Don't let Mom drive! Friday in Anguilla

I haven’t blogged in a few days because when I was on the computer, I was working. Kind of a bummer, but part of the bargain for being down here for 2 weeks. Last Friday when I was in the midst of some minor issues that needed to be resolved, we realized that Derek had left his Gameboy at Tasty’s where we’d had breakfast. Tasty’s has fabulous pancakes and a pretty great omelet, and it’s only 3 turns from Francie’s house. While Mom has warned me that her friends forcibly removed her from the car when she drove in England, I’m thinking, “how bad can it be” My mom’s always been a good driver.

Well, 2 hours later, Lauren walks in and says in a sing-song voice, “Mimi’s got something to TELLLLL Youuuuu”. Uh-oh

Mom found the restaurant ok, but somehow managed to get lost on the way back. She visited Blowing Point and Mead’s Bay. Then, when she was turning around from a dead-end, she didn’t quite calculate the new width of the left-hand side of the car and sideswiped a parked car…apparently green. She got out walked around, looked for anyone she could talk to about it. With no one she could find, no paper in the car, no cell phone, she came home. Of course, she couldn’t tell me where she was when it happened, a license plate number, the make of the car.

I’m beginning to think Mom’s going to be lucky to get off the island. While the US is a pain in the ass with its legal system, Anguillan’s, having a British heritage, are just so sticky about rules and details. I can just see her getting tagged with a hit and run charge and having her passport held. Even more, she leaves on Monday, the car’s in my name and I’m here for another week. The island’s just not thab big. If someone’s hacked off and looking for a white car with a big green stripe down the side, we’re probably not going to be that hard to find. I’ve seen the Anguillan jail. I’m not particularly interested in spending any time there.

By now the island is shut down for the parade, which means the streets to The Valley Police Station are blocked, so we drive in, park and watch the parade. (The parade lasts 5 hours on Anguila). I resolve to go in Sat morning and get it all cleared up.

Next up…the parade 😉