The good life

Things we can do without

A note of caution: While we should certainly be grateful for and take notice of the little things that make for the good life in Cayman, we have to retain our objectivity on the subject in the sense that the good life doesn’t mean the perfect life – there’s always room for improvement – and as we notice the positive stuff there are obviously things on the rock that irritate us no end.

The topics may differ from person to person; here are some from the business community that are on this radar:

• One item we can certainly do without is that penguin or turtle or killer whale, or whatever that balloon effigy is that parades down Harbour Drive to entice tourists. The thing is about 8 feet tall, to start with, and the design looks like something out of a high school class.

Come on guys.

We understand the need to attract customers to your business, but how Miami can you get? What are we going to have next? Sound trucks going by luring customers, as we used to do in the old days for dances or movies?

Time and again, from the travel experts and the visitors themselves, we hear that they came to Cayman to see what it’s like here – not to run into the same shabby stuff they see every day where they live. Apparently, some of us are not listening.

• Another annoyance is the apparently growing practice of small rinky-dink signs, on two pieces of wire, stuck into the ground at various roadside locations advertising some product or other.

Tatty-looking in the first place, they almost always end up being blown over or dislodged in some fashion and just generating more roadside debris.

Nobody seems to know about the legality or otherwise of these things that seem to pop up at random, but we need to work on making them disappear.

• In recent weeks, with Cricket World Cup raging, we’ve been subjected to the worst case of commercial overkill in recent memory.

Whether from a shortage of spots or simply bad planning, these telecasts run the same commercials over and over, to the point where you recognize the spot the second it begins. For the companies behind these spots, a short message: viewers are switching you off.

How many times are you going to show us the youngster breaking the window, or the lady with the suntan lotion, or Brian Lara with eyes closed?

It’s bad enough we have to put up with the numbing experience of so many of our cricketers; please at least give us some life and variety in the commercial breaks.

In the midst of these gripes, however, we’re still enjoying the good life in being able to see the cricket games on CITN without any of the extra charges that some people pay in other countries.

Also, the banning of food in the stands doesn’t affect us; we can rock back at home and enjoy our roti, or rice and peas, or cucumber sandwiches, without any hassles.