“Oh it has been 3 years since your last visit; a lot has changed on the island.”
“Wait till you see the change on the island.”
“Get ready to see a bunch of changes on the island.”
“The island has changed, it isn’t the same.”
“They have ruined that island, it isn’t the same!”
Boy, some of you guys really know how to make one wonder what the hell they are getting into when they are heading back down below the 18th latitude. I hate to disappoint those of you who have tuned in to read me eviscerate the island but not much has changed in my humble opinion;
- Marlon Brando still makes the best ‘Stress Captain’ cocktail and is always a delight to sit and talk to and also to catch up on the town’s gossip.
- Jet Holland is still less than 5 feet tall and is peddling his ‘Best Rum Punch’ and Hot Dog at Belize International.
- Pedro still speaks his mind whether you want to hear his opinion or not. In his defense when he gave me grief for not staying with him I reminded him that I was loyal to Mrs. Celi much like I was loyal to him and his pizza joint on the back end of the island. He appreciated my candor!
- The Shrimp Sticks at Blue Water Grill still is the Bee’s knees!
- After drinking 20 Belikin Beer one will get fur on their tongue.
- Celi’s Deli still makes the best Chicken Tostada’s and the Best Black Bean Soup!
- Alberto still to this day calls me “Buddy” and Elvi’s serves the best and very lethal Dirty Banana frozen drink.
- Complete strangers say “Good Morning” to you as you walk by them.
- Tia Chocolate is still my favorite little brown woman and makes me feel tall!
For those of you saying “Ok, smartass, we get it!” let me qualify something. Change is inevitable; if you don’t change then you will either become obsolete or you go out of business. I work for a company that raises an eyebrow if the comment “We have always done it that way” is said because there is always room for improvement. Just imagine what would have happened if a US Gringo who married an Island girl didn’t say 39 years ago “I am going to fly people from the mainland to the island.” Where would San Pedro or Belize be if Tropic Air wasn’t born back in 1979? Yes I am talking about John Grief but come on guys, isn’t the road north to Las Terazzas much better than potholes and puddles? Was the traffic so horrible on the island that it drove me crazy? You are talking to a fucking New Yorker!! At least they aren’t honking their horns like they do here in Gotham. Sadly we can’t keep an island from growing just like we can’t keep a puppy or newborn from growing up.
I will admit that there are some things that I wasn’t crazy about but am I going to create Facebook pages and stage boycotts? Hell no, I am only on the island tops 2 weeks a year and unless I have skin in this game it isn’t my place to bitch. Do I plan on changing hotel accommodations on the island because I saw a couple billboards advertising a different resort….Nope. Do I think that there are WAY too many taxi’s on the island? Um have you visited New York City lately? There are more Ubers, Yellow Taxis, Black Sedans and other private for hire cars here than you can swing a dead cat at. I guess what I am getting to is that change, whether you like it or not, is a good thing. We won’t know if that change is going to help or hurt things on the island but if it brings more money to my friends who live in Belize then I say why not!
Now that we have 3 airports to do our bidding, I think we shall see this airport a couple more times in a year.
Here is our Guber (Golf Cart Uber) in Caye Caulker
They still put the bishop hat on the Belikin’s
Marlon Brando August still serving them up!
I know a certain person is looking down on us saying “God both of these two are short!”
Belize Construction Site
One of these days we are going to bring that woman up to New York! Love us some Tia Chocolate!