I had a chance to visit the island of Grand Bahama a couple of weeks ago.
The folks there went through a hurricane about five months ago. Much of the island is still trying to recover.
One of our cab drivers told me that only 40 percent of the hotels and resorts are back up and running so far. Only about half of our resort was open. The large swimming pool was still not operational, but the beach was in full working mode. I understand the pool had about three feet of sand blown into it.
The whole island depends on tourists for its economy. I did go fishing for many kinds of reef-type fish. I had a great time catching them. I fried them up back in our room and they were deelish!
We also bought a couple of lobsters from some of the local divers. They were equally as good as the fish. It was explained to me that the whole island had been having trouble getting all the supplies shipped in due to the repairs on all the torn-up buildings.
At the rate they were going, it is probably going to be a couple of years before the island gets back to where it was. There were tourists there from all over the United States, mostly from the east coast. The island is only 55 miles from the Florida mainland.
I read a story a couple of months ago in the Wall Street Journal about how McDonald’s was having troubles with all of its ice cream machines across the country. It must have hit home here at the local Creston McDonald’s. I tried on Wednesday to get a Shamrock shake and again on Sunday and the ice cream machine was still down. I guess we are lucky the Dairy Queen opened back up. At least we can get some ice cream if we need that kind of fix.
Starting Sunday, many of you will be filling out your brackets for March Madness. It looks like there are about 12 or more teams that could win the NCAA title this year. My top two guesses are Kansas and Villanova. I like Gonzaga, too, but I’m not sure their schedule helped them this year.
The Southwestern men’s basketball team is looking for two more wins this week to qualify for the national NJCAA tournament next week over in Danville, Illinois. They play at home again tonight at 7 p.m. and, with a win, will be in the finals Saturday to qualify for the tournament. They are currently rated No. 1 in the NJCAA rankings.
Spring is getting close. You can tell by the grass starting to turn green we had rain and hail this week and the winds are blowing at crazy speeds. Plus, you get to set your clock up an hour this Sunday morning with the start of daylight savings time. I was just getting used to seeing the sun come up as I leave my morning YMCA workout. But, at least there will be a little more daylight on the evening end of things.
We get St. Patrick’s Day on a Friday this year. It will give some of those “token” Irishmen a little recovery time over the weekend. I’m sure there will be plenty of folks out that night celebrating the holiday.
Our annual Progress edition will be out March 27-31 in each days’ newspaper. It will feature a completely different section each day. Lots of good stories on local area folks.
Thought for the week: “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic Proverb