July 30, 2006
Back in the USVI...
So I am back on St. Thomas for the first time in about a year. I have only been here for about 48 hours and the weather hasn't been so great - a couple of tropical waves have passed through with some torrential downpours and the sun hasn't really been out since I got here. I am hoping for some better weather tomorrow as I need to get over to St. John for a little business and dinner with the infamous "Eric on St. John".
Many things have changed in the last 12 months (and many have stayed the same). Had a great dinner (back w at Alexander's Bella Blu in Frenchtown and saw a lot of old friends. Frechtown is also where Tim Duffy has closed up shop on his experiment in fine Southwest/Steak House dining (actually I think they have been closed at Noche for quite a while but it just recently changed hands). I did actually like the place a lot when it was open, the food was great, the drinks were great, and it had one of the finest interiors in the VI - great chairs, lighting, etc. Duffy is now down to the the Love Shack in Redhook, his empire apparently in a bit of tatters. Noche never quite recovered from the opening gaffes with the locals (no kids, etc.) to say the least. Also noticed that the Frenchtown Deli has done some remodeling/reconfiguring of their interior space and finally did some outside painting. The breakfast (and the coffee!) was still very good, and the staff is one of the nicest on the island.
Noticed from the plane on the way in that the Botany Bay area has a lot of newly paved (or more accurately poured concrete) roads - I am hoping to take a drive out there and do some exploring.
The fort is still under renovation, and from what I could see driving by from the car looks great so far. I would assume they are going to paint it red again in the end, but right now the stonework and concrete are raw and it looks very interesting that way.
Another VI personality has been in the news recently and not in a good way - I haven't read enough yet to know exactly what is going on, but Jeffrey Epstein seems to be in more than a little bit of trouble. Innocent until proven guilty I guess but none of that story sounds too good.
Have seen some friends and family and have a lot more of that to do, as well as take care of some business and get some snorkeling in. More soon -