A Macco in Leverick Bay …

People in the Virgin Islands must be overly friendly or must be some “big macco”. In Trini parlance, being a “big macco” means that you’re overly nosy. Everywhere I went, people would ask me where I was from … now this happens to my friend who lives in the BVI also. I have no problem with friendly people, but when the following conversation happens

  • Me: Can you make me a smoothie? Pineapple, Mango and Strawberries with Orange Juice and Ice, thanks so much.
  • Bartender at Leverick Bay: No problem <typically, she doesn’t really listen to my order>
  • Me: You get that, right? Pineapple, Mango and Strawberries with Orange Juice and Ice, blended … I can’t have milk.< 2 minutes passes>
  • Me <looking at blender>: Bartender, why are there three colors in there, Orange, Red and White??
  • Bartender: Well cause you tell me make a smoothie, Pineapple, Mango and Strawberries with Orange Juice and Ice Cream.
  • Me: I said earlier, I can’t have milk
  • Bartender: Ice cream isn’t milk??
  • Me: Did I stutter or are you just plain dotish?
  • Other customer: Aye Trini, where in Trinidad you from?
  • Me: Chaguanas, how about you?<Bartender is instructed to use a completely new shaker and blender while I watch her like a hawk>
  • Other customer: Me to, I’m close by you.
  • Me: Where … Enterprise or Edinburgh 500 (These are the poor areas of Chaguanas, I can’t help but be an ass sometimes)
  • Other Customer: <Doesn’t flinch at the implication> Couva
  • Me: Ah ok.
  • Other customer: Yeah man, I could really use ah “DOUBLE”
  • Me: <Spidey sense goes off, mentally cusses at the damn Guyanese pretending to be a Trini … yet again> Ah ok, thanks, bye!

It makes me be suspicious of everyone. Dammit!!

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at rishi@rishiray.com

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