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stjohnjulie
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shangirl, I'm freezing my a$$ off right now thanks to your CT description! I moved here from Michigan, so I know what freezing is about. After 16 years here, now I think 76 is freezing. The winter before I moved here we had 43 days with NO sunshine. I went to work in the dark, I got home in the dark, I had to dig my car out of snow, chisel ice off my windshield, it was miserable. I don't miss that at all.

Something else that I really like here, but can be totally annoying to others.... I really like routine, but I don't like schedules. This place is perfect for that. The only thing that operates close to schedule is the people ferry. Everything else seems to be a variable.

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Posted : November 23, 2015 8:25 am
stxsailor
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"For the people who are still living there but have cited many negative attributes that drive away transplants....what keeps you living on the islands?"

For the first time in years i feel at home. Troubles, power outages, job losses, friends coming and going it's home plain and simple going on 5 years.

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Posted : November 23, 2015 12:04 pm
shangirl
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stjohnjulie- I totally get it. I'm not much for schedules either! I drive people nuts. Or planning. We are visiting Montana next week and everyone is planning and wanting to go shopping for winter clothes and I'm all "chill out, we have plenty of time!"

stxsailor- your post brought tears to my eyes 😉 not better reason....my dad was a sailor btw...

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Posted : November 24, 2015 12:06 am
JahRustyFerrari
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"For the people who are still living there but have cited many negative attributes that drive away transplants....what keeps you living on the islands?"

For the first time in years i feel at home. Troubles, power outages, job losses, friends coming and going it's home plain and simple going on 5 years.

Thank you, stxsailor...it is home, plain and simple.
I unfortunately had to leave home temporarily this year, and I can't wait to return. I have not turned off the AC since I've been here in Florida, Publix has fresh made sushi every day, I have not hit a single pothole, my power never goes out, and there are two Walmarts within walking distance...I will happily leave all of this and go back to my home with all of its troubles.

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Posted : November 24, 2015 12:03 pm
Alana33
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When I visit friends in the states and ask what they do when power goes out, they all say " what are you talking about?" Here in STT, I'm surprised when a whole month goes by without an outage. It's rare.

I surely love the sushi from Publix as well as the prices there and at Walgreens. Those smooth, clean, well manicured roads are a true delight tho can't say much about driving on the right and those high speed limits.

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Posted : November 24, 2015 4:51 pm
monogram
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I surely love the sushi from Publix.

The subs are to die for.

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Posted : November 24, 2015 4:53 pm
speee1dy
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love everything from publix .

i am sorry you miss home so much

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Posted : November 24, 2015 5:05 pm
OldTart
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When I visit friends in the states and ask what they do when power goes out, they all say " what are you talking about?"

It must depend on where in the states you're staying. I have friends in NYC, upper NYS, CT, NH, ME, NC and CO - all of whom have experienced blackouts and brownouts at one time or another. Maybe not with the frequency of ours (although there certainly seems to have been a vast improvement here in the last year or so) but other parts of the world aren't immune by any stretch,

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Posted : November 24, 2015 5:33 pm
watruw8ing4
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When I visit friends in the states and ask what they do when power goes out, they all say " what are you talking about?" Here in STT, I'm surprised when a whole month goes by without an outage. It's rare.

Had more power outages in PA, then we've had here. Thunderstorms in the summer and ice and snow storms in the winter. My SIL is a linesman and can't make other plans when a Nor'easter is coming. At least here, we don't have to worry about staying warm when ice takes the wires down.

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Posted : November 24, 2015 5:53 pm
OldTart
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This link tells the tale:

http://insideenergy.org/2014/08/18/power-outages-on-the-rise-across-the-u-s/

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Posted : November 24, 2015 5:59 pm
Alana33
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Okay, when visiting Florida.
I don't do snow. Nice to look at but not to live with.

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Posted : November 24, 2015 6:27 pm
STXBob
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In the 10 years since I've left New Jersey, my ex-neighbors there have had more long-term power outages (lasting 1 week or more) than we've had here in the VI. That's mainly due to several ice-, wind- and rain-storms there, and just one serious storm here (Omar).

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Posted : November 24, 2015 9:27 pm
JahRustyFerrari
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love everything from publix .

i am sorry you miss home so much

Thanks!

One of the nearby Publix has a full-blown Chinese kitchen where they cook everything fresh daily...amazing. Also trying to get used to having some phenomenally beautiful female bagger take my groceries to the car and not expect a tip LOL ! (it's against Publix policy to tip them).

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Posted : November 25, 2015 12:36 pm
speee1dy
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LOL, now that is something to be grateful for

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Posted : November 25, 2015 1:16 pm
SausageInTheCan
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In the 10 years since I've left New Jersey, my ex-neighbors there have had more long-term power outages (lasting 1 week or more) than we've had here in the VI. That's mainly due to several ice-, wind- and rain-storms there, and just one serious storm here (Omar).

Ice, rain and snow storms are all valid reasons for a power outage. Here it goes out because the sun is shining or an iguana peed to close to a power cable. Then they fry all your stuff for you when it's restored.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 2:02 pm
OldTart
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Ice, rain and snow storms are all valid reasons for a power outage. Here it goes out because the sun is shining or an iguana peed to close to a power cable. Then they fry all your stuff for you when it's restored.

Par for the course your negativity about anything to do with living here is recognized. Why on earth stay somewhere which generally grates you so much?

For the record and after having gone through hundreds if not thousands of blackouts and brownouts in 3+ decades, I've NEVER had any appliance "fry".

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Posted : November 26, 2015 3:40 pm
SausageInTheCan
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Don't you have to stuff your turkey or something? But you are correct as usual. The power never goes out for no apparent reason and no one on this forum has ever complained about fried equipment.
P.S. The flying monkees are hungry.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 4:02 pm
redeyesadie
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Don't you have to stuff your turkey or something? But you are correct as usual. The power never goes out for no apparent reason and no one on this forum has ever complained about fried equipment.
P.S. The flying monkees are hungry.

I know OT can more than fend for herself, but SITC you're getting needlessly nasty. Nobody is disputing whether or not people have experienced loss of electrical equipment. Her point, contrary to your generalization, was that in 30+ years it has never happened to her.

Breath.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 4:47 pm
OldTart
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SITC, it's entirely possible that the life of some of my appliances may have been shortened but none has ever "fried". My humble apologies for not having been more explicit. I had a senior moment and temporarily forgot to whom I was responding. 😀

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Posted : November 26, 2015 5:47 pm
CruzanIron
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Ice, rain and snow storms are all valid reasons for a power outage. Here it goes out because the sun is shining or an iguana peed to close to a power cable. Then they fry all your stuff for you when it's restored.

Par for the course your negativity about anything to do with living here is recognized. Why on earth stay somewhere which generally grates you so much?

For the record and after having gone through hundreds if not thousands of blackouts and brownouts in 3+ decades, I've NEVER had any appliance "fry".

Once again, posting the truth is condemned as negative.

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Posted : November 26, 2015 8:34 pm
Spartygrad95
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On a positive note this may be my first holiday here without a power interruption

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Posted : November 26, 2015 9:36 pm
SausageInTheCan
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. YAWN.
I am just one of the unfortunate ones whom you continually target ever chance you get.
You and some privileged others are allowed to harass without consequence. But at least you admit your diminished capacity due to age.
I never forget who I'm dealing with especially when it's you.

P.S. Thanks Cruzan.

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Posted : November 27, 2015 2:13 pm
monogram
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Ice, rain and snow storms are all valid reasons for a power outage. Here it goes out because the sun is shining or an iguana peed to close to a power cable. Then they fry all your stuff for you when it's restored.

Par for the course your negativity about anything to do with living here is recognized. Why on earth stay somewhere which generally grates you so much?

For the record and after having gone through hundreds if not thousands of blackouts and brownouts in 3+ decades, I've NEVER had any appliance "fry".

Once again, posting the truth is condemned as negative.

(tu)

Lost a Macbook last year due to a WAPA surge. This forum looks more and more like fantasyland every day.

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Posted : November 27, 2015 6:49 pm
Spartygrad95
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Not living in fantasyland, but if these surges are taking out appliances why do people not have these hooked up to surge protectors?

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Posted : November 27, 2015 6:53 pm
SkysTheLimit
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Not living in fantasyland, but if these surges are taking out appliances why do people not have these hooked up to surge protectors?

Most people think a power strip is a surge protector. It's not.

Lots of appliances and electronics get "fried" by either brown outs, or spikes.

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Posted : November 27, 2015 7:08 pm
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