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BigAl. just a curiosity question. What breed of chickens are you using?
Good Question ??? Would I look really dumb if I said Brown and Black ones ?? Genaro tells me the white chickens have bones that are too brittle and they get hurt to easily ???? I have no idea what breed they are . I'll ask him .I know we got one little gay rooster running around here and if I catch him ,I'll ring his neck . He starts crowing at 2:30 each morning . All the other chickens hate him. So do I !!I call him "Gay Gordy" just to piss him off .
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Because I just feel its what I need to do .Haiti needs the help and I have the ability to just maybe help them .Besides ,all this heat down here and in Haiti will do my waist line good !
Well you have a good heart, stay safe and keep off the ant hills...!
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Just wondering. Cornish giants are the 'meat' chicken of choice here.
Just for shits and giggles you might want to get some Auracanas or Americanas. They are good tough 'game' chickens, so could keep the yard bugs down. Also, they lay colored eggs.
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Just wondering. Cornish giants are the 'meat' chicken of choice here.
Just for shits and giggles you might want to get some Auracanas or Americanas. They are good tough 'game' chickens, so could keep the yard bugs down. Also, they lay colored eggs.

Well ,I do know they are not Cornish game hens . They are much bigger and lay brown eggs . Whatever the ones that my caretaker has now are doing a pretty good job of getting after the bugs .

Today I have decided to take a new wife ! As a Honorary "Bugle" Chief ,I was laying in my official "Bugle" Hammock making important decisions and checking my eyes for leaks when I was bitten by a No-See-Em . I asked very nicely of the wife if she would stop doing whatever it was she was doing and come scratch my itch . You would have thought that she would realize how important my relaxation was while I was meditating. She actually told me to itch it myself ...

I have put the word out on the coconut telegraph and expect my new bride at any time now .
Some women just never learn how good they got it !!!
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Spent the whole day downstairs in the shop building the coop for the laying hens . I should be done tomorrow . I even have water inside my shoes I was sweating so much !!!I bet I lost 10 pounds in water today !!

Going to try and bring in 200 chicks next week !!!
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Change of Plans today which is pretty much the normal around here .

The artist decided to show up today so I spent the day making frames for the new murals he will be doing for us .
I learned a lot watching him . We had purchased the canvas for him and I built the frames base on the sizes of canvas ......WRONG!!!!. The artist painted each piece of canvas with a white glue and paint mix and when it dried ,it shrunk up 4 " in the length ! I ended of recutting every frame !After stapling each piece in place he painted it again with the same mixture and the canvas is stretched beyond belief !Its like a banjo string now .

He will start the underwater coral reef scene tomorrow . It is 10' long and 4'6" wide .

#2 will be Dolphins jumping out of the water and it will be 8' long and 4'6" wide.

#3 will be a jungle scene and end up at 5' square .

I've seen this guys work and it is pretty incredible so if it turns out as good as I believe it will we will then have him start doing paintings in each room .
I'm taking pictures of each step as he goes and will start posting pictures tomorrow .

We decided to have a big party this coming Saturday night and invite the local families for Hamburgers and hotdogs . Never had we bought local hotdogs down here but the wife wanted to do a trail run before Saturday night so I was the Guinea Pig last night . She cooked up the hot dogs on the grill and they turned Black ????? Turns out the hotdogs down here are in a clear plastic casing that must be cut off first !!! Live and learn . The dogs did not seem to mine the plastic taste at all .
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When I had them even my neighbors used to freak over blue and green eggs.
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When I had them even my neighbors used to freak over blue and green eggs.
I think I better just stay with Brown eggs . I am not sure how the locals would handle seeing green eggs . I am hoping to bring in the first 200 chicks this next week .

Serious time .... I was talking with Genaro today and he was talking to me about the way the locals pollute their own beautiful water and beaches down here . Its a constant battle and each morning I have the men rake the beach area of plastic bags , flip flops. Plastic coke bottles and so forth . Genaro is a amazing man and knows his own people are the cause of their own problems when the tourist do not come because of trash .The local boat comes by twice a week to haul away the trash to the dump from my place .
I can't tell you how many septic systems I have designed so the sewer is not dumped in the seas .
I'm trying to save the coral reef out front of the property but it may be too late . Only time will tell .
You would think an area that depends on tourist dollars to survive would realize that they are causing there own problems .

Its almost funny because locals stop by and tell me how beautiful my place is because it is so clean ...... They could easily do the same thing ..Go figure .
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Same thing in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, etc... They don't have the thinking as yet of the damage they are doing.
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It drives me crazy ! Thank God I am removed from most of it . The Indians who are working for me want to be here and learn . I enjoy their company and can see that they suck up knowledge like a sponge . The Blacks and the Whites down here had better get their head out of their ass , as the Indians are learning more everyday .They are good hearted hard working people .The Whites and blacks walk around like the world owes them something . Now I am not racist but it does not take a brain scientist to figure it out .
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Sounds like they need a recycling incentive program. The local Amish kids pick up bottles all the time to get the nickle refund and I encourage them and give them mine to add a little incentive. I used to do it as a kid all the time. 2 cents for a pop bottle and 5 cents for quarts. Made good spending money doing it. Litter is one of my pet peeves and the Amish know I will stop my vehicle and make them pick it up if they toss anything while riding with me.
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I think I better just stay with Brown eggs . I am not sure how the locals would handle seeing green eggs . I am hoping to bring in the first 200 chicks this next week .

Serious time .... I was talking with Genaro today and he was talking to me about the way the locals pollute their own beautiful water and beaches down here . Its a constant battle and each morning I have the men rake the beach area of plastic bags , flip flops. Plastic coke bottles and so forth . Genaro is a amazing man and knows his own people are the cause of their own problems when the tourist do not come because of trash .The local boat comes by twice a week to haul away the trash to the dump from my place .
I can't tell you how many septic systems I have designed so the sewer is not dumped in the seas .
I'm trying to save the coral reef out front of the property but it may be too late . Only time will tell .
You would think an area that depends on tourist dollars to survive would realize that they are causing there own problems .

Its almost funny because locals stop by and tell me how beautiful my place is because it is so clean ...... They could easily do the same thing ..Go figure .
Just don't be known as the rich "Gringo", you may set yourself up to be robbed... Not a neat thing to think about, but there are those that don't think rationally to start with.

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Just don't be known as the rich "Gringo", you may set yourself up to be robbed... Not a neat thing to think about, but there are those that don't think rationally to start with.

Stay safe!
You are exactly right ! I see Gringos throw money around down here than piss and moan when they get taken . One guy ( A local gringo for 15 years) was pissed because he got mugged on the other island at 3 AM in the park coming from a local bar . He had been flashing around $300 bucks ! What a knucklekead

I carry very little cash and have My secretary handle all the bills . Most days I work side by side with my workers to show them I also am use to working .We talk often about how expensive items are . They all know my past and how I worked my way up in life . I never act or think I am better than they are.They visit and we share food in my home and we are friends .I have spent 10 years building this level of trust and friendship with them .
I seen other vacant homes robbed in the area but never has my home been touched .
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Good thing your wife wanted to do the trial run on the hot dogs. I'm sure the locals would have gotten a good laugh had you served up the 'black' dogs Saturday night but it's better you won't make that silly gringo impression on your first cookout for the neighbors.

Sounds like you are indeed doing it right ...working with them and not putting yourself on a pedestal above them. I'm sure they all appreciate that. No one likes to be talked down to or looked down on.

I've told some friends of your place and what all you are doing down there. Everyone agrees you are surely doing it right and we are all a wee bit jealous, or a whole lot jealous

How about some pics of the cookout Saturday. We are living vicariously through you! (What kind of beer do you have down there? Much of a variety to choose from?)
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You are exactly right ! I see Gringos throw money around down here than piss and moan when they get taken . One guy ( A local gringo for 15 years) was pissed because he got mugged on the other island at 3 AM in the park coming from a local bar . He had been flashing around $300 bucks ! What a knucklekead

I carry very little cash and have My secretary handle all the bills . Most days I work side by side with my workers to show them I also am use to working .We talk often about how expensive items are . They all know my past and how I worked my way up in life . I never act or think I am better than they are.They visit and we share food in my home and we are friends .I have spent 10 years building this level of trust and friendship with them .
I seen other vacant homes robbed in the area but never has my home been touched .
Sounds like you have a very good working relationship with the locals, that is great. I would be more concerned with those that aren't, but you know the lay of the land better than I do and know what to watch out for. It is the drug related crimes that bother me, they have no real reason other than a junkie want another fix and they do a crime without any thought of the results or damage other than the current fix.
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Good thing your wife wanted to do the trial run on the hot dogs. I'm sure the locals would have gotten a good laugh had you served up the 'black' dogs Saturday night but it's better you won't make that silly gringo impression on your first cookout for the neighbors.

Sounds like you are indeed doing it right ...working with them and not putting yourself on a pedestal above them. I'm sure they all appreciate that. No one likes to be talked down to or looked down on.

I've told some friends of your place and what all you are doing down there. Everyone agrees you are surely doing it right and we are all a wee bit jealous, or a whole lot jealous

How about some pics of the cookout Saturday. We are living vicariously through you! (What kind of beer do you have down there? Much of a variety to choose from?)
Well dang Doc ! The damn door is open for cryin out loud ! Come on Down !I'll grab a bunch of pictures tomorrow night too

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Sounds like you have a very good working relationship with the locals, that is great. I would be more concerned with those that aren't, but you know the lay of the land better than I do and know what to watch out for. It is the drug related crimes that bother me, they have no real reason other than a junkie want another fix and they do a crime without any thought of the results or damage other than the current fix.
Believe it or not we really don't have much problem with local drug crime here . Its the damn surfer bums from other countries that are always stoned .The local police are "Hell on Wheels" if they catch a local on drugs . The druggies are off too the prison island before they know what happened and that is a place no one wants to be at !!
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Holy Cow ! This Artist is amazing! He makes it look so easy . We have decided to have him start drawing on the walls in every room .Karen plans to have him paint flying parrots in every bedroom . Bananas and coconuts in the kitchen and flowers and hummingbirds in the bathrooms Guys that can do this are so interesting to watch !! We have waited a year to get him here to do these paintings for us . He thinks he may have the big reef scene completed tomorrow .
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As far as beer we have Coors, Bud . Heiniken,Balboa, Atlas ,Corona and a whole bunch of other ones. This country runs on beer !
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Carlos sits on a damn 5 gallon paint bucket and makes it look so simple !!Talk about a God given talent! I can only wish I could draw like that !!
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