owenSoft.net - Blog Jamaica http://owensoft.net/ About Jamaica and stuff. 2 pound a weed in a napsack. en http://owensoft.net http://owensoft.net/favicon.png owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/ Deep in the bushes of Manchester (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/ <p>This is my third attempt . The first 2 times I turned back because I had passed more forks in the road than my brain can process which is 3. This trip was aided by Janique running google maps on co-pilot. She was still getting the hang of it because google maps has the habit of re-routing if you do not page attention to it.</p><p>No matter what google maps tells you there are times the shortest route is impossible. Wasted 2 hours driving through narrow cobble stone roads at 30 kmph. When you start seeing bushes growing in the road you should turn back and go the route with the more used roads. If you stop seeing signs of road work, patching, white lines you know you are off the grid. Luckily cellphone data worked all the way. There was one occasion where we had to reverse into a driveway so that another car could pass along a narrow section of the road.<br />If you are going to Treasure Beach head down Spur Tree Hill. It might be the longer route but the roads are better - much better.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2561.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2562.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2563.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2564.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2565.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2566.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2567.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2440/#comment">comment</a></p> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:27:44 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/ Hellshire, beach erosion Dec 2017 (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/ <p>Since my <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2235/' title='last visit'>last visit</a> to the beach new structures have been built. I recently watched a reporter on television interview a meteorologist on whether the recent Montego Bay heavy rain event on Nov 22 2017 could be attributed to climate change. The question was skillfully curved. No one has all the data. I watched in awe as the same pointless question was asked over and over again expecting a different answer. Then it dawned on me; something I probably already knew. It is not that the climate is &quot;changing&quot; per se but that we as human beings (inhabitants of the environment) are remaining the same. Our new ability to shape the environment around us has lulled us into a state of complacency.</p><p>Paved streets become rivers, roof tops become water falls. Buildings become permanent wind blockers.</p><p>We are beginning to feel that the world is beholden to our constant whim and fancy. The climate &quot;will&quot; change as it always has but we are unable to adapt to these changes. The environment will do what it wants including changing slowly, suddenly, sporadically, or randomly in ways which are yet too complicated for us to predict. The real question is how long can/will we remain the same while everything around us changes? </p><p>It is apparent that we will do all that we can to maintain our current path and find ways to simplify complicated issues.</p><p>Related videos; Montego Bay heavy rain event on <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKRQmFJn09o' title='Nov 22 2017'>Nov 22 2017</a>, Hellsire beach <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_yqz61gbiE' title='in the old days'>in the old days</a>, A recent independence day at <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4vovET3uVM' title='hellsire beach'>hellsire beach</a></p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2499.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2500.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2501.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2502.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2503.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2504.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2505.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2506.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2421/#comment">comment</a></p> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:47:56 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/ No Vending in this market (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/ <p>As the Coronation Market in Downtown, Kingston keeps expanding and we keep importing more cars at some point we are going to have to make a choice between them both. Cars or food? Small business entrepreneurs or Used cars sales?</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2471.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2472.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2473.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2474.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2475.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2476.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2477.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2478.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/#comment">comment</a></p> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:33:53 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/ Hotels on beachs (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/ <p>I have always wondered why they build so close to the sea in Jamaica. There is a aggressive move to stop erosion with sea barriers and such.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2286.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2287.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2288.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2289.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2290.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2291.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2292.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2341/#comment">comment</a></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:02:14 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/ In the shallow water, Little Dunns River (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/ <p>Last free beach in Ochi Rios. I think the only reason they have no sold this property yet is because it resides on steep slope and it is a very thin strip of land. Eitherway they will find some way to sell it.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2222.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2223.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2224.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2225.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2226.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2227.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2228.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2229.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2230.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2231.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2232.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2233.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2234.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by Anonymous</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2326/#comment">comment</a></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:29:25 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/ Hellshire, Beach erosion Oct 2015 (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/ <p>It is surprising how rapid the progress has been since the <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2166/' title='last time'>last time</a>. Lots of Sargassum this month. And now the wall and stairs at Prendy&#039;s is starting to give way despite all their attempts to re-in-force it. All these shops need to move back away from the shoreline but I am sure it is gonna cost a pretty penny to relocate them.</p><p>Hellshire Beach, Portmore Jamaica.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1758.jpg" alt="Sargassum up close" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1759.jpg" alt="Prendy&#039;s staircase" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1760.jpg" alt="Prendy&#039;s staircase" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1761.jpg" alt="View from the sea" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1762.jpg" alt="Sargassum coming in" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1763.jpg" alt="The water soaked sand below the wall is causing it to weaken" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1764.jpg" alt="Walls tipping for ward" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1765.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2235/#comment">comment</a></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:45:12 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2198/ Early morning surf (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2198/ <p>Was hoping that it would rain today since the sky is overcast and the sea is rough. No such luck though some people made use of the weather. Downtown, Kingston. 8 oclock in the morning, with my cellphone talking to my sister on whatsapp.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2198/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1577.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2198/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1578.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2198/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1579.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2198/#comment">comment</a></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:23:06 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/ Hellshire, Beach erosion (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/ <p>I think beach erosion has nothing to do with &quot;climate change&quot;, the great band-aide for everything related to the environment nowadays. We certainly cannot expect these natural wonders to last forever when we destroy everything around it with garbage and over use..</p><p>One major factor seems to be the construction of buildings close to the shore line creating a wind barrier. Fences, dividers, docks, I can bet that the beach is thinner in front of these structures. This wind barrier prevents the sand from blowing over and creating dunes of reserve sand behind the beach. Either way as with anything concerning people&#039;s livelihood, the economy and poor management, it is probably too late to solve any of these problems. Horse done gone through the gate. Better enjoy it while it lasts. Pictures from Hellshire, Portmore Jamaica.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1385.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1386.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1387.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1388.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1389.jpg" alt="Fence of [url]/v4/item/2196/[caption]Sugarman&#039;s Beach[/url]" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1390.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1391.jpg" alt="Staircase in front of Prendy&#039;s" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2166/#comment">comment</a></p> Sun, 03 May 2015 10:19:58 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2116/ Art (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2116/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2116/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1302.jpg" /></a><p>Now open</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2116/#comment">comment</a></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:43:42 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2111/ Bustamante (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2111/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2111/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1297.jpg" /></a><p>Downtown Kingston</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2111/#comment">comment</a></p> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:05:12 -0600 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2054/ SmarterCard (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2054/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2054/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1250.jpg" /></a><p>I&#039;ve had one since July and I can&#039;t even put money on it recently since the flood of people trying to get one now. I still think they should just hand out the cards though because collecting your name and address to get a bus card is not gonna deter thieves from stealing it. Thieves do not care.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2054/#comment">comment</a></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:17:31 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2052/ Smarter card chaos (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2052/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2052/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1248.jpg" /></a><p>They is nothing move convenient than cash. But the Jamaican urban transit company seems to want to open bank accounts for all its customers. They should just give away the cards and make it easier and faster to put money on them instead of wasting people&#039;s time.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2052/#comment">comment</a></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:31:00 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2022/ Blackberry Bus (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2022/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2022/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1224.jpg" /></a><p>Soon to be yellow</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2022/#comment">comment</a></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 07:55:41 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1922/ Smoke Area (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1922/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1922/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1134.jpg" /></a><p>Well since you basically can&#039;t smoke <a rel='external' href='http://www.jis.gov.jm/component/content/article/106-health/34366-ban-on-smoking-not-intended-to-harass-smokers-' title='anywhere in Jamaica'>anywhere in Jamaica</a> because of the new Anti-Smoking laws there are still signs that exist in some parts of Jamaica that I sure will provide some kind of loophole for smokers. </p><p>I took this picture close to St. Catherine heading to Kingston on Highway 2000.</p><p>Who shall they go after next? <a rel='external' href='http://www.japarliament.gov.jm/attachments/1117_STATEMENT%20on%20Jet%20Skis.pdf' title='Jet Ski Operators?'>Jet Ski Operators?</a> <a rel='external' href='http://www.jis.gov.jm/news/leads/33863' title='Handcart operators?'>Handcart operators?</a></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1922/#comment">comment</a></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:09:59 -0500 http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1913/ No Trespassing (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1913/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1913/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/1127.jpg" /></a><p>So there is this stretch of <a rel='external' href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zeviCb6tA4' title='rough'>rough</a> black sand beach in front of the Airport in Kingston. The beach is very rocky so there is nothing you can do there but stand around and collect pebbles. Sometimes I would go there and look at the ocean whenever I needed picked someone up from the airport. There is even a <a rel='external' href='http://www.owensoft.net/v4/item/1561/' title='lighthouse'>lighthouse</a>. The <a rel='external' href='http://www.nmia.aero/‎' title='NMIA'>NMIA</a> seemed to have acquired funding for some new signs. Recently I noticed that a company installed swipe cards on the doors to bathrooms in a office building - there has got to be so sort of building code against that but you can&#039;t expect anything good to come from companies nowadays - its all about the money. Oppressors trying to force people <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGE4dnrPPZQ' title='underground'>underground</a>. This my friends is the future: &quot;Jamaica: No trespassing&quot;.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/1913/#comment">comment</a></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:55:42 -0500