Been awhile. Kinda miss ya…. but, well, not much to say, really….not much news.
I am busy….busy as hell, actually, but not really working hard…..chopping wood, entertaining….making crude benches and tables….plumbing….pretty ordinary stuff….the stuff of living OTG to be sure but, on the other hand, OTG is not like it USED to be….nowadays, OTG is pretty cushy. Let’s be honest: any doofus can do this. I am living proof.
But, if my presence here is not sufficient to prove it can be done, get this: I bought an air conditioner AND a microwave!
I know, I know…“Dave! That is not breaking news. In fact, it might be FAKE NEWS!”
And, you’d be right. Appliances newly acquired are not news. Not in the ordinary sense, anyway. But, but, but….on the heels of that non-news is the accompanying equally as-non-news that I have not run my gensets since May (yes, I start them all the time but that’s because the nature of carburetors is constipation and they need cleaning out or ‘using’ to keep them functional). I have NOT used the gensets because the sun has kept us going and that includes the air-con, the microwave and all the other mod-cons we spoiled doofuses now employ while trying to pretend we are wild and crazy OTG’ers. AND we have an electric freezer coming (the old propane gave up the ghost).
Bottom line: Sal’s going soft on me.
Still, there is some news.
We do NOT have a grocery store. Not yet. Maybe never. But that’s OK because we now have an organized ‘tele-shop’ where the store is given a list of maybe 6 different OTG customers requirements. They fill the list and deliver the ‘shop’ to the water taxi. The water taxi delivers them to the community dock and we divvy it all up at that time. Having $100.00 worth of food delivered to the dock costs me say, $115.00 (give or take a dollar). To go to town and do it myself would cost me out-of-pocket easily $35.00 and the REAL math is that it would cost me $100.00 (gas, ferry, wear and tear, insurance and then add something for 4 hours at least of line-ups).
If I go to town at all, I stock up and the grocery shop would be at least $300-400 dollars (more if you count wine) so we can’t do a direct cost analysis but what I have done says the tele-shop is cheaper and way, way easier on me. This way, I can ‘shop’ once every two weeks from the comfort of the living room and pay $15.00 twice ($30.00) and save all the aggravation. Plus some produce and dairy remain fresher.
Bonus: Everything Wine flies in a few cases every once in awhile and the delivery is free.
And the doctor comes to the island once every two weeks.
Costco flies in prescriptions free.
The barge delivers lumber, gasoline and propane (NOT free but cheaper than me going to get it myself).
We now have a ‘home-care- person on the island who ‘lends a hand’ to the elderly and infirm.
Seriously…..this ain’t hard.
……that’s probably why I have no news. I am living the life of Riley.