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Guam? And an Introduction…

May 21, 2011

“We’re going WHERE? Are you out of your MIND? We’ve a perfect life in Key West!”

This was the Pheebs’ reaction to the announcement that yes, we were indeed going to an island halfway around the world in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Hi. My name is Chuck, and the Pheebs is my wife of 25 years. She’s a neat lady – good looking, yet her best attribute is she puts up with my endless stream of crap thinly disguised as adventure-seeking.

I’d discovered at an early age I’m relatively risk-immune – a trait which gave my parents heartburn (amongst other things) while growing up. Fortunately, this character flaw was kept hidden from view until the Pheebs completely lost her mind and asked me to marry her – but that’s a story for another day.

Along with risk immunity – I’ve a wanderlust. Originally from Michigan, we’ve hung our hats in California, New York and most recently – Key West, FL. I’ve been in every state except Alaska, and many countries – another story for another time.

Anyway, I’d has this romantic notion of finding a frontier – a place unfamiliar where one could see things anew – do things differently. Not better or worse, just differently. On a business trip to Hawaii (yes, the Pheebs came along; she’s the right size and weight for carryon), Guam came up.

Guam?

Yes, Guam. A US territory closer to Japan and China, literally on the other side of the earth. I had visions of it looking a bit like this:

and like this:

along with this:

So the opportunity to live and work there was pursued with gusto.

We got the green light to do just that a few weeks ago – so we’re on our way.

Several good friends of mine, including the indomitable Michael Beattie of Conchscooter fame (http://conchscooter.blogspot.com/) have been bugging me to create a blog to chronicle the adventure of living halfway around the world; I’d forgotten I’d set up a blog ages ago, so I’m gonna start posting a photo narrative of our experiences for the benefit of friends and family. I’ll try to do this regularly and with a bit of wit tossed in for good measure.

living the island life,

Chuck and the Pheebs.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Riepe permalink
    May 21, 2011 1:54 pm

    Dear Chuck-On-Fleming:

    I can’t believe you implicated your wife in this blog so early in the game. This precludes most of the off-color remarks I would have made coming out of the gate. Now that we have seen what you thought Guam would look like, what it is really like. I am envisioning a barren atoll, covered with guano, and littered with deceased flying fish who were attracted to the lights of the sole jeep on beach patrol.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

    • Jim McC permalink
      May 22, 2011 5:41 pm

      I look forward to future posts & photos of Guam and candid shots of Danger Boy and, of course, of Pixie.

      • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
        May 22, 2011 6:11 pm

        JIM!!!

        We went through the cache of three years worth of photos, and there are about a thousand shots. Not so many of Danger Boy, but plenty neato shots of the Pixie, otherwise known as the Pheebs. We’re in process of storyboarding them into a cohesive thread series; it’s interesting once one has a photoinventory how shots taken at different times can be linked together.

        Thanks for writing in, man! We’re gonna miss you guys terribly – but being able to share experiences as this will help keep us connected, i trust.

  2. Jack Riepe permalink
    May 21, 2011 1:55 pm

    PS: Dangerboy? Give me a break.

    Riepe

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 21, 2011 2:19 pm

      JAACK!!!

      The island has its desolate bits – along with a couple of Louis Vuitton stores. Lots of contrast; the challenge will be to capture this.

      Not so much guano, tho – the Brown Tree Snake (not to be confused with the trouser variety) is fond of bird eggs. This keeps the avian population at bay.

      More to come,

      Chuck.
      re: Dangerboy – I’m on a first-name basis with ER staff wherever I go. The Pheebs hides pointy stuff to minimize hospital visits – ever try to cut pork with a spatula?

  3. May 21, 2011 2:08 pm

    Thanks for sending me the blog address. I look forward to future updates.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 21, 2011 2:20 pm

      Doug!

      Glad to hear from you! Will have to do an adult beverage tomorrow over at Schooner to say goodbye!

      Chuck.

  4. May 21, 2011 5:26 pm

    Chuck,
    Oh my! Wanderlust as your’s doesn’t usually survive old age so I’m a bit surprised to hear this news as the last I heard you were perfectly happy in your far-southern hide-a-way. I’ve got a thousand questions but I’ll only ask a few now: What will you have for two-wheeled (or four-wheeled) entertainment? Will you be living in Hagåtña? With all the U.S. Military in Guam they’ve got a pretty good sized motorcycling community so you should fit right in. They’ve even got an NHRA spec drag strip and a Drag Racing Association: http://www.dragguam.com

    My father spent a little time there in 1944 ferrying troops to the beaches. I trust you will have a better experience than he did, so I can’t wait to read your missives. Will you have Skype?

    Yer pal,
    Shell
    Skype = sheldon.aubut

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 21, 2011 5:59 pm

      Sheldon!

      I’ll have posts to cover each of your thousand questions, including where we live, what we drive/ride. etc. Haven’t been to the strip just yet – but it’s on the agenda. We love Key West – and we will keep our house – but in the meantime, I’m working halfway around the world – a helluva commute. 29 hours door-to-door. Best way to work there is to just stay put –which is what we will do.

  5. May 21, 2011 9:38 pm

    Perfect! Your stories from Guam will be an excellent counterpoint to the growing pains of our move.

    By the way, if you need to cut your pork you’re doing it wrong. Pork is designed to be cooked over night then shredded by hand!

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 21, 2011 9:43 pm

      Clay!

      I’ve always wanted to see if a dull chainsaw would shred it faster…

  6. Alison Higgins permalink
    May 22, 2011 12:30 am

    Wow – Congrats on the adventure!
    When’s the date? Would love to meet up again before you two head off.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 22, 2011 12:40 am

      Alison!

      You so rock! Water’s soo insanely pristine out there – you wouldn’t believe it!

      We are off this Tuesday at the crack of dawn. I’m thinking about taking the Pheebs up to No Name Key tomorrow – perhaps something around lunchtime at No Name Pub??
      email me and let me know.

  7. May 22, 2011 10:47 am

    About time.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 22, 2011 11:42 am

      Michael!

      It’s an allegorical tale – one which demonstrates the resiliency of the human spirit and that there is indeed hope for the wretched. Surprised you didn’t get raptured this past evening…

  8. snow philip permalink
    May 23, 2011 12:53 am

    Am feeling nostalgic for me and a bit envious of you – have a great time on that other tropical island that we have in common. Maybe the next Tumon Bay shells will be uninhabited and can come back to Key West with you.

    Bon voyage, aloha, hyvaa matkaa! Snow

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 23, 2011 1:54 am

      Hafa Adai Snow!

      It’s so important to us that you experience Guam as it is today through our eyes. Yes – in some ways it’s changed; but in others – not so much. Please make sure to hit the ‘Home’ button – the link we sent you takes you to the first post and there are two more besides. I’ll try to send you updates – and please don’t be shy about sending the blog off to your relatives to give them perspective. I’ll even try to get pic pf the church from the same spot your Mom took it from in 1948 – if memory serves.

      It makes us happy to connect you with a part of your past,

      Ghuck and Pauline.

  9. May 25, 2011 11:48 pm

    I am raptured. It’s great here in Paradise.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      May 26, 2011 1:41 am

      I’ve been raptured to Guam, Baby! You gonna read the rest of the blog or what?

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