Photo by Joe Shlabotnik
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 #5:”Dominican Time” and Schedules
Schedules. I donâ€™t mind â€œCaribbean Timeâ€ at all; not after years of catching a commuter train to and from the office. What the heck, Iâ€™m retired and can do pretty much what I want when I want to. And I understand that in Dominica where there are no trains or tightly scheduled buses things must naturally proceed in their own good time. Thatâ€™s especially the case where many people donâ€™t own their own transportation and often can scarcely afford the available transportation.
All this did not take me much getting used to even though I was raised by an adoptive father from Switzerland, where punctuality and schedule-keeping are virtually national obsessions.
TV Scheduling in Dominica
But there is one concession to scheduling Iâ€™d like to see Dominica adopt â€“ TV scheduling. We used to have cable TV in the US and it came with a thing called a â€œset-top boxâ€. One could use the remote control to query the box to display a schedule of programs and the times and which channel theyâ€™d be on. Here, whether one has Marpin or SAT, thereâ€™s no box; one simply must channel-surf and uses at whatâ€™s on. With our time available, it would be nice to be able to plan to watch a movie or event on TV from the beginning, or at least set a recorder to capture it.