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Strange things about living in the VI  

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East Ender
(@East_Ender)
Islander

People on this board are always telling potential newcomers that life in the VI is different. It is different in big ways and small. For example, I was reading an obituary this morning on The Source. It was a picture of the young man and then several paragraphs listing every single family member and friend. There is not a word about his life; where did he go to school, what did he do for a living, what was he like...After 20 years here, I still find this cultural convention odd.

Just wondering if anyone else had strange things that tweek you about living here.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 11:48 am
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

I LIKE WHEN I HEAR THE obituaries on the radio, they do mention practically everyone the person has ever known. right down to the neighbors dog.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 1:18 pm
watruw8ing4
(@watruw8ing4)
Prominent Member

I've found the obits unusual too.

For me, it's the businesses, usually bars, and an occasional tour group, that advertise positions on Facebook (and I don't know where else) that are clearly discriminatory. Not that they do it, as much as nobody calls them on it. One place looking to hire an "attractive female bartender" is the most recent example. Only one person jokingly told him it was discriminatory. Reminds me of the 70's, when I was turned down for a sales job because, I was told outright, tall males were better at sales, and I was a short female. (I had 5 great years in a sales position elsewhere, often beating out those tall guys, right after that, btw).

Not saying discrimination doesn't happen on the mainland. But at least they are more subtle about it because people raise a major stink if they put it in writing.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 1:32 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Lack of sidewalks.
Everyone walking on the road.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 2:31 pm
CruzanIron
(@CruzanIron)
Noble Member

A person coming to a party, filling up 3 plates of food, and then leaving with it.

People thinking it is OK to eat a bag of grapes of other food when shopping.

Not using crosswalks.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 2:42 pm
speee1dy
(@speee1dy)
Islander

i usually do taste 1 grape to see how tart they are.

people while driving stopping in the middle of the road to talk to someone.

listening to how racist the people who are on the talk show at da vybe are, and they dont even realize it. and yes, i do like that show for some odd reason. and most of the conversations amongst themselves are pretty much each other agreeing with each other about how horrible republicans are.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 3:40 pm
stjohnjulie
(@stjohnjulie)
Prominent Member

A person coming to a party, filling up 3 plates of food, and then leaving with it.

I remember the first year I went to Thanksgiving at my husbands house (his great aunt was the first born US Virgin Islander born) and completely not understanding this practice. I remember going on and on about it after we left to see if this is something that is normal, accepted. I hate parties, but i like food, thought it would be nice if someday I might be able to do that myself (tongue in cheek, a little bit anyhow).

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Posted : November 29, 2016 5:16 pm
stjohnjulie
(@stjohnjulie)
Prominent Member

One thing that took me a long time to get used to is the 'play' reaming out that really just shows you are so close to someone you can call them out loudly in a public place and go on for a good while and in the end all parties laugh their butts off. I'm so happy to report that I have several people whom I do that with now. I always loved a fellow sarcastic. I usually can find one every time I go to either the Post Office, Bank, DMV, grocery store, or near the taxi stand in Cruz Bay.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 5:19 pm
Afriend
(@afriend)
Reputable Member

A person coming to a party, filling up 3 plates of food, and then leaving with it.

I can relate to that and along that same line - how about a couple who never seem to want to leave the party even though it's long after all the other guests departed and all the while they keep piling food on to their plates and eating.

We must have been gluttons for punishment since we invited them again to our next party with the same result. Learned our lesson quickly and have never invited them over again. I'm guessing though that this kind of inappropriate behavior is not limited to the islands.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 5:24 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

People not picking up their trash after beach parties and throwing garbage along the roadsides.

Haphazard zoning.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 5:29 pm
Rowdy802
(@Rowdy802)
Island Expert

Some businesses operating hours
The additional holidays.
The high number of post office boxes, thanks to the sometimes-impossible addresses.
The short horn beeping that goes back and forth to say "thank you" and "you are welcome" when in traffic.
Brand X gas stations, and they all have the same price (STX)...
Vehicles in good shape and operating conditions
A “very good condition used car” that really follows said description
Some drivers' inabilities to know how to use the low-hi beam switch
Chickens all over
A repairman showing up on time and on the date agreed
Priority and Express Mail packages that actually do get here quickly, and a package that you got on time, is actually one that did get delivered.
Sometimes, finding all the basic consumables in one place.
Driving cars on the LH side when they are actually designed for the RH side
Roadways with drainage (if any)
What in the name of all that is holy is a “protectorate”?
Painted road lines
a light post that does turn on
Produce that lasts longer than one day
Five Corners (STX)
Traffic flowing much faster at the Sion Farm intersection when the stoplight is not working (STX)
Getting in and out quickly of a fast food drive through. Well, a "Fast Food Restaurant" with fast service for that matter
Finding an auto mechanic, heck, finding a “good auto mechanic”.
A gas station where you can actually pay with a card at the pump.
An actual NEWLY elected first term government official
Product and waste recycling
Places to go ride a bicycle and mountain bike trails
Consistent and reliable “fast” internet
"island time"
Sahara Desert Dust? Aren't we in the Caribbean?
A kitchen free of ants
The "Jump-Up"
Affordable utilities and continuous electricity service for more than two weeks
De vocabulary
a good mosquito repellent IS your best friend
On STX, the row of clouds that forms and usually remains from mid-island and towards the west.

To sum it up, logic and laws of physics somehow seem not to apply here.

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Posted : November 29, 2016 9:19 pm
Bombi
(@Bombi)
Noble Member

Indicator lights

Good night

Finished

Walk with it

My own

My baby mothers kids

Next week Wednesday

True dat... for real?

Gone Bush

Day Drinker

Ratta

Backy man

optimist with low expectations on STX

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Posted : November 29, 2016 10:27 pm
Alana33
(@Alana33)
Islander

Putting everything you buy from grocery store that come in boxes in zip lock bags. Bought a container of Morton's salt. Usually transfer into an empty Adobo plastic container. Forgot to do it right away and a week later,
unusable as completely soggy and hadn't been opened. Using bay leaves to keep weevils at bay. Keeping cereal in a Ziploc in the refrigerator after opening. Keeping all my large containers of spices, either in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Posted : November 30, 2016 12:08 pm
AandA2VI
(@AandA2VI)
Noble Member

Bahn here locals complete and utter disrespect of the beaches and roads (litter) yet are super prideful about "their island".

West indian whisper talking - I was recently told this is a "thing". Never had it happen to me in STT but in STX I watch a conversation from afar at a normal talking level (usually at the bar when I am working) and then they come to order and whisper it. I can't hear them and I have like amazing hearing. Then I ask them to repeat it several times and I get an attitude. They go back to their convo with friends and I can hear then from across the bar. Totally baffled by this.

Other than that really nothing surprises me... the gnats on my ceiling are an odd one too but I have that figured out, just a lot of cleaning the ceilings.

*** The views and opinions expressed in my posts are soley those of A&A2VI and other like minded islanders. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the majority or any/all contributors to this site. Have a GREAT DAY!

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Posted : November 30, 2016 1:40 pm
daveb722
(@daveb722)
Reputable Member

No it was just in the news, I forget where, but a female was arrested because her boyfriend told her earlier in the day if the guests don't leave after being asked 3 times, to go get the gun in the bedroom and start shooting. She did and hit one in the leg.

A person coming to a party, filling up 3 plates of food, and then leaving with it.

I can relate to that and along that same line - how about a couple who never seem to want to leave the party even though it's long after all the other guests departed and all the while they keep piling food on to their plates and eating.

We must have been gluttons for punishment since we invited them again to our next party with the same result. Learned our lesson quickly and have never invited them over again. I'm guessing though that this kind of inappropriate behavior is not limited to the islands.

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Posted : November 30, 2016 1:58 pm
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