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OfotimA
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Good morning everyone,

My name is Joe I just wanted to introduce myself a little. Right now I am in the Pacific Northwest

But I am trying to move to your beautiful place called home. I love the island time I love the sea I love the beaches

and most of all love the people! I have applied for a couple jobs but I know with the research I have done its better to be

on the island to apply so that is what my next option will most likely be.

But that is just a little about me I hope to learn more from this message board and thank you all for your time!

Sincerely
Joe

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Topic starter Posted : April 4, 2012 4:34 pm
STXBob
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Joe, welcome to the forum!

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Posted : April 4, 2012 7:06 pm
dougtamjj
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Welcome from St. Croix Joe. Our beaches are beautiful as are our people.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 10:51 pm
OfotimA
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Thank you both so much!

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Topic starter Posted : April 5, 2012 12:01 am
billd
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I know that it is an expense but you should do a PMV and then determine what you want to do. If you don't have the PMV money my suggestion is to wait until you can afford to do it.

Getting a job and not being here is difficult. Don't get me wrong some have done it but it not the rule.

Good luck.

billd

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Posted : April 5, 2012 1:41 am
Bratt
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PMV and money is a must................no matter what worked for you in the states, may not, and probably will not provide a quick and good paying job here.......

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Posted : April 5, 2012 2:20 am
Jamison
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what kind of work do you do and when are you trying to move?

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Posted : April 5, 2012 2:27 pm
OfotimA
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Well thanks again for the warm welcome and

Information. PMV is that personal motorvehicle?

Yes I plan on saving up a large sum of money

Before moving so i have some security. I am

A server/bartender so with the posts on c-list it

Looks as if it should not be too hard in that line of

Work. I also do landscaping, work on homes and

Would love to get some sort of deck hand job

I do have my divers license. I love the outdoors and

Backpacking. Thanks again everyone

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Topic starter Posted : April 5, 2012 7:07 pm
STXBob
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PMV = Pre Move Visit

Many scams have been reported in this forum on Craigslist, so use your judgement, or feel free to ask us if it sounds fishy or too good to be true.

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Posted : April 5, 2012 7:18 pm
OldTart
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PMV is that personal motorvehicle?

Now we know how much you haven't read of all the great information that's right here on this site. Go to the banner at the top of this page and look below it where you'll see "Home" on the left hand side and "Message Board" on the right hand side. Starting at the left go through everything and read 'til your eyes bleed! You'll find answers there to more questions than you even thought of asking.

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Posted : April 5, 2012 7:29 pm
OfotimA
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Yes I am doing a PMV pretty soon STXBob and thank

You, I will run the fishy ones by you very kind of you!

Old Tart thank you I am about to start reading

Any eye doctors you reccomend when my eyes

Start bleeding? Or will the island cure that ? Ha ha

No but i am about to read it ALL!

Also my pmv is going to be soon maybe i could meet some of

You buy you dinner or something. Well thanks again!

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Topic starter Posted : April 5, 2012 8:28 pm
Jamison
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I like dinner. lol. j/k. I'm a bartender. Right now just about everybody I know is hiring anybody they can, but it will die off soon.

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Posted : April 6, 2012 12:08 pm
onthespot
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Think of it this way. May your eyes bleed now, so your wallet doesn't hemorrhage later.... LOL

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Posted : April 6, 2012 1:13 pm
VIsnorkeler
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Did you ever mention which island you are thinking about moving to? And welcome to the forum, btw.

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Posted : April 6, 2012 1:46 pm
OldTart
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Think of it this way. May your eyes bleed now, so your wallet doesn't hemorrhage later.... LOL

Well said! (And he might not be so quick to offer a dinner when he sees the prices!!)

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Posted : April 6, 2012 1:46 pm
VIsnorkeler
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Ha! Old Tart, I thought the exact same thing. I have a couple of friends who moved to the Pacific Northwest about a year ago after living on STT for three years. They tell me that their grocery bill is half of what is was here for twice the quality. That being said, they also hate it there, are struggling to get by and wish they could afford to move back.

Joe, Sugar, just do your homework. And when you get here, do your best to keep your eyes open and your mouth shut, and you wil find that you will get far, faster than most.

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Posted : April 6, 2012 2:01 pm
OfotimA
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Thank you all for the warm welcomes. Jamison how you like bartending there? How are tips? Oldtart I read it all yesterday and yes alot of good information! VIsnorkeler i havent decided which island yet. I figure when I do my PMV ill hop around and see which one I love the most. Yes here in the PNW it feel like 360 days of rain with 5 days of sunshine it can be hard ha ha! Thank you all again for the warm welcomes again!! Also for the great info!

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2012 4:35 pm
ms411
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I couldn't live with all that rain, either.

You need to think of timing for your PMV. Business is expected to be horrible this summer, because there are fewer ships, and few air fare deals. I would wait until Oct to see who's survived the summer.

It would help if you're involved with a church or non-profit like Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, etc, because you can get involved with them here and make connections.

You might also want to see if there are telecommuting opportunities. I meet a few people who do all their work online.

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Posted : April 6, 2012 6:08 pm
abbeycat101
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Hi Joe,

I am a fellow Pacific Northwester. Currently living in Springfield, OR. Have been here 13 years as a transplant from the California wine country. At first the lower cost of living made the wetter weather more bearable. However, after 13 years my husband and I are contemplating a change of pace to escape the cold and lack of sunshine. Possibly having him get trained as a marine mechanic (he is a heavy equipment mechanic at the moment) and seeing how island life treats us. We are hoping to make a PMV sometime next year. Looking forward to how your transition goes since we are both from the PNW. Good luck. 🙂

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Posted : April 6, 2012 6:38 pm
OfotimA
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Thank you ms411 for the heads up I might just reschedule my pmv for october then..

Thank you abbycat. Yes the gloomy days of the PNW definantly get to you. We are blessed with a great economy here and lower living costs but our moods are taxed heavily. So i guess each person needs to figure out what is more important in there life. Thanks again everyone for all the supportive comments happy Good Friday.

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2012 8:15 am
East Ender
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Just so you know, the VI has the same average rainfall as Portland, OR- 45" per year. Now, most of it falls in a short period of time, sometimes 10" or so in a day, but still...the same amount. In between rains, the skies are much sunnier! 😎

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Posted : April 7, 2012 11:48 am
Jamison
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Tips depend on where you work. I work at a great place, for great owners and have great local customers who come in, plus a couple resorts around. We close in the summer, so I'll get by doing gardening, welding, fixing cars or whatever. Gotta be handy down here. Life here is very different.

I'd say come to STX now and plan on living here for a month or two and then going back. That's a good PMV I think. I have a few friends who may do the same. Try and be as close to Christiansted as possible, because that's where most of the work and people will be. A lot of people are leaving now, so cheap apts are available too.

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Posted : April 7, 2012 3:32 pm
OfotimA
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Yes eastender you are correct alot of people get much more rain than us. The diference being it can drizzle here non-stop for like 30 days which is misreable!! Ha ha.. That is an Excellent idea jamison I did not even factor stores closing ..

Thanks guys!!

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2012 4:52 pm
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