I keep feeling like there is something I am forgetting. Something important. Something that probably involves roses, and chocolates and hearts and happens mid-February. Cannot seem to put my finger on it. I am sure it will come to me.
Hello again, dear readers. Welcome to the February 15 edition of Abaco’s best, and only, newspaper. Those of you keeping track at home know how quickly we are moving through this year. Soon we will be in fishing tournament season. When top sport fishermen come to our quiet islands to compete in a bevy of different fishing challenges and legs. The granddaddy of them all, the Bahamas Billfishing Tournament, will have teams trolling our waters all in search of that giant champion’s ring.
Rings. Jewelry. Gifts. What am I forgetting?
Yes, we are through the holiday season and edging our way towards the heat and craze of summer-fun. We are inching along though the year, because these disastrous roads of ours won’t allow for us to drive along any faster. And yes, Bill Simmons and Co. are out there working (we have pictures of them doing so) and God bless them. But it really is a shame that our roads got to the point that they are in now.
Sometimes I drive up to Cooper’s Town just to know what it feels like to drive twenty yards without slowing to a crawl or swerving to avoid craters that would make the moon envious.
Moon. Full moon. Moonlit dinner. Seriously, what am I forgetting this month?
I hope $1.3 million does more for our roads than I think it will. Maybe I’m just too used to hearing about our government, past and present and most likely future, spending tens of millions and seeing paltry, measly results. So it doesn’t surprise me when fellow Abaconians aren’t impressed when the seemingly low figure of $1.3 million is thrown out as a solution to what is an increasingly dangerous situation on Abaco’s roads. Does the country have money to spend? Have you seen our debt? I am a realist and I know we’re not rolling in surpluses, but this island community has paid more than our fair share into the Treasury to warrant a basic upgrade.
Spending. Money. Paying for fancy things. Is there a day this month I’m supposed to buy fancy things for somebody? I’ll figure this out.
I am thrilled, however, to see some progress being made. I am thrilled that there is a government contract being executed and the people executing it are making themselves available to us, the media. I am thrilled that private companies (looking at you, Woslee) are making efforts to reinvest in this community. I am thrilled to see also boats humming along through the harbour and across the Sea of Abaco. There is one vantage point I enjoy driving by that lets me see out over the sea between Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay and Man O War. Every time I drive by I see a handful of sailboats enjoying what made this beautiful country so famous.
Beautiful. Beauty. Ah, I think I remember now.
So I ask my fellow local readers to at the same time be patient and vigilant. It appears work is being done and so we should be bringing pitchers of lemonade (and later in the day) coconut swigel to our friends laboring to fix our roads: anything to help them along faster. On the other side of the token we need to remain vigilant and stay on top of our representatives in government. We did pay for this work, after all.
Maybe one day soon we can all take our dates out on a smooth, enjoyable Valentine’s Day car ride without worrying about falling into a pot hole.