Editor’s note:Iâ€™m not a complainer. Really, Iâ€™m not. But having lived my first 68 years in the USA, I find that things being different take me some getting used to. Understand, please, Iâ€™m not asserting that â€œdifferentâ€ is wrong. Itâ€™s probably right for here; only Iâ€™m unused to it.
So, Iâ€™m sucking it up and learning to accept those different things. Still, I think it may amuse Dominicans reading this and help inform and prepare Americans, and Europeans and other â€œ1st-worldersâ€ wishing to settle here as well.
Iâ€™ll write about those differences â€“ big and small â€“ from time to time, and will preface it with this paragraph so that you know Iâ€™m not complaining.
The Dominican Difference #9: Signs
Thereâ€™s a sign in Calibishie on a building that used to house Domcanâ€™s. The place of business closed and moved to Castle Bruce about a decade ago, but the sign still proclaims the place is open for business. Thereâ€™s a doctor whose new office is across form the Police Station on the Bay Street in Portsmouth, but a sign on a pharmacy on the next street still proclaims that the doctorâ€™s office is there, and gives an old and wrong phone number.
I suppose that in Dominica everyone knows whoâ€™s who and where things are anyhow, because itâ€™s all a rather small, tight-knot community. And thatâ€™s good â€“ as far as it goes. But it sure can mislead and confuse us newcomers!
All I ask is that old and misleading signs either be torn down or painted over. Is that too much to ask?