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(@Leslie and Brandon)
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We just moved here sight unseen. Got an awesome job offer after playing around on Career-builder.com sold most of what we owned (storage for antiques and family stuff...one being his grandma's yellow and orange stripped couch that I am stuck with until we pass it on to his kids...lol) shipped some stuff and hopped a plane.

While I"m sure this advise may not be considered as such..but more stupidity. It worked for us. We've been here for 2 months so far, and LOVE it. We are at Megans bay watching the sunset and swimming every evening after work. (my biggest disappointment is there is very little color in the sunsets. In Kansas and the Midwest in general there are always beautiful sunsets. Full of pinks, reds, oranges, and purples. Here they are usually gray silver. With pink every once in a great while) Will somebody tell the native that funnel cakes (jonny cakes) need icing. hehehehe.

The bureaucracy here is stupid, but even the natives are fed up with it. It's just the way things are. Once you convince them you aren't a tourist they lighten up and become friendly. Just remember this is their home. I was once told that America is the only country in the world where we go abroad and they are still the foreigners. And if you decide to make this your home, stop referring to state side as "going home" home is where your rump rests. to truly make something your home you at least need to refer to it as such.

We prayed about it and it just seemed right for us. But that's just my opinion. Things are different for everyone.

Posted : August 1, 2006 1:23 pm
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Well, good for you, Leslie and Brandon. Two months already coming down here stone cold, and you haven't figured out that Magen's Bay is not spelled Megans, you're enjoying less than spectacular sunsets, you want johnny cakes iced, the bureacracy here is "stupid?"

Well,God Bless You and good speed.

After just two months with all this good advice to offer, we look foward to your post(s) six months or a year from now.


Posted : August 1, 2006 4:44 pm
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When correcting someone's spelling it's imperative, for credibility's sake, to spell the corrected word correctly -- there's no apostrophe in Magens!

Posted : August 1, 2006 5:01 pm
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Hey Leslie and Brandon,

The reason your Kansas sunsets had all those "beautiful" colors is because the sky there is filled with pollutants that distort the sun's natural light. Most of us that live here prefer the gorgeous silver and pink sunsets that nature intended and the wonderfully clean, pollution-free air that allows us to see them and breathe easy.

Can't wait to hear your thoughts after being here after a year, especially if you keep suggesting that the West Indian/Caribbean way of doing things, culture, and food change to be more to what you liked back in Kansas.

Welcome aboard.


Posted : August 1, 2006 5:20 pm
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dt8wup: You are quite correct insofar as the spelling of Magens is concerned in that there is no apostrophe, so mea culpa!

With all due respect and if, as a regular poster on this forum, you had done a search on Magens Bay, you would have probably come across some posts I made on the subject in re the spelling related to the history of the (Danish) Magens family,

The Danish Magens family first settled on STX in the late 18th century, In the late 19h century they removed to STT.

HipCrip's response to Leslie and Brandon's post was made in all good faith, as was mine.


Posted : August 1, 2006 6:05 pm
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Leslie and Brandon: Best wishes on your tenure here. I, too, look forward to your 6 month report!

Posted : August 1, 2006 8:02 pm
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Hi STTResident.

I remember your posts about the spelling and history of Magens which is why it seemed especially fun to be able to tease you about your typo 😛 !

Posted : August 1, 2006 8:06 pm
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dnt: touche!

Posted : August 1, 2006 10:22 pm
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I also wish Brandon and Leslie all the luck and good fortune in the world - I truly hope it works out for you. One thing, I believe the residents of the islands are generally referred to as "locals" rather than "natives", the latter of which carries a slighltly condescending tone. It's a rooky mistake 🙂

Posted : August 2, 2006 12:48 pm
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Leslie and Brandon
Welcome to St. Thomas. Sounds like the two of you will do just fine. I am working on my 27th month here on Island and I too made no PMV. Works for some, especially those of us used to change. You will discover on this board that with some posters you are not allowed to have an opinion until you are more seasoned. I actually like hearing the opinion of newbies because it is usually a fresh and unadultered opinion.
Your opinions will evolve with time on the Island so I too look forward to your updates. Best of luck!

Posted : August 2, 2006 1:13 pm
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Our friends from AZ, Beth and Tabra, went on a week long PMV a year ago, and never came back. They seem to be doing fine, in fact Tabra left one of the big hotels as maintainance manager to start her own construction business, and Beth has recently open a used book store outside of C'stead.

So i'm sure if they can do it, others can to, but not all others. You need to have the right mind set.

Posted : August 2, 2006 1:19 pm
(@Leslie and Brandon)
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That makes since on the sunsets. I had no idea that was why the sunsets were colorfull back in the mid west.

So who are you guys that answer all of our newbie questions? Do you work for the board or are you just locals helping out? Either way thanks!!!

magens: as far as the mis spelling of it...you spell check corrected that for me. It can't spell it right either 😛

Posted : August 2, 2006 3:48 pm
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I enjoyed your 'youthful exhuberence' !

Posted : August 2, 2006 4:04 pm
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Most of the people asking questions are full time residents in the islands. Some have been here longer than others. There are also some people answering questions who have not yet made the move and are still in their planning stages. Others have been here and gone away again but still come back to the website to post.

I didn't make a PMV either. Whether someone is ultimately happy in the islands and opts to remain long-term or not depends more on the person's adaptability and mindset rather than on how many visits they made prior to moving or how many years they spent planning. Different people have different needs when they are looking at making such dramatic changes in their lives. Some people jump in with both feet and swim just fine. Others may try that and get themselves sucked under. Some people plan things to every last detail and that still may not result in a successful adaptation to a new life here.

Keep that open mind and great attitude and it will take you at least as far as a PMV or two would have done. Congrats on finding jobs and housing quickly and making it work for you this far. Best of luck for continued success & happiness in the islands!

Posted : August 2, 2006 4:11 pm
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