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The Gringarican Handbook - stories about moving to Vieques, PR, life in the slow lane and becoming a Gringarican

I Fought The Law, The Clash, 1977

You don't really appreciate how easy things are in the contiguous 48 states until you try to get something done in Puerto Rico - and Vieques could possibly be worse.
 
Of course, we had heard all of the horror stories that people shared on the internet and in books.  I was also becoming obsessed with HGTV's House Hunters and House Hunters International series.  But of course, this would never happen to us.
 
The day after stepping foot on what was to become "öur lot" we made an offer and the day after that we had a deal  We want to close asap but Fred's time on Vieques is over and my mother and sister arrive the next day.  I can return at any point to complete the sale.  It sounded easy to us - find the property, buy the property, build on the property, done.  And we thought finding the right property would be the hard part.
 
Here's where the trouble begins.  Since Fred couldn't come back so soon for closing, there was a myriad of legal paperwork that would have to be done for Puerto Rico Power of Attorney.  In order to skirt that issue, we decide the property could be in my name only.  Not.  Oh no.  Not in Puerto Rico!  A married woman may not have property in her name only.  How outdated and chauvinistic - not to mention discriminatory and probably illegal.  But, its tough to fight the system.  So, back to the hassle of Power of Attorney.
 
So many times through this whole procedure I thought "no wonder Puerto Rico is not a state, they would have to make alot of changes"and "Puerto Rico could never make the changes to conform to the US laws".  Boy, it only gets worse!
 
One good thing that we found out is that you can make copies or send/receive a fax at the Funeral Parlor in Isabel.  They are very nice.

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