Putting down some roots……

After what has to be one of the most stressful days I’ve had since I left the working population…….. I can happily say….. we have started putting down some roots.  We are now the proud owners of our very own vehicle here on the island of St. Croix~! No more worrying about whether we are going to have something to drive….(and no more $550 a week for something to drive)…. It is a 2009 Dodge Dakota (although I do have plans of finding a Chevy emblem to put on the front of it)…. double cab short bed….. Enough to haul around Sisters and Brother in laws (sans kids) and Nephews and wives (Sans kids) and all their luggage……

The truck has been affectionately dubbed Double D’s.    Get your mind out of the gutter (Dodge Dakota)…… My Queen is not real shot in the a$$ about it – but I like it~! (She’s thinking nasty too)   It drives and handles nice and I think it will suit us well…… just wish I didn’t have to damn near stroke out to get it. Have already been hooked up with someone who is going to make the registration and titling piece of it easy on us….. with a small cash donation to help the proceedings move forth….. and I’m good with that. Normally here on the island…. anything even mildly related to Government stuff is apparently a really expensive heartache….. so if I can throw a bit of cash at the problem and smooth it out – you can bet your bippy I’m going to~! (it won’t be near as expensive as the bus).

When we got the bus returned to the air port ( I forgot to fill the gas tank — Dammit Emmit~!) we jumped in Double D and was gone….. feeling the elation of driving around our beautiful island in something that was OURS~~~ : )  We had a cigarette to celebrate the occasion (wasn’t allowed to smoke in the bus). Feeling the need to celebrate the occasion even more… we headed back across the island to Blues (there’s a big a$$ shock huh?) – I had me a sloppy Jim….. It is a Brisket sammich covered with a custom blend of sloppy joe seasoning….. I added cheese and Jalapeños for a little extra kick…… delightful~! (Still hasn’t edged out the Turkey/Bacon/Ranch for the #1 best slot though)     My Bride had a shrimp salad wrap that she said was excellent (even though she never offered me a bite)   🙁    We finished our meal, had an extra drink or 4 and decided to head back to our little piece of the mountain. Got home… killed the local crawling varmits and settled in for the evening to discover that we are dealing with what is possibly the world’s slowest internet tonight….. so I don’t know if I’m gonna get THIS loaded let alone any pictures. I still have a bunch left from yesterday……

So with that being said….. Good night ya’ll — Thankx for stopping in~!

So sorry friends, family and neighbors…. but I’ve had 1 picture trying to load for the last 45 minutes  and it’s still sitting there buffering…. so I’m gonna cut my losses and run…… maybe tomorrow~~~~


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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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