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Thankful ... but
I wish I had a home!

 4:04 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

At Thanksgiving, I like to take an inventory and give thanks for all the wonderful things I have in my life. Great friends, good health, terrific dog, a job I love and so on.

On Sunday, I have to move from my very modest apartment as I have been very unceremoniously evicted by my landlord. Its a long story, but after 5 years, she has decided she won't have my dog there anymore.

In her mind (and its a pretty twisted one at times), Buddy is vicious and possessed by the devil! This she got from an incident this past August when she came to collect the rent and Buddy jumped up and licked her face when I opened the door. She thought he was trying to eat her and ran away hysterically waving her arms and screaming at the top of her lungs. Buddy is a 60 lb "island mutt" and is what most people would describe as overly friendly as well as overly exuberant.

I was given notice in September and promptly made a deal for a another apartment just 1000 yards away from where I am now. Unfortunately, my new apartment is still under construction and has no power, no water and no doors ... not to mention that they haven't even started to build the kitchen cabinets yet!

I am now desperately seeking somewhere to store all my furniture and other "stuff" and trying to locate a place to stay with my overly friendly island mutt for the next 6 to 8 weeks! Unfortunately, as this is a very popular tourist destination, all my friends with villas and nice big homes which sit empty many months of the year ... are all fully booked.

A friend of mine has a 44' Morgan (sailboat) at anchor, in the harbour across from my office and another friend has a lot where he plans to build his house in the next year or so. Both are possible options. Unfortunately, my friend with the boat is (somewhere) in Canada and all efforts to reach him have failed. I have access to several tents, so perhaps I will set up a little campsite on Jim's property and pretend like camping out over Christmas/New Years will be fun!

I hope Jim thinks its fun because he and his daughter are coming to stay with me for three weeks over Christmas and New Years too! Not looking forward to that conversation!

Oh well, I live in the Caribbean ... so I suppose I should be thankful that I get to enjoy great weather and great views ... and the great outdoors! :)



 4:10 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

If you are really desperate check your local laws. I knew people in collage that would squat at apartments because local laws wouldn't let the landlord evict them during winter, and other reasons.

Good luck. I hope you do find somewhere to live.


 4:45 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

There are probably also government agencies that could help you find a place to live short-term. They do it for folks whose homes have burned down or flooded out. I imagine they can at laest let you know of a few places to go.

Don't despair! Things will get better. You've just got to find ways to make it happen sooner rather than later.

Best of luck to you and I hope you find more to be thankful for -- like a place to live until your apartment is ready! I'd offer you a place with us, but it's a small two-room flat with people, 2 cats and a strict "no dogs" policy. (Not to mention the fact that it's in the Northern States and a whole lot colder than the Caribbean!)

Good luck, Liane!


 5:00 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I lived in a tent on the beach in Costa Rica for a month, it wasn't so bad, but then again I wasn't working either... You can always go down to the docks where the tourists come to shore and hold up a cardboard sign. Maybe some rich couple will feel sorry for you and get you a hotel room for a month...

When I was down in the Britsh Virgin Islands on a smallish boat of 75, all the rich older guys tried to out spend each other on the under 30 crowd. It's amazing what a little competition brings out in people :).


 6:43 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Maybe you could find a hostel somewhere nearby to stay at? Don't know if having a pet would be problematic. If the tourist season isn't busy right now you might have a chance to set something up.


 6:48 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

local laws wouldn't let the landlord evict them during winter

Probably weather related... which isn't an issue in the Virgin Islands. ;) Best of luck, Liane! You might look into local landlord/tenant law, but I've no idea what your options might be legally...


 11:31 pm on Nov 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Not sure if it is possible, but, speak to the current landlord and offer her more money per month so you can stay for another 2 months, until your new apartment is ready. She might go for it.

Basically, bribe her :)


 12:03 am on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Buddy is vicious and possessed by the devil!

bribe her

Or try to convince her you've had Buddy exorcized. :)


 12:56 am on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Tell Buddy to pick up the damage deposit! ;)


 2:52 pm on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Or try to convince her you've had Buddy exorcized.

Tell Buddy to pick up the damage deposit!

ROFL! Thanks for all the kind words ... but I have it sorted. I am going to cram all my furniture into my office for the time being. Hopefully, I will still have enough room to work at the computer. Unfortunately, there are no hostels or anything even remotely like that in the BVI. The local hotels will not take pets and almost everyone I know has family visiting over Christmas and New Years ... so there's no room at the inn so to speak.

I cannot stay at my current apartment any longer as the landlord has new tennants moving in a week from tomorrow.

However, I have arranged for a porto-potty to be put on Jim's property and I will pitch one of the tents we have for our kids sailing regattas, grab my cooler, bug spray, a few good books, a lantern, a camping stove, air matress, beach chair ... and head up there this Sunday. No big deal! Its been about 20 years since I've been camping. It should be fun!? :)

[edited by: Macguru at 3:02 pm (utc) on Nov. 28, 2002]
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