Tales of St. John and the Caribbean
I was taking some people out for a charter to the British Virgin Islands and had arranged to meet my passengers at the National Park Dock in front of the Visitor’s Center.
Two of the passengers arrived in Cruz Bay early. They decided to buy some snacks and some beer at the Mongoose Deli to bring along on the boat with them. They did their shopping and returned to the dock to wait. They were still about an hour early for the meeting and after a few minutes, they decided to kill some time by taking a walk on the Lind Point Trail, which begins right across the road from the Visitors Center. They figured that they could stop along the way, have a bite to eat, drink a beer (that wasn’t going to stay cold anyway) and still be back in ample time to meet the boat at the dock.
They had only walked about five or ten minutes when they found what appeared to be an ideal place where they could sit down on a large rock in the shade of a mampo tree and enjoy their picnic.
Unfortunately for one of the men, the place where he chose to sit down was already occupied by a small cactus, commonly called a sucker. The barbed spines easily pierced his pants and stuck into his posterior parts. This elicited a sharp cry of pain and surprise immediately followed by a rather colorful string of profanities.
Sucker spines are difficult to remove once they pierce the skin. This is due to the barbed point and the tendency of the spines to break off when you try to pull them out. They also have a chemical irritant on the spine, which causes them to be painful, and if allowed to remain imbedded in the skin they can be quite annoying. The spines will eventually work themselves out, but the best thing is to remove as many as you can; which is just what the poor guy tried to do.
This job, however, was especially difficult because of the part of the anatomy in which the sucker spines were now located. He succeeded in plucking out some of the spines, but it soon became evident that he was going to need help.
The job of administering this first aid fell to his friend. The wounded man pulled down his pants and leaned against the trunk of the mampo tree. His buddy then put on his trusty reading glasses, and with intense concentration, began the awkward and embarrassing procedure.
The two men, engrossed in their difficult task, were suddenly aware of another presence…They looked up to see a thoroughly shocked and seemingly horrified National Park ranger standing on the trail staring at them. The bare-assed man (also startled) fumbled to pull up his pants. Stumbling over words and feet he attempted to explain to the quickly retreating ranger, “Officer” he cried, “I know what you’re thinking, but I can explain…It’s not what it looks like! You see I sat on a cact….”
He didn’t get a chance to finish. The ranger backed up some more and mumbled something to himself.
“But officer, I can explain, please listen!” exclaimed the chagrined individual; but it was to no avail. The ranger didn’t say another word. He just, rather hurriedly, continued down the trail, never looking back.
Excerpted from Tales of St. John and the Caribbean
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