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Signs of Life and Halloween

Posted by Cassie

“Oh, no! I just peed in a fresh bowl of water and then flushed it! I am so sorry, Cassie! I haven’t done that in over a month, I can’t believe I did that!” Britton exclaimed.

Day 40 still out

This is just one of the surreal comments that make absolute sense in our current situation. We are now in this hurricane survival situation over 40 days. Over 40 days without water, electricity, internet, very little cell service, limited credit card acceptability or cash availability, or even food security. We are slowly adapting, but it has not been easy.

Ice Hot CommodityIce: a great Maria-themed Halloween costume

Everything is about resources and the web of effects that spirals out from the lack of them. You cant buy gasoline without cash and cash is mainly available at banks and ATMs which are not often online. Ice is scarce unless you know someone or are willing to wait in line for an hour for one bag.

Coca Cola
I am not sure why Coca-Cola is so popular right now, but it definitely is to the point of rationing it!

Working outside clearing trees or mowing means sweating. Sweating means needing water to rinse off and to drink. Getting water entails going down to the plaza or a local fresh water spring and filling a trash can and 5-gallon jugs with water that we then move into the cistern. It also means catching as much rain as possible.

Water manMoving water by hand from one bucket to the cistern

Britton filling the jug at the literal watering hole -a natural spring by Pool Bar in Puntas


I have to wash everything by hand and a full hamper and sheets takes at least 20 gallons of our very precious water. But at least we have found these resources.

Laundry outdoors
Washing clothes outside

Red Cross
The Red Cross was out of food boxes and water within about 30 minutes of showing up

Sometimes we get food that just shows up such as from the military or Red Cross. These are basically just boxes of junk food. I don’t have any idea how they can call a convenience store meat stick an “entree” but like the quote above, things are sort of surreal and crazy right now. I’ve eaten more junk food during this hurricane period than in the whole year I think.

Red Cross FoodThe “entree” is a beef stick and the “starch” was saltine cracker snacks

There are signs of life, however. Many places are getting water The grocery stores are starting to get a little more fresh and perishable foods again, though I am still hesitant to trust the meat or dairy.

Empty Stores
Late October in Econo

Cassie bucket gardenSince there is limited greens, we decided to grow our own

The one time we bought fresh milk, it was spoiled and came out in stinking clumps. We have therefore resorted to the boxed ultra pasteurized milk for our coffee and cereal in the morning.

Electricity is still probably a while away, but a great night was when the plaza in Rincon was relit. It was almost like lighting the Christmas tree in New York City. It felt strange to see lights in a sea of black darkness all around.

Lights in the plaza
The night electricity arrived to Rincon

Closed Emergency
Like a scene in a zombie movie…emergency room out of service

Internet is still very hard to find since we don’t have smartphones. And even if we did, cell service is not exactly stable. We have found a few spots we like for internet like the Aguada Plaza, the Rincon Plaza especially Roots, and El Galeon in Aguada. Mail is still hard to get and even basic things like health care cannot be counted on.

El Galeon AguadaSunset at El Galeon where we found internet (and I am currently writing)

Without much screen time or other usual activities, we have resorted to old-school entertainment. Britton mentioned that a lot of this time feels like his youth. We play cards in the morning when we run the generator which powers the fridge, charges the laptop and other devices, runs the fans and plays some music. We dance around and with Halloween I had fun playing dress up and doing a spur-of-the-moment silly photoshoot using costumes from the box like a kid in the toy box. We have started planting seeds for fresh greens and day dreaming of projects when normal life is fully restored. We are getting a little crazy and sillier, but maybe more creative too with all this time on our hands.

Hippie Cassie
Dressing as a hippie

Hippie B
Britton in a wig jamming out

Creative image hat Cassie
Creativity comes alive when you’re bored and have nothing else to do but play

Sal Dali anon
Salvador Dali?

Creative urge toiletArt evoking emotion (or are we just going stir crazy?!) haha

Vampire Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton meets Dracula?

Strange shot
2 faced

Wallflower B
Britton, the wallflower

Smile with pink hair
Pretty in pink

Llego la luz halloween
Llego la luz? No, just to some lamp posts

Halloween from a car
Halloween trick-or-treating in PR is only amongst people in the know…including from a car

Street scene RinconFun at Roots on Halloween

Halloween day was pretty fun. We visited some friends in Mayaguez and the light posts came on while the kids were trick-or-treating. I learned the Spanish Puerto Rico song for Halloween:

Trick-or-treat, Halloween
Dame dulce, no mani.

Trick-or-treat, Halloween, give me candy, not peanuts. But I think everyone would be far happier si llego la luz instead!

Fun with Juliana
Halloween fun

It was our the first time since we moved here that we went to the Halloween party at Tamboo since Shipwreak is undergoing repairs. It was the main/only party in town this year. I loved the hurricane-based costumes. It was a great chance to take a breather from the normal survival routine.

Gas Can GirlAt Tamboo with the Gas Can girl!

Friends at Tamboo
Fun costumes!

New Friends
New friends

Nerding Out
Nerding out

Peace and Voodoo
Vikings, Voodoo and Grooviness

We have discussed leaving for a while, perhaps back to Colorado. We would be able to visit family and friends and spend the holidays there. But we are on the fence. It’s cold in Colorado this time of year and we don’t have our own place to decompress. I am not sure if the stress of travel and imposition on our families would make up for discomfort of living here without water and electricity, but in our own bed in a nice climate… This has been a test of wills, strength, mental health, and stamina to stick through it this far. Some say it may be a Christmas miracle if the electricity arrives by then….but…Puerto Rico se levanta. Puerto Rico is (slowly) rising up.

PR Se Levanta
Flags are everywhere and the phrase Puerto Rico se levanta is on everyone’s lips

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Masquerade Ball and Rincón Halloween 2016

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Halloween in Rincón means the start of season and the buzz is electric.

This year Halloween day fell on a Monday which would probably usually mean a pretty mellow Halloween. But not in Rincón! Here it meant a 5 day marathon. Rincón takes on Halloween the way the rest of Puerto Rico does Christmas. The festivities are intense! The first parties started on Thursday because of Art Walk and continued on until Monday.

Mysterious masquerade ball

Our band decided to have a masquerade ball at beautiful Villa Orleans featuring some of our new songs that we’ve worked on all summer. We figured that masks are an easy, elegant and fun way to celebrate without using your Halloween costume. The party was great. The location was amazing. Our music rocked and people were dancing next to crashing waves. It was magical.

La maga, the ringmaster


lauryn-daisy-cassie masked-people singers britton-and-tom
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party-picWhat a fun night!

So fun!! Videos thanks to Jeff and Luis and some of the photos thanks to various friends 

Party night!

Check out Britton AKA Aloysius busting some moves on Rapture

fire-lauryn-3And we had an extra special performance by my friend Lauryn, the fire dancer!

Hypnotic flames!

After that late night we were pretty worn out and didn’t go out to the Friday or Saturday parties around town. Saturday was probably the busiest of the days with parties at The Beach House, Calypso, El Bohio and of course the big one at Tamboo. We did however recuperate our energy enough to go out on Halloween evening. We weren’t sure how it would be since it was a little rainy, but sure enough the party was in swing!

I went as ”Stormy” the rain storm and Britton went as the guru Aloysius Von Funk

cassie-rain-costume-crop     renee-and-cassie

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Party animals!

The Shipwreck party is always so much fun. People are just plain silly. There’s a DJ playing dance music while people get sweaty dancing on the white gravel. The bar is right down from the marina so the party spills out into the street and down to the beach. The best thing is that the costumes can get downright crazy!

Here I am protecting myself from an unwanted “grab” by Trump

And this guy won first place in the costume contest!!

The night ended at the relative early hour of midnight since it was a Monday. The police came and peacefully broke the party up. We talked with the friendly police for a while and I said, “Me gusta su disfraz” and he replied, “¡Pero no es un disfraz!” And we both laughed! Claro que no…jaja.

In character!

Another great kick off to the season!

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Halloween in Rincón 2015

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CalypsoHalloween at Calypso

Halloween in Rincón kicks off the tourist season. This year Halloween fell on a Saturday and so it was even more festive. We went out to El Bohio, Calypso and Shipwreck and had a great time. Tamboo is also a great place to go on Halloween, but it is so packed that they actually shut down some of the roads in Puntas, and so we didn’t want to mess with that level of crowds.

It’s pretty cool to see all the excited people coming down to party and vacation in Rincón. Everyone is gearing up for “season.” The tourists are happy to be here and the locals are happy to have the extra influx of money. The only downside is that the roads get more clogged and some people party just a little too hard. There is a definite increase in energy this time of year. And it was fun to be a part of the kick-off on Halloween.

I went in a punny costume: an NSA Bug

Britton and Cassie Halloween
Britton wore the perennial wig -It’s interesting how people treat him differently with hair!

Carrie and Cassie
One of my favorite costumes of the night. My friend Kari went as Carrie!

Dancing at Shipwreck
Dancing at Shipwreck’s

Bill and Theresa Crazy Kershes
Fun with friends Theresa and the Kershes at Shipwreck’s

Halloween is definitely a “gringo” custom, and it is one that they do very well here for adults in Rincón. I love it!


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Greeley Zombie Pub Crawl

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This Friday Britton and I are planning on going to the Greeley Spook the Plaza Zombie Pub Crawl. We will be dressing as zombies and even performing the Thriller song downtown. I think they are even going to close off the roads so we can zombify them. We might go to Kress Theater for a free scary movie afterward also. If you want to meet up with us, let us know (but we might not be recognizable as the un-dead- haha).

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