Saturday, August 25, 2012

Thief!


A couple days ago we were feeling a little off because of the storm preparation, we woke up early, had breakfast and took Dozer for a walk.  Not thinking anything else was out of the ordinary.  Jake left for work in the company vehicle and I finished getting ready for work.  I walked out to my scooter to head to work and this little beauty was no where to be seen!


I walked around the parking lot for a couple minutes in shock that it wasn’t where I had parked it. I started to stress and called Jake.  His co-worker answered the phone and I immediately said, “I need to talk to Jake right now please!”  I informed him that my scooter was stolen and he said he would be right home.  I cried for a minute then I called my work and let them know I would not be in until later because I needed to deal with the situation.  I called the police and they said they would send an officer out (who knows how long this was going to take!).  I began the waiting and Jake arrived home, we talked about how we had gotten complacent and should have been more regular about locking it up.  Before the officer showed up, dispatch called me back and asked if the scooter would be registered under someone else and I told them it would be registered under my husband.  They said they may have located it.  The officer finally showed up (did not take as long as I had expected which is good news).  We gave our information and proof that we were the owners of the vehicle and he said he will go and check if it is ours.  He said that it was recovered the previous night in the back of a stolen pick up truck.  So these wise guys that stole my scooter stole and truck then my bike.  Anyway my scooter has been in forensics for 3 days and I will be able to get it from the impound lot on Monday.  Now the question is will the Virgin Islands make me pay to get it out even though it was stolen from me, we shall see, and it is highly likely.  Oh how this island drives me crazy!

Tropical Storm Issac



In anticipation of Tropical Strom Issac, we prepared the boat and many prepared their homes and families for a hurricane. To prepare our boat we “spider webbed” it into the dock slip with rope, chains, anchors and fenders, and hoped for the best. We packed food, clothes, water and essentials to evacuate our boat for a couple of days, taking shelter at our aunt’s home here on island.   


Thankfully this was just a nice practice round with not too much rain and some higher than normal wind speeds.  We were very lucky that the storm did not develop into more.  It is exiting Haiti now and I read somewhere that some people lost their lives due to the storm.  These storms are so unpredictable and frightening! We wait for the arrival and just hope for the best. Currently there are two other invests in the North Atlantic that we are monitoring, but they seem to not be a threat, which is wonderful.  This is the time of year that we check the weather numerous times a day to keep watch on certain storms headed our way as well as storms that may be brewing off of Africa .  My goal this week is to create a 72 hr. kit for Jake, Dozer and I.  I want to have an emergency kit on hand to be able to grab and go just in case. Do you have any ideas on what to include in our kits?  What are some good things that you have used in yours and where can I get them?    






Sunday, August 5, 2012

Checking The Storms


Hurricane Irene last year was a storm that wasn’t able to cripple the Virgin Islands, but it did cause some damage.  It was nothing less than an adventure living through Irene on our boat.  We were in our foul weather gear, on a mooring fighting the storm.  Not ever experiencing a hurricane or anything like it before, I was horrified.  We chaffed through numerous lines, and kept changing them, stayed awake as much as we could that night just praying it would pass.  Talking to our parents and friends and having them checking the weather to see where it was and how much longer we could expect it. 
I was really hoping we would be moved away from St. Thomas for this hurricane season, but here we are still working and hoping to leave eventually.  Right now we are checking storms, and watching the updates from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration).  These storms cause me severe anxiety and I really hope that we don’t have any serious hurricane here this season.  I check the updates often through out the day to watch the storms.  Right now there is Tropical Storm Ernesto and Tropical Storm Florence that we are tracking.  We are watching their next move, their speed, pressure and direction. 


The uncertainty scares me.  The power that Mother Nature has is absolutely amazing yet absolutely frightening.  In one storm all that we have can just be ripped away from us.  We could lose everything; It’s scary to think about.  So here is to hoping and praying we have a successful hurricane season without disaster and without fear.  We are unaware of the power that these storms hold until they arrive and we feel the power and energy that they carry.