It’s been a few weeks since I completed a blog entry and for that forgive me. Let me explain by saying that I have been fighting a battle with the flu, and trust me, that’s NEVER any fun.  If I can just get rid of the cough, all will be back to normal.  I am off to see the doctor tomorrow afternoon. In spite of the flu, I still LOVE MY ISLAND LIFE.

This weekend was the first weekend in almost one month that I made it to the beach.

On Friday night, after finishing at Island 92, I was craving a burger!  Not just any burger, but one of those burgers you find at high end steakhouses around the world. On St. Maarten, I know of three spots where one can achieve this, so I ventured into the Charterhouse 1863 in Simpson Bay overlooking the Simpson Bay Marina. I love this restaurant not only because of the food, but also because of the huge bar where you can comfortably enjoy “The Burger”.  For me, medium rare, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese. And of course, don’t forget the hand cut steak fries. One word describes the experience, YUM!

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On Saturday, it was something different and quiet.  I spent the afternoon in solitude under an umbrella at Baie Aux Prunes on the French side of St. Martin.  I haven’t been to Prunes in about two years since a beach party/date gone bad, but that’s another story for a different blog.  Baie Aux Prunes is one of my favorite beach spots when I want to be completely disconnected;  you see my cell phone and my wifi hot spot don’t get service there, so this is a perfect opportunity to relax with a good book, to listen to music or to simply nap.  The beach never seems to be crowded, although there are always a few people around, not to mention a blond Labrador Coconut Retriever who lives nearby.  The water is blue and clear and the sand has a special unique quality to it that I can not describe in words.

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Sunday Fun Day was all about spending a day on Simpson Bay Beach.  As usual, I generally set up shop at Satori Lounge at Mary’s Boon Beach Resort on Simpson Bay.  I love Simpson Bay Beach.  It reminds of Bay View Beach, the beach I grew up on in Milford, Connecticut. I was reminded of this today when I decided to walk down the beach from Mary’s Boon towards the Simpson Bay bridge.  Just like Bay View Beach, when walking down Simpson Bay Beach I continually bump into people I know.  You see Simpson Bay Beach is very residential and is frequented by locals and tourists alike, just like my childhood home on Bay View Beach.  As I walked, I saw more and more friendly familiar faces, it made me realize that someday I would love to live on Simpson Bay Beach. All in all, a pretty GREAT beach weekend if you ask me… one of the many reasons I love my island life.

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At the radio station, Island 92 (91.9 FM), things have also been very busy. During the month of January, I helped Jeff Berger of EverythingStMaarten.com give away 9 St. Maarten vacations live on the air.  This is always fun!  I love surprising people with huge prizes. In addition, Kelly, the lead vocalist from Koolberry Jam and Church on Monday (two St. Maarten’s great rock bands), has agreed to become one of Dr. Soc’s babes and my co-host on Monday mornings.  I am very excited and I have promised to “almost behave” when Kelly is in  the studio with me.  Catch us tomorrow morning at 7 AM to 11 AM AST on air at  91.9 FM or online at www.island92.com.  It will definitely be FUN!

One of the best parts of working in radio, is that often get asked to work with the community. For me, that’s a no brainer, especially if it involves kids, animals or our senior citizens. During the past week, I had the opportunity to spend some with the young men at St. Dominic’s High School in the St. Peter’s district of St. Maarten. In conjunction with the St. Maarten AIDS Foundation, I had the opportunity to help facilitate a program called REALTALK for 15 young men ranging for 13 – 16 years of age. Working with my co-facilitators, Heather Caputo (she owns Domino’s on St. Maarten) and Rajesh Chintaman (he’s the Night Editor of The Daily Herald on St. Maarten), we lead a three day workshop teaching these young men about sexually transmitted infections and what it takes to be safe in 2015.  One young man impressed me so much, that I only wish I knew his parents so I could tell them what a true gentleman their son is becoming. As I was headed to my assigned classroom on Day 2 of REALTALK, I stopped by office to see if any supplies needed to be brought up to the classroom on the third floor.   I was asked to carry a large case of water up the classroom.  As I reached the third floor, this young man saw me at the far end of the building and came running to carry the case of water.  In the Caribbean we often talk about respect, well this young gentlemen has been taught the true meaning of the word!  I look forward to continuing to work with the St. Maarten AIDS Foundation as facilitator for REALTALK.

All of these things are reasons I love my island life!

Until next time,

Soc