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Virgin Islands, anyone?

May 15, 2005

Another installment of the Caretaker’s Gazette arrived yesterday, and this listing caught my eye:

COUPLE NEEDED to caretake a villa, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. A one year commitment is required. Private apartment and utilities provided. Duties include light repairs, and cleaning. Villa rents to weekly guests approximately 15 weeks per year and owners are there 12 weeks per year. No owner care required. Ideal couple will be retired or have outside income as only a small salary is possible depending on level of involvement with rental guests. Sorry, no children or dogs. Please contact scott at

One day you’ll wake up and will have gone on sabbatical indefinitely. And you think I’m kidding.

Opportunities Abound!

January 29, 2005

Yet another amazing property from the Caretaker’s Gazette — when is someone I know going to take one of these gigs?

HOUSESITTER/CARETAKER NEEDED for a remote jungle/oceanfront property in Costa Rica. Requires a minimum one year commitment. Property of 265 acres and 1½ miles of oceanfront. Retired couple/person with an outside income would be ideal for this position. Person must be honest, energetic, hard working, and have knowledge of home repairs. A Spanish speaker would be a big plus. Meet/Greet/Tourists when on property. Live in large house when not occupied by tourists or owners. No Drugs. Nonsmoker, nondrinker preferred. Have dog and horses. Rent-free living in exchange for 30 hours of work per week. You must provide your own transportation to the property. To learn more, please go to To apply, please email: or call Debby at 011-506-288-5728.

Summer plans?

January 12, 2005

I’m back to posting after a lengthy holiday haitus. One thing I’ve got to do, though, is install MT blacklist to take care of all this pesky comment spam. Kottke says Meena & Ben have posted a guidline on how to deal with it, but I haven’t read it yet — in the mean time, this just showed up in my inbox from The Caretaker Gazette:

SUMMER PROPERTY MANAGER(S) needed on a Caribbean Island. Small Guesthouse and Boat Rental Business. One person or a couple. May through October, 2005. English speaking. Fluency in Spanish a plus. Pay and benefits. Free room in a waterfront guest house – $500/month pay plus 10% on-site sales commission (approx $50-$100/month). Live on a small Caribbean island: scuba, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, beaches, hiking, exploring, and socializing. Free use of pickup truck, kayak, computer, printer, fax, copier, and telephone. 75% discount on motorboat and Sunfish sailboat rentals. The manager’s quarters (the Pequeño unit) has a queen bed, kitchenette, A/C, satellite TV, telephone, and private bathroom. See and for information about the businesses and about Culebra Island. Job requirements/manager qualifications. Casa Ensenada (two guest rooms; the Grande and Estudio units). Customer contact and guest room maintenance. Proficiency in guest house work (picking up, greeting, and being helpful with renters; cleaning and making up rooms, laundry, maintenance of building and grounds). Culebra Boat Rental (four motorboats and one Sunfish sailboat). Customer contact, checking boats out and in, chase boat. Proficiency in operating and maintaining small (15-20 ft) boats and outboard engine maintenance and basic repairs. On-site inquiries and sales. (The owners handle marketing and most inquiries, sales, and bookings.) Daily contact with the owners by phone, fax, and email. Office work and record keeping. Hurricane preparation and protection. A comprehensive Operations Manual is provided for help and guidance with the work. Approximately 40 hours per week total working time, but (one person) on call 24/7 for the guesthouse and 12 (daytime)/7 for the boat rental. Licensed driver. Computer literate. Drug free. None to moderate alcohol use. Nonsmoking inside. References required. Please reply to: Robert E. “Butch” Pendergast, Owner Toll free 866-210-0709, or email: or write to Box 611, Culebra, PR 00775.

If only for the fantasy factor

September 8, 2004

After a long day of working (17 hours and counting) a little bit of imagination brings peace of mind. I owe my friend Sona (whom we fondly call the mayor of clarendon) a debt of gratitude for buying me a gift subscription to The Caretaker Gazette. The Caretaker Gazette publishes opportunities like this one that appeared in my email box tonight:

EXPERIENCED CARETAKER/COUPLE required urgently for a private island in the Bahamas. Duties to include operation and maintenance of alternative living systems including wind power, solar power, generator, desalination plant and water well. Must also be able to pilot power craft and ensure upkeep of craft. There are buildings on the island which also require upkeep and maintenance occasionally. Other tasks as required in order to maintain the eco system and equilibrium of the island. A single bedroomed one storey dwelling is provided with a fully fitted kitchen, bathroom and living room. A cell phone and VHF radio are available…

That’s right: private island in the bahamas. The rat race suddenly seems cold, pale, and cramped. The Island Life is warm, tan, quiet. But I’m a little concerned about what’s required to “maintain the eco system and equlibrium of the island”. And I’d have to brush up on my knowledge of desalination plants…