We decided to hit Coki beach for the day. I thought it might be crowded since its a holiday weekend. But its not bad at all. I really like this beach but the road and the parking are pretty bad. This is Robbie and Lawanna's last full day. We went diving with Admiralty yesterday so we need to post some pics from that.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
So yesterday morning around 9:00 Deb calls and low and behold they have some boxes. So I went in to get one. I was greeted at the door, well the desk inside the door by a less than enthusiastic West Indian lad. I gave him my best good morning explained that I needed a cable box and he pointed me into an office behind him to the left. I enter the room, read the directions for signing in. Even though the only two people in the room are me and the receptionist. I take my seat as instructed, she reads my name and again asks me what I need. I explain that I am there to upgrade to expanded basic and need a cable box. She goes in the back checks to see if anyone is available to help me. Comes back and takes me to cubicle number four. I again use my best good morning and get a grumble back. Then I hand the email from my landlord, my account number, ID etc to the lady. She looks at me over her glasses, pulls up the account on the screen, sighs and says, you need an original notarized letter from your landlord to get the new box. I kindly explain that my landlord is in North Carolina for the whole summer, she has called in and authorized the addition of the box and gave the customer service rep my name and information to allow me to pay for the box and the remote. She sighs again, yes I have the information on my computer that she has authorized the addition but your landlord was told to send a notarized letter authorizing you to pick up the box. "Only the supervisor can override the requirement for a notarized original letter. The supervisor is in a meeting, leave me a copy of your ID, your social security number and the email letter and I will see if they will override the requirement and call you back." So I am assuming they have requested an FBI background check, and will likely be calling to set up a home visit to assure that we have a suitable household to adopt a cable box. We still have no box. So we can watch the Chicago news, the New York News, QVC channel, tourist TV, Telemondo, and four different preachers, and occasionally the VI legislature at any given time.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Well we checked back into customs on St. John and still had some time so we are just trolling around Christmas cove at Great St. James until time to take the boat back. The weather turned out to be a beautiful day. I hate for it to end.
Stopped at Foxys after checking into customs. We were the first customers of the day. Foxy was there telling jokes, pretty funny. Then it was off to Sandy Spit for a little swim. It rained a little but its clearing up now. Next, Soggy Dollar!!!!!
Getting ready to pick up our boat with Nauti Nymph. Its just us and Bill and Carole. Robbie and Lawanna decided to hang at the house :-( The weather looks much better today. There is still a chance of rain but that's pretty much the forecast everyday. We plan on hitting Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay. Then over to Jost Van Dyke. Stay tuned for more .......
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We spent the morning at Cinnamon Bay and then decided it was time to head to Skinny Legs for lunch. We stopped at the Smoothie shop on the way. That was a quick $60! The Mosquitos are crazy right now. They are everywhere and out for blood!! We plan on eating some burgers at
Skinnys and then heading to Trunk Bay before hitting the Beach Bar.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Since we forgot the Friday Beach Pic we thought we would give you a bonus pic from Magens Bay. Its a beautiful day, plenty of painkillers and beers and the crowd has finally thinned out so we pretty much have the beach to ourselves.
We are hangin' out at Magen's Bay with Bill and Carole with a batch of Painkillers. Yummy!! Robbie and Lawanna don't get in until 9:00pm tonight. Robbie emailed this morning and told us not to get too far ahead of them. Because they don't want to be the only sober ones at the party. Sorry about your luck!! :-)
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Well as I sit here watching the horizon and the instruments on the boat, it reminds me of a line from a book written by Buffett about time on the water. It has been a frustrating few days, pool pump problems, a car that won't shift past second gear etc. It is funny how few hours on the water can change your perspective. The car is likely going away one way or the other. The pool is actualy pretty clear, considering it's been a few days since the pump ran, thanks to a little extra chlorine. We have friends coming Thursday and they are bringing the parts for the pool repair so all in all it's really not bad. Now if Deb were only on the boat with me that would just about fix it all.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
So since the storm has moved on, Jay is back on schedule to take a boat over to Puerto Rico today. He and two other boats leave this morning. Hopefully it will be as uneventful as the last trip.
Story in St. Thomas Source
Friday, August 15, 2008
With all the talk of storms I forgot it was Friday so I thought I would brighten up the posts with a lovely picture of Trunk Bay on St. John. This is the overlook that everyone has to stop at when they're driving around on the island. So beautiful. Big thanks to MaryBeth from the forum for letting me "borrow" all her wonderful pics from her St. John trip.
BTW- it has stopped raining but now the power is off...fun,fun.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Special Weather Statement
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR 900 AM AST THU AUG 14 2008
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN JUAN HAS ISSUED A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT EFFECTIVE UNTIL 930 AM AST FOR PEOPLE IN THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES IN PUERTO RICO IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SAINT JOHN...SAINT THOMAS AND SAINT CROIX
...STRONG TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE NORTHERN LEEWARDS MOVING WESTWARD... TO MOVE ACROSS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO TONIGHT AND FRIDAY...
A STRONG TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE MOVING WESTWARD AT 10 TO 15 MPH. THIS SYSTEM IS SHOWING SOME SIGNS OF ORGANIZATION...AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY OR ON FRIDAY. THEREFORE RESIDENTS AND VISITORS IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR ITS PROGRESS.
...INLAND FLOODING... SOME OF THE OUTER RAINBANDS MOVING AHEAD OF THE WAVE ARE ALREADY AFFECTING THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE EASTERN HALF OF PUERTO RICO. CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE AS ADDITIONAL BANDS APPROACH THE AREA FROM THE NORTHEAST DURING THE DAY. BRIEF PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED IN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS POSSIBLE LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT AS THE WAVE APPROACHES. RAINFALL TOTALS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND AROUND THREE TO FIVE INCHES FOR PUERTO RICO...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF UP TO FIVE INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MAY BE ISSUED LATER TODAY FOR THE LOCAL AREA...TO BE IN EFFECT FOR TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
...HIGH SURF AND COASTAL FLOODING... MARINE CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE MAINLY IN THE ATLANTIC AND VIRGIN ISLAND TERRITORIAL WATERS...TONIGHT AND FRIDAY WITH THE APPROACH OF THE TROPICAL WAVE. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE FORM OF SQUALLS WILL BECOME MORE FREQUENT AS THE WAVE MOVES CLOSER. WATERSPOUTS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. LOCALLY HIGH WAVES CREATED BY THE SQUALLS WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT THE VIRGIN ISLAND WATERS LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND PUERTO RICO TONIGHT. SEAS OF FOUR TO SIX FEET TODAY WILL INCREASE TO 6 TO 7 FEET BY FRIDAY MAINLY ALONG THE NORTH AND EAST COASTS OF THE ISLANDS. MODERATE SWELLS SHOULD AFFECT THE LOCAL ATLANTIC WATERS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. MARINERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION TODAY...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES WILL BE IN EFFECT TONIGHT AND FRIDAY.
...WINDS... MOST OF THE WIND REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE NORTHERN LEEWARDS INDICATED LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS. HOWEVER...AS THE SQUALLS AHEAD OF THE WAVE PROPAGATE ACROSS THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE NORTH AND EASTERN PUERTO RICO WATERS...STRONG GUSTY WINDS SHOULD BE EXPECTED AT TIMES GUSTING UP TO 40 MPH.
FOR THE LAND AREAS OF THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO... OCCASIONAL WIND GUSTS TO 30 MPH REMAIN POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY... ESPECIALLY WITH PASSING SQUALLS...AND ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN.