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Old 09-08-2008, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Miami
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MAXIMUM ISLAND PART 2

Welcome to sunny St Thomas.
It is 85 degrees in the shade and a beautiful day to go to the beach or just shop, have lunch and mingle with the native people.
We hope you have a wonderful time here and take back all the lovely memories back home with you. Thanks for visiting.

Reality check please.
You will meet even more rude, arrogant, blatantly racist and obnoxious people.
You will begin to doubt yourself and your sanity
You will begin to greet every passerby with a smile lest they accuse you of being rude and not liking "black people"
"Him deh don like we black folks yknow"
"Go back home yankee"
Any arguement with a native ends with a "I bawn hare" (I was born here and I am superior to you, Mr outsider. Your are now on my island and will play according to my rules)
Welcome to the bizzare world of the Virgin Islands

Upon arrival, you solemly swear to give up all forms of entertainment unless you are an alcoholic or druggie.
Most stores close at 5pm and the few restaurants at 10pm
There is nothing else to do after this.
Going to the local Kmart is a fun filled Sunday outing and you will witness several families doing just this.
If you go downtown, you are sure to be accosted by sleazy/very scary and definitely dangerous types who will want to sell you crack cocaine or any candy that you desire. And cheap too.
I think $5.00 or maybe $10.00 can purchase a glassine envelope of whatever.
There is a humorous aspect to this though.
Couple of years ago, police arrested (surprise) a vendor, only to find out he was selling baby powder.
So be warned though and do not prepay for your candy.
I have seen many a tourist do exactly this and then stand bewildered on the street corner waiting for candyman who is going to be a no-show.
Young male students are easy prey and you cannot exactly complain to the local police.

------------------------------------------------to be continued
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Miami
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Default part three

MAXIMUM ISLAND-THE ESCAPE

You will begin to look at every newcomer to the island the same way as hardened convicts view incoming prisoners, poor innocent noobs waiting for their indoctrination, blissfully unaware of things to come.

Your thanksgiving trip back home will be short and just a memory. Don't blink.

You will start to fantasize about leaving and will go to bed every night dreaming about your escape from Maximum Island.
It is a cold and crisp autumn day in suburban Pleasantville, USA.
You have just emerged from a hot shower and curled up on your favorite armchair, checking your email on your laptop and browsing city-data for the latest reports. On the side table, a cup of coffee is busy blowing hot wisps into the air.
There is a thump thump of the washing maching in the adjoining room, an almost reassuring sound that takes you to the farthest, most tranquil place in your mind.
Outside, the autumn leaves are a golden red and there is a group of small kids trying valiantly to throw a yellow ball thru a hoop in the driveway.
You hear a door slam and coffee spills.
You wake up; you are still in the VI.
It is 7.00am and harsh sunlight is streaming in the room thru the blinds you forgot to shut last night.
The ancient refrigerator is humming, now complaining loudly, imploring you to get up and leave the house.
You step into a tepid shower, grateful for the small trickle that cleanses your body of the perspiration and grime from the day before.
You step out into the brilliant sunshine and overpowering heat, a plastered smile on your face for the neighbors to see, promising yourself that this will be a good one; Another day in paradise.

Your last day.
Everything takes on a surreal dreamlike quality. You are in another place in your mind, it refuses to believe
I promise this will be the most exciting day of your life.
Remember when you were 6 years old and your parents took you to the first carnival ever.
That sweet ball of cotton candy that stuck to your lips. You gazed in wonderment and tried to take in everything all at once.
The first amusement ride, half scary half excited on the best day of your life.
Well fugghetaboutit.
This day is a total eclipse of all you best and most cherished memories.

As the taxi winds its way to the airport, you pass by a sign that says
"THANKS FOR VISITING THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, PLEASE COME AGAIN"
You vaguely remember the long wait in the terminal (you arrived here 3 hours earlier, didn't you, afraid you would miss this flight), you boarding pass clutched in your sweaty palms lest it take on a life of its own and fly away and you wake up,sweaty and damp in the middle of the night.
No, this is not a dream, you are actually leaving.
When the plane takes off, you are clutching onto the seat rests, not looking at the shrinking ground below and praying 'Pleas G~d, let this not be a dream, I promise to believe and pray henceforth"
The plane finally lands and the captain announces that "they will be landing shortly and the weather outside is whatever it is"
You are back in your hometown airport or somewhere else in that great land of ours that we call AMERICA.
Now you know what the hype is al about, don't you.
You are excited but not smiling because you try to mantain this cool demeanor. Of course I survived, it was a breeze, nothing really, no biggie, no great shake.
But inside, your heart is doing cartwheels and your hands are in the air as you dance on the streets to a rush of corny 80's ballads.
You are the star in your own pop-up video.
You get off the jetway, waiting to kiss the ground but too tired to do so.
Instead, you just hail an taxi and tell the driver ------------
"[b]TAKE ME HOME[b]"
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:10 PM
 
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MAXIMUM ISLAND-THE ESCAPE

You will begin to look at every newcomer to the island the same way as hardened convicts view incoming prisoners, poor innocent noobs waiting for their indoctrination, blissfully unaware of things to come.

------------
"[b]TAKE ME HOME[b]"
very well said
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I do believe that some people shouldn't travel outside the confines of their familiar home zone. Rarely have I read such a bunch of all-encompassing denigrative utter hogwash. Cheers!
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I do believe that some people shouldn't travel outside the confines of their familiar home zone. Rarely have I read such a bunch of all-encompassing denigrative utter hogwash. Cheers!
I assume you are referring to my posts above.
In my country we call it "freedom of speech" and it is protected by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.

So, having said that, could we call it an "essay" instead.
Innuendo and sarcasm is hard to fathom with blinkers on.
Get a life, find a hobby.
Good luck in your search
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:21 PM
 
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i always like to scare the living s#@t out of people as soon as they moved to St. Thomas. It gets them thinking and keeps them safe. They will learn. I left my home in the virgin islands for Fairbanks, Alaska. I'm one of THOSE people now.
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Old 09-10-2008, 04:59 AM
 
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Are you happy with the swap ? ( tropical inferno vs. freezing inferno?)
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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Are you happy with the swap ? ( tropical inferno vs. freezing inferno?)
well... its only 65 right now. I am living in the coldest part of Alaska where is can be -65 in winter and 100 in the summer (no joke). I have only been here 2 days though lol.

I met tons of Alaskans in the virgin islands. They kind of inspired me to come here. Some follow cruis ships and others just follow general tourism. I'm here for work and university. I went to UVI for a little bit. Not too much to offer unless you want your Masters in marine biology. Still a good school though.
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Miami
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Default Reality bites

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i always like to scare the living s#@t out of people as soon as they moved to St. Thomas. It gets them thinking and keeps them safe. They will learn. I left my home in the virgin islands for Fairbanks, Alaska. I'm one of THOSE people now.
Then pass my message on to your friends.
I try to keep it real and not sugar coated.
Also, check out my pics of the VI; No sandy beaches and palm trees there but life seen thru the eyes of a islander
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: HELL a.k.a Columbus, GA
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Induhvidual,

How did you compile your list? I am fairly new to the boards and am just curious. Are you from there? Did you live there? I was born in Antigua and raised in St. Thomas so I have to agree with some of what you've written.

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You will get poor service in places like banks and utilities.
I can certainly say the same thing about the folks in the US. Rudeness seems to be a universal trait.

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You will find (or maybe not) normal people an rare and unusual species and so much so that you will instantly want to fall to the ground and worship this wonderful person whom you just met and want to befriend for life.
Normal is relative right? What do you consider "normal" in this instance?


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You will live on the beach or just a short ride away but will be so busy making a living that you will never visit one.
Absolutely agree with you. Caribbean people are workers. Why is this a bad thing?

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You will wait for your tourist friends describe one to you, how they spent the day in crystal waters and satin sandy beaches and you will repeat this story to anyone who asks you which beach is best to go to.
Huh? We didn't go to the beach often when I lived there but we still knew where the best beaches were...without anyone having to tell us.

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You will wistfully glance at the sky at every passing plane, visualising a load of people going back to that promised land called the United States.
I knew I was going to leave after high school but I still enjoyed living and growing up there. Honestly, I spend many days wistfully waiting for when I get to visit home again.

Maybe once I get an idea of which perspective you are writing this from, I'll be able to understand some of these better.
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