St. John Virgin Islands

Doing their Job
I forgot to dump the garbage again and being lazy, I figured I’d get to it later on. Being that it was stinky garbage, I left the back door of our Honda CRV open.

Time passed. Day became night. We turned off the lights and put on a movie.

Half way into the movie the driveway lights up with the well-known flashing blue light.

“What’s that?” says Habiba.

“The police,” I answer.

It turns out that the officers patrolling the neighborhood saw the open car door and no lights on in the house and came to investigate. When I came outside to see what was up, the officers explained. They were polite and friendly and I was happy to know that they were there and doing their job, especially now when there has been so much criticism of the police department, some deserved some not.

The important part of this story is that the police were out there patrolling the neighborhood, that they were paying attention and doing their job and that  they were polite and professional.

Corrections and False Rumors
When I first came to St. John, back in 1969, there was a crowd, a bit older than myself and my friends, who gathered at Gallows Point to drink and socialize and drink. One of the attractions at Gallows was a blackboard which contained “The Rumor of the Day.” The rumors were generally spicy, but often not completely true.

It appears that I might be following in the old Gallows Point tradition on my blog having offered up two rumors, one of which turning out to be completely false and the other unsubstantiated and probably untrue.

The first, Barack Obama did not spend his Easter vacation on St. Thomas. The second was that I said that when (if?) the Gym in Paradise reopens that they would honor the memberships purchased from Mark Dallas, the previous owner, who went out of business shortly after collecting money for attractive membership “specials,” money that was not refunded. Apparently the old lease holders, who intend to reopen the gym have made no such claim.

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St. John Virgin Islands: Trunk Bay in the Morning

Trunk Bay, St. John Virgin Islands

As an official baby when it comes to complaining about cold water temperature, at least for swimming, I hereby declare the beaches of St. John to be warm enough to enjoy a little soak now and then.

After returning from America, I bravely drove to Trunk Bay early this morning and took my first of the season one mile daily swim, of which I completed about 2/3 mile. The water was a bit chilly at first, but a whole lot warmer than just a month ago.

Speaking of this swim, a visit to Trunk Bay early in the morning or late in the afternoon before the tour busses have arrived with or after they’ve left is a such a delight that I would rank it right up there with the top pleasures of life. To “be here now” on this magnificent coral sand beach, with its crystal-clear water, tropical vegetation and incredible views – it’s hard to believe it’s not a dream.

So speaking to the Virgin Islanders who so often get caught up in everyday life and to those visitors who would make the effort, I say, check this one out, you’ll be glad you did!

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Back on St. John

Habiba, Jacob and I are back on St. John after spending some time in America. So it’s back to the old grind of beaches, hiking and snorkeling in the Virgin Islands.

Delta Airlines Now Has Direct Service to JFK
I took a direct Delta flight to JFK in New York City, which is relatively new. Good t’ing, more options and a little competition for American Airlines. It was nice flight. The aircraft had little monitors on the back of each seat on which you could watch all the latest movies free or Home Box Office presentations for a few bucks. I got to see two movies, it was a long flight, the flight path taking us over the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas before turning north along the US coastline instead of the more direct path over the Atlantic and past Bermuda.

The Gym in Paradise
I asked Tom Bertolino, one of the lease holders for the Gym in Paradise space in the St. John Marketplace if it was true that they would reopen the gym. Tom answered in the affirmative saying that it was in “lawyerland” for the present, but he expected the gym to be reopened next month. Rumor also has it that all outstanding memberships will be honored. Good t’ing! I hope it pans out. (But I have to say this, I sure love the gym at the Weston!)

Obama on St. Thomas
According to a report by ABC News an Obama staff scheduler said that the president planned to spend Easter vacation on St. Thomas here in the Virgin Islands.

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