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Surf Contest '68
Many people whom I write to and who visit this page are curious about
the my Surfer Shack, and this page is for them. My house is between a surfer shack
and a Puerto Rican bohio.
The house is made in the old Puerto Rican way, and made to be light
and airy inside. It was rebuilt after the Hurricane that passed through, and the
interior is designed pretty much the same as it was before. Mainly because what was
there worked. The bottom is now mostly stowage for myself, and for my daughter and
her husband when they come to visit.
Shown here is the original wood, but the
house is soon to be painted. No use rushing into anything, I always say.
Here are some photos of the house after the storm. As you can
see in the second photo, the light one sees through the large window in the first photo is
the sky. The wind pretty much destroyed the back part of the house, and took off
most of the roof. But the house was rotten from termites and age, and needed to be
Now here is the new Surfer Shack! The main improvements were
larger louvered windows throughout, and a real breakfast bar between the kitchen to the
left and the living room. The large glass window was the main reason that I got the
place in the first place, and was kept in the new place. Furniture is simple, and
goes with the overall simplicity of the house.
And the bar and kitchen, with Chelli over for a visit and a rum and
coke. As you can see, the theme of simplicity is carried out throughout the
house. The bar is covered with the same material as the stools, and then covered
with surf board resin for durability. All the cabinets in the kitchen are open,
keeping with the tropical way. And the little blue hurricane lantern is always handy
for the power outages that are a way of life here.
In the kitchen you can see Prince, my
Springier Spaniel, who has since died. He was my buddy, and will be sorely missed.
And while we
are speaking of bars and pets, here is a detail of the bar and my beta fish, Tyson.
(I named him Tyson because he fights by biting.)
And here is Cindie Rice's dog
Howie visiting the Surfer Shack and having a peek out the window.
And while we are talking about
animals, here are my cats. One morning I walked out on the front porch to be greeted
with all three of them looking like this! Needless to say, I fed them!
And here is my dog now.
(Old Prince finally died) The new one is Mad Max, the Devil Dog! The
first shot is when I got him, and the next one is now.
of course there is the view. I lived for awhile south of San Lorenzo, in the middle
of the island. The views there were incredible! Through each window the ridges
just went off into the distance, until they blended with the blue sky. But there was
no ocean view. I really needed that, and have it here in Rincon. To the left
is the view from the front porch and the large window in the living room, with Desecheo
Island in the middle. To the right is the view from the bedroom and back deck,
looking out over Sandy Beach and Aguadilla Bay.
So that's the famous