Saturday, May 31, 2008
I got this link from my Capt. and I am not even gonna post the article and pic on my blog because its so horrifying. If you wanna see it click the link. Its a true honest to god boating accident, picture is in the emergency room. http://bbcboards.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=250185
Whew! What a long week. I have been working every day because the island is busy again! Woo hoo! I have been swimming with spotted eagle rays and sea turtles and I have even started picking up white spiny sea urchins. Mango taught me how to pick them up when we went diving and I finally got the guts to try it myself at Norman Island the other day. I was so nervous when I dove down to touch it, I was praying oh please don't hurt me! I picked it up and it just feels like a bunch of toothpicks! The passengers on the boat loved it and I let everyone hold it. I met some really cool people from San Marcos TX on the boat, Brian and Elizabeth! Hello guys! They are now going to follow my blog too, they shot some video of me at work so hopefully I will be able to post that here. I am tired today, I spent all day hanging out with Doug and Jill on the waterfront. Doug's new company is doing Pirate Harbor Tours and shuttling cruise ship people from the ship to town and back. It's a really cool trip. Way better than riding in a stinky cab and sitting in traffic. I have a feeling it will do very well. This is only their second day so for them to be so good at it already is amazing! In other news, Akim is back at work! Yay! Akim has been out of commission for a couple of months so its nice to have him back. In celebration we had dinner at the Mafolie Hotel last night and it was delicious! We hung out at Betsy's bar after for a bit then I went home. I am still in the market for a car, still saving my money and working as much as possible. It's saturday night and I am going to sit at home alone and watch movies, cuz its cheap. I am also moving back in to my apartment this weekend because they have patched up the holes they jackhammered out of my wall and I have to clean up all their dust that has settled. What a mess. This is a picture of Akim at work, I told him he has to smile or I cant see him... :)
So tired, working constantly which is great! No time to write. I love mom nita and maria! So happy to hear from yall. Season is in full swing again for some reason. I am going to bed but I will write and ketch up tomorrow cuz I have the day off!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This evening has been a normal evening by any definition. But I have learned a few things. Number one, I don't like living in this hotel room while my apt. gets fixed. I don't know if I told yall or not but on tuesday of last week I was awoken (is that a word?) by plumbers wanting to knock my bathroom wall out to replace century old copper plumbing. They are still not done, and I have been living in room 12 since they started. Room 12 is lovely, 2 double beds, a bathroom a shower, mini fridge, microwave, tv with entertainment center and a desk! But what has been bothering me is, the space. There is too much. Its a big room and there is alot of open air! I miss my little house, where there is only room for my futon, a chair and my barstools. It is so cozy. I don't think I could ever learn to live BIG again. Small is cool. When you live in a small space you learn to love it. You only buy things you love instead of things to fill up the space. I went to the grocery store last night and bought a little food and when I stopped by my little casa to put the food in the fridge I realized how much I missed it. I miss my blue and brown walls, that I so painstakingly plastered and fixed and painted and repainted after the waterfall incident of 2008. I worked so hard. Those plumbers knocked a huge hole in my shower wall, they laid outside pvc plumbing over my art. They are supposed to come tomorrow and fix the wall so I can move back in. I will have to spend all day cleaning up because they jackhammered through the wall and there is a layer of dust on everything I own. I am venting. I'm sorry but damn. It's one thing after another. You know what? I should be counting my blessings, I am lucky that this is the worst thing going on in my life. I should delete this. lsadjflkdjsglkhdghsadlkglksdfals!!!!! Damn. I just want to go back to my little casa. Tomorrow is the big Memorial day party here at V.O. and it's a potluck! Should I cook something? All I have is frozen chicken breast and red beans and rice. Can I mix those together? Maybe grill up the chicken and slice it and toss it with the red beans and rice... hmmm.... That would mean waking up early and cooking instead of waking up early and running... we shall see. In other news, I bought 3 movies the day I bought the new shoes. Don Juan de Marco, Captain Ron, and Fried Green Tomatoes. Note to self: don't watch Fried Green Tomatoes when you have even the hint of sadness in you, even sober! Which I was. I watched it last night and cried and cried and cried like my best friend died when Mary-Louise Parker's character passed away. OH my! I'm surprised Dwayne didn't hear me in room 11! I think I need to do some yoga. OH yeah! Mom please bring the Yoga Booty Ballet when you come, that would be great! I sure hope - I have no idea what I was going to say there. I was in a daze. Ok gotta go! Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your day!
That is the floorplan of my tiny hacienda! I love it. you may have to click on the question mark to see the page.
Well, it IS actually. Barely a breeze to ruffle a palm frond. Lovely though, warm, a bit muggy, but dry. I didn't go running, I decided to eat my dinner at about 6 and I felt to heavy and blah I couldn't force myself to go. I talked to my aunt Nita on the phone for a good long while which was nice, and I went to the store to see Dale. My gay boyfriend. He is leaving me on the 28th to move back to San Fransisco to live with his new lawyer boyfriend. I'm going to miss him so much. Oh whats that I hear in the distance??? Cats fighting. Oh you know what??? I was just coming home from the store and when I went to open my door, something in the bushes right next to me ran off up the hillside! It was big and loud and it scared the shitake out of me!!! You know what I think it was? THE CHUPACABRA!!! Now if you don't know me you wouldn't know my love for the Chupacabra or "goat sucker" in english. I have had a fascination with it since childhood. The legend of the Chupacabra started way back in the day in Puerto Rico which is of course only 35 or so miles from here. Well long story short I think I'm being watched by the Chupacabra, which would be an improvement considering what has been watching me lately. Drunks and losers. Anyway, the bats are out tonight munching on mosquitos, I love to watch them swoop down over the pool and flitter around. They get so close to me I am afraid they will get stuck in my dreadlocks. So I just told my neighbor Dwayne about the Chupacabra, he looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Have I ever told you you are weird?" I just nodded and continued typing. I told him to watch out because Chester the Chupacabra doesn't like non believers.
So, yesterday I went back to work after my long paid vacation, and it was a great day! Made big money and had fun with my capt. and crew. I wish all people knew how to tip properly on a boat. These people did. Awesome. So I came home knowing I didn't have to work today and I didn't even go out! I have been de-toxing for the past 4 days and I really can't tell if I feel better or worse. All I know is I am saving money. I did however spend 90 bucks on something I really needed. Shoes. Yeah I haven't worn a pair of actual running shoes with laces or any shoes other than flip flops and crocs in almost a year. I decided to buy some awesome nike shox and I want to find a gym that teaches boxing! I took a boxing class in Australia and it nearly killed me but I am in way better shape than I was there so I want to try it again. I really love punching things. And I have a lot of pent up frustration I need to take out on something other than a bottle of rum. Besides all that, I love my life! I woke up whenever I felt like it today and put my swim suit on, walked fifteen steps straight into the pool. I floated on a raft for an hour or so in the hot sun and felt invigorated! Went downstairs and chatted with Jill and Doug for a while then went to my room and watched a little of Silence of the Lambs while eating a big dill pickle. My afternoon snack. Oh yeah somewhere in there I had lunch, a slimfast. I feel like I am alot more active these days but the weight is not coming off anymore. So I am going running/jogging/walking/possibly passing out this afternoon. I have these cool new shoes so I better use them! Now I am lounging on the pool deck listening to the waves crash on the shore. Just saw a coconut fall out of a tree, sure glad I wasn't walking under it. You know that you are more likely to die from a coconut falling on your head that in a car crash in the Caribbean? Seems true. I have been thinking about my so called love life. I don't go out with the guys that ask me for millions of reasons, the other one is simple. IM FREAKING ANGRY! I don't ever talk about the stupid asshole that hurt my feelings this year because I'm trying to pretend it never happened! He freaking left the island, nay the country and didn't even say goodbye!!!! Guess that shows me just how much he cared and more importantly what a fing liar he is! HE WENT TO ENGLAND!!!! I'm telling you, as soon as I found out he was home schooled I should have run the other way. CRAZY PEOPLE!!!! I don't want to give anyone else the chance to hurt me. Not worth it. And now I'm sad because I feel like I never see my friends. Or rather they don't ever call or want to hang out. Thats what really hurts. I call and they don't call back. I feel like a big loser. I understand we are all so busy in our island lives but for fuchs sake, when your friend calls you, call them back. I heard this horrible story once about this girl calling her friend and leaving a message just to chat and the girl didn't call back and the next morning they found the friend dead! She killed herself and left a note that said "I wish you would have called sooner." BAAAAAHHHHHH! THATS SCARY! So I always call my friends back because you never know what's going on in their lives. I'm not saying I would do that at all you all know me better than that I'm just saying people don't appreciate friendship. I made cheese dip! I also bought some ruffles potato chips and for dinner tonight I am having a ham sandwich with mustard and cheese dip just like I used to at home. I can't wait. (random!) In other news, I finally brushed my hair. I think I let it go for a week this time, I had a dreadlock. It was so hard to get untangled I contemplated just dreading my hair. This guy named Spicoli said he would do it for me if I needed help. The thing is, my hair is constantly getting tangled, I am in the wind on the boat all day and unless I wear it in a bun (lame granny style) it becomes one big dread at the end of the day, and I just get in the shower when I get home and wash it and go to bed. I don't brush it out or anything. Maybe I'm lazy. Someone somewhere in the world is contemplating politics and agendas, here I am contemplating the pros and cons of letting my hair dreadlock. You don't want this life! :)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Me, Crystal, Dwayne and Dale. Dale being the genius party planner that he is, arranged to get a little generator and a boombox, a few bottles of booze, some sake, smirnoff ice, NIGHT TRAIN, ice and coca cola, a couple of styrofoam coolers and wonton quart cups for drinking receptacles. When you drink out of giant wonton cups nobody bothers to ask if you are having a good time, they already know.
Snatched off Bryan Boy's blog, referred by Ferroever, kid tested, mother approved.
Gets really mooring. This being slow season and all, I am trying to find things to do for free, and now that I have "broken" my new friend with a dingy's "heart", I have no way to buzz around the islands and socialize for cheap cheep cheep! Instead I have spent 16 dollars on taxi's to and from Magen's bay tuesday, 4 dollars on safari yesterday to get to the marina where I tried to pick up my paycheck but sadly there was no one in la oficina. But the trip wasn't for nothing, on my hike back up the gravel road to the main road the manager of VIP Yachts picked me up and gave me a ride all the way into Tutu where I caught safari and went home. You may be thinking, well that doesn't sound like much to get excited about but wait... Pamela and I chatted about boats and my boating experience and since she has been here for 15 years she knows it's the slow season, she asked me if I would be interested in doing any boat cleaning for her on my days off. WOO HOO! Cleaning boats can be big bucks. She also asked if I could cook, which I am noooooo chef, so I said NO! But she said honestly they only have 2 trained chefs in the whole company, everyone else is just a normal cook. They have recipies for all the meals they cook on charter and said if I ever have a week off she would like to have me work private charters for them! WOW! Then she said what I was thinking, "I knew there was a reason I plucked you off the side of the road! Everything happens for a reason." I gave her my number and she is supposed to call me tomorrow. Sometimes I feel like I must be doing something right. Things always work out in my life, even when it looks pretty bad. That's why I always say "Everything will be alright in the end, if it's not alright it's not the end!" Not that anything is wrong with my life at the moment, I'm just sayin is all. So yeah, I have been off work all week because my boss took the boat to Tortola for some unknown reason, maybe he will tell me all about it when they get back but at this point I think we may be getting a new boat! He has been on the phone alot with a guy in Mexico I think, who has a boat similar to ours. I'm totally going out on a limb with that because I only eavesdropped a little bit... But the coolest thing is that my boss called me on Tuesday and told me he was taking the boat but not to worry because he would pay me our normal daily rate of pay for the whole time he was gone! Wow! Thats unheard of here. Anywhere really. Jill thinks he really appreciates me and doesn't want to loose me. It's coz I rock. OH why did I eat a McDonald's sausage biscuit this morning??? My tummy is not happy. Oh also, I've decided to take a few days off from drinking, all these days off in a row spells trouble when you don't have to get up at 5am. I'm ready to get back on my schedule, I usually only drink 2 nights a week but this pirate life I have been living this week is tooooo much! I'm sticking with water and cran-grape juice for a while. (My favorite juice is Ocean Spray Cran-Grape by the way if you were wondering.) I have also decided to spend all day on Google Earth spying on unsuspecting polynesians. Just checking out the anchorages and tiki bars for my eventual arrival.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Here ya go. I went on my "date"with mango. He picked me up at the dingy dock with his captain in the boat and tries to sneak a kiss on me as to wich I put my hand on his face and push him away... rude bitch i know. but i told him none of that. so Jim makes a joke out of it and leans over and tries to kiss me and we all laugh. We drop Jim off at his boat then go to Water Island to the movie night but we are early so we sit on the beach for a while where Mango starts to quiz me on "whats up with US?" A.K.A. The most terrifying thing you can ask me. I'm like, "We are friends mango." He starts accusing me of being weird and not looking at him in the eye and I'm like "stop looking at me like that!!!" We decide to go back to STT to have a drink at Tickles in Crown Bay while we wait for the festivities to begin on Water Island. We get there and I realize that Mango has probably been drinking all day and I am waaaaaaaay behind on the alcohol intake, so I think its probably not a good idea to go with him back to water island in the dingy at night and back after the movie since we will both probably be drunk by then. To make matters worse he keeps asking me about US. Which I made perfectly clear since the beginning of us hanging out there was no such thing! All I wanted was someone I could hang out with on my days off that was fun and that I enjoy being around and that was him until yesterday. So at Tickles he decides to drop the bomb, the L word people. Now mind you, I have known him for a long time but just recently started hanging out with him, I'm going Mango don't be silly. You are just drunk. You don't feel that way. He goes on for an hour embarrassing me at the bar with people (the nosy fuckers that live on this island) listening to every word he says and me trying to make it clear that i really really want to be his friend nothing else, the bartender keeps giving me that sympathetic look. Finally the sun starts to set and he says It's time to go if I still want to go to the movie. I say I am tired and don't think I want to go, and that I will just wait for Dwayne to get off work (he works at crown bay) and we will ride home together. To this he says "Have a nice life." and storms off, not even in the correct direction, so by the time he realizes he needs to go the other way I have already cut him off and the pass and I am pissed off. I tell him "you know what i have put way too much time and effort into this friendship for you to fuck it up by being a selfish whore. you dont get out of this friendship that easily. sit your ass down." he is surprised and sits. We talked it out for a bit and left on a better note than originally happened, but we will see tomorrow. Im sure it will be fine and he was just drunk but damn. I have such a hard time finding friends that dont wanna do me. Thank god for Dwayne, he's my neighbor and roomate and buddy and I have just recently realized he is not gonna try anything sneaky with me cuz he loves me like a sister. Makes my life good. I know if i ever need anything Dwayne is only a holler away. Unfortunately he has me as the EVIL STEP SISTER who wants to know where he his and who he is with and i have to meet everyone he goes out with and approve before i let him outta the house... he loves it. So.... thats my day. Also Dwayne and I bar hopped this evening only to come home to a pool party being thrown by Danny, who also lives here, which is cool. I hope yall's day was as exciting but less dramatic than mine. Love yall! We need to skype maria!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Holy crap... I was trying to sleep in, at about 9am, NUDE, coz its hot, and coz i can, when I hear Doug my landlord hollering my name, and I hear other guys voices outside my room too. I manage a sleepy "yeah doug what?" He hollers through the door "sorry dude but these plumbers need to get in your room and do some work, i didnt know they were coming sorry" Im like "uh ok give me a minute." Seriously these guys stood outside my door as i throw on some clothes and grab my laptop and phone and open up the door. There are 4 worker guys standing there, "good morning" they say, i wanted to tell them to kiss my ass but i just walked by and into Jill and Doug's house, plopped down on my favorite chair and started to blog. BOY OH BOY I REALLY WANTED TO SLEEP THAT TEQUILA OFF! So, as if my morning wasn't traumatic enough, Doug tells me they have to knock my bathroom wall out to get to this old copper pipe that is leaking! I JUST FARKING PAINTED THAT BATHROOM I WORKED SO HARD ON THAT ROOM I CANT BELIEVE THIS!!!! I have to just roll with the punches. Looks like I will be staying in one of the guest rooms tonight. It's all good. They are jackhammering. I can hear it. I don't even wanna look at what they are doing. I will eventually have to go over there to get my stuff together for my "date" tonight. I think I should take a dip in the pool to clear my head. Oh wait, my suit is in my apartment. Scratch that idea. I need a nap. Gray Kitty sleeps through the jackhammering.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Not much to write about except the fact that Killian, Dana and Alex all passed their captain's exams today and are legally allowed to drive us around the world in boats!!! One of these days I should take that test. Good job boys. In other news... like I said... the rumor mill upped production and from Mango and I hanging out one day we are now supposedly engaged! hahahhaha! fuckin great. no matter, we have another "date" tomorrow night to watch the beach movie on water island. I will take pics. should be good. its a movie called emerald forest about the rain forests in brazil and i feel like i have typed that before... hmmm..... well i gotta get to sleep and rest up for tomorrow. HANG IN THERE MARIA life will be so amazing when you get back to mexico, it will all be worth it in the end.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I think he's fresh, young and cute. I would rather him be in the white house than that fuck bag oil hungry dumbass McCain. What a wack job. This is street art from nyc. look to the right and click on Wooster Collective in my links. Great street art from around the world. I got into it while I was in OZ. Melbourne is a breeding ground for street artists. Amazing stuff.
I didn't get off the couch till 5pm. I was so hungover. Oh my. But when I managed to pry myself from the couch I showered and safari-d to the rum shack to nurse my hangover. I ran into Ian and we dingy'd back to Frenchtown where I live and went to Betsy's bar for food and drinks. When Ian's girlfriend Adrian met up they went home and I did too. Good idea because Mango and I will be going diving again in the morning. Whew! I just want to give a big shoutout to my mom. Its her Birthday!!!! HAPPY B DAY MOM! I LOVE YOU! When I talked to her and my aunt they sounded like they were having a great time. I can't wait till they come down to visit. Also, I got this dollar bill in the tip jar the other day that had a www.wheresgeorge.com stamp on it. so I entered it, apparently it came from Minnesota!
We had a great day "date"! Let it be known that I am NOT dating Mango. If we hang out more than one time around here people start to talk. Let em gossip because I found a great runnin buddy! We started off our day towing Jill's sailboat over to its mooring in Honeymoon bay on Water Island which is the island just next to St. Thomas. After that we buzzed over to Sprat Bay and dove for a little while, we didn't find anything to shoot so we headed for some rock formations on the other side of the bay. Oh my gosh, it was the best snorkeling spot I have ever seen. I wish I had a waterproof camera so I could show you the fish and coral we saw! We also found a Lobster condominium! There were 15 small lobsters all under this one rock but they were too little to snare. We will let them grow up and then we will come back and get em! After diving for a couple of hours we decided to go back to Honeymoon Bay and have lunch. While we were eating lunch Mango's boss showed up and wanted our dingy! It's the company dingy so we have to do what the boss says, turns out he and his girlfriend and her sister and her sister's boyfriend wanted it to buzz over to Hassle island and walk the trail up to the fort that they just cleared. We decided to go with! We explored the main house at the water's edge which used to be a dry dock back in 1867. As we started up the trail we ran into a bunch of national park volunteers who were led a ranger of some kind. They were working on excavating the old yellow fever hospital half way up the mountain. The ranger offered to give us a quick tour of the main building so we agreed. He told us all about the island and the forts and what they were used for. After that we headed up the steepest trail ever in our flip flops and after about 15 mins of climbing we made it to the top. There were amazing views from the top! After resting up we headed down, took the 4 extra buddies back to the dock in St. Thomas and decided to go back to Water Island for cocktails and to catch the sunset. As we drank margaritas I remembered the small conch shell mango brought up for me earlier in the day, no one was inside the shell so I stuck it in my backpack. I reached into my bag and set the little shell on the table so I could take pictures of it. As I flipped it over to take a picture of the bottom side... PEEK A BOO! A crab! There was a damn crab in my backpack all day! It startled me, and I yelled "Mango there is someone at home in there!" So we put him back in the sea. After cocktails we went up the hill to Pirates Ridge where it just so happened to be all you can eat pizza night, stuffed our faces and headed back down the trail to the dingy. But not before we had another cocktail and sat on the beach for a while in the moonlight! How romantic. Bleh! :) It really was a fun day! Now Mango and I have another date for movie night on Monday at water Island, they are showing a movie called Emerald Forest which is about the rain forests in Brazil which is where Mango is from. So that should be fun too. I will get to posting pics...
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The camera is back from vacation in St. John and I bought a new usb port for my pic card for 3.50 at radioshack yesterday so new, yes new pics will be arriving here and on the picture blog soon! Thats right, $3.50 us dollars. It was on sale. I love my life. This is a pic of my "tan" legs I am wearing mukluks with a sarong... so-wrong yet so right. Welcome to the pointless picture adventure!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
My feelings can best be expressed in the 1995 Dixie Chicks ballad entitled "Don't waste your heart." HA!
"Don't Waste Your Heart"
For the life of me I can't believe
The you're on your knees beggin' please
All the pushing' away and puttin' down
Can't you see you're gettin' the run around
Oh it's plain to see you'd rescure me
From my loneliness so called unhappiness
Oh I didn't mean to cause you pain
I've got nothin' to lose and nothin' to gain
And don't waste your heart on a wild thing
She's got a soul that won't settle on one thing
Whoa this bird can't sing when you've tied its wings
Don't waste your heart on me
It's funny how the girls get burned
And honey as far as I'm concerned
The tables have turned
And don't waste your heart on a wild thing
She's got a soul that won't settle on one thing
Whoa this bird can't sing when you've tied its wings
Don't waste your heart on me
And I'm here to apologize
My heart can't compromise
Don't waste your heart on me
The volcano on Montserrat is erupting, well its always erupting, but the past week we have been getting the ash cloud for a week. It makes it really hazy and some days you could actually see the ash on the surface of the water while snorkeling. If the wind blows the right direction we get ash. Ha!
This other picture is what I am looking at right now as i sit outside. In the caribbean its like, everything is so colorful! Take this bush for example, it's purple! And lets throw in some green vines for character.
Oh and this is the pineappe thats growing outside my window. :)
Hi Mom! Happy Mother's day! I love you!
Hopefully the presents will get to you by the time you come visit...
Well, I have had a relatively uneventful weekend. Friday night was a lot of fun, we all went to Caribbean Saloon where I saw tons of people I know and we had the most fun I have ever had at that bar. We watched the Red Sox LOSE, :( we danced, we sang Bon Jovi songs, we consumed massive quantities of beer, and this bartender (name withheld to protect the insane) decided he wanted to be my boyfriend. WHAT? He is very persistent, so I have spent my weekend running away. Actually I was just really tired last night so I didn't go out to watch his band play like I said I would, I feel bad but I just couldn't get my 3rd wind. He's a really nice guy and he pleads a good case, so you never know. He said to me, "Lets just try it out, lets date, you never know what could happen." I replied, "I am crazy and I will ruin your life." he said, "Thats a chance I'm willing to take." How bout that? I just don't know if dating the Bartender at a bar I frequent is such a good idea.....:)
I was just reading Maria's blog and thought I would showcase my surrogate kitty too! Her name is Gray Kitty, and she is the cutest kitty in the western hemisphere! She sleeps with her little wrists bent under her chest and here she has her face in her hands! It's adorable. I just wanna squeeze her.
Sunday funday! I am going to swim in the pool all afternoon!
Friday, May 9, 2008
I had a wonderful day at work today! I worked with Clement who is my boss, and we are the "A-Team". That's what he calls us because we rock the boat! Clement owns Limnos and he has the best cd collection so we jam out all day long to great tunes. Now I am getting ready to go out on the town with Jeanette and her friend Ken who is in town from NYC, and my neighbor Dwayne. It should be awesome, I just wanna watch the Red Sox game so we will probably go to Caribbean Saloon.