1. Mark on March 9, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I think you are becoming a legend. An island living expat legend. Nice.

    • Norm Pyle on March 9, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Ha, a legend in my own mind!

  2. Kevlar on March 9, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    "Today’s Special" was the best laugh of the day. No, wait. "Interval training" was the best laugh of the day. OK, it’s a tie.

    • Norm Pyle on March 9, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Glad you liked ’em both! As for the interval training, it may turn into some kind of shoulder workout. I’ve sworn to use my bike pump as a weapon if need be! But so far the dogs just like to chase us, nobody has been snapping at us.

  3. Mom on March 9, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    The telephone operator was Patty Sue, not Sarah. There were no women with just one name in that era in that part of the world, thus Betty Jean, Mary Margaret, etc.
    I had a friend named Baby Ruth, swear to God (or the gods depending on your leaning). In the deep, Deep South, it was the same with boys. Thus Jim Bob for James Robert. Well you get the picture. So, great blog Normie Conrad.

    • Norm Pyle on March 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      I found at least one youtube video of Barney asking Sarah to dial somebody. But it doesn’t matter, and you can call me Coon Rod if you like! 🙂

  4. Casey on March 10, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Are scooters popular on the island? Your bikes are much healthier but a used scooter might be better than a car for longer distances. 125cc to 150cc is plenty big enough to ride 2. Would still need a milk crate on the back for the pups and cargo.

    • Norm Pyle on March 10, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Hi Casey, scooters and golf carts are not too popular, maybe they aren’t macho enough for this culture? They do exist and we did consider them but the bad paved roads and dirt roads really limit their usability. And scooters just become a bicycle replacement. Almost anything we can do on a scooter we can do on a bike, and you still get wet when it rains, so we nixed that idea.
      A car OTOH allows us to travel at night (we refuse to be on these roads at night, on bikes), in bad weather, haul dogs and gear at the same time, and maybe something big like a SUP or a canoe. And they’re cheap here. Beat up, but cheap. A couple of people do have these BTW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htf1yoxH3CQ but they are very limited in what they can do. Cool though!

  5. Kaaren on March 10, 2018 at 12:44 am

    Pretty soon Carla or the lady at the post office will be asking another island newbie "Oh, do you live on Norm’s street?" 🙂

    • Norm Pyle on March 10, 2018 at 1:14 am

      Haha! Maybe it will be "Oh, so you live in the house Norm’s friend Kaaren bought from Chulo?". 🙂

  6. Deb on March 15, 2018 at 9:28 am


    • Norm on March 15, 2018 at 9:37 am

      That’s about right!

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