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7,500 Page Views and other Ruminations

November 12, 2011

Yet another milestone has been acheived this week – 7,500 page views.  It’s noteworthy, as it occured mere days before departure.  This has been a blog for family and friends; a way to keep interested folks abreast of life on this side of the world.

I’m shocked at the number of photos which have been taken; in three months of solo living, over 1700 photos have been saved, with perhaps about 300 deleted.  Two thousand photographs over about 100 days – that’s 20 shots a day.

I have become a better photographer for this, composing shots in my head in an effort to capture the essence of a place far beyond what a mainlander considers mainstream.

I tried to capture the essence of the place so as to give the reader a feel for what it’s like to be here – to experience this place, this Guam.

There is a rugged beauty, and it is sure to remain a part of my consciousness for the rest of my days.

I think it a place on the verge of discovering itself.  Long a military outpost, Guam is seeing a resurgence of Chamorro culture – a good thing.  At the same time, the current administration is in process of weaning itself from the federal government dole, choosing to focus its attention on Southeast Asia, Russia, and ultimately China.  With abundant natural beauty coupled with a part of the workd curious to ‘”see” the USA, Guam is well positioned to surpass Hawaii as a Pacific tourist destination a quarter century hence.

As the world’s growth engines shift southeast, Guam is at the doorstep.  I’m already hearing an increase in the Chinese language on the beach, and saw more Russians in the past week than I have all year.  This bodes well for the future of the island,

assuming pristine places remain the way they are.  I sure hope so.

This represents an end of sorts.  I’ve but one more full day left on Guam, returning Monday to the funk, color and camaraderie of Key West.  No decision has been made whether to end this blog – or – to start another one featuring a Lower Keys perspective.

In any case, the sun is setting on one of life’s chapters.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the experience with you – trust you’ve enjoyed it.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2011 7:59 am

    Almost Home:)

  2. Mike permalink
    November 12, 2011 8:29 am

    Thanks for sharing. As I once told an cardiothorasic surgeon when things got especially sticky with a patient late one night, “you’re fuc*ing this cat, I’m just holding the tail.” This blog has obviously been a labor of love, and I’d like to think think that it will continue in one way or another once you return to EYW. Your unique perspective, brought on no doubt by a life well lived, together with your burgeoning photographic talent would fill a MUCH needed gap in the EYW blogging community.

    Whatever your ultimate decision, thanks again for letting us hold the tail.

    All the best,
    Mike

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      November 12, 2011 4:22 pm

      Thank you, Mike.

      We are in process of figuring out this next phase of life. If one was to segment life into major segments, it would go something like this:

      1. Be a kid; play.
      2. Go to school, get an education and then a “real life”.
      3. Get married, have kids. Raise them through Steps 1&2, above.
      4. Get old – hopefully with your mate for life.

      #4 is something we never really planned for – not the financial part, rather the what does one do with one’s back half of adult life. We were fortunate to marry early (relatively speaking) have kids early and be empty-nesters before we were 50.

      Generally speaking, this leaves another quarter-century to do…whatever. In our case, this involves a continuation of the “less is more” theme. Just don’t know where it will lead.

      I do know we want to do what we can to enhance life in our community. Just have to figure out how to make that happen, above and beyond the things we do now.

  3. Len Bloom permalink
    November 13, 2011 4:30 pm

    Hope your trip home is/was safe.

    Thanks for sharing all of this from the other side of the world. If you do not decide to continue your blog please know I’m richer for seeing all that you shared.

    I hope to shake your hand one day in lovely Key West. Unfortunately it won’t be this year since our annual vacation has been scratched due to our current economic situation.

    Len

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      November 13, 2011 11:40 pm

      Thanks, Len!

      I really appreciate the positive response. It’s so hard to tell what folks like/dislike, however readership has held pretty steady over the past six months.

      I am thinking about an Old Town Key West page. It would be different than Michael Beattie’s Key West Diary, as Michael splits his time between KW and the Lower Keys, whereas I’m 97% Old Town, seeing it at all times of the day, every day. I have yet to figure out how to frame this; will start a new page most likely.

      Sorry to hear business has been rough. When belt tightening hit in KW a few years back, some restaurants adopted a “small plate” or “lighter side” menu – half the food for 70% of the price. Granted, overhead remains the same, but the result for the early adopters of this strategy was increased seating volume. People get a win-win, they feel good about eating less and also feel good about a lower tab. One of the first restaurants to adopt this has had a packed house ever since.

      Just a thought, hope it helps.

      From Narita Airport,

      Chuck.

  4. Len Bloom permalink
    November 15, 2011 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the insight. We’ve tried the “smaller plate” concept but people around here aren’t happy unless they get to eat themselves full and still have a doggy bag with enough for lunch the next day. We’ll keep plugging and hope for better days or maybe just throw in the towel and take a new path.

    As for your next blog, I’d love to see one devoted solely to Old Town. It would be nice to see some of the many homes we have rented over the years as you take pictures around town.

    We sure are going to miss Key West this year, maybe we can visit vicariously through your eyes. Send a note on Facebook if you get a new blog going.

    All the best to you and yours,

    Len

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      November 15, 2011 7:39 pm

      Yes, I think it will be an OTKW blog.

      While I’m no veteran, I’ve spend enough time to provide a measure of commentary on OTKW to be able to speak to it beyond that of a transient.

      A Conch once told me, “I only use phonebooks three years old.” When queried as to reasoning, he replied, “If you can make it here for three years, you’re worth a shit.”

      We’ve seen that phase shift. People are friendly out of the box, but more so after one makes it past phonebook probation.

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