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- Balmy Winds and oads of Sunshine
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 17:30:50 EDT
It is a beautiful day in paradise!  The water is crystal blue with a shimmer to it!
US Airways has great ticket prices to St Thomas (STT)  and from there you are just a short ferry ride away to Tortola and paradise!
Go to US Airways.com and list yoru home city and STT as destination, then click on "search by price".  Many tickets are only $289 round trip if you can fly on certain days!
What a bargain!  My dear brother, who isn't a mermaid and therefore can't swim all the way down here, is flying in for only $289 and normally his ticket is about $800.  So hat's off to http://USAirways.com!

- Same haze in the BVI
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 10:08:09 EDT
I think it is leftover rainbow dust!
From dat crazy Mermaid on Tortola

- Come on down, the weather is PERFECT!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 10:05:12 EDT
Tortola weather is absolutely gorgeous!
Scene from Smugglers Cove Beach.
See  http://ReservationsBVI.com  for the complete panarama!

- Is it a hurricane? First Ever in SOUTH Atlantic (below equator)
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 15:36:54 EST

Brazil storm kills two, destroys homes

Sunday, March 28, 2004 Posted: 11:49 AM EST (1649 GMT)

Satellite image taken Sunday at 11:09 a.m. EST.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A spiraling storm lashed the coast of southern Brazil, killing two people, injuring at least 30 others and destroying hundreds of homes, Civil Defense officials said Sunday.

Meanwhile, Brazilian and U.S. meteorologists disagreed over whether the storm was a hurricane -- the first on record in the South Atlantic.

"The winds are getting less intense now, but the damage is substantial," Santa Catarina state Civil Defense official Marcio Luiz Alves said Sunday morning.

A child in the city of Torres in Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul died in a collapsed house when an area of beach resorts was hit by the high winds, the civil defense said.

On a road close to the nearby city of Criciuma, in Santa Catarina state, a tree felled by the winds smashed a car, killing the driver and severely wounding his wife. In total, at least 30 people were injured in Santa Catarina state.

Five fishermen were missing off the coast of Santa Catarina after their ship sank, Alves said. Brazil's navy was searching for the missing on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, another vessel with seven people on board that had been reported missing during the night was found with its crew unhurt during early morning hours.

In Criciuma the strong winds destroyed 200 homes and damaged another 2,000. The civil defense on Sunday morning was still calculating the damage throughout Santa Catarina state, but said that possibly the number of homes destroyed could be in the thousands.

The storm, dubbed Catarina by meteorologists, hit the coasts of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost states, late Saturday with heavy rains and estimated winds of up to 60 mph (97 kph).

The storm also downed trees and knocked out power for several hundred thousand people across some 40 municipalities, according to civil defense officials in the two states.

The storm hit land around the beach resort of Laguna, a town of 40,000 inhabitants. It also brushed Torres, a city of 400,000 in the neighboring state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Laguna and Torres are about 500 miles (805 kilometers) south of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio Grande do Sul Civil Defense Director Colonel Paulo Osorio said fire and police officials were on standby in his state.

The center of the storm on Sunday morning was situated over the southern coast of Santa Catarina state, but decreasing in intensity, both the Brazilian Center for Weather Prediction and Climatic Studies and the Santa Catarina civil defense said.

Meanwhile, a debate raged between Brazilian and U.S. meteorologists over whether the storm was a hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Florida estimated the storm was a full-fledged, Category I hurricane with central winds of between 75 mph and 80 mph (121 kph to 129 kph), making it the first hurricane ever spotted in the South Atlantic. AccuWeather, Inc., a private forecasting company in Pennsylvania, said it also considered the storm a hurricane.

Brazilian scientists disagreed, saying the storm had top winds of 50 mph to 56 mph (80 kph to 90 kph), far below the 75 mph (121 kph) threshold of a hurricane.

"Winds and rains will not be significant, so we don't need to alarm the population," meteorologist Dr. Gustavo Escobar of the Brazilian Center for Weather Prediction and Climatic Studies had said on Saturday. Satellite images showed a spiral-shaped mass of clouds with an open area in the center. Escobar called it an "extra-tropical cyclone," which is usually characterized by less intense winds.

Brazilian scientists, however, on Sunday expressed surprise by the intensity of the storm. Escobar said the damage it caused led to believe that winds during the night could have been above 50 mph (80 kph). Marcelo Moraes, a meteorologist at the Integrated Climate Center of Santa Catarina state said Sunday winds could even have been in the range of 94 mph (150 kph), enough to classify it as a hurricane.

Brazil has no wind-measuring devices in the affected areas, though.

U.S. scientists said they were baffled by the Brazilian position.

"We think the Brazilians are, quite frankly, out to lunch on this one," Michael Sager, an AccuWeather meteorologist said on Saturday. "I think they're trying to play it down and not cause a panic. I don't know what they're doing, but they're obviously wrong."

All sides said they were basing their estimates on satellite data, since the United States has no hurricane hunter airplanes in the area and Brazil doesn't own any.

Sager said the storm had a clear, well-defined eye and that it had lasted for more than 36 hours. Storms that are not hurricane-strength sometimes form strong eyes, but not for that long, he said.

- Life's A Beach!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 09:33:59 EST
Weather is perfect!  I am off to the beach cause it is 78 degrees with gentle trade winds and nice sunshine.

- Surf is up Everywhere!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 09:32:20 EST
    The surfers are in heaven this week.  Waves are everywhere.  Smugglers Cove Beach which normally is lake like with crystal clear waters, has had such high surf that the surfers have been trying their luck there as well as Bomb's, and of course Josiah's Bay (mammoth waves!)
    Sunday it poured down rain (my fault, we were painting outdoors).  Our beautiful paint job just ran away with the rains and had to be all redone on Monday.
    Since then we have had very short scattered showers, the islands are green this year and gardens are happy.
    The breezes are steady and sailing is good, though finding a non rolly anchorage is of importance.
    Life is grand!
Matt, Bob's Grandson, has Re Opened the Smugglers Cove Beach Bar

- Surf is Up Again!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 09:33:02 EST
Title: AOL Email
    Today the winds are stiff and breezy.  There are small swells and waves for surfing, but it is expected to increase in surf waves Monday.
    Last night all the wind died for a few hours, the harbor looked like a mirror, flat and reflective.
    The sun is bright and the blues and hues of the Caribbean Sea are incredible to see.
    Remember Bob at Smugglers Cove beach?  He ran the honor bar there.  God bless his sou, he passed away last year, but this year his grandson opened up the bar again.  He surfs too.
    He serves lunch on most days but not all.  He opens whenever and closes whenever.  Usually this is 12ish to 6ish.

Warm & Sunny Regards,
Dear Miss Mermaid Tortola Reports

- Green With Envy
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 08:49:50 EST
    We survived the full moon.  I even wen to the Fool Moon Party.  I went for the early crowd and to watch the moon rise over the mountain.  It came up rather early around 8ish.  Can't be sure of the time since those s'hrooms were so good!
    Nights are cool and days are sunny and warm.  No snow is expected. 
    The islands are the most incredible shade of green.  I have never seen the islands so green as they are now.  The past rains soaked us to the rock and all the roots just sucked it right up.  Even the cacti are huge.
    So come on down and enjoy some our beautiful weather and lovely islands!

- Odette and now Pete?
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 13:31:31 EST
    This is December!  First we have Ode to Odette and now Pete!  For pete's sake, don't the storm God's know that hurricane season is over?
    Today it is gorgeous in Tortola.  I am going sailing, it is so nice.
    78 degrees and breezy!

- Warm and Sunny
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 06:40:14 EST
    The sky is a beautiful shade of baby blue.  The temperature is a typical 81 degrees with low humidity at 68%.  Tradewinds are gentle.
    Just another gorgeous day to go sailing or go to the beach.
Here is a Great new Web Site For you to Enjoy!

- We Have a Famous Star Visiting the BVI
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 09:57:55 EST
        It's 82 degrees with gentle trade winds.  The sky is the most beautiful shade of blue.   
    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and while the BVI doesn't celebrate this American holiday,  Jolly Roger will still hold his annual party for those that want friends, family, food and music, surrounding them on this Thursday.
    Thanksgiving was created officially, as a US Holiday,  in 1863, by  US President Lincoln who proclaimed the last Thursday, in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.
    Santa Claus has made a secret appearance, at a secret beach,  in the BVI to get some sunshine before he goes back to the North Pole and gears up for his own heavy work load.
    Local paparazzi caught this picture of him sunbathing:

- Woke Up Chilly, under 80 degrees here!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 08:33:55 EST
Recovery in full swing from the floods. The USVI is saying they had 20 million in damages and nobody here in the BVI  is bothering to put a price on damages.  Folks are working so fast to clear and repair roads, homes, businesses, that in a few weeks, you won't even know we had the worst flood ever.

- Green Again!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 11:23:58 EST
Tortola is 82 degrees and dry with gentle winds.  Everything is green!
Here is a picture taken from the South side of West End facing Frenchmans Cay.

- Gorgeous Day in paradise
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 08:47:20 EST
The sun is out and we sure need to dry out!  It is 82 degrees with light winds.
Most all roads are passable now, though some of the dirt and gravel ones continue to be problematic.

- Sun is Out and Surf is Up
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 17:10:52 EST
Come on Down Dude!

- Tortola's Rapid Recovery In Full Swing
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 12:13:41 EST
The sun has stayed out for nearly 48 hours, and while it was windless yesterday, today it is typically breezy!  So we are airing out, drying out, shoveling out, pushing out!
I have all the cabinets and closets opened with four fans going, trying to stay ahead of the inevitable mold from such a soggy week.  Cleaned up all day yesterday like thousands of other islanders.  Juggling work and cleanup, everyone is quite busy around here and fully expecting a super busy tourist season.
I am staying off the roads, walking where I need to be,  and encouraging those that can, to do so to give the guys a chance to keep clearing the roads.  Car pooling needs to be a PRIORITY!  Hitch hiking is still safe and popular. So please, if you live here, if you are visiting here, share the ride!  Give the ROAD WORKERS A CHANCE!  Besides, it cuts down on traffic snarls, and those are kinda common, according to my driving informants.
Some beaches all did a brisk business in spite of the mayhem, folks just had to get out and soak it all up.
I must admit when I first saw the sun, my eyes blacked out.  I had to close the shades, put on my shades and then slowly reopen them again and get used to that funny light!
Then I was off to work with the sponges, mop and buckets and shovels.
My neighbors all extracted their vehicles out of the lake we used to call a dirt parking lot. Most of the two wheels had a rough time of it and it took a group effort to get some out, leaving a scribbling of muddy ruts designed by a drunk.  My 14 year old 4wd is still sitting there, I need to go bail it out next.  I thought I had a "dry" vehicle, but when I drove it last Tuesday, it was wet and soggy inside.  Yuck.
One person said they are still trying to locate their vehicle and another said they were trying to locate their house and yard...
Folks have numerous tales of heroic efforts, being stranded on the side of the road in the worst of the downpour and having the very next taxi stop and not even charge for the ride or the very next vehicle that had room stopping and grabbing them out of the deluge.  Some had to abandon their lifeless vehicles in unlikely places, many with flat tires as well.
Indeed, I was on a walk to the store, to soak up some sunshine and pick up some stuff and 4 people offered me rides.
While it appears the island may  have more damages overall than we've ever had after any hurricane, almost everyone seems committed to getting things right again as fast as possible. 
I can feel the energy in the air and it feels GREAT!
So, ironically, our new government recently removed dozens and dozens of annoying speed bumps, making for a cheerful lot of drivers (and racers).  But I am afraid now, we got pot holes.  Some roads have redesigned themselves. 
4wd vehicles are of course the current envy but a lot of spunky workers are out in 2wd, slogging their way to 1-2 and 3 jobs.
The greenery is awesome!  Tortola is  like a beautifully painted lady.....with runs in her stockings...
Waterfalls in West End have ceased and it is almost eerily quiet. Yet the winds are blowing and the trees are rustling their leaves, as if to shrug and say, we will stand, tall and proud. 
While businesses all over Tortola typically fly assorted patriotic and banner flags year round, now we're flying the laundry around...
I went to get some carry out food from a restaurant, and they were doing a record business with take out, as workers scurried by to grab a bite and keep going and working.
In a few weeks, we will look different but doubtful the uninformed will not even notice we went through a flood.
Our local weather man, David Jones, died Friday the 7th and for a week the heavens cried. 
I know how Noah must have felt...
My kitty cats, who normally roam the hills, only coming home to dine and dash, found themselves getting to know me, rather well as we all huddled inside singing "Who'll Stop The Rain"  and "It's Raining, It's Pouring, My Love Life is Boring me to Tears..." and then of course "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore..."
As soon as the sun poked out, they had enough of my awful singing, and scampered out to test the climate but came back shortly, all sad looking and bedraggled,  with gooey-ewy  muddy sticky feet.  I suspect that meant their fort in the woods, gave way...and they will have to rebuild and their usual paths to exotic locales in the bush were replaced with mini rivers of mud.  I am sure those cats could get more done, if they could only get by on 17 hours of sleep...
I haven't had much sleep, working all the time it seems, a frenetic energy to keep things moving forward. 

- Sun is Out! Sky is Blue!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2003 10:30:29 EST
Plan your vacation now!  We are back to being as usual sunny self!

- Cry Me A River! The Driveway Has Rapids!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 13:53:41 EST

- A farting bull with sinusitus...
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 09:51:57 EST
    Well, at 9:15am, after enjoying a few quiet hours of cleaning up, the rains have started back.
    There seems to be mold everywhere.  It is 81 degrees and c-c-c-cold.  How can that be?  It feels like it is 61 degrees!  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
    It is 9:18am and the rains have stopped.
    *Relief Sigh*
    Contractors are going to be pretty busy for quite a while on Tortola. 
    My elderly neighbor called me up to see if I would go fetch her shopping for her.  She is pretty spry but she doesn't own a car anymore.
    Sure I say, what do you need?  Get a pen and paper she suggests but since I am at my computer, I decide to type it out.
    The list starts out pretty typical and I hammer away typing her words, like an automated machine, I don't really think about what I am typing or what she is saying as I rapidly peck  out her list.   Finally she says "That will do it!"  and I offer to read it back to her for confirmation:
    a loaf of wheat Bread (white is OK too)
    One Backhoe (or a shovel and wheel barrow)
    two liters of Skim Milk
    One Wet & Dry Vac (or a mop and bucket)
    a dozen brown Eggs
    Pair of Rubber Boots (size seven or eight)
    a can of Coffee
    A Sheet of Tin Roofing and a half pound of nails (or one large tarp and two rolls of twine)
    three cans of tuna
    One palette of Cinder Blocks and ten bags of instant  concrete (or a tarp and 2 by 4's plus a post hole digger)
    a bag of Sugar
    Six tubes of 5200 (or any type of gooey sealant stuff)
    one jar mayonnaise
    Four packs of Super Glue
    Eight gallons of bleach and a dozen jumbo sponges
    Martha, I say, are you all right?  Oh sure, hun, I'm just cleaning up after the rains.....
    I called my friend in Road Town.  I wanted the traffic and road report form her. She has a type-A boss, you know the kind, the you-better-come-to-work and I-don't-care-if-you-have-to-take-a-hot-air-balloon-to-get-here... 
    So like a fool she bailed the foot of water out of her car and drove to Road Town from West End.  The rains had stopped at sunrise (no sun in sight, so maybe we should call it the light-rise) and apparently the heavy equipment operators and their behemoth machines were out trying to plow the roads, so the first few miles looked very encouraging, so she relaxed and continued gawking at the mud slides coming down the mountains and all the pretty water falls.
    However, Sea Cows Bay is flooded and it is treacherous driving as you can't see what is under the  water and ker-thump-crunch-grind, oops she hit a rather large rock and on it went splish splash, and praying her car wouldn't conk out.
    Some of the mudslides which cross the road leaving ungainly speed bumps, are really quite slick and she hit one and discovered just how easy her car can do a 360!
    Another friend reports that yesterday she was too terrified to drive her non 4wd from Road Town so she called a taxi.  He took her up Joe's Hill Road.  For those of you not familiar with this road, it is nearly vertical with a few sharp curves thrown in for fun.  In the best of weather I have driven up Joe's Hill in 4wd with pedal to the medal and about 1/2 way up the hill, my car slows down to barely 5 miles and hour and labors and snorts sending poofs of black smoke out the tail pipe and steam out the hood, as if a farting bull with sinusitis has discovered a cow in heat at the top of Mount Everest, if only he can get there.   The last third of the road, I am always sure I left my stomach in Road Town and THAT my friend is on a good weather day.
    So she says they are riding in this taxi up Joe's Hill and it is like driving up Niagara Falls.  Halfway up the hill, the unthinkable happens and a three way accident blocks the road so the taxi is forced to stop on this near vertical hill with water cascading down it.  They get out and in shin deep water, they help the accident victims, shove their cars around enough to open up one lane.
    The taxi pops the clutch, guns the accelerator and incredibly, the taxi van slides backwards while his wheels are spinning off a good 5,000 miles of rubber to get any sort of traction and somehow they made it to the top of the hill where now there is downed trees and broken branches and bush  everywhere.
    They get out, passengers and driver and with bare hands they are trying to rip away the tree debris and clear one lane.  The bush is so thick and clogging the road that what they really need is a machete.
    So here I am she says, with a van load of strangers, out doing gardening in the middle of  a waterfall, so we can all get home.
    When she finally got home, two hours later, soaked to the bone, mud up to her elbows (normally a 20 minute trip) she kissed the floor (as if to kiss the dirt would have put mud past her ears...)

- Bring Your Skis and Glide on Down!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 06:50:18 EST

- My Feet Are Getting Moldy!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 01:13:18 EST
    Yes, there is mold on my feet. I can't seem to keep them dry.
    Tonight I swam across the newly formed lake in my yard, and down the street (now referred to as a river) and thank goodness the bar was on the 2nd floor,  as it was the only semi dry spot!
    It is cold.  Well, at least to the locals. Anything below 78 is cause to put on long sleeves and drag out the blankets.  If you can find a blanket that isn't clammy and moldy.
    Here are the weather report for the past week:
    It is raining.
                          It is raining.
                                           It is raining.
                                                                It is raining.
                                                                                      It is raining.
                                                                                                          It is raining.
                                                                                                                                  It is raining.
                                                                                                                                                           It is raining.
                                                                                                                                                                                 It is raining.  
It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.  It is raining.
David Jones, the local weather man died Friday and since then the heavens and angels and all my loved ones up there and even God Almighty has cried. 
                                                                                    And cried.
                                                                                                         And cried.
We will rebound.  We will dry out.  The boulders will be relocated as reinforcements.  Roofs will be repaired.  Boats will be bailed.  Foul weather gear, (for the lucky few that have it)  will air out.
Today, I offered a lady $50 for her umbrella.  Unfortunately, this was in earshot of others who were equally drenched.  This started a raucous auction and even when the bidding reached the fervor pitch of $489 and twenty-nine cents. She held firm and decided she wouldn't settle for such a paltry sum for her precious umbrella!
I foolishly offered to sell my foul weather jacket for six hundred dollars (thinking no one would pay that much, even though it is in good shape and top of the line and only 12 years old) well let me tell you, I am still nursing the bruises from that tackle pile!
Don't joke about dry housing, umbrellas or foul weather gear!  It is in hot demand here right now! 
Mops.  There are no mops and buckets to be had on the island.  The stores ran out days ago.

- Old Building Collapses in Tortola
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 18:29:46 EST
Not sure which building yet!

- Intense flooding has cut off many parts of the island
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 17:04:56 EST
Cane Garden Bay is completely cut off, you can't get in or out.  Some houses are flooded up past the bed frames!
Pockwood Pond around the power plant and the sand pit is a total wreck, heavy equipment has been working to clear the area, but the rains just pore down with no end in sight!  The workers can not keep up with the intense flooding. 
Power, cable and DSL Internet were off half the day on parts of the island.
There was a lull in the torrential rains this afternoon and incredibly about two dozen boats came into the harbor to take refuge, from where I am not sure.
No word yet on the Bomba Shack, but the seas are washing over the roads all over the islands.

- Damages All Over Tortola
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 16:40:25 EST
Pockwood Pond-road washed away
Waterfront Highway-littered with boulders, debris, mud slides and numerous incapacitated vehicles.
Long Bay-complete collapse of a retaining wall, blocking the road entirely.
Rains and floods continue, many home owners have discovered their roofs are just not holding up to the torrential downpours.
Cisterns are full everywhere.
As of 5:36pm Sopers Hole has visibility of less than 20 feet!
Numerous folks are either stuck at work or stuck at home. 

- Extreme Weather
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 14:35:09 EST
Rain, rain, rain.  For the past week we have had rain, rain, rain.  I suppose since we missed all the hurricanes, the Gods decided we needed rain, rain, rain.
Boulders are rolling down the cliffs, landing in the road, some blocking entire lanes.
The retaining wall behind my place, has split and water is pouring fourth like a raging river.  Our downhill driveway is a conduit for all the water coming off the mountain.  Boaters crowd around bars, huddling from the wind and rains.  They draw straws to see who gets to go bail the dinghy next.
This has to be the most incredible weather I have ever seen.  Our street out front is knee deep.  Occasionally some fool drives by with water past his hubcaps.  Why, they are out in this extreme weather is beyond me. 
Electricity is down, Internet is down, phones are down.  I don't now when I will be able to post this to the site.     
I worry that if the retaining wall out back breaks down, the mud slide will completely block our only entrance/exit.  I wish I had a rope.  I would repel down the balcony to the yard far below, if the entrance/exit becomes blocked.

- Tortola rain
  • From: "Michael Mallin" <mgmallin AT surfbvi.com>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 11:11:47 -0400

As A.A. MIlne so famously said, it rained and it rained and it rained. This has been going on for days now. The good news is, that’s all there is. No trace of really serious winds, so what we’ve got here isn’t a hurricane or anything remotely like one. It is, however, one hell of a lot of rain. Not the on-again off-again showers we are used to in this season, but days of more or less constant rain, varying from drizzle to downpour.


I went up the Francis Drake highway into town on Tuesday (11/11), and can report that all roads I used were passable. Not always a great deal more. The rain loosens small rocks and large boulders,  and where the road runs along a cliff wall, one lane or the other is sometimes blocked by debris and sometimes boulders. The island is pretty efficient, as a rule, about cleaning this stuff up, but keeping up with it while the rains continue is obviously a challenge. So far the road surfaces don’t appear much damaged, but in the long run there is some risk of blockage if this continues. On the narrower back roads, if boulders don’t fall, tree limbs and such (presumably unused to the weight of the water) can also be a hazard.


Drainage is pretty good on the whole. There are parts of roads and parking lots under four or five inches of water, but I found that fairly rare.


Power and phone service is mostly unaffected.


Depending on whose weather forecast you listen too, things are supposed to start improving Thursday, or maybe Friday, or Saturday. On the whole, this is weather suitable for a nice cottage in the north woods, with a fireplace and a book. It is even, by our standards, quite cold here: 77 at 11 this morning, when it should be 85. Below 80 is generally considered sweater weather.


Michael Mallin



- Too Early for St Nick!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 01:59:23 EDT
    Listen here mon, dat twirly t'ing called Nicholas is not s'pose to be here.  Christmas in October? 
    But there is Nick, twiddling around, making us nervous. Me t'inks he should head hisself up to dat N'ord pole and come back at Christmas...on a sleigh... and not on a hurricane!
    Now, dat, would make me very happy and I could go back to my limin' mon.
    Today, I am sending my letter to old Nick hisself and saying, "mon, we don't need you in October, come back at Christmas, likes ya s'pose to mon!

- Himmacane Nicolas?
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2003 06:05:45 EDT
    Well TD 19 (who might be the next himmacane Nicolas)  is at 10.1 North and  40.5 West.  Max winds are near 35 mph. The BVI is about 18 North and 64 West. 
    Gee wiz, when we had mini Mindy come through here last week, winds were gusting over 40 pretty regularly.  Nicolas could be a threat to our beautiful islands, but we pray not.
    Season has started and we have happy tourists here and renewed business owners and employees all over the island have reopened for trade.  While it is no where near crowded, the interline regatta (airline employees)  have chartered sailboats and are racing from bay to harbor to beach to bar and back again with their roving parties and races.
    The island is nice and green with many flowers in bloom. Cisterns are nearly full. 
    At sunrise this morning, Sopers Hole looked like a glassy lake.  During certain weather conditions, you can be walking along the shore and actually here folks yacking on their boats, quite clearly.  This morning, I could hear someone snoring,  it was kind of funny.  Most times you can't hear that well, just this morning the conditions were right.

- TD 19
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 21:51:00 EDT
    I do not like the looks of Tropical Depression 19.  It is BIG and could come our way, but we hope not.  Today brought scattered showers and Tortola is just so beautiful and green!
    Tonight it is a cool 86 degrees and breezy.  Tree frogs are singing.
    My cat has been organizing his Halloween costume early.   Trick or Treat!

- Mini Mindy
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 09:17:53 EDT
    Well that stormt hat went thoruhg here was named MINDY.  No wonder it felt like a mild hurricane!
    The water front road from Road TOwn to West End was littered with sand and rocks, the sea came crashing right over the boulders along the side of the road and dumped an inland beach on the raod for us.  Now we like beachces, but not in the middle of the road!
    Today it is sunny and clear!

- Drive with your Lights on in Blinding Rain
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 08:09:04 EDT
    Yesterday a ferocious tropical wave came through Tortola.  Winds over 40 knots per hour  were clocked in West End.  It was pouring rain in Wet End as well.
    The streets quickly emptied as everyone sought shelter. 
    Folks tend to stay off the roads as much as possible in very bad weather.  The pot holes are impossible to see.  Many folks will drive in blinding rain with no lights on. 
    Sometimes, our sea side roads, which run by cliffs, suddenly have large rocks appear, so it's always good to stay put in a hard rain.

- Harry and Kate
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 12:59:02 EDT
 I was just looking over the latest reports on Tropical Storm Harry.  It says he is "poorly organized and nearly stationary..."
    Boy oh boy, if anyone has ever lived, worked or visited in the Caribbean Islands, that tropical storm description fits a vast number of so-called employees here!
    On the other hand, Hurricane Kate is wobbling west-south-west with a gradual turn towards the West expected.  Well, we hope so too.  Typical woman, can't figure out where she is going.
    Neither storm appears to be a threat to us at this time.  So plan your vacation and come on down!

- Remember Left Lenny? Now we got Lefty Larry!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 21:49:15 EDT
    Juan is history.
    Larry is  mystery.

- Hurricane Pics of Bermuda
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 11:26:19 EDT
Kate is no threat to us, not at this time.  Weather here is deliciously gorgeous.  Blue skies, crystal clear waters, balmy breezes, what more could you ask for?
For those of you that like mayhem, here is a link to 43 pictures of recent Hurricane  damages on Bermuda.

- Juan, Kate and Dolphins
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 12:28:07 EDT
Juan and jate don't seem to pose a threat to the islands.  My predictions (posted back in June on this board) may very well prove to be right again this year.  Yee haw!  My crystal ball must be in fine shape.
A balmy 88 today, with steady winds and clea skies.
Two women went to see the captive dolphin show on Tortola.  One woman made a gesture that was misinterpreted by the Big Dolphin.

He grabbed her, yanked her across the spectator stands,  then dragged her into the pool and over  to a corner of the  pen, where he spent the next two hours ravishing her and making love to her, until finally he was tranquilized by the Dolphin  trainers.

 The poor woman was rushed off to the hospital!
The next day I went by to check  on her.

 "Oh, honey, you poor thing!  Are you hurt?" I inquired.

 She replied, "Of course I am hurt! 
"He hasn't called, he hasn't sent flowers, he hasn't visited!"

- tropical storm Kate
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 18:17:10 EDT
    Tropical storm Kate is about 1150 miles north-east of the islands.  She is not expected to pose a threat to the island here.
    If you folks up north are fed up with the hurricanes, then come on down here for a vacation!
Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is mystery. 


- Juan is now a hurricane well north of us
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 11:33:25 EDT
We will watch Juan closely, he is very fickle.  We hope he continues North and misses us all entirely.

- Tropical Storm Juan
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 09:02:10 EDT
    Juan is east-southeast of Bermuda.  Not sure where he is going, could be erratic.  Hopefully he will stay well north of us little ole Virgin Islanders.  We almost feel guilty that we've had no storms or storm damage this year.  But that is often true, we just don't get hit very much, but when we do it is big news and folks think hurricane season means we have one a day, which we don't.
    There are two waves east of us, heading our way, but today on Tortola it is a marvelous day for sailing or beaching it.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all


- Link Correction
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:45:34 EDT
Folllowing is a picture of  Santa Claus and a broken link!

This link shoudl replace it (and hopefully work!)

Spend Christmas in the Islands

- Nothing to worry about yet, just a small tropical wave off Africa...
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:36:26 EDT
       Well, it is another gorgeous day in Paradise.  86 degrees.  Soft winds wafting by, clear blue skies. 
       Folks are gearing up for high season.  Make your reservations now to come to the BVI before all the good spots are gone.
       There is small tropical wave off Africa.  So typical for this time of year.  We hope is stays small and disorganized.  Like me...

       A new government was voted in.  They removed most of the speed bumps and it sure does make life nicer on Tortola. Amen to them!
       And now for today's foolishness:

       From an email:
       I think you should contact me, so we can disgust this matter further...
From the bar:
       The drunker I stand here, the longer I get...
Overheard at the bar:
       How can I miss you, if you won't go away?
Also overheard:
       Well, if the phone ain't ringing, it's me calling...
Bathroom Graffiti:
       Mamas, don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies...
Pickup Line:
       Are you tired?  Cause you been running through my mind all day...
       Did you hear about the southern twins who opened up their own cut and color beauty parlor in the Caribbean?  They  named it Pair of Dyes...
More Gossip:
       Someone else opened a barber shop at the sailboat marina, named Trim The Mane

Tropical disturbance, tropical wave -- Unorganized mass of thunderstorms, very little, if any, organized wind circulation.

Tropical depression -- Has evidence of closed wind circulation around a center with sustained winds from 20-34 knots (23-39 mph).

Tropical storm -- Maximum sustained winds are from 35-64 knots (40-74 mph). The storm is named once it reaches tropical storm strength.

Hurricane -- Maximum sustained winds exceed 64 knots (74 mph).

Rum Squall--Drunken Hangover

Where Does Santa Claus go on vacation?

Click Here and Spend Christmas in the Islands


- 4 tropical waves
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 09:46:57 EDT
       We had a wave go through the BVI last night and boy did it ever rain and howl. The rain was so thick you could not see across Sopers Hole in West End!
       There are 3 more waves headed for us and we sure need the rain.  The island is so much cleaner and nicer after a good hard rain.
       Of course those who were stuck home and thought they would watch cable TV were sorely mistaken as the cable went off.  Ditto for the Internet. Then the power went out.  All this over a small tropical wave.  Doesn't give me much hope for the stamina of our utilities, if we can't even survive a small tropical wave.  Perhaps we will have a minor baby boom nine months from tonight  *giggle*.
       This morning brought out brilliant blue skies and bright sun.  A great way to begin the week. 


- Bright and Sunny
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2003 09:19:13 EDT
       Hard to believe that Isabel is only a 300  miles north of us and we are enjoying exceptionally good weather.  I hope to go to the North shore today and see if the surf is up and what the surfers are doing about it.

- From Hell with Isabel
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 19:58:00 EDT

- Isabel Stomps By Closely
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 11:41:29 EDT
       The weather is incredibly gorgeous here today, yet inexplicably a huge hurricane is just north east of us.  I still watch it with guarded eye, it could go anywhere and those hurricane experts in Miami could be wrong.  But, then again, they aren't wrong often, just that a few years ago we went through several hurricanes that were way off the predicted mark.  Sometimes we got reports that the eye was one place when it was somewhere else and this gave us pause for cause.
       I remember during hurricane Bertha, years back, I was living aboard my uninsured yacht, a modest 30' sailboat.  I had taken refuge with about 15 other sailors in a two bedroom condo nearby.  While the drunken radio newscaster was mumbling about the hurricane reports, which  said the eye was well north east of us, we were experiencing this eerie calm of the eye right upon us.
       Everyone ran out to check on their boats and on the way back, the wall of wind behind the eye hit us suddenly.  I was dashing across the yard to the condo when the wind swept me up and plastered me against a chain link fence.  I looked down helplessly as my feet dangled about a foot off the ground.  I wasn't even holding on, just that the wind was so strong it held me against the fence.  Finally I pulled my way down to the ground and dashed inside the condo.
       About that time, a coconut came flying by and hit the roof, it sounded like we had been hit by a bomb.  We retreated to the bar, which covered about 90% of the kitchen counter space and drunkenly toasted the hapless newscaster on the local radio who was saying things like:

        "Hurricane  *hiccup*  Berda, is about um  *burp*  tur-tee miles  from um  (sound of guzzling bottle followed by a big sigh)  Berda has winds of um,  about, um, hmmmm,  a hun-dirt miles per  *burp*  hour...."  this was followed by about two minutes of radio silence but we could hear a chair scraping, some muffled moans, a glass breaking, and then the announcer came back on.
       "Hurricane, um, Berda, is..... *belch* .............. oh shit, ................ where's my bottle, (guzzle)  ............ a category, hmmm, ah, well, um two or tree, I think.  Let me take a leak out the window and see what she's doing.  Um, I mean a wook out the lindow, ah, um..... (sound of crashing equipment followed by more muffled radio static).
       We drank and giggled and played scrabble and watched the sliding glass doors bow in and out as the winds pummeled the condo and marina.  The sailboat masts were all playing the flute, but each on a different key and the melody was like an injured banshee.
       A few minutes later, the radio announcer cleared his throat, couched up some phlegm and droned on punctuated by loud swigs from his bottle, muffled burps and belches. "Hurricane, um, um, well, um, Berda, yeah, Berda, has 100 yeas max, um, 100 winds, uh, 100 miles  *guzzle*  her power, um, per power, ugh, per hour.  There is a report dat, um, a, um, that um, a um, what-cha-calli-it, I mean uh, um,  roof *hiccup*  has blown off in um, east end.  If you out there, um..."  and the radio died completely.
       We collapsed in giggles and spent much of the day imitating the radio reporter, making up our own reports.  There was no electricity, the phones were dead and as night fell, we managed to assemble dinner by candlelight on a gas stove. I made a huge pan of lasagna for the group, and it was devoured in about 3 minutes, as besides drinking and playing Scrabble by candlelight, there wasn't much else to do.
       Currently, we have tourists on the island and quite a few of them are disappointed that the hurricane missed us.  They have heard so much about our fabulous hurricane parties that they are saddened to be missing them.  But what they heck, sometimes you just have to go through a rum squall to get to the *hiccup*  purdy stuff.


- All is well
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 19:42:27 EDT
       Weather is gorgeous, not a cloud in the sky.  The massive hurricane  Isabel is going to miss us it looks like, so we are all very relieved.

- Where we Are, Where Isabel is
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 11:46:03 EDT


For your info, West End, in the British Virgin Islands is located at approximately

18.23.09 North
64.42.01 West

- Hurricane Isabel
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 07:01:07 EDT
       Weather is still gorgeous on Tortola.  The weather channel is still the preferred channel on public TV's in bars and businesses.
       A few folks have gotten ready for the storm, many have not.  There is a general belief that Tortola is invincible this year.  Let's hope my earlier predictions (last spring) will hold true that all we will get is a big old scare.
       We finally had a teeny tiny bit of rain down here, enough to make the gardens pretend not to die for a day.
       Already my mailbox is overwhelmed with requests to find vacationers, boats and some guy named BoBo who might the father of Teeny Tina's baby...at least she thinks his name was BoBo and he was on a blue boat in Jost about 9 months ago...
       Nothing has happened here yet, except I have had 5 calls from friends who want to stay with me in the event of a hurricane.  2 want to come here because they live in wooden buildings and would feel better in a masonry place and 3 just want to come stay here cause they live alone and would rather not spend the hurricane alone.
       So if we do get the hurricane here, and it looks doubtful, anyhow, my place, all two rooms of it, will be quite the party with 5 or 6 of us (plus all the pets)  crammed in here and let's not forget the jungle I am growing in pots on my balcony has to be moved indoors...
       So we wait and pray and see where this mess is going. 

- Isabel growing bigger
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 06:49:52 EDT
       Henri is no threat to the islands.  Fabian is already gone.   I got ready for Fabian in hopes that my work was in vain.  It was.
       Now we have Isabel and TD# 14.  Isabel is on a track headed for us, in the Virgin Islands, but we all hope she will turn North.  However, being a category 4 hurricane means that damages could be substantial.
       Tortola for the most part is built with a lot of masonry buildings, but those living in wooden buildings should take cover elsewhere if Isabel comes for a visit. 

- Isabel
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 09:05:05 EDT
       Here we go again, another hurricane headed our way.  Strong winds too.  We need the rain.  My poor garden is so parched and water is so expensive here.
       We have had absolutely gorgeous weather all week, but today, inexplicably, it is overcast, a rare sight for these islands.
       Surprisingly, we are having loads of tourists down here.  I mean it is in no way crowded, but a lot more tourists than many folks were expecting to be here this time of year.

- Bermuda
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2003 21:54:17 EDT
       My hearts and thoughts with love and prayers go out to those in Bermuda who have suddenly found themselves the latest sensational disaster news.
       I don't know how my friends and loved ones are doing there, but it can't be good.  I can only hope and pray that the strong proud island of Bermuda,  will quickly bounce back with renewed vigor.


- No Fabian Here!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 11:00:06 EDT
       Well, I planned for the worse and of course nothing happened.  So we are sunny and clear, a great day in paradise.

  • From: "BVI Chamber & Hotel Assoc." <bviccha AT surfbvi.com>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2003 15:45:09 -0400
We are experiencing heavy sporadic afternoon showers in Tortola. Currently
the sun is shining brightly.

Will advise if the situation changes.


Nadine Battle
Executive Director
British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce
    and Hotel Association
bviccha AT surfbvi.com
284 494 3514
284 494 6179 FX 

- Fabian the Himmacane
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 03:24:37 EDT
       84 degrees, scattered clouds, very little rain.     
       Well, here we have the stylish name of Hurricane Fabian.  It is about 1000 miles east of us.  Of course the weather here is terrific currently. But I am glad to say that most of my hurricane preparations were taken care of months ago, I have the batteries, food, candles, water and such. But in the meantime, I have been growing a jungle on my balcony, and all that will have to come inside and I wonder where I will put 50 potted plants.
       Of course Fabian looks like he may miss us, but we will still get the outer rims and showers, at least we need the rain. 
       I will try to keep you posted.  I have a new computer and it is rather cantankerous.  I am still trying to set everything up  (yuck).

- Life's a Beach!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 08:13:57 EDT
       All is well in Tortola.  Tropical Storm #9 barely dumped a scattered shower on us.  Matter of fact, Tortola needs rain on most parts.  While some areas are green but not lush, other areas look desert like.
       The Sahara dust has blown over and gives us spectacular sunsets.
       Three, yes, three, tropical disturbances are headed our way and no doubt these bear watching as I expect to get at least a scare out of them.
       Link to satellite:

Life's a Beach!

- Don't Stop The Carnival, I still got a hangover from the Donkey Races!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 09:26:31 EDT
       86 degrees with 70% humidity and gentle trade winds wafting by, bringing cooling breezes.       
It has been a tad warm lately, but that's been good for going to the beach.  We need more rain, my flowers look sad.  The carnival is over and folks are nursing their hangovers, packing for vacations and some are closing their business for a few weeks or even a month so they can take a break.
       Life is moving slower here.  Since the island population has shrunk so drastically, it is like a small town.  I get embarrassed when so many folks speak to me by name and I am wondering now WHO is that...
       Sometimes I go to introduce myself and the other person will say, they know who I am, where I work and where I live.  Makes ya wonder if big brother is watching you.
       On the flip side, sometimes folks feel they know you so well, that they treat you like royalty.  For instance, my jeep was in the shop, it needed everything.  It is only 15 years old, but still stuff breaks on it. I had a very long list of things for the mechanic to fix, from the front end to the wiper blades to the brakes.  When I went to pick it up, the mechanic said he hadn't had time to figure up my bill, but for me to take the car and stop by later in the week and pay him.
       Then I had friends who were delayed getting on island and I feared the small guest house they wanted to stay at, would be closed when they arrived.  They had made a reservation but not paid a deposit.  I called the guest house to tell them they were running late on arrival, and the manager told me to come pick up the keys and we would do the money and paperwork later, not to worry, but she was going home and I could do the waiting for her.
       When my friends finally arrived, they looked real worried, because the guest house was dark and locked up.  I produced the keys and they wanted to reimburse me and when I told them I hadn't paid a thing, just fetched their keys so the manager on duty could go home early, they were flabbergasted.
       Ain't life grand...

  Spend Christmas at the Beach!


- Life's a Carnival!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 00:26:16 EDT
       The long anticipated rain has finally arrived.  It poured for a good 5 minutes in West End.  We needed to settle the Sahara Dust.  That's right, the Sahara dust.  It gives us spectacular sunsets in the summer as well as hazy horizons.  I always drive with drinking water in my old jeep, I have to wash down the dust  now and then, in my travels. 
       Tonight the sunset was a brilliant red sky.  It was mesmerizing, so I spent a good half hour studying it.  But our twilight is quick and when the sun finally set, there were only a few more minutes of light before we were enveloped in darkness.
       Days are in the low 80's and nights are in the low 80's too, but the trade winds have been keeping things nice and cool.  Carnival is in full swing, lotsa partying everywhere as they move Carnival from town to Carrot Bay and then to East End.  It's a Carnival!


- Anonymous Tropical Depression
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2003 08:12:30 EDT
       There is a tropical depression about 900 miles east of Barbados.  It is well worth watching, as it came off Africa disorganized and seemed to organize as it drifted west.
       Hopefully, it will just bring us much needed rain and some cooling breezes.

       This is my favorite satellite picture:
        Caribbean Satellite

Quote from an 83 year old Lady

Elfwood: 'Mermaid' by Courtney 'Alanya' Lease


- Sunny Skies Are Here Again! I'm so happy, I could write song on my Banjo!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 09:39:18 EDT
       Yesterday is was dark and cloudy much of the day with strong winds and very little rain.  Folks at Nanny Cay were skipping along happily, as everyone was relieved and ready for the non-storm.
       Today, the sun is out, the winds are moderate and I am off to the beach!
       Yesterday, at happy hour, Jolly Roger had an un-hurricane party and we watched these Frenchmen all hop out of their dinghy, climb  up on the dock and order drinks.  Apparently, no one thought to tie up the expensive dinghy. 
       The winds and current began to whisk the dinghy right out of the harbor. One of the Frenchmen stripped down and began swimming for the dinghy, but it looked pretty hopeless. The current was strong, the winds were stiff and the sky was dark. 
       Another person ran down the shore, then jumped in to go after the dinghy, but as the current grabbed him, he quickly made a U-turn and came back to shore.
       It was almost dark thirty, and a fast moving ferry was on the horizon.  Fortunately, they saw the dinghy, and stopped the ferry, maneuvering it around, to stop and  pick up the dinghy, rafting it  along side.  They then continued on to the ferry dock, with the wayward dinghy in tow.

       I suggested the Frenchmen go thank the captain and hand him a hundred dollar bill.  They thought I was crazy.  Other bar patrons thought two hundred would be more appropriate.  The Frenchmen went to the dock, with a thank you and no money.
       The captain of the ferry decided that his trouble was worth $150 and a small squabble ensued.  The Frenchmen came back to the bar for an opinion, and we said "Well, try $50, wave a hundred in his face and pay $150 if he insists."  The Frenchmen were furious and we explained that he was darn lucky, that no boat is under any obligation to save "things".  Had the dinghy been full of people and adrift, then yes, the captain is obligated to assist.  But to take a commercial ferry, divert course and maneuver around, trying to rescue a dinghy (sans people)  was  worth a "salvage" fee and they should just pay up and be grateful, they didn't lose the dinghy completely.
       Some lessons in foolishness do cost.  The school of hard-knocks ain't cheap!


        Painting by Sally Cave (click to see her web page)

- Gutsy and Rainy
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 07:08:37 EDT
       Or is that Gusty and Rainy?

       It is 7am, and been blowing kind of strong most of the night with scattered squalls.  No sun, just gray sky and a low gentle roar brought by the winds. 

- Erika WHO?
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 20:41:58 EDT
       There is no Erika, least not yet, and that mess of a tropical storm is now just a tropical wave.  Sailing From West End to Nanny Cay turned out to be a breeze and pretty much uneventful.
       Bareboat companies at Nanny Cay were scurrying around, securing their many yachts for the possibility of a storm.  Just last week, I was buying canned goods, filling up water jugs and topping off my Red Dragon (the rusty jeep) with gas.  It only took a gallon and a half to top it off, yet inexplicably, I had not bought gas in well over two weeks!  Guess there is something to be said for those old jeeps that that run on fumes and don't drain the pocket book.
       I felt last week, (some folks were making fun of me, for planning for a non-storm at that time)  that if I was all prepared for a hurricane, then it wouldn't happen and would be just an exercise.  But if we were to get a big blow, I have business and personal concerns to attend to (some not insured) so I wanted some of the donkey work knocked out of the way.
       I still believe this tropical depression is wroth watching, as it could gear up again, once it gets past us.



- Unnamed Storm, tropical depression 6
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 09:37:05 EDT
       For now, we just have TD#6.  I was watching it on the satellite pictures when it started rolling off Africa.  It is poorly formed at the moment, but I still don't like the looks of it.  We could be in for a strong blow.
       In the West end, today, it is blowing gently with the sun out.  However, I am going sailing upwind to Nanny Cay and that may prove to be rather choppy and sloppy, will let you know.  We sure could use some rain!

Caribbean Writer Vol. 14 - TABLE OF CONTENTS

- TD#6
  • From: Sara Sommers <sales AT limindesign.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 08:17:19 -0300
We had some rain overnight, which is always welcome here, as it keeps us
nice and green!  The sun is out this morning, along with a generous supply
of clouds and spotty showers.  TD6 is still supposed to pass south of here
as a weak tropical storm.  A watch has been issued for USVI.  The local
radio station which plays on our local tv information channel this morning
mentioned a "tropical wave" in the vicinity, but no mention of a depression
or storm.  (Everyone here watches The Weather Channel, anyway, for tropical
updates).  Tropical Prediction Center at 8am had this to say: "INTERESTS
that.  Our very best wishes to our island neighbors to the south,
especially Montserrat!
check BVI & tropical weather at:  http://www.weathercarib.com

- 11am good news
  • From: Sara Sommers <sales AT limindesign.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 11:28:56 -0300
The 11am advisory sounds considerably better!  Now not forecast to reach
hurricane strength until Thursday morning, at 78W.  It does seem like a
busy season is underway, being it's only July and we're about to see the
5th named storm.  Probably wise to get that list updated and stocked, since
it consists of non-perishables, etc.  There's plenty of time to eat canned
beans during the winter if they aren't needed this season.  Cheers!
check BVI & tropical weather at:  http://www.weathercarib.com

- Erika
  • From: Sara Sommers <sales AT limindesign.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 09:12:51 -0300
As of this morning, looks like TD6 might be TS Erika later today, and
possibly Cat 1hurricane by Tuesday.  Current prediction passes her south of
us, but I plan to stock up on water, batteries, just in case we have enough
wind that they turn off the power.  Meanwhile, it's a beautiful cool
morning up here "on top", soft breezes and white clouds dotting the blue
check BVI & tropical weather at:  http://www.weathercarib.com

- Paradise back to normal
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2003 11:04:03 EDT
       It is 80ish degrees with trade winds cooling things down.  All the ash is gone.  We had some rain the other day, but it was very brief.
       Danny is far north of us and Claudette is dancing aorund the US. 
And Now from the Mailbag:

       What is a Mermaid?
       Never Seen One!

Dear Gentle Reader,
       A Mermaid is a deep-she fish!

Ring Suncatchers

- Let's Kick Some Ash!
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 03:58:40 EDT
       Tortola continues to receive a sprinkling of volcano ash with a thick haze buffering the bright sun.  What we need now, is some rain to wash this mess away.
       SMugglers Cove Beach was lovely as usual today, but the water is a bit cloudy and clarity has decreased.  Instead of seeing clearly 20-30 feet below, one can only see about 10 feet below in the water. Horrors! 
       This will clear up, the Caribbean sea is famous for its crystal clear waters, but Montserrat is dusting the oocean and masquerading the island.  The water was the perfect temperature for swimming and Miss Mermaid spent the day frollicking in  the sea.
       There was a mild earthquake on Sunday, it felt like the island took a giant burp but was quite brief. 

- Montserrat blows her top, send ash over BVI
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 00:38:06 EDT
       Not only is it the 13th of the month, but it is the Full moon and the night of the Fool Moon parties. 
       I had planned a beach day, but the morning brought an eerily dreary day.  It didn't even look like I was in the islands, so I went back to bed, hoping the horrid sky was a bad dream, and I would awake to my sunny beach day. 
       I wasn't connected to the latest news sources.  But throughout the day, I remarked several times that the overcast was a really strange color.  My potted plants looked unhappy so I did some balcony gardening.
       I never made it to the beach.  But I noticed bits of weird dust all over my home.  Funny, didn't I just clean this place?  Even the cats were looking a bit dusty and chose to stay inside today, something rare for them, since they think they own the island and are entitled to roam it at will.
       However, I now find out that the Montserrat Dome collapsed, and the volcano shot nearly 8 miles into the sky, sending ash raining down, which was then picked up by the winds and then gave Tortola such a strange hue.
       This also explains why I have had to put constant eye drops in my eyes all day.  I thought it was just an excuse not to catch up on some office work, since my eyes felt bad.
       Anyhow, we are grateful that no one was killed in Montserrat, but my heart goes out to those people living there.  Life is tough in paradise, sometimes.  


- Be Careful What You Ask For
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 07:45:43 EDT
       Claudette is not a threat to the BVI at all.  Before she was named, she breezed through here with some strong gusts which even knocked down some of our already loosely strung telephone wires and managed to mess up the Cable TV somewhat.
       After she left here, she was named and went on to hunt down other parts of the world.  So we are happy to be just lazing about the beach here, having a grand ole time.
       Temps in the low 80's, humidity at 70-ish, rain is not expected, so I am off to the beach again!
       I was in a bar the other day, and noticed a man sitting there and his head was as tiny as a softball, yet the rest of him seemed normally proportioned.  We got to talking and I finally asked him about his tiny head.
       He said, "Well, I got this in the war.  See the enemy torpedoed my ship and I was the only survivor, thrown in the water and trying to swim to shore to save myself.  A mermaid came along and safely got me to land on a small deserted island.  Then she granted me 3 wishes.
       "First, I asked her for loads of money, so I would never have to work again.  She granted me that and I became rich.  Then I asked her to return me to the U.S.  and poof, we were in the U.S. again.  Then on my third wish, I asked the mermaid to make love to me. 
       "She told me that mermaids can't have sex.  So I asked her for a little head.....

Hibiscus, From the Garden of the Beach Villa

- Weather Is Gorgeous
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 10:09:35 EDT
       It is 84 degrees with balmy trade winds meandering by.  The humidity is low and there is no stickiness factor.  The weather is so great today, that I am going to the beach!

Can you give me a general idea of the weather in late October in BVI?

I know it's technically during hurricane "season," but is it worth making a
week-long trip to BVI at that time of year?

Thanks and take care,

       Dear Technical,
             The weather in late October is generally quite nice and summery with cooler nights.  The winds are usually gentle unless we do have a hurricane on top of us.  While it is technically still hurricane season, we hardly ever get any hurricanes here, though we had a scare a few years back.
       I think it certainly is worth making a trip her in the fall.  The Virgin Islands are a great year round destination.
       The odds of a hurricane during your stay are very minimal and you can buy trip insurance if it concerns you greatly.  The insurance companies love to make money!
       See ya soon!



- Bill's not here and 3 Wishes from the Mermaid
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 06:23:27 EDT
       Tropical storm Bill is dancing around the Gulf of Mexico and not a threat to the Virgin Islands.  Boy, do we feel lucky!
      It's a bit overcast this morning, nice cool and quiet.  81 degrees and 71 percent humidity.  We need rain and some showers are expected.  I am thinking of buying a truck load of water, for the parched cistern, yet that usually makes it rains.  So I am oscillating between ordering water and just dancing for it instead.

       Last weekend, 3 of my male friends went fishing.  Out of the blew, they managed to catch a mermaid!  She begged them to be set free and in return she would grant each of them ONE wish.
       The first guy just doesn't believe it and he says "If you can really grant wishes, then double my IQ."
       "Done!" says the mermaid and suddenly the guy starts spouting Shakespeare flawlessly and analyzing it with great insight.
       The second guy says, "Wow, I want you to triple my IQ!"
       "Done"  says the mermaid.
       He starts to spit out mathematical solutions to all the problems that have been stumping scientists and physicists for eons.
       The third guys is so impressed he demands the mermaid quintuple his IQ, making his IQ five times higher.
       "Oh no"  says the mermaid.  "Not that!  Wouldn't you rather have a million bucks or a new boat? Please don't make me quintuple your IQ."
       But the third guy insisted and would not be changed in his decision, demanding that the mermaid quintuple his IQ.
       "Are you SURE?"  asked the mermaid.
       He was adamant.
       "OK"  says the mermaid.
       She grants his wish, and the man turns into a woman!




- Wet Putty Tats and 16 days of gully washers
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 08:19:53 EDT
       It is 82 degrees, 73% humidity and we are expecting a teeny tiny bit of rain.  No storms are on the horizon, just another great day at the beach!

       Now, we have the mailbag to answer:

Dear Miss Mermaid:

I found this link on StormCarib.com.

We're considering visiting your lovely isle in mid- to late July.  We note
that July typically has 16 days of rain.

While brief showers are part of vacating in the tropics, we're not too
intrigued at all by thunderstorms or gully washers -- heck, we can stay home
for those!

Can you give us a better feel for what July weather is really like?

Thanks in advance.

Very truly yours,

Dear Sunny,
       I have no idea where you noted that in July we typically have 16 days of rain!  Mercy!  We should be so lucky, our gardens would love it! 
       I think somewhere, where ever you found that info, that it might be very misleading. 
       What we typically have here for rain is a shower of 5-10 minutes. This may happen once in a great while but certainly not enough (just look at my struggling oleander!)
       Most rain showers are very isolated, so if it is raining in West End and you don't want to wait the 5-10 minutes for it to stop, you can start driving east and typically run into sunshine rather quickly.
       If we were to have 16 days of gully washing down pours, it would make international news and be  quite the phenomenon.  I can hardly remember the last time it rained for more than an hour, much less, all day.
       I bet the 16 days of rain you noted somewhere, meant that on 16 days a drop of rain was recorded on the island. 
       I guess it just goes to show that you just can't believe everything you read, even if it is on the Internet.
       I personally hope it does pour down rain because my cistern is looking pretty thirsty and I am a bit tired of the one quart showers we have been having until the rains do come on.
       Today, my little weather indicator shows rain drops instead of sunshine, and there are some clouds out there, but none of them dark and heavy and none seem to be raining anywhere.
       My poor kitty cat, is looking a bit dusty too.  He is a strange little fellow.  When ever it rains, he runs outside and gets his fur thoroughly soaked, then comes back inside and prances around until I punk up his fur by brushing it backwards for him.  If he is soaked enough, then I have to get the towel out and he just loves that, as long as I punk up his fur when I am done.  Then he takes a token swab here and there with his tongue and he is off to play again.
       He is two years old, and used to be a little pigpen, we were always saying to him, it was time to wash and he would just flip his tail at us.  Then one day as a kitty, he got caught in the rain and since then, he just loves it!  He would make a great boat cat, as boaters often run out in the rain and scrub their bodies, then the decks (if the rain keeps up long enough).

Please, Please, Please let it Rain!


- Why They Are So Sweet...
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2003 07:47:59 EDT
      Another beautiful day in paradise.  Temps around low 80's with low humidity.  Gentle winds of about 10 mph.  No storms in sight, but we are expecting some rain to keep the islands green.
Subj: Vidalia Onions, Tortola, and middle Georgia 
When I saw your latest message about Vidalia onions I couldn't help but write you.
Although I now live in Virginia, near Richmond, my family line is from middle Georgia, in Twiggs County, near Vidalia, and from Macon, in Bibb county.  My grandfather, was a railroad engineer on the Macon, Dublin, and Savannah (MD&S) railroad from 1914 until he retired in 1952.  Although the railroad was never actually extended as far as Savannah from Macon (it was a very small railroad,) it did reach Vidalia, and the Macon to Vidalia run was my grandfather's normal route.
One of their regular freight items was Vidalia onions.
The reason vidalia onions are so sweet is because the land around Vidalia is lacking in sulfur, which is the element contributing to the "hot" (acid) taste of most onions.  In fact, if Vidalia onions are grown anywhere but Vidalia, they will also be hot, because of the sulfur in the soil of the new location. 
So, if you're thinking of getting some Vidalia onion seeds, don't bother.  On the other hand, if you can remove the sulfur content of some Tortola soil, and grow your local variety of onions in it, you might be the source of "Tortola onions" known the world around for their sweetness.
Wouldn't that be interesting.
Best regards,

       Our biggest problem with the soil on Tortola is that it is full of rocks and very shallow.  If you dig more than a foot through this hard as nails soil, you just hit more rock.
       Tortolians do not grow a whole lot of food, though we do well at some things such as pineapple, banana, coconut, lime, almonds, cashews, mangoes, papayas, genips and hibiscus.
       Hibiscus you say?  Isn't that a flower?  It sure is and not only is it edible but it makes  delicious tea.


- Wave Goodbye To TD#2 and burping Vadalia Onions
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 08:09:53 EDT
       Eating all those Vadalia onions sure scared TD#2 into downgrading to just a tropical wave.  Yee haw!
       Today is clear and sunny with winds wafting by at a leisurely pace.   Temperature is barely above 80 with little humidity. 

Great day for the beach!

Smugglers Cove Beach  (click for vacation beach villa info)

- The Vadalia Onion Experiment
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 08:54:01 EDT
       Today it is cool and quiet with few winds and a bit overcast.  Rare to see an overcast day around here!
       The tropical depression, named TWO, for the moment, is located about 1100 East southeast of the windward islands.  It is worth watching, as we have all become complacent about storms, since so few have visited Tortola in the last decade.
       See the current satellite picture at  Caribbean Basin Sat

       Will Vadalia Onions Keep us Safe from Storms?
Vadalia Onions are like no other in the whole wide world.  They are only grown in Vadalia, Georgia and nobody has ever been able to duplicate the onion anywhere else on the planet.  Generally Vadalia Onions are only available in the South Eastern United States, but they do occasionally find themselves in farther flung markets.
       Vadalia Onions are the sweetest onion.  Raw, they are delicious, and cooked, they impart a unique savory flavor.  It is almost impossible to cry while peeling a Vadalia, they are that sweet!
       So why all this talk about Vadalia Onions?
       Well, Miss Mermaid invited her long lost brother to come visit for a few weeks in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.  Since the 911 mess, of course, traveling has been different.  Typically, single males, traveling solo on non-business often get a second look by immigration and customs.
       BVI Customs decided to search my brother's luggage.  I suppose they thought he looked too pale to have a sister living in the Caribbean.  They repeatedly asked him where he was staying, why he was visiting and so fourth.  He politely answered their questions and let them rummage through his luggage.
       When they came across a brown bag full  of Vadalia onions, the customs officer barked at him, "And WHAT is this?"  My brother proudly announced "Vadalia Onions, sir!"
       The officer, rolled his eyes and promptly closed the suitcase without any further searching.  For now, he knew for sure, that the man before him did indeed have a sister living in the islands.
       My brother was relived to be on his way and as he remarked to me later, "He didn't say a thing about the box of Yellow Grits!"
       Relatives, visiting the islands, often bring all manner of food stuffs as gifts for their related hosts, usually exotic American things that we can't get here or super big lots of super cheap stuff that we would normally pay a small fortune for locally.  (He also brought me rewritable CD's at a 10th the cost of what I pay to buy them locally.)
       My thoughtful brother, knowing how much I love and miss Vadalia onions, decided to bring me a bag full as a gift.
       Unfortunately, he also insisted Miss Mermaid not be so greedy and share them with him as well.
       So everyday, no matter what we are cooking or eating, Vadalia Onions are a part of our diet and Miss Mermaid couldn't be happier!
       We think the Vadalia Onions will keep this storm at bay and not cause us any harm. Only time will tell.

Seaweed Gallery

- Hurricane Season and reasons to Drink Rum & Rain
  • From: DearMissMermaid AT aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 10:22:05 EDT
       Officially hurricane season starts in June and ends in November. I dislike this term of "season" but news makers love to be sensational, so hurricane season it is.  CURRENTLY, WE HAVE NO STORMS APPROACHING.

       Season implies that we have hurricanes on a regular basis and of course we do not.  Many hurricanes are at sea and while many readers see that as no threat, I am one who always thinks about the poor hapless seaman on a small boat somewhere who may not have state of the state of the art equipment to even know they are in the path of a storm.      
       I predict that this year, we will have one big scare, one small scare and no damages to Tortola.
       By next November, you will see whether to laugh at or toast my prediction.
       Weather sources for BVI weather tend to be scarce.  One reason is we have a relatively small population, but we have a zillion visitors looking for our weather reports.
       Second of all, the weather just doesn't change much around here.  We have a joke that there are 3 types of weather reports here:
       (1)  Sunny with scattered clouds, temperatures from 70's to 80's
       (2)  Sunny with scattered clouds, 20% chance of rains, temperatures from 70's to 80's
       (3)  Hurricane coming mon!

       If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean, I wouldn't worry about hurricanes.  Buy trip insurance if you are worried.  Insurance companies love to make money.

       Should you happen to be here during a hurricane, these are your options:

       (1) Immediately go to the airport (prior to the hurricane) and fly home standby.
       (2)  If not evacuating, then immediately go to the store and stock up on rum and food stuffs and more rum.  (Don't forget the rum.)
       (3)  If you have a safe secure place to stay, then close it up and move in and start the  party.  If you need a safe place to stay then buy more rum and start asking around.  Folks in sturdy buildings often take in refugees before the storm (especially if they come equipped with plenty of rum).  Makes for a better party.

       I once spent several days with 15 people in a 2 bedroom condo during a hurricane.  Our bar stash was six times larger than our food stuffs.  At least we had our priorities straight.
       BEFORE the storm:

       Remove all lose debris from the yard and park your vehicle away from potential falling objects.  Gather up all the coconuts you can (great for pina coladas, etc.)  A flying coconut in the height of a hurricane is like having cannon balls shooting around you.
       Take measures to clear off porches, balconies, verandahs etc.  Board up or close the storm shutters on doors and windows.  Check for mops, buckets and towels.  Remove things off the floor that you want to stay dry.
       I once stayed on the 2nd floor of a sturdy hotel.  The wind was so strong that the water  blew horizontally under the door and flooded the room in about 2 inches of water.  The hotel had so thoughtfully issued us one candle and one extra hand towel.  Neither were useful against this tirade of water.
Be prepared to live without electricity, running water (at least from the faucets), phone and cable.

       DURING the storm:

       Drink rum. Pray.  Drink rum. Party. Drink Rum. Pray.
       Do not go outside.
       I know how tempting it is, but don't.  This is how 99% of the storm related accidents happen.  Such as these true stories:

       She was curious about the hurricane and stepped outside.  A gust of wind slammed the door with a tremendous force, crushing her foot.  She spent 36 hours in agony, before medical attention could be sought.

       He couldn't resist, he had to go outside and see for himself.  A board flew by and peeled part of his scalp off.  He was lucky to keep his head at all.


       Use this time wisely to shore up your place, mop up, clean up, reinforce shutters etc.  Do NOT venture out in your car and do not venture more than a few feet from safety.  The winds can go from zero to hundred in a matter of seconds.

       She ran from the seaside condo to the marina and checked the lines on her boat.  The boat had a huge gouge down the side, thanks to the dock.  She ran back to the condo and lollygagged in the yard.  Suddenly the winds picked up and lifted her into the air and plastered her on a fence with her feet dangling several feet above the ground.
       Glued to the fence for a few horrifying moments, the winds died slightly allowing her to drop to the ground and run for the condo.
       They ventured out in their car during the eye of the storm, thinking it was safe.  They were 10 miles from their home when the winds suddenly took them by surprise.  They  were able to reach someone they knew by cellular to cellular phone and took refuge at their place. They were unable to leave for over 14 hours.  All their rum was ten miles away...


       This cannot be repeated enough.  But with the approach of every storm, is also the showing of much machismo. 

       I will weather the hurricane on MY boat.  I am tough. It's nothing.

My good (but crazy) friend said that to me 8 years ago, before a hurricane.  I have never seen him nor his boat since.  Neither has anyone else.

       Other true stories:

       During the height of the hurricane, his boat broke up and he found himself at sea clutching a life jacket and being swept for miles until he was unceremoniously dumped on a rock strewn beach on a deserted island.  He clung to a coconut tree until the storm was over.  His arms were raw, his body was battered.
       After the storm, he found little to subsist on this deserted island.  He drank water from puddles in the rocks. His clothes were mere rags by now, barely covering the essentials.
       On day two a battered kayak washed up ashore.  He tried with palm fronds and an old flip flop to paddle away from the island and over to an inhabited one, but the seas kept bringing him back.
       He slept under the kayak that night.
       On day four, one oar washed up on the beach.
       He set out on his journey, sun burned, starving and thirty but determined to find help. After hours of paddling and getting away from the tiny deserted island, a passing boat rescued him.  His friends had to cancel his pending memorial service. 
   Not a stick nor board was ever found of his boat.

       They lived high up on a cliff, overlooking the sea.  In the middle of the night, part of the eye passed over them, temporarily calming the winds.  That is when they noticed their car dome light was on.  They thought this odd and knew they wanted to save their battery, so they dashed out in the storm, to shut the light off.
       Much to their surprise, a bloody body was draped across the seat, and the door was not shut properly.  The body was alive, just barely.
       Later, when the body became coherent, after being transferred to the safety of their masonry home, he told them that his boat smashed up on the rocky cliff.  He had somehow managed to scale these rocks, about 60 feet up and saw the little car, which he climbed into, but passing out from the effort, he could not shut the door, hence the light came on.  No one can imagine how he managed to scale vertical rocks with no equipment, but he did, leaving bits and pieces of his body behind.


View of Hurricane from Heaven


       Clean up.  Sobering up may take a few days. But in the meantime, haul off all the party garbage.  Clean up the mess outside your place.  Help your neighbors. Give hugs freely.  Many will need it.

       Like so many after the hurricane, we still had to have a few rums everyday to settle our nerves and remember why we liked the Caribbean. At this time, the power was still off, running water was scarce and buying ice impossible, at any price.
       During a brief rain squall, we had caught fresh rainwater and bottled it for our use.   We stored it in the shade, next to our bottle of rum. 
       Each evening when we mixed the Rum and Rain, we gave a whole new meaning to R&R.

This article is dedicated in loving memory to my friends who perished at sea during various hurricanes.
May you sail in peace (you old fool!)
I planted coconut trees in memory of  each and every one of you, so your memory still stands, after every storm.

This article written by      Dear Miss Mermaid


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