Archive for June, 2009

Like computers? Buy this guy’s business

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Jason, at Computer Express in Cruz Bay, has been one of the island’s few Go-To guys for reliable computer repair. But after almost five years on the island, Jason is ready to move on.

And he’s looking for somebody to take over his business: Lots of customers and lots of owner hand-holding to get you up to speed, and maybe even owner financing.

Jason’s next stop is Seattle. In fact, he’s up in the far Northwest right now for a wedding. Here he is in Anchorage.

“I chose Seattle because Moriah and I are both from the Northwest. My sisters are in Oregon and both are having babies, and I feel like I’m missing some good stuff, ” Jason tells us. “It’s time to move closer to home for now. ”

Jason is actually looking for a way to split time between Seattle and St. John, and says he has already started up some Web sites with online computer repair educational videos.

“Whoever buys Computer Express will have a good teacher. I plan to stick around after a new owner takes over to make sure they’re comfortable and treating everyone right. ”

When he sells, we only have one request for the new owners. Don’t take away Jason’s FREE WiFi that covers the park! It makes the Cruz Bay park the best open-air office in the world.

Here’s Jason’s sales pitch to potential buyers. If you’re interested, check it out.

Dumpster Fail

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

We’ve had our first Dumpster Fail.

What I considered a perfectly good dumpster diving contribution apparently had no takers. A never used, just a bit rusty, ventilation grill was properly placed in front of the South Shore Road dumpster, in that “take me” way. An hour later it was indeed gone. Boy was I disappointed to see that someone had actually just thrown it into the dumpster.

That’s not fair. That was a good contribution.

One woman recently told us “My husband brings things home from the dumpster, and then finds a reason to need them.”

Steak Off! Part Two

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Here are the final side dishes we chose. Only one can compete, but both are yummy. Steaks next, but first, mushrooms and a funky baked onion.

(All recipes can be found here.)

And the Shark Suzuki belongs to,

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Dennis Hart, an artist and mechanic who moved to St. John with his wife, Angie, about eight months ago.

Dennis says he bought the Suzuki shortly after getting on island.

“It needed brakes and a few other things, and then I put a fin on it. And then teeth, ” Dennis tells us. “The tourists seem to love it. One lady stopped me and said ‘Did you know there’s a fin poking out your roof?’ I said ‘I hate when that happens.’ ”

Dennis is also known as the “drive-by mechanic.” (Look for his ad postings at Starfish.) He makes house calls for tune ups, brake jobs and other minor maintenance. His cell is 201-6997.

You can also see some of his art work at Baked in the Sun.

When we asked Dennis why he moved to St. John from Wisconsin, he had a one word answer: “Wisconsin. ”

Buy! Rent! Visit!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

House Hunters International finally aired its St. John episode featuring the Prossers searching for their dream second home.

Will Realtors’ phones ring off the hook in the next few days? Will rental inquiries jump?

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