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«The Little Cayman Chronicles»

A five-part series of nostalgic stories about life in the Cayman Islands.

An Intro to Night Diving
When you first jump in, you might as well have suddenly left the known universe behind and stepped into a mysterious black hole. If you're smart, your light is off; there is no sense attracting the eager attention of surface stingers. But then you have to be good at it, too. Dropping a light that is not on means loosing it forever. You are dipped into absolute temporary darkness. Your suit slowly fills up and the water is likely to be chilly. You have to readjust your mask...
Those Were the Days...
This is a repost of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. The photos are very old, most taken with a 2-megapixel point-and-shoot. Sigh. The name was Banana Wind. I think the year was 2002. She was a 35-foot dive boat custom-designed by a guy named Glenn Young in Mississippi who built fiberg...
Welcome to the Rock
This is a repost of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. The photos are very old, most taken with a 2-megapixel point-and-shoot. Sigh. The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, sit by roughly 19º latitude north and 80º longitude west in the Caribbean Sea, tucked below the large l...
The Search for Yellow Rose
This is a repost of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. I unfortunately do not have relevant storm pictures worth illustrating this story, for obvious reasons. The images below were taken on various occasions, including the wake of 2001 hurricane Michelle which came close enough to take my p...
That Perspective we Gain and Lose
This is a repost of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. The photos are very old, most taken with a 2-megapixel point-and-shoot. Sigh. Marie was just reminding me – very appropriately – of the way one can just crave fondue. There’s nothing rational about such a dish and how it creeps...
Personae Non Grata
This is a repost of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. The photos are very old, most taken with a 2-megapixel point-and-shoot. Sigh. Back in 2002, or maybe 2003, I had been living in Little Cayman for a few years, having arrived just as the Millennium bug was terrifying civilized wo...