Did you ever have one of those days when things just don’t seem to go right. I have had about five in a row. Last Thursday I was driving my old car to Atlanta where I was going to leave with a friend to use while I am in the islands. I made it as far as just outside of Montgomery, Alabama and it broke down. When I say broke down, I mean it broke down. I am not a mechanic but I got a tow truck to pull it into a small shop and they were able to look at it on Friday. It needed some steering part that had to be ordered and it would not be in until Monday. In the interim I spent a couple of unexpected nights in Wetumpka, Alabama where I stayed at the Wind Creek Casino and Motel. It is a pretty nice place and though I am not much of gambler, I had some fun in the Casino. Monday of course was a holiday so my car part arrived today. About six hours of labor later my 1968 MGB is back on the road and I will be driving on to Atlanta tonight.
I will be in Atlanta late this evening and I will spend the night with my friend and his wife and then tomorrow leave for Miami, Port o Spain, Trinidad and on to St. Lucia. I will arrive in St. Lucia day after tomorrow at about daylight.
I think it only fitting that I spent a few hours on the side of the road with a broken down car, just to get my mind right for the trip back to the islands. I can’t wait to see the beautiful blue waters and the palms swaying in the breeze. I can almost smell the spices in the air, taste the fresh seafood and feel the sun shining down on my skin. I don’t know exactly how long I will be on St. Lucia but I know for sure it won’t take but a few short hours to decompress and get back on island time. I have been away too long.
It is funny how life gets in the way of living. I had some personal business…life…to get behind me so I was out of the islands much longer than I wanted to be. During my time off I wasn’t sitting still. I have spent a time in western Canada, Alaska, San Francisco, York, England and a few other places. None of which were tropical. The nearest thing to tropical was a four day trip I made to San Diego last December and trust me it was far from tropical. I love San Diego and I enjoyed some great seafood and time on the rather cool beach but, I need the tropics.
Anyway, by this time tomorrow I will be in Port o Spain, grabbing a bite to eat, waiting to board another plane on to St. Lucia. I hope to be able to fill you in once I land and get my feet back in the sand.
William Fair Roberts…not quite on island time, on my way to paradise.