Bound for Belize: Give us this day our weekly digest

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Where we live: A different view of Barrier Reef Resort on the lagoon north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Where we live: A different view of Barrier Reef Resort on the lagoon north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. To the left is an island containing the three basic food groups for survival — a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. Sadly only the bar is open, under the  affable management of Omar. the rest is closed in some crazy legal dispute. Here’s an idea, drop all the lawyers in the middle of the lagoon, where I spotted a six-foot croc. The one who makes it to shore wins and then we can open the swimming pool! Just an idea … Unless feeding lawyers to crocs is deemed animal cruelty. Then, never mind.

Trying something here.

We’re all busy people. Well, you are more so than me. I thought it would be helpful if I sent a weekly digest of  blog items that I have posted — you know, in case you missed one of these life-changing, mankind-saving, animal-inspiring chunks of red meat literature …

If I get it working right, you can cancel your subscription to the Sunday New York Times and read me instead! Look at the time you’d save.

Here’s the thing, I haven’t figured out yet how to compile a digest in WordPress and so far haven’t found the directions in their Help section. And Rose is waiting patiently for me to finish so we can take an early morning bike ride up north — well, it was an early-morning bike ride at 6 a.m. It is now 8 a.m

Pressure is on.

I know readers can opt to receive a weekly digest from bloggers. I’d love to figure out how to send a weekly roundup of posts to all readers, without having to hand-code the whole thing.

Any ideas, veteran bloggers?

Meanwhile, here is the skeletal version. Thanks for reading!

And for those who celebrate it, Happy Memorial Day, or Happy Sovereigns Day here in Belize.

That was the week that was:

A short jetty between two piers, somewhere south of the center of San Pedro Town on a beautiful afternoon this past week. i don't know why, this pile of rocks speaks to me.
A short jetty between two piers, somewhere south of the center of San Pedro Town on a beautiful afternoon this past week. i don’t know why, this pile of rocks speaks to me.
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9 thoughts on “Bound for Belize: Give us this day our weekly digest

    Bob Farris said:
    May 27, 2014 at 6:11 am

    The snakes won’t bite them so I doubt that the croc would eat them.
    Something about professional courtesy.

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    Dean said:
    May 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    How about doing a story on the people who sell all the bags and hammocks on the beach? I noticed they always have the same spot everyday. I would be interested in knowing where they go at night, where do they get the goods they sell, do their kids go to school when they get old enough, what sort of life do these people have? I also noticed no one bothers them or gives them a hard time. Do they have special rights because they are Mayan?

    I enjoy your blog, keep it coming.

    Dean

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Hi Dean,
      Very good suggestion. The other day we kept running into a young man on a bike with a bundle of Mayan goods. He stopped every so often to unbundle, sell and repack. We stopped to relax and enjoy. About 7.5 miles up the coast he said he still had another 20 minutes to go to reach his destination. Then, I guess, turn around and head back down the coast. That’s a long day, for a small return, I imagine.He was talkative. I’ll keep an eye out and see if I can learn more.

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    Jim Montgomery said:
    May 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I really like the idea about lawyers. Especially as we will be there at the Reef in 2 1/2 weeks

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      May 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Wouldn’t it be nice to have the pool open by the time you arrive? If only trial by crocodile were constitutional ….

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        Jim Montgomery said:
        May 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

        I just thought of a marvellous way to speed up the negotiations, how about we lock up all the lawyers in a room with a trap door over a crocodile pit, After 8 hours a random timer will start that will open the trap door after a period that could be days, hours or minutes. If that didn’t get a settlement with the first batch, the second group would get locked up to continue. I think that would concentrate the minds wonderfully!

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        robertjhawkins1 responded:
        May 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        Nothing focuses the mind like the gaping maw of a crocodile! Jim, your solution sounds like it would also make a very popular reality TV show….

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    peter l. oberhaus said:
    May 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Who owns Reef Village now ? We bought a timeshare four years ago. We where deceived and lied to. Like there is going to be a beach where the barge is anchored. The construction sheds are to be moved. And one building for timeshare owners only. Every time we come the stick us in a cockroach infested Condo with padlocked closets. And now the restaurant and pool are closed. What reason does anybody have now to vacation at Reef Village or what ever the called now?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      May 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Peter. I don’t know who owns the Barrier Reef Resort now. I was under the impression that it was an owner’s group that lead some sort of takeover — but that the island property is still in dispute. We are renting directly from a condo owner through a lease management firm, so we have no communication with the property management or owners.

      As you probably know, every Belize dispute has two and three plausible versions.

      I can say that since we have been here some improvements have been made, including actual septic systems for each building. The roads have been leveled and some rock put down — although it doesn’t take much rain to turn it into a mud hole. Gardeners are on duty every day and security has the most presence I’ve seen at any complex here.

      We are happy with this unit and have experienced nothing more than the occasional ant raid and a few house geckos and terrific views of the lagoon at sunset.

      The road out front will be paved in June-July so the dust issue will be mitigated. I don’t see the barge depot going away or the open-air nightclub next door to it. The guy at the market across the street still never smiles but I no longer feel it is personal.

      Wish I could tell you who to turn to at this point. If I find out who is running the place I’ll pass it on.

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