Settling in………

Up at 07:00 this morning which is more up to my speed and got to enjoy about a half an hour of quiet solitude before my Queen came stumbling out. Settling back into our routine now that we have been home for over 24 hours. Happy to report my belly is back to normal – which I am greatly relieved about. More computer time…… a little more time with the building manager as I take on a bit more responsibility with what is normally a land lord role. I’m not complaining about it – just some homework to do so I better understand what comes with the role. I think it will work out well in our favor around February when we have to approach our landlord and ask if he is willing to extend our lease. We have taken on the role of paying a lot of the HOA fees that he has been doing. We [obviously] get to deduct them from our rent payment – I think it will better help me understand the actual cost of living here. Initial statements that I’m seeing – is he is paying a LOT more than we realized in HOA fee’s. I am hesitant to make remarks this early about what he pays in fee’s, as I really don’t think this place is worth it – so I’m just gonna hush my mouth and ‘watch’ for a bit. I do, however believe, it will be a good thing for us.

Related – I have been trying to understand our WAPA bill (WAPA is the Southern Indiana equivalent of Vectren) Our bill this month (which is actually for July) is almost double what the past 5 months have been – and so far, no one has been able to explain why. UMMmmm… that ain’t gonna work for the old fat boy….. so tomorrow, I’m gonna waddle my big fat touchas down to the WAPA building and see if someone there can explain it. Course – my regular readers already know my ability to get along with the locals — so it ought to be worth a few words of amusement at the very least tomorrow night. I have already paid the bill – so they can’ threaten me with shut off…….. so – we’ll see.

Rest of the day was more of The Practice… smokin and just hanging out with my Baby….. in other words – a really good day. I have booked a 2-tank dive for Sunday at my most very favorite dive site (Armageddon)…. and the ‘Shallow Wrecks’- I wanted to get in a dive before then….. but that is the soonest date available…. I just hope weather don’t FUBAR them, as Hurricane Jerry is supposed to pass to the North of us those two days and provide less than stellar weather. We’ll see…. until then, some more older ‘fave’ pix of mine……………… (these are all taken on the island of Bonaire)

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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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