Dr. Love is
the island's and possibly the world's greatest authority on just about
everything. The Doctor answers questions on almost anything except religion and
politics. Persons needing additional assistance or counseling should contact the
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You may write to the Doctor at P.O. Box 35, San Pedro
Town, Belize, fax 026-2905 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
I thought your answer to the phone call from
the BBC about the television show "Temptation Island" was terrible. How can you
say anything negative about something that is so positive for this island? This
show is worth millions of dollars in free publicity for Ambergris Caye and we
should say everything encouraging about it that we can.
What is wrong with you? Don't you want progress for Ambergris Caye?
Not particularly. What is so great about progress? Besides, if progress is what
you want, why are you still in Belize; a country not exactly noted for its
progressive ways or thinking?
In case you did not read
the BBC's question, they wanted to know what advice the Doctor had for the
participants in the show. The answer included some advice to viewers which was
thrown in for free.
The show is truly a wonderful
advertisement for San Pedro since it shows it in a light that is almost
embarrassingly flattering. Wait until we have visitors show up here looking for
a Thousand Foot Waterfall or a Blue Hole somewhere between Mata Chica and
Captain Morgan's Retreat. "Lucy, you got a lot of Žsplaining to do." That should
We have derived obvious advertising benefits for
Ambergris Caye but that doesn't mean that "Temptation Island" will win any EMMY
Awards. The Doctor understands why the show had sixteen and a half million
viewers last week, though. It is surprising that those viewers were not pulled
bodily into their TV sets because the premise behind this show really
I have some
clothing that is made by a company called Banana Republic and I am familiar with
a song by Jimmy Buffet called "Banana Republic." I have even heard characters in
movies refer to certain Central American countries as "Banana Republics."
Somebody told me that Belize used to be considered a banana republic.
Can you enlighten us about the origins of this term? Do
we still have "banana republics"?
Before the turn of the last century (1900) the
banana was hardly known outside of the Americas. The fruit spoiled so quickly
after being picked that it was difficult to even get it to major markets in the
US. Once the problems of storage and shipping were worked out, the fruit became
extremely popular. Large companies like United Fruit Company discovered that
with their financial clout they could buy the entire government of many Central
American countries. If you buy the government you own the country. Countries
like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua became "banana republics" with the
company dictating government policy.
The great short story
writer, William Porter, who wrote under the pen name O. Henry, wrote short
stories based on his experience as a plantation manager in a banana republic.
They make for entertaining reading.
There are no banana
republics. This is because bananas do not show enough profit to hold an entire
government and its people hostage. Now, we have telephone republics. That's
where there is enough profit to dictate to an entire government.
Dear Dr. Love,
I work with a
group in the US that is dedicated to helping the mentally disabled. Does Belize
have facilities to help the mentally handicapped? How about Ambergris Caye?
Should we consider opening a chapter of our group here? Where could we find
You should contact the division of Family
Services at 02-77451. I'm not certain what sort of response you would
Belize already helps the "mentally
challenged" by providing employment to them, usually in the government sector or
in a monopoly controlled utility. That is the only explanation most people can
think of when they go to one of these places and see 20 employees sitting around
doing nothing, while busy people with real lives and jobs are forced to wait
hours to receive a ridiculous explanation to a question or
Dear Doctor Love,
would love the opportunity to play a round of golf in Belize. The only course is
the one at Caye Chapel and it is not open to the public. Why doesn't someone
build a golf course on the island? I'm sure that a lot of visitors would like to
/s/ Winter Resident
Have you checked out the price of real estate on
this island? Who can afford to build a golf course here? It would be cheaper to
build a condo and rent it. That's why we have a lot of condos and no golf
courses. The Doctor suspects it will stay that way.
I went to a restaurant and they had rice and
beans and pigtail on the menu. Do people actually eat pigtail here? I find the
whole idea revolting.
/s/ Picky Eater
The Doctor agrees wholeheartedly with you. Rice and
beans and pigtail is revolting. Pigtail should always be served with stew beans