Jeeps, Jump Up and Moko Jumbies…………

Sorry I missed you last night — we spent part of the day driving around to different car lots looking for a Jeep — little buggers (in our price range) are dang hard to find…… after being shot down for the 6th time, we finally said to hell with it and stopped at the Backyard for a drink….. Oh dammit did that go south….. Got to socializing with a bunch of good folks and lost track of time and drinks…… so we stumbled in here way past our bed time and fell into bed…… you probably wouldn’t have wanted to read those ramblings anyway  😉

Got up this morning, feeling a whole lot better than we probably should have. Checked listings for places to live (actually got a lead on one possible!) and then checked listings for Jeeps. Found a couple more dealers and went and checked them out- lots of cars but no jeeps…. Dammit Emmit~! It was about 1:00 O’clock by then and it dawned on us we hadn’t eaten in quite a while – and we were close to the Backyard again – so we whipped in for a bite. While having a dang good burger and an ice cold Budweiser – I noticed a sign saying they were closing early for JUMP UP. When I asked about it – turns out it is a street festival of sorts (think fall festival on a much smaller scale) that they have 4 times a year. We were told the Moko Jumbies would be there as well. I am familiar with them and have always wanted to see them — so we finished our lunch and then went back to the apartment to freshen up and change. We wound up downtown right at 6:00 (start time) and wandered the streets looking at the various tables and booths – they have craft booths as well as food. We walked and drank, didn’t partake of any food, still full from lunch. We ran into a lot of the Backyard crowd and chatted with them. Good times. It got to be 8:00 and the Jumbies finally made their appearance. I won’t go into a lot of detail tonight about them tonight – but you can look here:http://www.gotostcroix.com/st-croix-blog/the-moko-jumbie-a-cultural-icon/ for a really good article on them (Turns out there is a link to JUMP UP on that page as well). I managed some pictures. It is supposedly good luck if you get your picture taken with one.

I’m gonna leave it here – it’s late, I’m tired…….. Thankx for reading – and have a good evening/day~~!

Internet is dying… only loading a couple of pictures and half of those are sideways and won’t let me edit — I’ll try again tomorrow…… sorry~~

B

 

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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