Beach-to-Beach Power Swim winner

May 25th, 2015

The first place winners get all of the attention.

Here’s to the SECOND place finishers.

This is Christy McManus, who works for the National Park and lives in Upper Carolina, and this was her fifth Power Swim. Christy finished second in her course, the intermediate assisted course from Maho Bay to Trunk Bay. A two-and-a-quarter mile swim. She did it in just over an hour.

Second place is very admirable.

This was the 12th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park. You can see the results of all races here.







Tabletop Ring Game at The Landing

May 21st, 2015

The best place to play the ring game is at the Soggy Dollar Bar, but the easiest-to-get-to place to play it is Cruz Bay Landing.

A mini, tabletop version.

Don’t forget about the Ring Game App.

Everybody’s a winner in the ring game. Eventually.







Morgan’s Mango cleanup

May 20th, 2015

Friends continue to help Morgan’s Mango owners Carlos and Maria clean up and rebuild after last month’s fire.

They’ve run the restaurant for more than two decades, and Carlos says he has no doubt it will reopen soon.

It looks like a Go Fund Me campaign for Morgan’s Mango’s repair expenses is well on the way to its goal too.







WAPA smart meters are rolling out

May 19th, 2015

Promising more accurate billing and better customer service, WAPA is now installing smart meters at its customers’ homes and businesses.

The smart meters continuously send a signal to the WAPA office, so no more meter readers.

The Source reports WAPA is also on track to convert entirely to propane by this summer, and continues to add solar and wind power to the mix, with 20 megawatts of renewable energy either online, signed or soon to be signed.

Every little bit helps.

 

 







The last of US Airways

May 18th, 2015

I must be one of the last people to still have a US Airways Signature Visa card. That card helped furnish Bongo Bongo. (The bedrooms were back then nicknamed “the MasterCard Suite” and “the Visa Suite.”

Ahh, the memories.

But as of this month, my US Airways Signature Visa been replaced with an American Airlines card. I must also be one of the last to make that transition.

US Airways is now slowly fading to black. Almost two years after American acquired US Airways, it begins merging the reservations systems this summer and expects it to be complete by fall.

You still might board the occasional US Airways plane for awhile. Repainting them won’t be done until sometime next year.







Carolina Corral needs a truck: Go fund it

May 8th, 2015

Dana Bartlett at Carolina Corral rescues a lot of animals and she cares for a lot of them too.

Now she’s trying to raise some money to buy a truck to carry feed or a trailer to transport the sick and injured.

We’ve written about a couple of her recent rescues.

Her goal is modest: $15,000. And she’s set up a Go Fund Me campaign to solicit your help.

Dana also hopes to start a nonprofit to help the wild donkeys on St. John.

(Her Suzuki license plate is DNKY.)

If you’d like to help pay for her truck or trailer, click here.







Longboard finally open

May 7th, 2015

Longboard St. John is finally open, after some unsurprising St. John permit delays.

Longboard, which replaced the former Joe’s Diner, was supposed to open in early-April.

Looks like Happy Hour starting at 3pm and dinner only for now. Lunch soon come.

Lunch of the Week is waiting.

Has anybody checked out their dinner yet? The menu sounds good. Can’t wait to see what a Baja Bowl is!







Where’s That? Wednesday

May 6th, 2015

Exact location required.

Have you ridden with Carolina Corral? It’s one of the few things we’ve never done. It sounds fun.

If you have, tell us what it was like.







On-StJohn.com Vistas: The North Shore

May 5th, 2015

Turquoise waters and lush, green National Park hillsides. Spend two minutes staring at some of the best views in the world…







In Memory of: My Mom

May 3rd, 2015

My mom has always been my biggest fan. That’s her, visiting me at my very first radio job.

She passed away last week at the incredibly wonderful age of almost 92.

While our dad gave us a moral compass, and taught us respect and responsibility (not all of which completely took hold), it was mom who gave us a sense of humor. She was a very funny lady and she was full of surprises.

The summer before first grade, I discovered an old song called Puff the Magic Dragon, and it became my theme song that summer. Boy. Dragon. Perfect for a kid, right?

When school started that fall, my mom secretly bought the sheet music and practiced it on the piano and learned the words while I was at school, and then she surprised me with a concert on a Friday afternoon.

For all that I’ve done and all that I’ve seen, and as young as I was, that is still the highlight of my life.

When my college-bound sister found out, she told me that song “was about drugs.”

I was devastated.

When I told my mom what my sister said, she thought for a minute, and then grinned and said… “Not when we sing it.”

She was 43 when I was born, and with two other siblings much older, my mom and I were more best friends growing up than parent and child, and even when parenting she was funny.

One moment I will never forget came when I royally screwed something up and my mom sat me down and in a very serious tone quoted poet John Greenleaf Whittier: “For all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these: It might have been.

Those were strong words, which I remember to this day, but she quickly followed up by laughing and saying “Well, now I can tell your dad I talked to you. I made cinnamon rolls and Mary Tyler Moore is on in five minutes.”

We watched a lot of reruns together.

Mom was also my tour guide. Dad got to travel a lot and we went along. But instead of being a convention wife, my mom had me. Long before Google and Travelocity, mom researched all the sites and points of interest in every city we visited and she showed me the world.

Even in old age, she looked great (that’s her, taking a selfie, on her 90th birthday below) and she remained sharp and funny.

Our last conversation, days before she died, lasted 30 minutes and we did nothing but talk about funny memories and laugh. At one point she told me she wished all of her family and all of her friends could get together again. And then she chuckled and said “that will be my funeral, won’t it?”

It was mom. And it was wonderful. Thank you for everything.







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