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T he Dutch -
ment said it plans
to deploy armed
air marshals on
planes to guard
against terrorist
attacks, the Minis-
try of Justice said last Thursday. The air
marshals will be on flights for which no
specific risks apply, it said in a statement,
adding it had carried out a six-month trial.
No information will be given as to which
flights will have marshals on board.

A The organizers of the weekly Satur-
day Florida-Bonaire non-stop charter
flights report that they expect to start
flying on January 21, 2006. The round
trip cost will remain at a low $549, plus
taxes. Originally targeted to begin in No-
vember the flights have been delayed due
to some snafus, including Hurricane
Wilma, which caused a lot of damage to
Ft. Lauderdale airport, their airport of
choice. Now they're waiting for an okay
from the FAA to determine whether they
will be using Miami or Ft. Lauderdale Air-
port. Once the company, called Bon-USA,
is up and running customers should be
able to book via an 800 number, on their
website or with Bonaire Travel and Vaca-
tions. The plane they'll be flying is a Boe-
ing 757 with 142 seats. The Reporter will
continue to keep you informed.

A Beginning this month, Dutch Antilles
Express (DAE), the parent of BonairEx-
press, is going to fly four times weekly
to Valencia (Venezuela) from Curacao,
said director Floris van Pallandt last week.
It will use ATR-42-aircraft that seats 46 to
48 passengers. "After we improved the
reliability and punctuality of the company
and we opened the reservation call center,


S.F. Hospital on Critical List 2
Bonaire's Budding Chefs 3
Letter-Illegal Parking 4
Future Direction of Antilles 4
All About Antriol (Part 2) 6
Self Defense (Part 2) 7
Ecoswim Success 8
Ruben Petrisie Reports 9
Turtle Tracking-Jenni 9
Glenn I Su Gang in Costa Rica 11
Dee Scarr's Nature Quiz 13
Bonaire Barracuda News 14
Dee Scarr's Quiz answers

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Berg aan de Maas,
Urmond, Limburg, Holland) 10
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
November Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Kevin Stewart ) 17
Special Olympic Spotlight 18
(Eliane Rosario)
Pet of the Week ("Alison") 18
Sky Park
(Mars & Moon) 19

The Island Council of Bonaire
unanimously accepted the Outline
Agreement between the Netherlands
and the Netherlands Antilles last week.
The Agreement is the basis for the nego-
tiations that will to lead to a new political
structure for the Dutch kingdom, targeted
for mid 2007. The Council also approved
the bilateral declaration of intent that Is-
land Commissioner Reginald Dortalina
signed. This declaration of intent aims for
a direct relationship between the Nether-
lands and Bonaire. See story on pages 4
and 5 for more on the future direction of
the structure of the Antilles and Bonaire.

A It shocked the world of Caribbean
tourism, but last week the Government of
Anguilla placed a moratorium on any
major foreign investment tourism-
related projects effective November 1 for
the next 20 months. Critics considered that
drastic or perhaps even anti-free enter-
prise, but the local government says it did
so in keeping with its commitment to care-
fully manage the development of the econ-
omy to achieve long-term sustainability.
Anguilla is considered a "high end" desti-
nation focusing on high income visitors
who relish seclusion, tranquility and
Continued on next page
SMelissa Abdul, right (16, SGB High
School), and Desiree Baaleman (10, Pe-
(Continued on page 3)

San Francisco Hospital

On The Critical List

Unless a fast injection of guild-
ers is administered, Bonaire's
only hospital is in danger of closing by
the end of this month. Dr. Giovanni
Frans, the head of the Mariadal Foun-
dation which administers the hospital,
says that NAf3.4 million is needed
very soon.
The requirement for additional funds
is old news. In 2001 the Central Gov-
ernment decided to lower the insurance
compensation it pays health providers
through the Social Services Bank
(SVB) for medical care. The SVB is
the medical insurance provider for
most of the non-government workers
in the Antilles.
Since then Island and Central Gov-
ernments were advised by San Fran-
cisco Hospital officials that those pay-
ments were inadequate. In March and
April of this year the Minister of
Health, Joan Theodora-Brewster, was
asked again to raise the payment
schedule and that failure to do so
would threaten the very survival of the
It's not a question of inefficiency. A
benchmark study comparing Bonaire's
hospital with small European hospitals
confirmed its good performance. Dr.
Frans said another study commis-
sioned by the Mariadal Foundation
showed that only 69% of patient costs
were covered by SVB health insurance
payments. The SVB says they want
their own study. In the meantime

there's a real possibility that the hospi-
tal will be unable to maintain the fa-
cilities or pay its workers.
The Island Government would like to
help but has no funds, and Central
Government tax reforms have ham-
strung its taxing authority for exam-
ple OB sales taxes are paid to the Cen-
tral Government in Cura9ao and only a
portion trickles back to Bonaire.
The issue came to a head this week
because the Parliament of the Nether-
lands Antilles is meeting in Bonaire
instead of Curacao. Mariadal officials
have been meeting with them in the
hopes that they can influence the
Health Minister to take fast action and
free up the necessary funds. But Min-
ister Theodora-Brewster is abroad dur-
ing this crisis period. In a meeting this
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005


Page 2

(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

likaan School) were each given $200
awards for their entries into the Florida
Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)
essay competition. The winning essays, in
the up to 12 and 13 to 16 year-old catego-
ries were about "What my island offers
cruise ship passengers to motivate their
return for a longer visit." Congratula-
tions, young ladies, from the TCB and The
Bonaire Reporter.

A Because Special Olympics Bonaire is
funded solely from private donations, a

by the Freewinds band and featured star,
Bonaire's own "King of Mariachi," Julius
Andre. Tickets are only $10 and are avail-
able at Croccantino Restaurant or call
717-5025 or 785-0581
Two special events during the evening
will be 1) the showing of a very inspiring
12-minute film clip of Special Olympics
in Ireland in 2003 done by Digicel, and 2)
an exhibition and sale of a number of an-
tique original copper plated engraved
maps. Among the collection are maps
from Holland (years 1570-1603), the Holy
Lands (1629), Venezuela (1671) and areas
around the Caribbean. Special Olympics
Bonaire will receive 20% from the sales
of the maps.

A In Bonaire Thanksgiving Day is
called the Dia di
Grasia. It will aj mal

be celebrated just
before American
Thanksgiving on
Sunday, Novem-
ber 20 at St.
Dominicus Col-
lege, behind the
church in Playa,
8 am to 5 pm,
food and drinks,
cost of entry: a
hug. Before the

"~- -

event bring cast offs to donate (clothes,
furniture, whatever) to Termo Tech, Kaya
Korona 81. Tel. 717-4658

hCruise ship season has begun again
with last Monday's visit of the Veendam.
During most of the cruise ships' visits
Fundraiser Concert will be held this there will be a "Market Place" crafts fair
Monday, November 14, aboard the vis- set up at Wilhelmina Park. Local artists
iting cruise ship Freewinds. It's become and crafts people show their wares and it's
an annual event and is always a festive a little treasure trove of gift ideas. To keep
evening dress up if you like with music you informed as to when these markets

appear check out the "What's Happening"
section every week in The Reporter.

A Girls of all ages: This Saturday night
is "Girls Night Out" at KonTiki, organ-
ized by Sharon and Roosje of Party &
Zo. There will be groovy tunes, cocktails
and savory tapas all wrapped up in a laid
back ambiance. Come "as you are!" Mul-
tiple winner of "Caribbean Bartender of
the Year," Liz Rijna will teach you how to
make easy but great cocktails with ingre-
dients at hand and not hard to find on
Bonaire. From 9 pm to midnight. Cocktail
demonstration begins at 9:30 pm sharp.
Call Sharon at 786-5581 or Roosje at 786-
7984 for tickets. NAf35.

A The Jong Bonaire models in the Ben-
etton ad this week are Rhoda Celestijn,
Jomar Vlijt and Imka Thomas. They're
shown at Karel's Beach Bar. The Benet-

Bonaire's Budding Chefs
1. Arriving back home, Jonathon Cicilia
(left), pleased his family as he returns from
Italy after a 1' year work study program His
experience abroad working with master chefs
has been invaluable to his life and profes-
sional career.

2. Bonaire SGB Hotel School students at
their graduation ceremony at the completion
of their "stage" program in Italy at the Naza-
reno Carpi school in the Emilia Romagna
region. This four-week experience will be a
lesson for life for these young people and will
help them to make career decisions. The
graduation ceremony was a gala event, and
present was a delegation from the ABC is-
lands as well as the Minster of Education for
the Emilia Romagna region. President of
Modena Providence, Mr. Emilio Sabattini,
handed out the certificates to our young
chefs. Photos and Captions-Sara Matera

ton ad this week is on page 20.

A Annette of Last Bite Bakery in-
forms us that all orders for Thanksgiv-
ing should be in by Monday, November
14, in order to ensure all goodies get in-
cluded on the baking schedule. Fresh pe-
cans for pies are here And try her pump-
kin pie with pastry-nut coated crust. Last
Bite Bakery ad is on page 15

A Beware of the traffic changes along
the waterfront during the days cruise
ships are in port. There will be barri-
cades and one-way traffic in the areas im-
mediately adjacent to the north and south
piers. Only vehicles with special permits
will be allowed to pick up ship passengers
in the dock area. C G./L. D.

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

Page 3

Here you can see how VIPs parked
when they couldn'tfind a legal park-
ing place during the cruise ship mar-
ket at Wilhelmina Plaza.

Dear Editor:
The very first cruise ship market
this year was held on Monday, the
7th of November. The stand holders
taking part in the market had to pay
NAf25 to sell their wares. Although
it was protested, several very impo-
lite VIPs just parked their cars right
in the market square in front of the
stands, so they could attend a meet-
Since when is it allowed to park in
Wilhelmina Plaza? Are these the peo-
ple who should be an example to so-
ciety? Where was our Zero Toler-
ance Police Team to enforce the
Participants of the Cruise Ship Market


The Future Direction of the Antilles

T he "Round Table Conference,"
the first of a series of meetings
to determine future political structure
that each of the present Netherlands
Antilles islands will have with Holland
will be held in Curaqao beginning Sat-
urday, November 26. It is the follow-
up meeting to the seven-party "Outline
Agreement" meeting held in Bonaire
on October 21. If the process proceeds
on schedule, the Netherlands Antilles
and its Central Government and Parlia-
ment will cease to exist in July 2007.
The conference will be chaired by the
head of the Kingdom Council of Min-
isters, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter
Balkenende. The Dutch delegation will
be led by Kingdom Relations Minister
Alexander Pechtold. In addition to the
Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles
Central Government (whose role is to
act as a facilitator for the individual
islands), the individual islands of Cura-
gao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba and Aruba will also have
A release by the office of the Dutch
Government in Willemstad, Curaqao,
stated, "This conference is the official
starting point for political change in the
Kingdom. During this process public
finance, economy, law enforcement
and sound administration will come up
for discussion."

Based on voter preferences on the
five Antillean islands and political re-
ality, negotiations will proceed to make
Curaqao and Sint Maarten quasi-
independent territories similar to
Aruba; while Bonaire, Saba and Statia
will strive for direct ties to Holland. It
is interesting to note that the Wi-
kapedia Internet Encyclopedia already
lists this structure for the Dutch Realm.
The Outline Agreement and subse-
quent Round Table Conference(es) are
an admission that the structure of the
Antilles, put in place over 50 years
ago, is not functioning as it was de-
signed to. After decades of grappling
with two layers of government, the one
at the federal level dominated by Cura-
qao and the Island Governments, a ma-
jority on all islands in a first referen-
dum more than 10 years ago chose to
keep trying with some refinements.
Conditions continued to worsen to the
point that beginning in 2000 a majority
on all islands, except Statia, decided in
a second referendum that they wanted
out of the structure of the Antilles.

The Outline Agreement
The Outline Agreement, the basis for
the Roundtable meeting, states, among
other things, that the process of consti-
tutional restructuring will be in two
phases, a design phase and an execu-
tion phase, on an island-by-island ba-

sis. Follow-up meetings will set target
dates for each phase and define the ex-
pected result. The Outline Agreement
contained a major concession by Hol-
land, stated in the Principle of Cohe-
sion, a European concept that provides
for raising the standards of a new po-
litical associate to a minimum of 75%
of the sponsor's standards. In theory,
no matter what comes out of the nego-
tiations, Bonaire should be better off,
at least economically, than it is today.
The Outline Agreement also con-
firmed that the three smaller (at least in
population) islands want an association
different from the two larger islands.
But it did not, despite informal bilat-
eral agreements, say that Holland is
committed to dealing with each island
The "smaller islands" will aim for
direct ties with Holland, which will
mean giving up a measure of autonomy
in exchange for more security, said a
Dutch professor.
It burdens the Dutch to ensure that
the islands aren't overrun by European
Union citizens, not to mention its tradi-
tional source of low paid workers, the
Caribbean Basin.
The option of Bonaire becoming an
overseas county (a municipality ge-
meente) seemed remote last year, but
that is currently the most probable path
today. An indication of this is that dis-
cussions about choosing a type of
European Union association have been
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

Page 4

(Future Direction Continued from page 4)
Negotiation Issues
Social benefits are shaping up to be a
major discussion issue. Minister Pech-
told put it in the forefront when, in a
recent Radio Netherlands interview, he
said that, for example, a Dutch level of
financial assistance for the unem-
ployed could not be applied to Bon-
aire, Saba and Statia, because such
high "benefits" would attract people to
those islands. "I expect half the Do-
minican Republic will want to live in
Bonaire, and we can't have that," he
reportedly said. The statement seemed
peculiar, especially since Holland has
traditionally welcomed less affluent
foreign workers.

Specific Social Benefits
Just what are some of those benefits
that the minister alluded to? The Re-
porter 's writing team, using the byline
"The Chronicler," listed key elements
before Bonaire held its Referendum
(2003-2004). We'll make a quick re-
view of the main Dutch social benefits
and their funding:

Unemployment benefits (WW).
We will skip the technical details,
which are many. Basically, the WW
guarantees 70% of last earned labor
income for one year, to a maximum of

five years (depending on employ-
ment's duration), all this capped with a
maximum wage. After that, one reverts
to the bijstand (see below).
So, it may be that the Bonairean WW
would be linked to Bonairean labor
income (and minimum income), not to
the Dutch standard. But as to hiring
and firing by employers, the same
standards could apply as in Holland,
and what that means in practice can be
seen in St. Maarten/St. Martin. The
French part has better unemployment
benefits, but harsher employment and
labor laws than the Dutch part.
As a result, most new jobs are of-
fered on the Dutch part, and even
though on the French part the unem-
ployed may be better off, the net flow
of job opportunities and investments
goes to Dutch St. Maarten, not to St.
Martin, and this shows in the flow of
morning and evening traffic, the qual-
ity of the roads, etc.

Sickness Benefits (ziektewet)
After the latest round of pruning
Holland's social laws, it is the em-
ployer who has to shoulder the first 12
months of his employee's sick leave.
After a year, the State substitutes for
the employer, but in practice it is only
permanently disabled people who re-
main on sick leave, and they then auto-

matically revert to the WAO, the law
for permanently handicapped or dis-
abled people.

Disability to Work (WAO)
Holland's WAO has grown to the
monstrous size of nearly a million dis-
abled (compared to five million gain-
fully employed), and everything is be-
ing done to stem the tide, by reducing
benefits, sharpening medical standards
applied and repeated ability testing.

Bijstand (in the Antilles Onderstand)
This is a veritable jungle of criteria.
It mainly benefits unmarried mothers
and long-term jobless who do not qual-
ify for the WAO. The monthly pay-
ments are higher than on the N.A., but
again here, Dutch public opinion may
turn fiercely against subsidizing what
many European Dutch say are the
"lazy Antilleans and their many by-
sides." This may sound racist, but it is
the plain truth regarding Dutch public
opinion (the silent majority).

Elderly Support (AOW)
All Dutch people 65 and over benefit
from the AOW, regardless of their
other income. But, the AOW is paid
proportionally according to labor his-
tory in Holland, and the payment of
the (rather hefty) AOW premiums. For

every year employed between the age
of 15 and 65, 2% of the final AOW has
been secured. As Antilleans living here
never paid AOW premium in Holland,
their rights are nil, except when a very
generous gesture would entitle them
to. The Antilles recently raised the
AOW payment, but only for "needy"
pensioners, a paltry NAf100/month,
not nearly near Dutch levels.

Getting the best deals for Bonaire
and the two other smaller Antilles is-
lands in this very complicated and po-
litically fraught pattern is an uphill
fight that will be negotiated between
the first Round Table Conference and
when islands and Holland all sign off
on the new structure, hopefully before
2007. 0 Reporter Staff
For more information you can con-
tact The Representative of the Nether-
lands, Mr. A. Koerten, Tel. 09 434-

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All About Antriol
Part II continued from last week

The Religious

B onaire was
mostly Catholic
as a result of the
early visits by
missionaries and
the support of
priests from Latin
America. Comelis Marten (1749-1852),
called "Papa Comes," did the pastoral
work during the years when Bonaire had
no permanent Catholic priest. As early as
1772-1780, Papa Comes built a simple
chapel of mud and sticks, the first reli-
gious building on Bonaire, in Antriol
Pabou, and established a parish. He hung
the church bell on a watapana tree that he
rang at the start of church service. He
taught people to pray and know about the
life of Jesus, and he led the devotionals.
Today there is a small, open-air place of
worship at Antriol's Groto of Lourdes,
near the site of the original chapel and
burial ground. His son, "Dr. Louis," was
the doctor of Antriol.
When Nene Provence visited his mother
in Venezuela in 1948, he attended a reli-
gious festival for the Virgin of Coromoto
and was consumed with the idea of creat-
ing a similar church on Bonaire. Since
Antriol already had a Catholic parish and
the land for a church, Our Lady of Coro-
moto was built there in 1955. A stone
from the little chapel of Papa Comes was
placed in its
foundation. In
1968, Nene
dedicated a
memorial to
Dr. Jose
Gregorio Her-
nandez of
who was con-
sidered a saint
by many. The
site in Antriol
was the first
dedication to
him in all the

up in Antriol 4 J
where her rela-
tives were
good friends of Papa Comes. Her connec-
tion to Antriol is strong. She was bom in
the house that sits near the foundation of
the old chapel. Between the ages of five
and seven, Adele used to play near the
graves, which were marked by mounds of
large rocks. "When I was a child, the
dairy farm of Martins Winklaar used to
distribute milk to our neighborhood,"
Adele remembers. The bar where he
stored his milk is still there. It was made
in the old style with mud and branches.
The milk delivery truck is gone, but his
"fancy" car, the one Adele remembers
him driving on the weekends, rests peace-
fully near the barn. The "community cen-
ter" was either the church or the scouting
center; there was no separate sentro di
bario building in those days. Many girls
joined the Filomena Club, or A.M.G.
(Antilliaanse Meisfe Gilde), a type of
scouting club that met at Villa Rosa, pre-
viously used as the slaughter house for
the plantations and now a private home.
The boys also had a scouting club that
took hikes to learn the names of Bonaire's
plants and animals and how to cook over
a campfire.
There had been a movie theater in An-
triol, but when Adele was a child the
movies were held outdoors near the An-
triol police station. "I remember how ex-
cited I was walking up the small hill from
my house to watch Charlie Chaplin or
The Three Stooges," Adele reminisced,
"but it was a different story when it was
time to walk up the steps to the office
next to the police station. That was the
'baby clinic' and it meant getting a nee-

ticket by doing a car wash. Next year the
festival will be held in Bonaire, and each
bario will help feed and house the other
island representatives.
Adele would like to get the children
interested in playing sports at the ball
field again. Once the tennis courts are
marked off, there is a volunteer to instruct
the children as well as a volunteer coach
for mini-football. A weekly schedule for
sports, including indoor activities like
ping-pong, dominoes, and cards will be
made when the community center ac-
quires new equipment.

Because Antriol is a large community,
not all of the neighbors know each other.
In 1974 Antriol was the largest of all the
townships with 2,276 inhabitants while
Kralendijk only had 1,250! Antriol even
had two different soccer teams who com-
peted against each other. People from
other countries, Columbia, Peru, Vene-
zuela and the Dominican Republic, are
part of the Antriol scene. "If we are going
to care about each other and watch out for
each other, then we must first get to know
each other," insists Adele, "and we do
that by meeting together for activities at
the Sentro di Bario. If we can meet the
needs of the parents, then we will also
help the children." In addition to re-
starting youth activities at the community
center, Adele would like to hold
neighborhood seminars on health con-
cerns and teach 'survival skills' to chil-
dren. "They should learn how to make
food for themselves when there isn't
much in the house perhaps make a
funchi or a pancake. They need to know
it's not always necessary to buy the easy-
to-prepare but expensive food from the
grocery stores," explains Mrs. Winklaar.
1 Stories and photos by Barbara Mason

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

San Francisco Hospital (Contin. from page 2)
past Monday the Mariadal Board, the
Bonaire Family Doctor Association
and Bonaire Island Commissioner for
Health, James Kroon, met with repre-
sentatives of the Parliament to brief
them on the situation. They found
them most sympathetic to the hospi-
tal's crisis.
The hospital's problem is sympto-
matic of the inadequacy of the present
system of Antillean governance.
When voters chose to change the po-
litical system in a series of referenda
over the past years they indicated their
awareness of issues like this.
Fundashon Mariadal said it is flexi-
ble in any reasonable approach to
keeping the hospital open. They be-
lieve that is critically important to
have an on-island hospital for locals
and tourists alike. O G.D

Page 6

Self defense,
Self confidence,
Self discipline,
and more benefits
for Yourself

Glenn assisting Gerliane Booi with
sit ups together with her
sister Margyene.

A s a continuation from last week's
article on Self Defense, author
Natalie Wanga interviews Glenn Albertina
(G.A.) and Peter Silberie (P.S.)

Natalie: Why do we take our pulse at the
beginning and at the end of training?
G.A.: There are three reasons. First I
want you to learn how your body reacts
to the volume (quantity) and intensity
(quality) of each session. For example if
after a class you notice that your pulse is
higher than normal, then you need more
training. Or it simply tells you that you
had a very busy day at the office (stress).
A person who's overweight has a higher
pulse rate; the heart needs to pump
more and to get oxygen through the
whole body. But a slender person can
also have a high pulse. Secondly, I want
to check as a trainer whether your con-
dition is improving, staying stable etc.
And finally, I'm able to deduce from
your heart rhythm that everything is
okay. If I notice a strange rhythm I can
advise you to contact your physician or

Natalie: What's the average pulse for an
G.A.: Normally between 60 and 80, but it
could vary. Even a child can have a high
pulse. Athletes at their top condition
have around 40 at rest. The use of medi-
cation has also an influence.

Natalie: What's your sports objective?
G.A.: I started as basic trainer for ath-
letes. In Holland I continued with more
advanced training. Back on Curacao I
obtained my degree as pedagogical psy-
chical health trainer at the University of
the Netherlands Antilles. Besides the
theoretical part I had to complete 102
hours of practice with 4 mentors.

Natalie: What's your connection with
G.A: NACACTFCA stands for North
Atlantic Central America Tracking Field
Coaching Association. It was initially
meant for trainers/coaches of level 3. But
later on we started admitting level 1
coaches as well. It includes the Carib-
bean, but not South America. Once a
year we organize workshops and confer-
ences. Last year we had these on Bon-
aire. You can see that on our website.
The athletes were so impressed with
Bonaire that some decided to stay an-
other two weeks. And some even re-
turned! I'm glad that through certain
sports events organized on Bonaire, visi-
tors can experience how dushi Bonaire

Natalie: What's the purpose of our training

at Top Health?
G.A.: First of all I praise Top Health's
initiative. We on Bonaire have to become
more aware of the fact that to live longer
you have to work on your condition.
That's a must. Let me share a secret:
Some diseases which doctors had very
pessimistic prospects about were altered
positively with exercise. I'm the living
example of that. That's why I encourage
everyone to exercise.

Natalie: Why do you have us walk as our
first warm up and then stretch? I've always
experienced the other way around.
G.A.: There are several theories. In
Europe for example they strongly believe
in walking before everything. In Kenya
they would laugh at you; they believe in
stretching before anything. My advice:
do what feels right for you. It's a per-
sonal choice. It depends on your condi-
tion, height, structure, type of muscles
etc. For instance someone with short
muscles needs to walk first before

Natalie: Why do you always stress stretch-
ing in the morning?
G.A.: Mr. Eijkenboom, my master at the
institute in Apeldoorn (Holland) always
used to say that stretching in the morn-
ing can prevent you from having stress
at work. Besides, stretching prevents
blood circulation disorders. You'll be
able to think well as stretching helps
widen your arteries.

Natalie: You always emphasize during the
class, especially to us ladies, to walk
G.A.: I've problems with seeing ladies,
especially young ones, with their breasts
hanging. I'm sure it's not because of the
natural process but because they walk
sloppily so the muscles become weak.
Also, it's bad for the respiration. A
straight back avoids a lot of diseases! So
ladies: walk straight; it's easy, nice and
you'll create a very feminine posture.
Masha dushi i bunita.

Natalie: You'll also look slimmer.
G.A. Indeed! And it helps you uncon-
sciously to train your abdominal mus-

Natalie: Peter, the course, Self Defense: I
thought I would be only kicking behinds!
P.S.: Self defense is different from what
a lot of people think- only fighting or
kicking people. There's a lot more that's
beneficial. We can divide self defense
into verbal and non-verbal, physical and
non-physical aspects and observation.
Furthermore, self defense will make you
aware of the situation you're in so you
can take more advantage of it. The deci-
sion you take will be crucial and can
even save your life.

Natalie: Can you give examples of that?
P.S: Verbal is when someone tries to
challenge you or make you angry with
words. Non- verbal and non-physical is
when a person threatens to touch you
but actually doesn't. Physical is when a
person really touches you. Finally, obser-
vation is when you are able to calculate
the intentions of a person from a dis-

Natalie: Are there some parts of the course
that trace back to martial arts?
P.S: There are indeed! During the
classes I concentrate on the philosophical
part as well. It's a way of life. However, I
include life experience too. For example
I used to teach self defense in Holland to
a group of women who had experiences
with domestic violence. It was a big ex-
perience for me partly because you need
a different approach.

Natalie: I heard you are famous for your
black belts. Please elaborate.
P.S: Growing up I practiced almost
every sport. But the two sports that I
really excelled in were soccer and mar-
tial arts. In those days it was difficult to
practice martial arts, as Bonaire didn't
have regular instructors. I've been prac-
ticing martial arts for over 30 years and
also taught it in Holland. I've a third
Dang for both Karate and Judo and a
first Dang for Taekwondo. I also prac-
tice Kickboxing, Thai boxing and Ai-

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

Booi 'blocking' her sister,
Gurliane's fist.

Page 7

Eco-Swim Success


The senior male swimmer was Hal
Weatherly, 71, from Montgomery, Ala-
bama, US; the senior female was Virpi
Scarborough, 59, from Nashville, Ten-

nessee, US. Bonaire fielded the youngest
swimmers: Jamal Trenidad, 13, and
Gaida Binelli, 14. O

She An-
Deep Blue Swim
and Ocean Festi-
val drew visitors
from the Carib-
bean, the US and
South America
(20 from Vene-
zuela, 10 from
Bonaire, 1 from
Colombia, the
rest from North
America). It was
the fifth anniver-
sary of the event and was even
bigger than last year's. A rain
squall delayed the start for 30
minutes but left behind perfect
flat swimming conditions in
comfortable (83 degree F.)
Eighty-six swimmers signed
up with 24 competing in the
long distance 10-kilometer
event. The others were divided
between the 5-kilometer swim
and the 1,500-meter "metric
mile" event. The races were
open to men and women of all
ages and abilities. Even swim-
mers with foot-fins were al-
lowed but were in a different
category. It's not only a race
for internationally-known elite
swimmers but a great fun
event for all competitors. The
events began at Captain Don's
Habitat and the swimmers fol-
lowed the shore as far as Plaza Resort

and then across to Klein Bonaire.

10 K Male:
1st Place: Jimmy Wellborn (US) 50 yrs.
time 2:03:20 (former Olympic swimmer)
2nd Place: Carlos Herrera (Ven) 24 yrs.
time 2:12:26
3rd Place: Salvatore Cali (Ven) 27 yrs.
time 2:16.42

10 K Female:
1st Place: Miriam Nowak ( US) 28 yrs.
2nd Place: Jane Scott (US) 42 yrs. 2:29:10
3rd Place: Michelle Sims (US) 36 yrs.

5K Male no fins:
1-Juan Chavez (Colombia) 38 yrs 1:00:40
2-Russ Frozier (US) 51 yrs. 1:08:56
3-Paul Pegan (US) 48 yrs. 1:16:47

5K Female no fins:
1-Carol Carr (US) 42 yrs. 1:06:14
2-Cheryl Ridall (US) 43 yrs. 1:10:02

5K Male Fins: (#'s 1 and 2 are father and
son, # 3 was the youngest participant in the
1-Mitch Greenberg US 42 yrs 1:20:20
2-Gene Greenberg US 70 yrs 1:32:42
3-Jamal Trenidad Bonaire 13 yrs 1:42:48

5K female fins:
1-Claire Secker US 50 yrs. 1:12:38
2-Brenda Walker US 50 yrs. 1:24:19
3-Michelle Matthieu US 42 yrs 1:24:19

1 Mile Male no fins:
1-Pieter Zweers Bonaire 48 yrs. 0:29:30
2-Doug Hellerson US 59 yrs: 0:30:06
3-Frank Bohm Bonaire 47 yrs 0:31:39

1 Mile female no fins:
1-Sheila Peters US 46 yrs 0:29:49
2-Susan Bartlett US 47 yrs. 0:34;45
3-Sandra Cathey US 56 yrs 0:35:51
4-Giada Binelli Bonaire 14 yrs 36:44
(Youngest participant in the 1 Mile)
ODiana Sint JagoIG.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005


The final results: 3--Catharine Moore (US) 44 yrs. 1:28:10

Page 8


Ruben Reports... on his

European windsurfing tour

Turtle Tracking Reports
SJ enni', our female hawksbill, has turned to the north and is now 45 km east
of the Serranilla Bank and 15 km south of Alice Shoal. 'Jenni' covered
approximately 74 km in the preceding 24-hour period and is over 1270 km from
Klein Bonaire. 1 Andy Uhr, November 9, 2005

Ruben performs a "spock" maneuver in rough seas at Lanzarote.

Ruben Petrisie reports:
S want to share my Euro-
I pean tour experience with
the Bonairean people. I left Bon-
aire at end of May to compete in
the Professional Windsurfing cir-
cuit and I am still there going
strong. So far it's been full of ac-
tion. I will keep you updated on
the events. The next one will be in
Tarifa, Spain. I just got back from
the European Freestyle Tour finals
in Croatia.
This year Bonaire has two riders
in the top 16 in the European Free-
style Windsurfing Tour- Tonky
Frans 9th and me, Ruben Petrisie, in
13th. I really wish more riders from
Bonaire would join us.
Big thanks go to Jibe City Bon-
aire, Eden Beach Resort, RBTT
Bank, my windsurfing friends
Tonky, Taty, Jayson and Ronald; plus
of course my family." 1 Ruben Pet-
risie, November 2, 2005

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides

11-11 3:33 1.OFT. 10:01
11-12 3:24 1.1FT. 10:18
11-13 2:51 1.1FT. 10:47
11-14 11:26 1.9FT. 20:07
11-15 12:01 2.0FT. 21:26
11-16 12:40 2.0FT. 22:33
11-17 13:26 2.0FT. 23:22
11-18 0:00 0.6FT. 14:05
11-19 0:52 0.6FT. 14:51
11-20 1:28 0.6FT. 15:36

1.5FT. 15:54 1.2FT. 21:03 1.5FT.
1.7FT. 17:26 1.1FT. 22:11 1.4FT.
1.8FT. 18:44 1.OFT. 23:19 1.2FT.

Ruben Petrisie at rest

Photos by Femke van der Valk

Here's how I've done in the 2005 events:

Rhodos Prasonisi
Paros Golden Beach
Mykonos Kalafati beach
Gran Canaria Pozo
Lanzarote- Costa Teguise


Canary Islands
Canary Islands
Freestyle Finals 2005

Belgium Twins Club Bredene EFPT
Switzerland World Championships of Production Boards
Lake Sylvaplana EFPT/IFCA
Austria Weiden Clasics EFPT
Croatia Hollow wind Euro Tour Finals EFPT

EFPT Freestyle Final Ranking 1st Year (missed three events)


no wind


I V E S E L M A K N G P O R C A L:

Alter Ego
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
C'est la Vie
Double Boggey
Flying Cloud, USA
Good Hope

Guaicamar I, Ven.
Jan Gerardus
Katie Rose
La Baronne
Plain Sud
Rachel V
Samantha Nova
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA

Sea Horse
Sho Fun Time
Sylvia K
Tatoosh, Cayman Islands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicom, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Water Musik
Wind Machine
Wind Pony
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005


Page 9

Yourself with The Reporter
Berg aan de Maas,
rnond, Limbur
Molland ~ + ~

From her trip around the world our Curaqao correspondent, Els Kroon, sent us
this photo of teacher Riny Roost- Gelissen and the 24 children in her class at
the Basisschool Avonturijn who were being told about Bonaire. She also showed the
four-year-olds where Bonaire is on the world map and gave a nice lecture about the
island. O

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

Page 10

Glenn I Su Gena Wow Costa Rica

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

Page 11

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art,
Art Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10
am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone
717-5246 for appt.

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line
yellow pages directory information go
to http://www.yellowpagesbonaire.

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981

Make it more livable from the start.
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
Call Donna at 785-9332.

100% natural body salts "Scrub
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more in-

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Is your computer slowing down, not
responding the way it used to ? It
might be a virus or spyware. Let the
professionals fix it. Bonaire Automa-
tion (next to Hitess) Call 717-4306

Outboards For Sale

Outboard engines; Yamaha 15 hp
$800.00, Nissan 8 hp $600.00, Nissan
5 hp (4 stroke), $400.00 contact:

~F r -a-L

5 Toyota Hilux pickups (2000),
prices start at NAf12.000,- 1 Nissan
pickup needs repair NAf950,- Con-
tact Jan Willem at 717-5080 (8 a.m. -
5 p.m.)

Aluminum sliding doors for sale.
Blue profiles. Sizes: 2m high x 4.75m
wide(4 doors), 2m high by 1.6m wide
(2 doors), 2.3m high by 3.5m wide (4
doors), 2m high by 4.8m wide (3
doors), 0.5m high by 1.lm wide (2
windows). Discount for buying all 5.
cathsalis @aol.com or 791-1886

3 single Ikea beds for sale. White
wooden head and base boards. 50Naf
each or a special price for all three.
cathsalis @aol.com or 791-1886

40' container in good condition with
window, door and air conditioning.
Also a sun roof that attaches on to the
front for shade. Asking 6000 guilders.
domiserafini@aol.com or 786-3336

Beautiful special big yellow Chev-
rolet pickup, Cowboy Conversions,
1992, automatic, C-1500, V8, double
cabin. Needs repair. NAf7.000,= Call
Ed 786-5544.

Brand New. Never Used. Scu-
bapro Classic Air BCD Size large
Only $399. Call or visit Carib Inn

For sale upright freezer. Tel : 717-
8603 / Belnem 84

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844

EE oat fo r

It breaks my heart to sell the
undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boat-
class A winner, Laurita. Would cost
$20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk
Boat works completed October 2nd.
Asking NAf14,000
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.

P ro pe rt3y .
Sales &
SRe ta I s

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-privacy & security. Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586
0098. May 20 until Jan. 8th.
info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www.
pelicanreefbonaire.com -

For sale: kunuku land 2009 M2 pri-
vate property NAf24.000,- including
building permission Tel. 785-0918

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Free to a good home Very pretty
male cat, long hair, grey/white.
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Dee Scar's Undewater Nature Quiz

Test your knowledge and understanding of the undersea world with this little quiz
thought up by Dive Guide and naturalist Dee Scarr.
(One or more answers may apply to each question.)

1. Instead of being the usual black, white, and yellow, sometimes some sergeant-majors
have an overall bluish tinge. This is because:
a. they are hunting b. they are guarding their eggs
c. they are guarding their algae d. they are really sad

1. Bristleworms eat:
a. living coral
b. leftover snail parts in the shells around an octopus den
c. algae and sponges
d. just about everything except algae and sponges

3. One thing that many sponges and stony corals have in common is:
a. photosynthesis-performing zooxanthellae in their tissues
b. the ability to reattach to a substrate from which they've been separated
c. sharp skeleton upon which their own tissues can be injured
d. they each have types that grow massively, and types that branch

4. Stony corals:
a. can grow in hemispherical, plate-like, or branching colonies
b. have a flexible, smooth skeleton
b. have a rigid, sharp skeleton
c. are a favorite food of turtles
d. flourish in both fresh and salt water

5. When disturbed, as by a diver, the scorpionfish's first line of defense is to:
a. bite the disturber
b. stab the disturber with its venomous dorsal spines
c. tickle the disturber
d. leave the area
e. get a drink of water and return to its resting spot

6. The best clue that the spotted moray is a fish-eating moray is that:
a. it has a relatively long jaw
b. it has a relatively short jaw
c. it has two little lures on the tip of its "nose", just above its mouth
d. its black and white coloration is an indication that it, like the zebra, doesn't
eat red meat

7. Some sponges can:
a. kill people who eat them
b. kill shrimp who venture within their tubes, and eat them
c. kill stony corals they grow over
d. cause the hands of a diver who has touched them to itch, swell, and, ultimately,
e. provide housing for thousands of invertebrates
f. detach from the substrate and move to a more hospitable area

8. A glass jar discarded onto a reef can:
a. poison creatures with chemicals that leach off the glass into seawater
b. smother coral it lands upon
c. provide a base for a stony coral head to begin growing upon
d. if upright, trap some animals forever
e. "give the little fishies a place to lay their eggs"
f. disintegrate in about 5 years

9. Lettuce slugs:
a. are the favorite food ofyellowtail snappers
b. are found exclusively on lettuce coral
c. get their bright red color from eating red encrusting sponges
d. aren't found in the Pacific
d. are easy to find on Bonaire once you know what to look for

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

Sergeant majors guarding eggs atop a mooring block

10. Snake eels:
a. are really sea snakes, but the Chamber of Commerce won't let us call them by
their correct name
b. are basically fish who look and move somewhat like snakes
c. have remarkably good eyesight
d. can bury themselves in a sand bottom, tailfirst
e. rarely swim far from the bottom

11. When a moray or sharptail eel is out hunting, which of the following creatures is
likely to be part of the hunting party?
a. a foxfish b. a houndfish c. a bar jack d. a coney
e. a trumpetfish f. a sergeant-major g. a queen angelfish

12. In which of the following places would you be least likely to find an arrow crab?
a. under a ledge
b. around an anemone
c. around an octopus den
d. around a longspined urchin

13. Which of the following animals can be found around or on gorgonian corals?
a. Filefish b. Basketstars c. goldentail morays
d. Seahorses e. frogfish f. snappers

14. A trumpetfish swimming along the top or side of a parrotfish, is:
a. chasing the parrotfish out of its (the trumpetfish's) territory
b. cleaning parasites from the body of the parrotfish
c. keeping an eye out for its prey while staying out of sight behind the parrotfish
d. taking advantage of the parrotfish's bow wave to swim more efficiently
e. protecting itself, since a predator would go for the succulent parrotfish before
the skinny trumpetfish

15. You're cruising along a couple of feet above the reef, perfectly in control, and a
negatively-buoyant diver basically falls on you, pushing you downward. What do you
a. Swing around to face upwards. This puts your tank between you and the
coral, and prevents you from being injured by contact with the coral.
b. Put on a burst of speed. This may prevent you from being pinned between
the heavy diver and the coral; the negatively-buoyed diver hits the coral but
you don't hit the coral (except maybe with a fin on that first kick).
c. Add air to your BCD to float both of you up.
d. look down, find a sand spot below you, and balance with your hands there
while the other diver gets his or her act together and lifts off. If there's no
sand spot available, balance with one or two fingers on a dead place on the

Check your score. ANSWERS on page 18. O Quiz & Photos by Dee Scarr

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Bonaire Barracuda

The Bonaire Barracuda Swim
Team is planning to send a
team of 15 swimmers between the
ages of 7 and 14 to the 3rd Curacao
Open Meet at the Sentro Deportivo
Korsow on 12 November. This meet
is particularly significant for the Bar-
racudas as it is the last chance for the
veteran swimmers to qualify for the
Antillean National Swimming Cham-
pionship in December and it is good
experience for all swimmers who will
be vying for spots on the Bonaire
team which will participate in the
Scholastic Games between Aruba,
Bonaire and Curacao to be held in
Aruba in April, 2006.
Meanwhile the 2005 2006 swim
season is in full swing. Bonaire Bar-
racuda swimmer Samson Evertsz is
shaping up as a top competitor. On 24
September he participated in the 1st
Curacao Open Swim Meet. Samson,
swimming in the Boys 9 10 age
category, improved his 50 meter back-
stroke time by more than 3 seconds
finishing 7th in a field of 13. Samson
finished 3rd out of 21 swimmers in 50
meter breaststroke swimming the
event in 0:51.31, an "A" level time.
Samson has swum "A" times, the fast-
est class recognized by the Nether-
lands Antilles Swimming Federation,
in breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle
and butterfly during competitions this
It was back to Curamao on 22 Octo-
ber for the 2nd Curacao Open Swim
Meet. Olivier Wagemakers finished
19th out of 24 swimmers in the Boys
10 and Under 100 meter freestyle.
Olivier, who swims as an 8 year old,
had the fifth fastest time in this meet
for boys his age. His sister, Rooske

The Sports Center pool in Curagao

Wagemakers, Girls
9 10, finished 4t"
out of 14 in 50 meter
freestyle and 5th out
of 16 in 50 meter
breaststroke. Samson
Evertsz competing in
the 200 meter Individ-
i. ual Medley was 6th
L .W 9 out of 13 swimmers
Samson aged 9 10. Samson
Evertsz finished 2nd in 50 me-
ter freestyle improving
his personal best time by more than 2
seconds. O Photos & story by Valarie

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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The
Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Re-
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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
Roll Bounce
(Bow Wow)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)

Into The Blue

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
Sky High

Sat. Nov. 12- Girls Night Out 9 pm to
midnight, NAf35 at Kon Tiki For tick-
ets call Sharon 786-5581, or Roosje 786-
7984. See page 3.

Monday, November 14 -Special Olympics
Bonaire Fundraiser concert aboard the
Freewinds. Tickets, $10 at Croccantino
Restaurant or call 717-5025 or 785-0581.
See page 3.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon: Tuesday,
Nov. 15-Aida Vita, Sea Princess; Tuesday,
Nov. 29-Aida Vita

Sunday, November 20 -Dia di Gracia
(Thanksgiving) St. Dominicus College 8
am to 5 pm, food and drinks, cost of entry:
a hug. Bring cast offs to donate (clothes,
furniture, whatever) to Termo Tech, Kaya
Korona 81. Tel. 717-4658

Sunday, November 20 International
Day of the Child-SEBIKI sponsors activi-
ties at Jong Bonaire, 4 pm. At 6 pm a chil-
dren's light parade from Jong Bonaire to
Plaza Wilhelmina.Info at 717-2436.

22nd November to the 1" December -
Book Fair Ship Logos I docks in Bon-
aire at the North Pier. The Book Fair is
open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays
from 10 am to 10 pm and on Sunday and
Monday from 2 pm to 10 pm. For more
information about on board events and con-
ferences, call 529-5895.

Thursday, November 24 American

November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-
Long Distance Walk-29/44 km & 29/41
km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-7225.
Saturday, November 26- Surinam Day

Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one is welcome, It's free. Bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him
at 785-0767 for more information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wild-
side Diving. New original paintings of
Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast
every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30pm

November Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Location #PAX Line
Mon Nov.07 Veendam 0930-1730 S.Pier 1440 Holland America

Sun/ Nov.13/15 Freewinds 0700-1230 N.Pier 320 Majestic Cruise
Tue Lines
Tue Nov.15 Sea Prin- 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess
cess Cruises
Tue Nov.15 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Germany

Sat Nov.19 Columbus 0800-1400 N.Pier 324 Hapag Lloyd
Fri Nov.25 Wind Star 0800-2300 N.Pier 150 Holland America
Tue Nov.29 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Germany

Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-
4685, 566-4685

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 eny fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12

noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the viewfrom
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.

Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed

or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Per-
fect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get
discounts and more. Free gift for learning how.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii Resaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 scratch- for take out or delivery only.

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.

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1T am here to be with my dad
I (Capt. Don Stewart), that's what
the whole thing is about; a man has to
spend some time with his father. It took
me two years to sail here, so... it was a
little bit slow.
My mother is Welsh and I was born in
Wales in 1957, in a village with no hospi-
tal, at home, with a midwife. Don had to
ask all the neighbors for heaters. My par-
ents had gone to Wales to visit Don's
new in-laws and he ended up working in
a rubber factory where they were making
rubber boots or something... poor, poor
Then we went to live in Sausalito, just
north of San Francisco, and when I was
six, in 1963, we came to Bonaire. I think
Bonaire was a little different then, but
maybe I am a little melodramatic. How-
ever, yesterday I went to Don's kunuku
and it was the same. It smelt the same.
It's funny but every country has a differ-
ent scent when you approach it from the
sea. Costa Rica had this scent of perfume,
like flowers, Bonaire smelt earthy, a little
spicy. I came in at night, October 13th'
and looking through the binoculars I
thought, oh, oh! Bonaire has gotten big-
ger! I'd left the island in 1980 when I was
23. I went to California to go to school,
but I never did finish. I was just fooling
around. I did something with glass blow-
ing, but it was expensive to do.
In 1986 I moved to Hawaii, just to be
free and easy, although Hawaii is expen-
sive, not like here, but it is expensive. It
was a place where you can do nothing
very easily. If I wanted to be clean I'd
work as a waiter in restaurants or do ca-
tering, and if I wanted to be dirty then I'd
do boat work. If I wanted to be happy I'd
do marine salvage, that's a lot of happi-
ness. I guess that's what I got from Don.
It's hard, hard work in black water; you
can't see a thing; staying in the water for
10 to 15 hours because you have to finish
the job. Mostly it was working with the
government on contract. The sad thing is
I am not a moneymaker. If somebody's
boat sank, I'd ask, Do you have money?
No? I'll do it anyway!
About 11 years ago I bought this boat in
an auction. She's 11.27 meters 35 feet,
a 45-year-old teakwood boat made in
Hong Kong, a Robb 35. This is the most
common size. If two people are standing
inside, one of them has to sit down
quickly as it is too crowded. I bought her
for less than $5,000. That's the big joke;
everybody says you need at least
$100,000, and that's not true. What is
true is that you get a lot of work!
Two years ago I left Hawaii. It took me
a month to get to San Francisco, which is
a long time to be alone.

Because I sail alone I am very conser-
vative. Sometimes I wake up after a short
sleep and think, I'd better take a look. I
sleep a half hour at a time, but that's still
long enough to be run over by a big ship.
It is nice to see a ship sometimes, as long
as it's far away. The best thing is when
you see it going! What I do is I call up
the big ships they ignore you a lot but
sometimes they respond, and I ask them
to send an email. I always say, 'Hello
Ma, the weather is nice, I am safe,' even
though there might be a hurricane! I al-
ways keep it short because I don't want to
inconvenience them.
You also spend a lot of time looking for
stuff to look at, like a piece of Styrofoam;
I think everybody does that. I fish, but
sometimes when I get a tuna or some-
thing and it talks back and... I give it
three wishes... I just don't like to kill
I've been in the water a lot, also work-
ing as a dive guide for Habitat in 1979,
one year solidly, and when you look at all
these fish, then you feel... let's call it

"Every country has a
different scent when you
approach it from the sea.
Costa Rica had this scent
of perfume, like flowers,
Bonaire smelt earthy, a
little spicy."

Kevin Stewart is a very gentle person,
an extraordinary man loaded with self-
irony; he's a great entertainer, but it's
his gentleness and his sense of humor
that make him simply one of a kind.
"Every once in awhile I am afraid I
wake up afraid. I don't know if it's
physiological or that something bad hap-
pened. And there are the nights when
there is no moon; it's pitch black and
you're not sure where the horizon is;
those are the nights all of us hate.
A day is like: I wake up every half
hour, I have incredible vivid dreams.
Subconsciously I listen to the wind gen-
erator and when it makes a lot of noise I
wake up. I live a very Spartan life- no
fridge, lots of cans, lots of noodles and
little pizzas. I like to make them, but I'd
be embarrassed to offer them to some-
body else. I don't think of anything at
sea, food-wise. Sometimes I'm sorry
when I run out of something like a can of
anchovies and sometimes I wish I had a

candy bar; that's Don's influence! I read
a lot and I spend a lot of time looking at
charts, wishing I was going just a little bit
faster. The trip is nice too, but sometimes
you want to reach the destination, mostly
because of my parents, especially my
I also do my own sewing the flags, my
clothes, the sails. I bought a hand sewing
machine in Panama for $45. What a boat
needs is labor, not money. I have the var-
nish and I have the wood, so mostly it's
the labor. I change the sails a lot; I have
three different ones in the front, then the
main sail has two reefs too, so I'm work-
ing the combinations a lot. The whole
thing about sailing is when you think, 'uh
oh, we're out of control,' is to make the
sail smaller. I have GPS. I have a sextant,
but I don't know how to use it. I do have
an EPIRB emergency radio beacon, but I
don't know if it is still working. Even
though I've sailed thousands of miles, I
always learn something new and when I
talk to Don about it, he always knows
something new. He's Don. Once some-
body gave him two diesel generators, all
bits and pieces completely mixed up in
five-gallon buckets. He fixed them!
Where did he learn all that stuff!
No, there's no competition, except of
course I've sailed further and alone! It
used to be there weren't that many people
sailing alone, but in Panama there were
16 boats single-handing and two of them
were women!
When I lived in Hawaii I got jobs as
crew, delivering boats, just two of us,
from Borneo to Hawaii, from Hawaii to
California. You sleep three hours, you
work three hours, etc. When you come
up, you make a lot of noise so the other

guy wakes up and he can pretend he's
been looking for ships the whole time.
Maybe I like to be alone; it took me three
weeks to sail here from Panama but if it's
with the wrong person...
I had my cat 'Grey Cat' for a good 10
years on the boat. When I got her she was
a little bit wild, but when I was sick for
24 hours she stayed at my head. I
thought, I have to buy tuna for her! She
died exactly one year ago, the 31st of Oc-
tober. I still find her hairs. I leave the ra-
dio on at night and especially in Mexico
they make noises on the radio. One night
a man goes, 'Meow, Meow,' and I go,
'Where's the cat?' I buried her at sea...
Now you've made me sad...
What am I going to do now I am here?
I've no idea how long I am allowed to
stay. It just depends if I can find a way to
support myself. Everything is so close; I
could hop to another country, but I
wouldn't go back to Hawaii. I'm going to
stay on this side; there's too much to do
and this is my opportunity. Don is always
looking for a way to help the island, and
in a way that's always been on my mind
too. But first I am going to walk around
this whole island one piece at the time.
I want to see this place and I want to be
able to look at every little thing and I'll
take Don out sailing, that's what I want to
do. I also thought," he laughs, "that I was
going to be a different
person after finishing
this trip, but I'm still
the same knucklehead
as I was before."

] Story & Photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005



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Pet of the Week

P erky little "Alison" was brought
into the Bonaire Animal Shelter
with her siblings and her mother. She
was born on a kunuku, but unfortunately
there were too many cats, so here she is
at the Shelter, ready for adoption. The
good news is that the other cats on the
kunuku will be sterilized so there won't
be "too many cats" any more!
Alison is about eight weeks old and is a "Alison"
very mellow little character. Even with
flashes from the camera she kept her
pose and looked into the camera lens as the Shelter and donors and it's made a
if to say, "It's worth it if I can become noticeable difference on the island. A
Pet of the Week and find a loving family Sterilization Fund account has been set
to adopt me!" She seems to be a good up to accept donations that go only for
mouser too. What a sweetie! As are all cat and dog sterilizations. This fund goes
the other adoptees, Alison is towards assisting people who can't af-
"social" (happy to be with humans), has ford to have their pets neutered. Every
been examined by the vet, given her tests guilder counts and if you can give, no
for feline leukemia, been wormed and matter what amount, it will go to a very
had her shots. When she's old enough good cause. Donate to "Sterilization
she'll be sterilized. All this is included in Fund" MCB Bank, Account #10616410.
the adoption fee of NAf75. DL.D.
A monumental job has been done by

Answers to Dee Scarr's
Underwater Nature Quiz (page 13)

1. b. Sergeant major males take on a blue color when guarding
their eggs.
2. d. just about everything except algae and sponges, including
stony corals and gorgonians.

3. a. photosynthesis-performing zooxanthellae in their tissues
d. they each have types that grow massively, and types that branch
(sponges can reattach but corals can't; only corals have a sharp skeleton)

4. a. can grow in hemispherical, platelike, or branching colonies
c. have a rigid, sharp skeleton

5. d. leave the area. They extremely rarely use their venomous spines unless they're
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e. rarely swim far from the bottom

11. c. abarjack

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6. a. it has a relatively long jaw.

12. c. around an octopus den.

7. a. kill people who eat them so never snack on sponges!
c. kill stony corals they grow over
d. cause the hands of a diver who has touched them to itch, swell, and, ultimately, peel.
On Bonaire the sponge most likely to have this effect is the Touch Me Not Sponge, Neofibu-
laria nolitangere.
e. provide housing for thousands of invertebrates, mostly tiny worms and shrimp.

8. b. smother coral it lands upon.
c. provide a base for a stony coral head to begin growing upon.
d. if upright, trap some animals forever, especially hermit crabs.
e. "give the little fishies a place to lay their eggs" but the fishies will have no trouble
finding other places if the jar's not there.

9. d. aren't found in the Pacific.
e. are easy to find on Bonaire once you know how to look.

13. a. Filefish
f. Snappers

b. Basketstars d. seahorses
Frogfish and morays are unlikely around gorgonians.

14. c. keeping an eye out for its prey while staying out of sight behind the parrotfish.

15. The thing divers would hurt most seriously if they land on it is stony coral, so landing
on your tank or slashing it with your fins aren't the best options. Instead,
c. Add air to your BCD to float both of you up.
d. look down, find a sand spot below you, and balance with your hands there while the
other diver gets his or her act together and lifts off. If there's no sand spot available, balance
with one or two fingers on a dead place on the reef. D

Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your

diving forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at
10. b. are basically fish who look and move somewhat like snakes Capt. Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.

Bonaire Reporter November 11-18, 2005

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*to find it, just look up

"Mars, Still at
its Brightest, is
Joined by the

E arlier this
week, on No-
vember 7th, Mars was
officially at opposi-
tion and is still almost
at its brightest until
2018 and will be
joined by an almost
full Moon all night
long on the 14th.
During this week and
next, just after sunset, Olympus Mons on Mars- a single volcano larger than the
face east where you'll entire chain ofHawaiian Islands
face east where you'll
see incredibly bright,
rouge red-gold Mars hovering above the horizon. It is currently the third brightest
thing in the night sky after the Moon and Venus and is so beautiful that any at-
tempt to describe its subtle coloration is almost futile. It's simply one of those
things which you have to see for yourself.
Some people see red-orange, some see brassy yellow, and others see rouge-gold.
But what you'll see depends upon how you interpret color. So please, sometime
during the next couple of weeks, go outside after sunset, look east and see for
yourself. It was officially at opposition this week on Monday the 7th, although for
all practical purposes it's almost at opposition for the next couple weeks. Opposi-
tion simply means that it is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, so when
the Sun sets in the west Mars rises in the east, travels across the sky all night long,
reaches its highest point around midnight and sets in the west just as the Sun rises
in the east, so you've got all night long to watch it. Plus next Monday, the 14th, a
nearly full Moon rides across the sky with it all night long.
Now this super close opposition of Mars is a lot better than many because it rides
very high up above the horizon during the night. This makes for very good tele-
scopic viewing because the higher a planet is above the horizon the less interfering
layers of Earth's atmosphere blur the image.
Now, just to review: 4,000-mile-wide Mars is just a little over half the size of our
8,000-mile-wide Earth, yet strangely it has more land area to explore than our
Earth because our planet is covered over 70% by water. Like Earth Mars has ice
caps, but they're different because they appear and disappear according to the sea-
son. Mars has super huge features that dwarf similar features on Earth. For in-
stance, it has a grand canyon almost 3,000 miles long, so huge it would fit between
New York and Los Angeles, compared to Earth's Grand Canyon which is only 277
miles long. It has three wonderful extinct volcanoes lined up in a row, which re-
mind me of the three equally spaced stars in Orion the Hunter's belt. I call them
the Three Sisters, and close by there's a humongous volcano which I call Big
Brother, Olympus Mons, which is so huge it could cover the entire state of Geor-
gia. It is 16 miles high, over two times higher than a 747 flies. And if you plopped
it down where Atlanta is you could see the top of it from Miami. And please if you
want to see super close ups, just Google to Mars Pictures' and you'll have a choice
of many wonderful websites. So be dazzled by Mars and watch it ride across the
sky with a suner Moon. O JackHorkheimer

23tLA Lo

For the week: November 5- 11, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) This might not be a time for hasty decisions. Your
ability to visualize will help you convince others of the possibilities. Get help to fin-
ish a project if you need it. Channel your energy wisely and you can score points
with the boss. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Make alternate plans just in case you need to make
a career shift. Your partner's a little jumpy. Put your energy into home renovations.
Help children with important projects. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Put your efforts into physical fitness programs or
competitive sports. You may want to get involved in financial investments presented
to you. You can make financial gains through your unique and creative approach to
business. You can get phenomenal returns if you present your ideas to those who
can back your interests. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Help elders in your family. Get out and rub shoul-
ders with people in high positions if possible. Your energy will be high. You are
best to stick to yourself this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Look to a close friend for advice. Lovers will be less than
accommodating, and decisions regarding personal direction a necessity. You should
feel a little more stable about your position; however, don't be surprised if a job of-
fer comes your way. Try to be patient with their inability to accept your new beliefs.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Keep your cash in your pocket and offer them sound
advice rather than your financial assistance. You will be drawn to individuals who
can provide you with both intellectual conversation and physical passion. Look for
professional guidance if it will help unite the family. You may want to clear the air
where older relatives are concerned. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Misunderstandings at work could easily lead to your
demise. Too much work and no play will not only result in fatigue and frustration
but also loneliness, too. You need time to make things better. Be considerate and
avoid being overly opinionated, or arguments will ensue. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Minor accidents could cause trauma and major
setbacks. You may want to clear the air where older relatives are concerned. You
can get phenomenal returns if you present your ideas to those who can back your
interests. Opportunities for travel and socializing are evident. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Mingle with individuals who are established
and can give you some serious insight into business and future trends. Travel will
promote new romantic connections. You can elaborate on your creative ideas and
get involved in groups that relate to the arts. Pleasure trips will be favorable and
bring about romance. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't make financial contributions in order to
impress others. You may find that you're being used. Social activities or travel
should be in your plans. Invite friends or relatives into your home. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Health problems may prevail if you don't take
care of them immediately. Use discretion, especially if involved with someone from
work. Your mate will be pushing you to do things that you really don't want to do.
Confusion at an emotional level will cause you to make wrong decisions concerning
your personal life. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your personal situation is fluctuating. Offer consola-
tion, but don't give them any direction. You will have a problem dealing with
groups. Don't forget to read the fine print. Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday. 1

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