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Birthday, The Beatles, 1968

Another birthday in  Vieques for me!  How many must I spend as a visitor before I celebrate as a resident?  Are we really ready to become full time residents is a question that continues to haunt us.  Will we be able to afford to live on a Vieques paycheck?  What are the hidden costs?  What about health insurance and what about doctors?  Is this the place for two people on their way to being senior citizens?
Of course, we need to address the major issue of finding a place to live.  We've even started to entertain the thought of building.  We see some nice lots with beautiful views in the hills of Villa Bourinquen and Monte Carmelo.  However, the excitement is not there, as we have been spoiled by Bravos House.
So, we take ourselves off to Sun Bay to rehash our situation while baking in the sun.  We check out the baby pool like waters of Media Luna and as we head out to Navio we encounter a couple walking and she's pregnant.  What were they thinking?  We rescue them from the hot, dusty potholed road and drop them at Navio.  We offer them a ride back, but they disappear while we are checking out the underwater caves.
Rejuvenated by the sea, we are ready to face another afternoon of property hunting.  One of the lots that I had investigated on the web is still available.  Located on the North Shore we measure out this very narrow, long lot.  We check out the "would be" views - "this would be the view from the porch", "this would be the  view from the bedroom".  Almost 180 degree sea view, I am sure I can design a house that would fit and meet our needs.
Of course, just when you think all is well, there is a glitch.  The property is unimproved and untitled and there could be a problem with building permits.  Our Realtor will check all of this out before we make an offer.
Full of hope and anticipation, we complete our day with strong rum drinks and dinner at a nearby fish house.  This is the end of a perfect birthday and I stay up late designing my dream house.

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