I'm Ready and Waiting

I’m packed. Yep, all set for St Croix. I can just sit and wait and let time pass.

I have my flip flops on top of my carry on so I can change to island dress in the plane.

Absent are my traditional yellow swim trunks and new is my covert cooler.

A covert cooler was invented by a clever guy to sneak cold beers onto a golf course. It comes disguised as a shoe bag and hold nine canned beverages plus ice. I took my covert cooler a step further and incorporated some clear oxygen tubing that I can drape under my nose and over my ears. It then looks just like a portable oxygen system.

Now I can carry ice cold beverages to most any place on the island where coolers are frowned upon. I noticed a few beaches had signs prohibiting coolers. Who is going to argue with a 51 year old man with his portable oxygen system?

I fit in a couple of small walkie talkies so we can order sandwiches on the beach from the villa or communicate between cars.

Along with my carry on I have all my computer and electronic stuff. In it is my laptop, camera and iPod along with all the accessories. I have an access point in St Croix that I can use to give us wireless internet off of the villa broadband. Thank you Terry and Michael for storing my duffle bag of stuff. Also in that duffle is all of our snorkel stuff that allows me to travel lighter than in years past.

I’ve even bought a box of TSA one quart zip lock bags for the carry on.

Oh! I have a Carolina Panther football jersey for the Super Bowl. I won't be needing the cheeshead after all.

28 comments:

Logziella said...

Oh Reggie...you would definately stand out carrying an oxygen tank...you are way too young to look normal carrying one of those! I meant to tell you that after watching your video blog...you are so NOT old!!!!!!!

:0)

Have fun!!!

Reggie said...

Why thank you T.

TerryC said...

You are pretty goofy, my friend...

Already packed! Too funny! What if we need you to bring some stuff down last minute? Will you have to re-pack?

Here's the funnier thing: You spend all this money on this stuff that you have to haul down here to save a few bucks at a beach bar! You're such a guy! You just crack me up!!

Chris said...

Have fun on your trip.


P.S. I also think a Broncos jersey would suit you.

GO GIANTS!!

Judy said...

I am packed and ready as well. I was packing and watching the snow come down.

Reggie said...

Now Terry...beer is about $6 a six pack at the local store in St Croix. At a bar it $3 a bottle.

I take 9 beers to the beach at a cost of $9, or buy them for $27 at the beach bar.

A savings of $18 per load. Times 7 days and thats $189!

Plus I don't have to move, I can walk straight in the ocean to do my business.

What else would I need to take? I ain't going if I need a coat.

Jahooni said...

Wait for me... I am on my way. Bringing the cheeseheads anyways!

Jay said...

The covert cooler is brilliant!

I must get one of those. And oxygen tank tubes are a brilliant accessory. Maybe you could put a half-empty pack of Marlboros in your pocket for even more realism. LOL

Reggie said...

Thank you Jay.

terri said...

Sounds to me like you're all set! I love the way you think... covert cooler! I think I need one of those for the golf outing in Bayfield. No coolers allowed on the course and they charge and arm and a leg for a can of beer!

IEAT_SNOWMANPOOP said...

you are way bad lol

But that actually is a great idea

TerryC said...

You can't spare 189 lousy US dollars to enrich the lives of the poor hard-working folks down in this third world country?

Besides,if you went to the bar, you could schmooze with more island peeps. Maybe meet a next Peter or Michael or Terry-like character.....

Peach Pod said...

Are you going to smuggle in any Cheerwine in your covert cooler?

TerryC said...

What the heck was I doing? I actually believed it when you said $18 X 7 = $189! And you're a financial expert?!

It's not EVEN $140! And if you're going to drink cheap ass beer for $6 a 6-pack, you're drinking skunk piss!

You really need to spend more time down here to get away from that 'merican attitude. And maybe you'll learn to do math better, too ;)!

Reggie said...

Terry, grocery store people need support too. I am just spreading the love. Think of the poor folks at Smokies and that chicken egg robbing Schooner bay that depend on folks like us to buy their beer in 6 packs.

If it weren't for people like me these folks may have to turn to a life of crime and live under bridges at night. And you don't have a bridge on the island. Oh the chaos!

Plus, the bartender gets a tip so you can add another dollar to the beer.

The poor grocery people are dependent on their meager wages and you want to take this away too?

Shame, shame.

Pod, I gave up the Cheerwine a few years back. I am now a Diet Pepsi man.

Terri, You understand. It my way of getting back at the man.

Jay Gray said...

You are going to St Croix soon?! It seems like you would have mentioned this before :)

Doc said...

The Oxygen idea is classic... Oh yeah and I will be wearing my Panthers jersey for the Super Bowl too...

Have a great trip Reggie

Michael said...

I'm all for supporting the local bars, but I still like the covert cooler idea. Sometimes I just don't feel like getting up and wandering over to the bar. And sometimes the service can be less than stellar, so you're stuck there, spending valuable beach time, watching some slow-as-Ned's-Ass bartender mix mediocre drinks while your buzz is plummeting.

At first I thought you were planning on using it to bring your own onto the plane! I realize these TSA guys are dumb as rocks, but still, in George Bush's 'merica, its just not worth it. If you get hauled into the back room for an impromptu proctology exam you might miss your flight, and the next one ain't 'til the following Saturday!

The oxygen tubes are an interesting twist, but I can't help thinking Gigi may have had a hand in that. Hot chicks on the beach aren't gonna give you a second glance when they spot those tubes. No one wants an old guy on oxygen. They can't afford the liability.

Reggie said...

All good points. Buzz maintenance is essential on the beach.

I have the tubes only if "da man" shows up then I can camouflage my beer, much like a puffer fish swells or an octopus changes colors when danger approaches.

The tubes would definitely be a babe turnoff.

Ali said...

If you really do have the tubes attached you MUST take pictures!
And I agree with Logziella, you look much too young for it to be believeable you need a ginormous oxygen tank with you :)

Reggie said...

Oh I really have the tubes. It always gets a good laugh and then everyones says, "You're sick".

TerryC said...

Okay, okay, you guys. You're right. Our beach bars suck.

But in my opinion, it's because they all use styrofoam cups for EVERYTHING. Not nice for a tiny overflowing landfill on an increasingly toxic island...

TerryC said...

So, Wreg, while you're here drinking beers from cans, you will help our island environment by making sure the cans are brought to EZ recycling, right?

Reggie said...

The can capacity was for for purposes only. I would actually have bottles.

I JUST THOUGHT OF SOMETHING GREAT! I could take this cooler on The Roseway and hook up the tubes. Then I wouldn't be expected to hoist the sail and I could sit around and drink cheap beer.

Brilliant!

TerryC said...

Okay, you're trying REALLY hard to fall from "welcome visitor" status to "cheap tourist".

Carry on....

Reggie said...

I'll be nice.

terri said...

Reggie, it appears to me that you've stopped posting altogether and are simply chatting away in your comments section! Give a girl a heads-up will ya? This is entertaining stuff!

Reggie said...

Okay...I must admit I am enjoying the comments.