Where we sit in our hammocks, coconut drink in hand, watching the sunset over the ocean while listening to a native... Sign in to see full entry.

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