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Alexandra
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I see life has been chugging right along on STX while I was away. I'm back now and plugging away at all the emails that need more of a response than they got while I was traveling with limited internet access. So here I am at 2 AM taking a break from emails and laundry and apologizing to my pets for being gone for 3 weeks.

My condolences to trw and my congratulations to Lizard. Pets come and pets go and each one touches our heart. My husband's dog was hit by a car two years ago and I've also lost one kitten (killed by a neighbor's Rottweiler who got off its chain) since moving to STX. My Pomeranian is 14+ years old, so it's just a matter of time before her time comes. Right now she has a new lease on life from playing with the Cruzan kitten we adopted from the animal shelter this spring. Of course, the cat would rather play with the centipedes she finds. She had a big one in her mouth a couple hours ago that I thought for sure would sting her in the tongue before she managed to kill it.

tam, I'm glad JJ came out of his fever. I've heard of quite a few people having fevers the past couple months that they thought at first were dengue but they recovered quickly enough that the docs said it probably wasn't really dengue. Dengue is a bad one to get since you never fully get over it (assuming you survive it the first time) and have relapses from time to time out of nowhere. That happens with malaria, too. Maybe it's that way with all these fevers that are passed around via mosquitos.

Tonight there was an Air Force flight crew jumping off the Parrothead into the marina waters at Green Cay. With all the raw sewage in the marina, I sure hope none of them wind up with dysentery tomorrow... or worse! They went on to have dinner at the Pickled Greek and I wouldn't want them to think it was Peter's cooking that got them sick.

Happy 4th of July to everyone. 🙂

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Posted : July 4, 2008 6:19 am
Trade
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Welcome back, Alexandra.

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Posted : July 4, 2008 9:56 am
marlene
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I've been wondering where you've been. I've missed your postings. Welcome back.

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Posted : July 4, 2008 11:18 am
dougtamjj
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Happy 4th everyone

Tammy

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Posted : July 4, 2008 11:41 am
Lizard
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"HAPPY 4th of July 2008" We decided not to grill this year (Outback has a take out now)! That's in NJ by the way.

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Posted : July 4, 2008 12:24 pm
charlotte
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Trw, so sorry about your dog... I once had a vet that told me that dogs will go away from a house to die. They sense that and usually run away or go to the back of a fenced in area and die there. I always thought that maybe they do that to make it easier on the owners. Dogs are so much smarter than we think. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
Charlotte

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Posted : July 4, 2008 3:28 pm
tmleeke
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I went to a baseball game tonight at Canegata Ball Park. It was GREAT.

They had a guy calling play by play over a speakerphone, just like you would hear on the radio except everybody could hear it, including the players. And the announcers weren't afraid to joke around and poke fun at the players. It was hilarious. The players were loose and having fun, smiling whether they did good or bad, and you could tell how much fun they were having. They also had some talent out there.

Then of course there was the view. I had been watching the game for about 20 minutes when I heard a plane taking off. I look up and there's a sea plane taking off from the bay over the Hotel on the Cay and I realzie I am facing right out toward the water. I could see the bay, the water out toward STT, and the mountains out west. As the sun went down it was gorgeous. I had almost as much fun watching as they did playing. I'll definately watch some more games.

The underdog Suns defeated the Monarchs 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth. It really was a good game. Some good hitting from both teams.

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Posted : July 5, 2008 11:35 pm
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The views always catch me unaware. I work in a windowless office behind the front desk at the Buccaneer. Every time I go out to use the bathroom on the Terrace Lounge that wonderful view suprises me. After you're here a while, it's easy to either forget or not notice where you are.

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Posted : July 6, 2008 8:44 am
trw
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the day joseph came over to get katie the old dog the lady from salt river with the 2 beach strays finally brought them over,lol they are 2 of the ugliest crucian muts i've ever seen,short and long(you know the type) i have them confined in the 3rd of the house we keep closed off until they calm down and get used to us,they will come up and take food from the hand finally but they still growl when they do it but not like the first couple of days they were here,the black one finally barked herself hoarse and the blonde one never really barked that much to begin with,i have never tried to tame wild adult dogs so i'm winging it here,.

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Topic starter Posted : July 6, 2008 9:15 pm
Trade
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I bet they calm down when they start to trust you, trw. Great of you to give them a chance. God knows how they've been treated but they're survivors. The wimpy ones don't make it, sadly.

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Posted : July 6, 2008 9:51 pm
trw
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Trade i wanted to respond to the adelbert thing here and not the hurricane thread. I think you have crucians here that hate white statesiders just because they are white statesiders and they use the slavery thing as an excuse for that hatred,then you have the crucians that hate downislanders because their slavery experience was not like that of those here on stx, and yes the slave experience here was one of the worst in the entire region, we after all were the 2nd largest sugar producer in the area while the slaves on stt and stj lived in relative comfort the slaves here on stx lived lives of sheer hell.Intellectually i understand all of that, emotionally i could care less,my families land was stolen by the british in ireland and my ancestors were driven from those shores to the states, if you know the history of the potato trash irish you know what i mean,yes slavery was an awful horrible expierence but it and forced relocation of a people have happened since the dawn of recorded history and so i guess who cares, the arabs of todays world have more slaves in use than the europeans of yesterday ever had and i don't see the olasee's and adelberts and moorheads going after them for reparations, to me it's all one great big hypocracy and the locals here are just looking for a scapegoat to blame for the social and economic problems facing us here in the usvi, it's easier to blame the great white satans from the us instead of themselves, the locals here have had 160 years to rule and they have dismally fuc*ed it up at every single turn and so now we have a good guy as gov and the senate keeps trying to outbig man him, i swear to god these islands are turnng into another zimbabwe and you have people like the idiot that runs crcians in focus in charge of that turn

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 1:02 am
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Anybody know the dog that hangs out just north of Rte 75 on Rte 79, as you are headed from Northside Rd to Sunny Isle? It's a little blonde crucian mix. Been there, on the side of the road, for about a week now. My husband said on Friday, if it was still there the next time he went by, he was picking it up. Well....it's like some negative karma, (or maybe positive), but the dog isn't there. He has been driving by 2 or 3 times a day. First choice would be to hear that someone had picked it up, and all is good!

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Posted : July 7, 2008 1:03 am
trw
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juanita picking up the dogs on the side of the road is easier said than done,i'd love to bring them all home but i'm learning from experience that most of them are wild and yoy don't stand a chance,good luck though

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 1:16 am
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I know, trw, but we've had a couple of successes. Remember Bentley? He wandered up one very rainy day, and we adopted him. Well, he and our little dogs were having "issues" so we had a friend who took Bentley, and she later took a street dog, evenly match to Bentley (both part Pit-Bull). They are doing great. As we are so fond of saying, "You can't save them all, but you do what you can."

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Posted : July 7, 2008 1:28 am
beachy
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Lots of people say Adelbert is just an exception--but he has alot more support than most folks admit to. He got the BIGGEST number of votes for delegate to the const. convention---and those votes came from folks who knew very clearly where he stands on the subjects under discussion re a constitution...it shows me where the real feelings of lots of folks are---in the voting booth they support him even if they find it not PC to be honest about their feelings in public.

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Posted : July 7, 2008 1:34 am
Juanita
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So true. And...we might be surprised who actually voted for him.

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Posted : July 7, 2008 1:38 am
Yearasta
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TRW (tu)

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Posted : July 7, 2008 2:01 am
trw
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i live here in lavallee as everyone knows and lavallee is a crucian,not a down island neighborhood,i've had my share of grief with the young ones but thats because of their ignorance about gay people and nothing else, the adults are ok people that realize that we are just 2 more people that want to live and let live and the only political sign i've ever seen posted here was for mapp, you ask about chuckie and adelbert and they just laugh and roll their eyes and say thats a center island and f'sted thing

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 2:02 am
trw
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i lived in denver back in the early 80's and they tried to come out with license plates thats said "native"if you were a "bahn here" and it was shot down just going to show that native coloradans as well as native crucians are nothing special, we're all americans

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 2:09 am
Yearasta
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There are a lot of things they are close minded about and unfortunately their ignorance towards gays is a big one, I have seen some progress though from the time I went to Central awhile back to now...

As for the native/bahn ya thing...i'm not an advocate....there are too many cultures here to start another racial divide.

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Posted : July 7, 2008 2:18 am
trw
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thank you yearasta your reply kinda made me choke up for a bit, I love stx and lavallee in particular,this is "home" to me/us,lavallee people to me are the same as the farm people i grew up with in southern minnesota only the skin color is different,basic country folk that live and let live,all you need to do is hang at sylvies bar one night to see what i mean,especially when it's "bad"karaoke night,in my years here i've learned that we all eat sleep cry and fu*ck the same,our emotions are the same,our skin color is different but that is the only difference,this is what i feel abot lavallee i don't know about the rest of stx,well yes i do kinda, i feel the same about mon bijou and glynn

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 2:34 am
DL
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I think you have crucians here that hate white statesiders just because they are white statesiders and they use the slavery thing as an excuse for that hatred,

We weren't enslaved by the United States, we were enslaved by Denmark so how could we use the "slavery thing" as an excuse. Also a lot of people dislike white statesiders for the same reasons you had some Indians disliking British people while they were still a colony, Vietnamese hating French, Indonesian hating Dutch, etc..... Of course in a COLONY you're going to have some of the COLONIZED who hate people from the COLONIZER country, even if the hated members of such colonizer country have nothing to do with the colonizing. It comes with the territory.

then you have the crucians that hate downislanders because their slavery experience was not like that of those here on stx

What basis do you have for that? Slavery in the British West Indies was almost the same as that in the Danish West Indies, except it ended fifteen years earlier.

yes slavery was an awful horrible expierence but it and forced relocation of a people have happened since the dawn of recorded history and so i guess who cares, the arabs of todays world have more slaves in use than the europeans of yesterday ever had and i don't see the olasee's and adelberts and moorheads going after them for reparations, to me it's all one great big hypocracy and the locals here are just looking for a scapegoat to blame for the social and economic problems facing us here in the usvi, it's easier to blame the great white satans from the us instead of themselves

So because slavery happened to everyone else, we should let go and move on? Why is it okay for every other ethnic group to demand reparations/etc but not for African descendants? The Hawaiians, Native Americans, Jews, have all demanded and received reparations and no one had a problem with them?

the locals here have had 160 years to rule and they have dismally fuc*ed it up at every single turn

160 years to rule? So you're telling me we had self government from Emancipation forward? Self government was from the 1930s forward. Also, turning into another Zimbabwe? Here is a random recent news story on Zimbabwe... can you name anything in the VI that has anything in common with the ongoings described in this article? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25537446

so now we have a good guy as gov and the senate keeps trying to outbig man him

So you don't agree with the democratic checks and balances system that we inherited from the US? If the governor (executive branch) did whatever he wanted without the legislative branch's participation, wouldn't we be more like the Zimbabwe you're so wary of us turning into?

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Posted : July 7, 2008 2:41 am
Yearasta
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TRW....don't even waste your time...

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Posted : July 7, 2008 3:01 am
trw
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um well i have'nt tried to sue britian for my ancestors suffering and forced relocation and i know the danish were the slave owners here,get off your soap box,i'm not belittling anyones experience i'm just tired of it being used as an excuse to not move forward and accept some responsibility for WHY these islands ARE IN THE MESS THAT THEY ARE,at this point in time 2008 the usa and the danes are no longer responsible for the shortcomings of "native" virgin islanders, deal with it and move on,, and yes i love where i live but you have the descendants of the original slaves still living here in the old slave quarters and bitchin about colonial rule and i guess to me that shows a supreme lack of ambition and professional victimhood and i guess it's easier to blame others than it is to try and change, and yes i see alot of jealousy from the senate towards the gov and thats kind of ammusing and DL i've lived here for 14 years and i see how the downislanders are treated by the locals, and so once again i say i'm tired of the professional victimhood i see here,shut up and deal with it or get out, because i vote and pay my taxes here i choose to bit*ch about it and that in and of itself gives me the right. and i'm sorry if i've offended anyone else here

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 3:20 am
trw
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oh and one more thing it's very well documented that hitler and his minions killed over one million gay people during their time in power,thats why i have a pink triangle tattoo'd on my shoulder,so whom should i sue for that,my people still face the persecution today,so who in the hell should i sue for that,or should i just deal with it and move on?

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2008 3:27 am
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