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February 22, 2009 12:52 am  

so i had these 2 guys for breakfast this am,they are leaving tomorrow after 7 weeks here working and going back to kansas city, they were here building greenhouses out at the U,one of them wants to stay so i gave him this web site and told him to read it all when he gets home and then decide,the couple stationed in iraq are still here as well,they go back on weds,lol alot of the people i had for b'fast or lunch today came back for dinner tonight to try the specials that i was describing all day,hahaha


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February 22, 2009 6:53 am  

Troy, I haven't been in your restaraunt yet but it sounds wonderful. I want to meet you as well. When are you working this week?

I went down to the yacht club here on St. Croix yesterday. Loved the drive down there with the boats arriving back in from the Regatta. It was just beautiful. I only went since a boat was in from PR and it was for sale. (still looking, yes) Hubs and I left there and went back downtown with a couple passengers that needed a ride back, then went to the Brew Pub to sit. One guy got up from the bar and was so drunk he wobbled sideways and finally fell just before going off the end of the boardwalk. His head almost hit a piling. We got him off the boardwalk so he wouldn't be a tourist attraction then got him back in a chair and called paramedics since someone said he was diabetic. They came quickly but not as quick as his mother....lol. She said he was not diabetic, just drunk. He was able to walk with a couple of arms around him and she took him home. That was my excitement for yesterday. Missed Mardi Croix..dammit!


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February 22, 2009 12:19 pm  

oh was he the reason for the ambulance yesterday afternoon late with the lights flashing,i just figured one of the old danes staying at caravel had a heart attack,i'm there mon,tues days,weds night thurs lunch fri sat days


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February 22, 2009 1:23 pm  

Hello everyone, I've been a lurker here for awhile and post on the vacation and relocation boards only when I can answer a question. I've always thought that hubby and I would be moving to STT (someday) but, lo and behold, I have an interview in STX in March. Truthfully, I have never even thought about living on STX. . . The last time I was in STX was as a young teenager.

All of my research on moving has been regarding STT and I'm familiar with all the pros/cons of moving to the islands. I have friends in STT, I know that island well, and lived there for a year back in the 80s.

That all being said, I was given 2 places to stay that are close to my interview, the Caravelle and the Kings Alley hotels, anyone have any suggestions as to which one to stay? Also, should I rent a car? I arrive on a Monday and leave on Wed, I will be travelling by myself, am in my mid 40s' and can pretty well adapt to any situation.

Thanks for any help.
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February 22, 2009 1:29 pm  

stay at the caravell and don't bother with a car if you're only here for 2 days unless you want to see the island as a whole,if not just use the cabs to get you where you need to go,there is a cab stand in front of gov house on king street one block from the caravelle,spendy at times but it saves hassle,where is your interview,it could very well be on the 2.50 cab route


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February 22, 2009 1:39 pm  

I second Caravelle. Staff is very warm and friendly and Rumrunners is right there.


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February 22, 2009 1:50 pm  

Thanks, the Caravelle it is! Interview is supposedly within walking distance from either hotel. I just didn't know if I needed to get a car to be able to go to restaurants or a beach. I would like to hit the beach for at least an hour on tuesday afternoon or wed morning.


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February 22, 2009 1:53 pm  

just take the small ferry over to hotel on the cay for the beach it's like 20 seconds from the caravelle


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February 22, 2009 5:41 pm  

c urchin, your interview is not with stanford is it?


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February 22, 2009 6:40 pm  

so last night this young couple came in and sat at the bar,he's crucian she like a santo/trini mix both in their very early 20's,he orders a heineken she orders baileys up,so i get them their drinks offer menus they said no and then i leave them alone,i just thought "good looking couple" and went back to talking to my tables and reading my book about 25 minutes later my boss goes behind the bar and the young lady orders another drink, he makes it and then the boss goes to sit with this really old couple he's known for years,then the young guy motions me over and asks if we have ponche kuba i said nope and no cruzan rum cream or coquito and then i went behind the bar and grabbed the amaretto and told him to smell it he did and liked it so i poured him one on the rocks and he really liked it,this was about 8:30 so i asked them if they had been out to dinner earlier and he said no that he'd just gotten off work and cleaned up and came out for a drink with his girlfriend i asked him what he did for work and he told me he was an electrician i said cool and he smiled and agreed,i guess my whole point of this ramble is that this guy is in his very early 20's just like the painters painting the building next door and alot of the delievery drivers i see and these young men made a choice and that choice was to not be like their contemporaries selling drugs out on the street and causing general mayhem,when my driver took me home last night i counted 23 dealers on company street down to times square,the legit young men like the guy at the bar last night are the ones that need to be nurtured,encouraged and helped in any way possible,when the guy and his girl got up to leave he walked over to me and shook my hand and wished me a good night and you have no idea how that made me feel.


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February 22, 2009 7:40 pm  

Awsome! If we could just have a poster with that inspiration made and put it up in Times Square.

Get schooling and live a good life.


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February 22, 2009 8:06 pm  

jeez i'm watching a movie that should not be watched on such a beautiful day "the house of sand and fog" you just want to slap the jen conneley character up along side the head for not opening her mail,but i suppose if she had ben kingsleys character would not have been so intense,i twas getting too intense so i had to take a break and walk around for a minute,it is a strangely odd good movie


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February 22, 2009 8:46 pm  

trw i just loved that movie it was a very intense movie and i felt for both sides. i cry thnking about it.


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February 23, 2009 1:21 am  

There's always been a real need for a good trade school down here. UVI isn't for everyone & good plumbers, mechanics (auto & boat) & electricians can make a darned good living here or anywhere.


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February 23, 2009 11:58 am  

trw, I loved that movie too! Saw it at the theatre when it came to STX...you should read the book by Andre Dubus. Hey, who has seen Slumdog Millionaire? It is definitely worth seeing—one of the absolute best movies I've seen in a long time!! Still on STX through Thursday...catch it before it's gone!!


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February 23, 2009 2:46 pm  

Trade I don't know about STT, but on STX there is a program out at the Educational Complex on the Vocational side that offer a wide array of trades. There's HVAC (I think that's the correct term) Pluming, Electric, some type of nursing and others, just to name a few. The classes start at some point in the year and you get certified at the ending of the class.


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February 23, 2009 3:27 pm  

Moving is all I can think about! It's all I can do just to close my eyes at night and get some sleep in-between packing and working days!! I would like to announce that I am pretty much DONE packing up my apartment, however! One weekend of sequestering myself and vowing not to leave until all of my laundry was done and all of my boxes were color-coded and ready to go will be well worth it in 43 days when I'm stepping off the plane. But damn, what a job.

Trw, your story touched my heart. What a kind young man. Isn't it great to be reminded of the kinder side of humanity from time to time?

I wish I could say it was just the weather that has so inspired me to live on STX, but it's so much more than that. For me, it's the cultural diversity and the simple, easy going, fun-loving lifestyle. I want to get involved with some of the social/economic problems that seem to be overwhelmingly present. I would love to volunteer with kids (I do now in MN), tutor them, and help them find the confidence to pursue their dreams with earnest passion. I am excited to start my new job and start meeting new friends, too! I think, most of all, I'm excited to feel the warmth of the sun on my shoulders, the sea breeze on my cheeks, and the soft sand beneath my feet. It's been so long . . .


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February 23, 2009 6:24 pm  

It has been talked about for eons but there is no formal hospitality training in a place where so much money comes from tourism. Too many think of working in hotels as just housekeeping where there are MANY more opportunities out there. Our Director of Tourism was once a reservation clerk who worked her way up but more schooling would help so many. There are some scheduled visits & some kids get to work along with hotel or other tourism industries for a day or so but much, much more needs to be done. I don't know of an actual trade school for the trades here on STT but I'm talking about something in depth.


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February 23, 2009 7:08 pm  

lol i'm at the library and that awful senator james just walked in,she's such a tacky mess,i mean really wearing white after labor day,please. just got off work and went and got my laundry 17 bucks for 2 loads,then went and got insurance on the jeep 326 bucks for liability for a year marshall and sterling,oh and the library ladies are yelling loudly at each other about "the spanish girl just standing right there" she this she that,too funny and now their sucking their teeth because senator james told them to scan something for the staff and LOL i just blend with the wall so i can hear it all


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February 23, 2009 7:33 pm  

TRW...the white thang after labor day, it's called "Winter White".....all rules for clothing (especially here) are tossed !
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February 23, 2009 8:44 pm  

I was gonna say . . . when you can't tell winter from summer anyway does it really matter what color one wears when? If it still applies, I should probably get on top of that . . . isn't it just white pants/shoes/bottoms, though, or all white? I'm wearing a white sweater, for instance. =)


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February 24, 2009 2:45 am  

Trade you are correct, there has be talks about starting a hospitality training program in the VI but nothing has every been done. What i don't understand which you might be able to help me out with is, at UVI I'm not sure if it's the STT or the STX or both campuses, isn't there some sort of hospitality program there? I thought there was but i could be mistaken, because I've never paid attention to it. I guess I look it up tomorrow morning.


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February 24, 2009 7:33 am  

If there is, it's not doing much.


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February 24, 2009 4:54 pm  

I've gotten the impression part of the problem at UVI on STX is lack of instructors. I recently met a lady who is in a managerial position (forgot her title) at UVI. She was actually (informally) recruiting instructors. She did say, however, it is an ongoing program. It's not part of a degree program, but offered as a CELL course.

If anyone feels qualified and interested, you might contact UVI to inquire. This was on St. Croix. No idea what they offer on STT.


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February 24, 2009 6:27 pm  

i just had the greatest driver bring me to the house,he's an older antiguan been here for years and listening to him talk was like listening to martha stewart his words were that precise,he introduced himself as Jacobson,he is the first driver to every tell me his name and he told me he handled all of stanfords tranportation needs,oh and codyk and beachy saw my kinda black eye today,on friday night i was walking to my apt in town and i was walking on church street and 2 guys jumped me one grabbed my arm and the other sucker punched me so i stabbed him in the face and just kept walking


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