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npsrfm
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I would like to thank all of you for your advice posted on the board. After 5 years of reading this board, this is my first post. I have finally got a job transfer to STX ( I am a us gov. employee (national park service). I was just wondering if shipping a car and motorcycle is worth the hassles. I will have my move paid for and shipping, tax, plates, etc. are free for me. Based on that would you guys have shipped your vehicles and household stuff or just bought stuff there? I have a great job, awesome gov. house, and have been on-island several times in the last 5 years preparing for this move. I am not attached to any of my stuff as I have lived in 19 states in the last 24 years and have learned to go with the flow. I am just looking for some advice if the hassles are worth shipping all my stuff....thanks.

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Topic starter Posted : October 16, 2008 7:13 pm
Peggy
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If you are having it shipped as part of you job appointment then I would. It is easier to weed out what you don't need than to replace it! (If its top quality stuff). As for your rides car is one thing you will need and the bike a pleasure!

Good luck with your move!

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Posted : October 16, 2008 7:51 pm
mnjj
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Definitely a personal choice. Things tend to be more expensive on the island. If your car and/ or motorcycle is reliable and paid for, it may be best to bring along with you. Just my honest opinion.

MJ

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Posted : October 16, 2008 7:52 pm
AllMashUp
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We shipped a new honda civic and an old 4WD truck...looking back I would have sold the civic and bought a jeep stateside since nice ones down here are expensive and I'm always worrying about bottoming out the civic when driving on roads I've never been on. And now the civic is useless until I fill in the trench that washed out on our road after Omar. The truck has been extremely helpful and I could care less if someone dents it in the Sunny Isle parking lot. I would also ship all your household stuff and sort here since replacement selection is limited and quality items are expensive. Only thing I wouldn't bring is particle board furniture and any metal items that you're not going to want to bother spraying with Rustoleum or clean excessively. Since the government is handeling the shipping I would also buy a decent sized portable generator when they have a sale at HomeDepot or Lowes....same for a BBQ grill if you dont have one. Also a fake christmas tree if you're of that religious persuasion. The wife insisted on a live tree last year and I was floored at the price....I convinced her that we should get a fake tree this year....until I saw that price. Now I'm building a cardboard tree from beer cases painted green and will spray with fake pine scent.

Did you take the biologist position I saw posted on USJobs.gov?

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Posted : October 17, 2008 12:25 am
SunshineCruzan
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If the cost of shipping your car is paid for, go for it. Love the hint on the fake X-mas tree...DO IT!! Feel free to spray it with pine-scented stuff if you feel the ache. As for the car, like mnjj said, why go thru the hassle of looking for one if you already have one?...Good luck and keep us posted! Feel free to PM me for "easy" questions too regarding St.Croix. (tu)

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Posted : October 18, 2008 5:32 am
limetime2
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Allmashup.... a palm tree makes a great, inexpensive christmas tree and you can plant it in the yard afterwards... or... . Once my family made a tree on the wall making a tinsel outline... it was great... It's the spirit of giving that matters... not the tree (although I did think a beer box tree was hilarious)... that's the spirit of the islands!.

npsrfm... bring everything you have that you love/like/find convenient. Its much better to buy up there than get here ... for anything except rum anyway... Since your employer (that would be us right)... is paying the bill... bring it!

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Posted : October 18, 2008 8:57 pm
Trade
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Cheeseheads
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Woohoo- "Cardboard beer case christmas tree painted green and sprayed with pine scent' LMBO

ALLMASHUP - Could we please be invited to celebrate the baby jesus's birth at your house this year? We would be happy to bring our beer bottle / can / asprin bottle nativity scene. 😉

PS Don't forget the pine tree air freshener to go atop the tree.

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Posted : October 22, 2008 6:05 pm
SunshineCruzan
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I used a potted yucca tree for a couple years...just watch out for the points!:-o (helps to drink plenty of coquito first.)

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Posted : October 23, 2008 3:16 am
Juanita
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I have a large potted Norfolk Pine. I bring it inside on Thanksgiving Day and take it back out on Jan. 2.

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Posted : October 23, 2008 3:36 pm
Neil
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I'm sure some motorcyclist is going to disagree, but St Croix is one of the last places I would pay good money to bring my motorcycle.

This is especially true after the hurricane, as the roads were littered with rocks and branches, and all the potholes just got bigger. (note: I had a bike in my younger days too). Even before the hurricane, the roads and drivers just aren't conducive to cyclists. Save your money.

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Posted : October 24, 2008 2:00 am
Marty on STT
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And I've been driving bikes here for over 8 years.....I would LOVE to take my Harley over to STX! MUCH nicer roads than STT! Less traffic....I'd say bring the bike...I mean, yes, Neil is right, the place is not suited to bikers, but the more of us that drive 'em, the more they'll be used to them here! Shoot, the gasoline savings alone will make it worth it! But, the perfect weather, pretty views, being able to by-pass any traffic....yeah, I'll always have a bike down here...been driving them since I was 8 years old....40 now, and still going strong....

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Posted : October 24, 2008 4:26 pm
Trade
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Just follow the traffic laws like the most of us have to.

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Posted : October 24, 2008 5:18 pm
Neil
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And I've been driving bikes here for over 8 years.....I would LOVE to take my Harley over to STX! MUCH nicer roads than STT! Less traffic....I'd say bring the bike...I mean, yes, Neil is right, the place is not suited to bikers, but the more of us that drive 'em, the more they'll be used to them here! Shoot, the gasoline savings alone will make it worth it! But, the perfect weather, pretty views, being able to by-pass any traffic....yeah, I'll always have a bike down here...been driving them since I was 8 years old....40 now, and still going strong....

Here comes Marty headed for Cane Bay glancing over at the water.
There goes Marty's Bike into a pothole. As he grabs control, but he skids on a pile of gravel (from the pothole), and suddenly find himself staring at a tourist coming around the bend who has forgotten to drive on the left. There goes Marty over the edge to get a closer look at the sea. Poor Marty.

Optional plug-ins for this story:
-goats
-dodging another driver who's dodging another pothole
-cresting the hill only to see someone stopped in the middle of Centerline to let a car pull out.
-sticks and rocks
-Sunny Isle (enuff said there)

I want to write letter to the VI DOT suggesting they buy an asphalt truck, paint it bright green, staff it with Rastas and loudspeakers for music, call it "The Pothole Wagon" and send it around the island to fill holes. People from the cruise ships could stop and have their pictures taken next to it for $4 each. It would pay for itself. They can start with "Paradise" road, -where you have to choose between holes, rocks, dirt, or getting stopped for weaving like you're drunk.

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Posted : October 25, 2008 1:10 pm
Linda J
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Different people, different opinions. Isn't it grand!!

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Posted : October 25, 2008 1:24 pm
Alexandra
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Neil - it's plain to see you're getting settled in well and really starting to "understand" STX. 😉

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Posted : October 27, 2008 3:26 pm
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