2B Peter Bay

“2B” is the oh-so-clever name of the villa we stayed at in the Caribbean.

We had a fabulous time at Peter Bay in St. John, USVI. Mom and Dad appreciated the cooking, clean-up, bartending, driving and errand services that the daughters, son and sons-in-laws provided. Actually, it was kind of fun being ‘in-charge’ of the kitchen especially since Kitty kept it clean. All I had to do was make snacks, sandwiches etc every now and then. We’ve decided that the five of us are available for hire to anyone who can afford to put us up in the style to which we’ve become accustomed and give us the same kind of work-play schedule provided by our first “employers”. Essentially, we disappear and reappear at will. At one point both bartenders and the driver disappeared at the same time and I actually had to fill in as ‘bartender’. It was really tough and complicated making drinks for my demanding parents. Coconut rum over ice and whiskey and coke were the most commonly requested drinks. Although I have to say we did have one or two batches of killer pain killers (as well as a few batches of not-so-killer painkillers).

The villa was spectacular. I loved our private outdoor shower, the huge shared deck (photo above) and the pool. The pool wasn’t huge but we hadn’t planned on any lap swimming and it had one of those great little ledges to sit on (under a shady tree) and plenty of floaty things. There was even a fun little frog that you could use to spit water at the lizards (geckos? iguanas?). There were also several pelicans and many seagulls to keep us entertained with their diving. The beach was just a few steps from the house and it was even possible to walk/swim to Cinnamon Bay from our beach (with the proper footwear). I barely left the villa, but the trip to Caneel Bay for the buffet was certainly worth the drive (lobster, lamb, shrimp, seared ahi, tuna sashimi, banana’s foster etc) and I wouldn’t have missed the blackened scallops and $1 beers as Woody’s http://woodysseafood.com/ even though the construction trucks driving by in the afternoon were a bit annoying. By the way, If you go to the Woody’s website, we are the subdued group. I’m not sure how we managed to miss all the drunken crazies that week.

The only bad part of the trip was that our electricity went out 3 times and the water went out twice. It wasn’t so bad when the electricity went out late at night and came on by about 9am (although the room got pretty hot when the fan stopped). But I panicked when the electricity didn’t come back on by about 10 one morning and I had to eat the tuna salad with nuts and fruit for breakfast (Kitty had made it as a dip a couple days prior). The trash situation was a bit grim toward the end, but then I suppose we created more trash than the average small village. The last couple of days became “bartenders choice” and “kitchen crew’s choice” which made for some interesting drinks (anything with Midori) and snacks.

Anyway… Fun Was Had by All in Paradise!


Tarot cards for non-believers

I bought a deck of tarot cards this weekend. I went to the bookstore on a whim and the deck with a short introductory book was less than $10. A more complete book was less than $7. I’ve always loved tarot readings although I’ve only had them done them 3 or 4 times in my life. Since I am a fervent non-believer of the idea that cards can tell the future, my explanation for why I enjoy a reading has been that it’s the only way to find someone who is willing to talk about me for a solid 30 minutes. To be fair, I do have quite a few friends who will listen to me whine (and try to give constructive criticism) for a good amount of time, but I tend to feel guilty when they do this for me. My first day with my tarot cards I had a fabulous time. Before I even read the book, I started sorting through them. I spontaneously separated out the 22 “Major Arcana” cards from the 56 minor cards (these are basically like a deck of cards with one extra face card in each suit). Next I tried to group the major arcana cards, but I needed to read a bit in order to do this. I put them in the order of a life cycle and correlated the major arcana cards with the “suits” of the rest of the deck. All of this appealed to my logical side. Next, I jumped right into a reading. I liked that different card layouts have different purposes such as answering a specific question or summarizing current concerns or the week ahead. I loved that I could immediately try a reading by just looking up the card and deriving a meaning based on its placement in the layout. I was amazed at how incredibly “accurate” or insightful my readings were. That same day I talked to Haus Frau, who has always done her own readings, and who has also read for me once or twice. She recommended a fabulous website: http://www.learntarot.com/.

So by now those of you who find tarot cards silly may be asking yourselves, “what is your point!?” My point is this… why might a highly logical, not very creative or spiritual person be so easily drawn to tarot cards. Of course, the fact that I’m a skeptic and that I don’t see tarot cards as a threat to my religious beliefs is important. But beyond this, what really appeals to me about tarot cards. I read a bit of the website (listed above) and figured it out. When I read the cards, I am considering various aspects of my life fairly carefully. Think about it. How often do you sit down and ponder any aspects of your life. To do a good reading, I am supposed to meditate on my life or a question concerning me while I shuffle the cards. I don’t do this well yet (to be honest I pretty much skip this part), but when I learn to incorporate this, I expect my readings will become even more insightful. The website mentioned above talks about how tarot cards are merely a tool which allows us to get in touch with our own unconscious mind and that if we were really good at this we wouldn’t need them. She/he also likens tarot cards to Rorschach inkblots. This totally makes sense to me. Obviously I see what I want to see in the cards, but at the same time; some cards tell things I don’t necessarily want to hear. For example, my first reading (and another subsequent reading) told me that my own stubbornness is what is obstructing me! I seem to be able to see things that I might not have appreciated consciously. I suppose I could find the time to meditate a bit, and then sit quietly and think about my life, my decisions, chance events and how I manage them without using tarot cards. I could even write lists of things to do or keep track of dreams in order to focus more energy on running my life successfully. But the advantage of the tarot cards is that it’s just plain of fun. It’s a great way to think about my life, my attitudes and the people in my life and it might even inspire me to make some positive changes.

Care to respond with your own post Haus Frau?