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Movin' On Up

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"I've always been asked 'What is my favorite car?' and I've always said 'The next one.'" - Carroll Shelby, Designer of the Shelby Mustang

I couldn't agree more Mr. Shelby.

After being on the island for about a month, Amy and I realized that we needed to turn in our rental car and join the ranks of automobile owners on the island.  (We sold our old car to Amy's dad.)  As with all things, every car on the island is brought in from somewhere else.  You have cars from the U.S. and Mexico (with the steering wheel on the left, facing forward), and England (with the steering wheel on the right, facing forward).  Also the cost of vehicles on the island are pretty high.  All cars coming onto the island, in addition to the shipping costs themselves, come with a pretty hefty import duty.  For example, the import duty on our old car would have been about $15,000.  Consequently, there is a fairly limited selection of cars available for purchase on the isl…

Island Time

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"Time is an illusion." - Albert Einstein

Although I have never read it anywhere, I am sure, based on his statement, that Mr. Einstein spent a great deal of time on the island of Providenciales.  We were originally introduced to the idea of Island Time when we first came down here.  As we waited at the Conch Shack to meet our realtor, we noted that our watches (set to Chicago Time (CT)), said we were on time.  When the realtor showed up 30 minutes (CT) later, he apologized and said, "sorry, but you have to get used to island time (IT)."  This concept was later reinforced when we went to restaurants and waited an hour (CT) for our food, when we went to various government agencies, and when we showed up to a 7:30 p.m. show, only to have the show begin about an hour later (CT).  All of these events happened exactly when they should, according to Island Time.  My curiosity of Island Time was piqued.

Having observed Island Time for a while now, and after considering the …