If It’s Yellow Let It Mellow…….

One of my most memorable potty stops ever, was on Jost Van Dyke at Foxy’s beach bar. It’s located in the British Virgin Islands and is home to one of “The Top Spots”  in the world to spend New Years. Foxy himself is legendary and has never changed himself over the years. He can make up a song about you as you walk up to his bar with out you even realizing it.

Transportation to this awesome hideaway is by boat only. There is no marina or dock at this anchorage so you have to use  a dinghy to get ashore. Parking the dinghy in those days was pulling it onto the beach. As I said its a small island and if you are lucky enough to get a good anchoring spot, then you might as well tuck in for a few days and soak up the local ambiance.

At Foxy’s you will find different types of clothing hanging from the bar. Mostly T shirts and yacht flags, but then there are the occasional  dainty’s to be seen flying there. I left a bra there one night…lets just call it a donation. That’s my story and I’m stickin to it.

The very first time I arrived there, it was with charter guests, from a boat that I was working on. I ordered a red stripe (Jamaican beer) and hung out listening to Foxy sing his rhymes, while enjoying the feeling of the warm sand between my toes and the salt water on my skin. What a job I had. It really didn’t suck in the early days I must say.

We were there for a while so I thought I better use the bathroom before I get another beer. Nobody warned me of the signs to come. So as I squeezed into the very small two stall bathroom, with a barely there plywood floor, I saw the signs. Hand written on colorful paper were two signs both rendering the same poetic message. One on the wall behind the toilet and one on the door. They read like this…”If its yellow let it mellow, If its brown flush it down”. I rolled out of that bathroom laughing hysterically.

Never had I seen anything having to do with peeing and pooping written so poetic yet straight to the point. As I later learned that in the islands its import to save water especially when its not rainy season and the cisterns (water catchers) aren’t full. I was thankful for a place to pee and even more thankful for the new phrase I learned. I have many stories of adventures on Jost Van Dyke, but today will be a donation to the pleasure of potty stops.

As I was searching for a picture to place with this story my eyes are popping out of my head. Foxy has a dinghy dock! There is an actual deck to eat at, and what do I see before my eyes…a second story bar? Wow times have changed. This is the reason to see and do as much as you can before everything changes. I understand progress but I will never lose the love I have for the good old days.

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