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15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

Alana33
August 07, 2017 04:59PM

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Funny but true!
I find myself doing lots of these, except for 14 - it's too damned hot to
hang out, outside. I do miss open windows, fresh air and cooling breezes!

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

Bethstew1955
August 07, 2017 05:19PM

Registered: 11 months ago
Posts: 7

Alana those were too funny! And that's how I imagine it will be like. BTW what is a cistern?? Hope that I didn't ask a stupid question!

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

Afriend
August 07, 2017 08:29PM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 447

A cistern is a tank that holds water for household usage. Most are built under the house slab and are part of the foundation. Think of it as an "underground pool".

Rainwater from the roof is directed to the cistern and stockpiled. the water is then pumped into the house to feed all your plumbing fixtures.

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

STTsailor
August 08, 2017 10:29AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 484

<<You walk around public places like the town’s mayor, greeting everyone you see with a “Good morning/day/night” salutation followed with an earnest “How are you today?” People look at you with suspicion, and you remind yourself to stop acting like a buffoon. But then minutes later, there you are again, standing in line at the bank, greeting everyone who walks in the door like a Holly Golightly psychopath.>>

That is my problem definitely. Greeting everybody three times over.

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

islandjoan
August 08, 2017 10:51AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,553

That's a funny - and true - list

#6 and #8 - YES! Too many people in the malls and shopping centers, but great prices!

#10 Double yes! I am the "Door Nazi" gotta go in and out super fast to keep the mosquitoes out, and one always gets in anyway

#7 - NO - I take long hot showers whenever I am in the states, because I can!

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Exit Zero
August 08, 2017 11:36AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 2,239

I just returned yesterday from 2 weeks in the NE USA.
Tempering my island habits was consistently obvious to me - my internal reactions to what I considered wasteful energy use was interesting, the sheer volume of people, cars and traffic, product availability and cost, restaurant choices and overall community attire all felt somewhat overwhelming at times.
I really felt the simplicity of island life had formed me into pretty much a Luddite in the way I view the world. The constant use of phones and apps to solve every question actually distressed me and I found myself holding my tongue quite often. I wondered if people had lost the ability to think for themselves.
My Good Morning/How are you today greetings were commonly interpreted with quizzical looks. My long time, very good friends must have felt I was starved for human contact since I seemed to want to interact with anyone anywhere with a personal greeting.
I really was serious when I asked if we could stop at any supermarket just to look around at the food. [the choices and variety were truly amazing to me]
A 'small' gathering at a Greenwich CT Cars and Coffee 8-10a.m. Sunday morning had hundreds of exotic expensive bizarre impractical cars that I had never expected to see outside of a Hollywood movie and people drove these million dollar cars on the road!
It was like being on another planet that morning in all truth.
Overall I had a great 2 weeks - was constantly amused - and am happy and comfortable back in my own island home even with windy gray wet weather outside today - and feel so glad I discovered Island Life decades ago and avoided what I felt was a frenetic commodity fueled lifestyle, maybe next time I visit I will choose a more bucolic venue?

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

islandjoan
August 08, 2017 11:44AM

Registered: 11 years ago
Posts: 1,553

Loved your post, ExitZero

I feel the same way when I go back to visit my sister in White Plains. There are not many places in the US with a much more "commodity fueled lifestyle" than Greenwich, CT! Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous LOL!

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

STTsailor
August 08, 2017 12:59PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 484

Nicely done ExitZero.

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

stxsailor
August 08, 2017 01:54PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 486

Number 11 for sure......

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

rosesisland
August 08, 2017 02:01PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 676

That was wonderful, thanks for posting.

I'm from the South and my biggest amazement is when I'm shopping in the states, I find myself staring at all the clown makeup women wear. Women in the states seem to wear so much more than island girls!

Re: 15 Odd Ways Island People Behave Elsewhere

Scubadoo
August 08, 2017 02:50PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 2,002

Mimi makeup from Drew Carey show?big grin

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