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My favorite place in the World. Luckily, I wasn't there.


Since 1991, only two back-to-back, record-breaking hurricanes and one global pandemic have prevented us from our annual winter holiday in the peaceful paradise named the British Virgin Islands (aka BVI). We have visited there more than 25 times without any sort of incident. The bad stuff always occurred in the U.S. Virgin Islands, specifically St. Thomas, which has a reputation for ugly things happening after dark, especially (brace yourself for this) regarding drugs.


We go through St. Thomas when we come to the BVI. Sometimes we spend a night there before we make the short trip over to the BVI by ferry the next morning. If we do that, we are very careful where we go at night. We do not party with drug dealers.


We have never worried about drugs in the BVI. When we step off the morning ferry and onto BVI turf, we know we are safe. Friendly “belongers” welcome us with smiles. It is truly a peaceful place with a well-earned good name. We drive our rental car all over the main island of Tortola both day and night - and we have NEVER run into one drug dealer.


While it is not known for drugs, BVI does occasionally get caught up in media coverage about money laundering. I don’t pay much attention to that as I am not a high roller looking for places to park large amounts of money. The only money of mine that gets laundered is an occasional coin in a pocket that falls out when my clothes are washed. We do send our clothes to a laundry when we’re in the BVI so if you want to get me in trouble on a technicality, I suppose you could say I do money laundering.


But, nobody talks about any of that down there. The relatively small cohort of Americans who have discovered the BVI are much too busy being in the water, on the water or just looking at the water to waste time conjuring up negative thoughts about something as mundane as money.


One of our favorite activities in the BVI is to do absolutely nothing. Think about a sunny afternoon on a lawn chair looking out over a water channel that is little more than a mile wide with a perfect view of the U.S. island of St. John. We have done that hundreds of times. Between the salt air and doing nothing, this is very tiring. We’ve been known to say perhaps it’s time to go back to work for a rest.


All of this leads me to something that happened this past Sunday. A small boat, pursued in the air by a large helicopter and on land by the local police, slammed into the beach at high speed in the very spot where I so enjoy sitting and doing nothing. It ran aground on the sand having cut across the well-protected water RIGHT IN FRONT of where we have stayed many times.


Media reports say there were three men on this boat. One was captured and two escaped. Something that did not escape was $27 million of cocaine, or as the media report said, “11 bales of substance believed to be cocaine.” The report goes on to say, “A search by law enforcement has uncovered a significant quantity of suspected cocaine in the nearby waters.”


Wait till the fish discover that. And, imagine eating one of those island fish for dinner tonight in a local restaurant as you listen to a wonderful steel drum band or some Bob Marley wannabe.


If only I had been on that beach yesterday - and the boat didn’t kill me when it came ashore - I might have gotten my hands on enough of that white powdery stuff to pay for my vacation. Timing is everything in this life and, unfortunately, my timing wasn’t good in this instance. To make a bad pun, my ship did not come in.


There’s a wonderful beer down in that part of the world marketed under the name Carib. It’s only 11 in the morning as I write this, but it’s never too early in the day to console myself with an ice cold beer. Carib is my drug of choice.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.

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As we slowly return to "normal".....


For some months now - indeed for over a year - the COVID “Police” have been working overtime to protect us from a tendency to want to actually come in physical contact with ANY person outside our “bubble”. I like to refer to this as the NO HUGS RULE on page 1642 of the 74th edition of the COVID-19 Playbook. (New editions keep popping up as the rules tend to change weekly, if not daily.)

In addition to the NO HUGS RULE, we have been advised, warned and threatened to stay at least 6 feet apart at all times (page 1234 of all Playbook editions). While hugging by the New York Governor apparently has been allowed (gotta find THAT page), hugging by ordinary citizens has been strongly discouraged. The messages have been clear. WARNING: Hugging can make you very sick. Hugging is dangerous to your health and should be avoided. And in the case of the Governor, hugging may cost you your job.

We’ve all seen families on TV news - especially grandparents - saying how much they miss hugging their kids and grandkids. I am one of those parents/grandparents. This past week, thanks to Pfizer, BioNTech and COVID antibodies, I finally got to hug my Michigan daughter for the first time in more than 15 months. I got so carried away, I even hugged my son-in-law. I mean I’ve really been hug-starved. Lots of people think the greatest benefit of a vaccine is to protect you from getting sick. What nobody seems to be talking about is that the vaccine frees you from a hug-less jail. The reason hugging is so important is that it brings us together in a very special way. I don’t know about you, but socially distanced hugging doesn’t cut it for me. I want the real deal. I suspect you agree.

We’ve all had days when we wished everyone would just go away and leave us alone. I will NEVER wish that upon myself again. One of the silver linings for me this past year is that I have rediscovered I really like being around people. You never know what you have until it’s been taken away, right? I like people and I like hugs. They go together don’t you think?

When is the last time you experienced a good, old fashioned group hug? I met some of my best friends through group hugs. Our great national goal should be to replace social distancing with hugs. Let’s give ourselves a socially distanced elbow bump for such a radical idea.

Today, as we again embrace the act of hugging, we continue to hear the good folks at the CDC tell us to not get carried away. Don’t let a variant spoil our summer is the message. Cases are inching up again.


Scientists suggest it would be helpful if we are all smart in choosing who to hug. Here’s a good starting point: Do not hug strangers. Not only could that be detrimental to your health it may also ultimately involve the police. And the “h” they slap on your wrists will not be a hug. Suggestion: Only hug people you already know and who have gotten their vaccine.

At the bottom line, hugging is not an inalienable right. We have to earn it. Get yourself on a vaccine list today. Hug somebody real soon.

We all want to get back to normal. Hugging was an important part of the old normal. It needs to become a central piece of the new normal ASAP.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

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