Friday, April 26, 2013

One Year Anniversary of "Living On a Rock"!

Do you remember where you were a year ago today?

I do, I was flying with the dogs from Miami to St Thomas, after driving across country from Reno, Nevada.

Here is the adventure here, Moving to St Thomas.

Wow, how time flies by?

So, although I really moved down to St Thomas in September of 2011, I was flying back and forth to here from Reno.  I guess I consider living here full time when I have my wife and my dogs living here with me and don't go back to Reno.

I still can't believe it has been a year already, sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am really living a dream in paradise.

Here are some highlights and low lights of the past year and of living here! Bad first:

  • Bristol, our dog dying. 
  • WAPA our power company here.
  • Working at the Marriott
  • Higher cost of living
  • Grocery Shopping here - Prices and sometimes they have what you need sometimes they don't. 
  • Kmart and Plaza Extra
  • The trench in all the roads for the new fiber optic system. 
  • Gunshots at night
  • Terrible and slow drivers
  • traffic on waterfront
  • garbage on the side of the roads
  • BVI customs
  • cruise ships
  • No Taco Bell
  • Terrible steaks
  • Adults who act like they are still in Middle School with drama. 
  • The government, example: my real estate broker's license
  • Cuban Tree Frogs laying eggs in the pool
  • Shitty soil, everything I planted is dead
  • Pie Whole
  • Independent Boat Yard
  • Fat Turtle
Good now!

  • Chukar, our new lab from a shelter in North Carolina
  • Our boat, The Louly II, there are not many weekends we have missed going out on her. 
  • Our view from our patio of  Jost and down islands, why go out to a bar or restaurant when we have one of the nicest views on St Thomas.
  • Losing 25 lbs
  • Jost Van Dyke and The Soggy Dollar Bar
  • Perpetual Summer always warm, never too hot, ocean is good temp year round and beautiful water
  • Sunrises, sunsets
  • Cheap Liquor
  • Pizza = Pizza Amore - Best pie outside of NJ, Island Time Pub - Best Value with a view and great owner
  • Compass Point Marina and Caribbean Petroleum - Stress free docking
  • Reggae Music
  • Kenny Chesney's new album, Life on a Rock
  • Lizards and Iguana's
  • Hummingbirds
  • Fishing for Tuna, Mahi and Wahoo
  • Dish TV
  • Hermit Crabs
  • Fresh coconuts from our palm tree
  • Our Water System installed by Larry the Water Guy
  • An airport with good flights to more cities than Reno
  • Stay light out 12 hours a day all year
  • Price Smart and Home Depot - A taste of stateside
  • my wife Shannon
  • Our Toyota 4 Runner and Tacoma
  • Cafe Roma
  • Home made sushi from fresh caught fish
  • Tyler from Double Header
  • Uncle Lee
  • All the friends I met down here
  • Kirk and Cara
  • - my sports bookie away from the casinos
  • A frozen Taco Bell 5 layer burrito and Costco steaks flown in 
  • St John
  • Red Hook
  • Special Events - King of the Wing, Cinco de Mayo, St Patrick's Day, Chili Cookoff, NYE on Jost, St  John Carnival 
  • Our Pool  -  even though it is chalking again
  • Our large cistern
  • Days at Christmas Cove
  • Tortoises
  • Bo Peep
  • Giant Flootie
  • green foliage year round
  • Vessup with the dogs
  • Yacht Haven Grande music night
  • Snorkeling
  • Feral Chickens
  • Ghost on STJ
  • Easy to make $ if you have a work ethic and somewhat of a brain. 
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Nice neighbors
  • beeping horn whilst driving to let you in 
  • Driving on the Left
I guess I could keep going, but after brain storming, seeing the good outweighs the bad, I think we will be staying another year :)  

So let me know, what were you doing a year ago?

1 comment:

  1. I have a question about moving to the VI. When working, is your income reported to the U.S. IRS. I have been told that if you work for a U.S. based company you will receive a 1099 or W-2 that is reported to the IRS, I was also told that if you work for a company not based out of the main land your income will be reported to the VI government but not the U S, is this true?


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