The License Plate Game

Back in the day before GPS and satellite communication, before cars had video, and before children had iDevices, road-tripping parents had to engage in some creative thinking if they wanted to stem the tide of “Are we there yet?” and “I have to go to the bathroom!” from the back seat. For my parents, that involved the License Plate Game. The rules were simple: Spot … Continue reading The License Plate Game

“Not your good shorts!” My mother’s voice echoed in my head as I dressed for my morning walk. My inner child stopped mid-grab and I remembered my youth when, as a family of modest means, we had good clothes and everyday clothes. Good clothes were reserved for school and church. Everyday clothes were for everything else. Good clothes were handled with care, laundered promptly, and … Continue reading

It’s a jungle out there

When you’re coming to Guam for any length of time, it’s a good idea to hook up with somebody who has base privileges. Reports vary, but it’s estimated the U.S. military controls about 30% of the land here. There are two major military bases and several smaller installations. As a civilian, you won’t be able to get there by yourself. While all the beaches/swimming spots … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there

The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle on Guam

Much like the devastating effect the Brown Tree Snake has had on the bird population here on Guam, the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle is doing a number on some of the palms. Apparently it takes root in the top of coconut palm trees and lays its eggs there. So if you’re wondering why it looks like some of them got lopped off, that’s why. Hopefully the … Continue reading The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle on Guam

Going to the Movies on Guam

As of this writing, there are three cinemas open to the public: Guam Regal Megaplex 14, Tamuning Micronesia Mall Stadium Theatres, Dededo Agana Shopping Center, Agana There are movie theaters on the military bases, but generally, those are open only to the military and civilian staffers. If you’re among those groups, you’ll have other resources for finding out about them. Google Maps Often, you’ll find that … Continue reading Going to the Movies on Guam

A trip to The Home Depot

If you get to feeling isolated by island life, it’s nice to find a little slice of stateside. For us today that meant a visit to The Home Depot (THD). Back in North Carolina, or Maine, or Michigan for that matter, we took The Home Depot for granted – it’s everywhere, usually close, and really well stocked with merchandise. This is especially good for us as we … Continue reading A trip to The Home Depot