Once More Without the Beeps

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 23

One last time on the backhoe. Before we got going one guy actually got underneath the machine and disconnected the backup alarm so at least we could move around without that gods awful beep. Then I dug a trench across the road so we could run a hose under the road to the drain we built yesterday. Everything went well, I dug the trench, buried the pipe, cleaned up, and then went to park the backhoe. I shifted it into gear and…nothing happened. I tried again. Nothing. Another guy tried. Still nothing. Everything else worked on it, it just didn’t want to move. So…

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With any luck that’s the last we’ll see of that backhoe.

There’s a resort near the other site that we went to this evening. I actually got to walk along the beach a bit. I’ve become so accustom to New England beaches that I forgot that the ocean could actually be warm.


I had some conch fritters which were quite tasty. They actually had the Indian’s vs. Yankee’s game on so most of the night was spent watching that. It reminded me of the first Indian’s vs. Red Sox game in ’96 with all the extra innings. Unfortunately we left before the game ended, but did see on the way home that they had won. Perhaps this is our year. [Retroactive Spoiler Alert: It wasn’t]

It’ll Be Here Tomorrow

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 21

Got a chance to go to the new site today up at the armory. It’s a bit of a ride from our main camp. Not so much in distance, but traffic. Same thing there, building more tents. Of course, though, we’re still waiting for the rest of that kit to come in. We have everything except the soft (zipper) doors that go on the back of the tents. Yesterday they box was supposed to be here tomorrow.  Today it’ll be here tomorrow. Taking bets on whether or not it will ‘be here tomorrow’ tomorrow. Continue reading “It’ll Be Here Tomorrow”

Back[hoe] At It

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 20

I was on the backhoe again this morning, and yes, it’s still beeping. I actually remembered to bring my headphones this time so at least I could drown it out a little better than with just ear plugs. I cleared out one pile and went to start on another, but we didn’t take much of the second one as it was full of junk and debris. Not exactly what you want when you’re trying to build a road and paths. Hopefully we can get some more rock from the local contractor. Continue reading “Back[hoe] At It”

Red Horse’s Day Off

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 18

I love Ferris Buler’s Day Off as much as the next guy, but let’s be honest, he does exhibit some low level psychopathy. In fact, in an earlier version of the film he actually cons his father into revealing where he’s stashed some savings bonds, breaks into the lock box, and steals them to fund said day off. Really glad they cut that scene. Would have made the film a lot darker.

Our day off had significantly less museums and sausage kings. But it was still a day off. Continue reading “Red Horse’s Day Off”

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

St. Thomas, USVI – Day 14

It is bright here. Like insanely bright. St. Thomas sits 18.3° north of the equator. For reference Cleveland sits at 41.5°N. So that’s about 23° further south than I’m used to being. Going from the much darker tents to outside actually hurts if you’re not wearing sunglasses. Continue reading “Shine Bright Like a Diamond”