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Which Is better for living St. Croix or St. Thomas???

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DUN
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And, I would say Water Island is the best island. Quiet, safe, separate but still close to STT.

I almost purchased property on Water Island(love the seclusion,some of the folks there &, I wanted to be part of the population that kept the every once in a blue moon STT thieves that arrived at bay)!

Then there was the Pro/Con list...
The biggest Con, you need 3 vehiclesz(all MUST haves):
1. A car in STT
2.A dingy to get from/to Water Island STT
3.A car/golfcart to get to the Water Island dock/around Water Island.

And ALL these vehicles MUST operate at ALL times just to get through everyday stuff!

Paid parking on STT for the car there is also REQUIRED!<Hopefully, with security.

One thing you can opt out on is the dingy in lieu of the water island ferry(I see this as only a backup for the dingy).

Understand, you need to RELY on each & every vehicle at ALL times!

This adds up to considerable cost of living & inconvenience (but that ensures more privacy & a tighter community that is nearly free of theft!

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Posted : January 4, 2010 10:56 pm
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DUN, yes. You're right. Transportation is a bit more demanding for WI residents. Living on Water Island can be darn inconvenient and a person must be very independent, self-reliant, very resourceful, varied DIY skills (plumbing, electricity, building, digging, jury-rigging, rock crushing, concrete pouring, appliance fixing, supply/material "hunter"), a tremendous sense of humor also comes in extremely handy, lots of bandaids in multiple sizes, fearless (e.g., to be able to roll TopCoat onto a roof 3 stories high on the edge of a cliff).........the list goes on and on and on. Actually, that list of qualifications/skills sounds alot like what I've heard from each and every one of STT, STX, STJ, WI residents also! I guess we're all in good company! What skillset / qualifications DOES it take for one to live on any of the US Virgin Islands? I would love to see our lists.....and it might be enlightening list for folks who are considering making the "jump".

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Posted : January 5, 2010 12:26 pm
DUN
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Then i think, aw crap, I need a couple more 10-32 Stainless screws...Dam, the marine stores are closed, guess I have to go to Home Depot!
Imagine, the same needs & you live on Water Island??

Forget it!

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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Posted : January 6, 2010 11:11 pm
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Stainless steel screws........so, the dryer broke down. Took the 8:15 into the city, rented a car, went to Home Depot. Now....the last time I bought appliances I stupidly believed the HD employees when they said "oh, they show they're in stock so they must be on the ship in port and they'll be here this week after they unload the ship". I chased those appliances with Home Depot for 6 months when we FINALLY got the appliances, did the circus act to get them over to Water Island and then found out they didn't deliver what we actually ordered AND overcharged us on our credit card. ......anyway......4 years later, so the dryer broke down and we're at Home Depot and I am determined to buy only what I can see, touch, feel IN THE STORE. Made the purchase. They deliver appliances for free. Set it up to be delivered a couple days later. They will meet us at KRUM Bay - not CROWN Bay. Waiting at Krum Bay....get a call....where are you?...we're at CROWN Bay.....no, no, we cannot load a dryer into a dinghy at CROWN Bay....come over to KRUM Bay. HD driver/truck arrives at Krum Bay ramp, load the gigantic dryer-in-the-box into the 12 foot dinghy, and head out. As soon as we get into the channel, winds came up, dryer shifted and.....we were sooooo close to launching into the water and letting that dryer motor itself over to Water Island. Anyway, wild (and slow) toad ride to Water Island, hauled dryer up to the house, connected the cord, plugged it in. ............and it doesn't work! The BRAND NEW DRYER doesn't work.

Called HD immediately. They won't take it back. We asked them to bring new one, meet us at Krum Bay with the NEW/old one and do a swap. Oh no. That won't do. Said they have to send a repairperson out there to see what the trouble is. It's now been 4 weeks of chasing Home Depot and GE on what is now NOT a NEW dryer. Repair person finally came yesterday. Said it was the motherboard. Will take a week to a month to get the part. Again, they won't take it back. So while I wait until the part arrives (with a capital P) and the repairperson to schedule a time to come back out - I remind myself "at least it's the DRYER". I have a perfectly great clothesline and the clothes smell wonderful after drying on the line. Where there are lemons.........make lemonade!

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Posted : January 7, 2010 1:25 pm
DUN
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Our winds & sun do make a great dryer(that`s what I use)!

I know it`s getting harder & harder to get non-electro fancy appliances anymore, but STAY AWAY from those devices with motherboards/LED/LCD sreens!
A regular timer (though archaic) can survive the spikes/brownouts WAPA regularly sends us!

One of my customers has a fleet of tugboats, they replaced the no-frills washer that died after 4 years of heavy use & salt spray w/ a smart washer/dryer combo unit, it lasted a DAY, that`s right, a day!
It seems it was in operation (either washing, or drying) when the generators were switched from Port to Stbd.
Something that happens anywhere from once a few days, to 3-4 times a day on a tug boat.
So,during the transfer, the machine would have seen a brownout & spike(kinda like when your lights dim, the power goes out, then back on)...something we all live with WAPA.

7 years ago, I purchased a basic washer from Price Smart(it`s still being sold there for around $400+).
It still works well & has been WAPPA-ed(can we make that a word??) many times!

FYI, a dryer has 3 basic parts, the motor that turns the drum, the heater that dries, & the control that tells `em what to do( for how long/hot)

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Posted : January 7, 2010 11:52 pm
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