small island blues

as i took my weekly peregrinations through town today doing my people watching, motorcycle dodging, baleada munching thang i found myself wistfully wishing for a simpler time when one could walk these once friendly pathways barefoot and blind drunk and still make it home without a scratch.

the road was soil and sand back then (except when it was mud and sand) and it felt good on the bottoms of your feet and between your toes.  you were almost always directly connected to mother earth.

it made you feel like you belonged.

it made you feel like you were home.

today it’s different.

today it’s a paved road with potholes, cracks, very little breeze, and a shitload of ATVs, golf carts, scooters, and motorcycles.

not to mention the bicycles and the few crazy people who still think it’s a good idea to walk along a one-lane road filled with three lanes of traffic.

i still haven’t figured out where they’re all going so fast.

it’s a road barely two miles long.

they can’t be in that much of a hurry.

maybe they’re just trying to catch any breeze they can the best way they can in this stifling August heat.

can’t blame ’em.

the good news is, the people haven’t changed, and, as far as i’m concerned, this is still the best place in the world to live.

maybe i’m just getting old.








4 Responses to “small island blues”

  1. We both getting older,I`m touching very soon the 50th!
    I hope we see us somewhen at Tranquila-Bar…before we`re to old to empty a case of beer!

  2. LOL!

    Speedy, I don’t think there’s a case of beer in the world that wouldn’t be afraid of us!

  3. you`re damned right…

  4. Love this blog!

    You nailed it, Jungle. We non-Utilans wanted to go slower, the Utilans wanted to go faster, but where? It was bad enough 7 years ago, can’t imagine it now.

    Looking forward to reading more.

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