The Internet has been spotty, the phones are out, and the only people who can fix it are "off island" for the holidays.
Welcome to the Bahamas.
Of course, Marina and I can hardly complain. The temperature is in the low 80s, the rain falls after dark, and the friends we have built up over more than two decades are here to ring in the New Year.
The down time is certainly welcome...but it hasn't all been sleeping on the beach.
Among the guests were folks from four continents. I call them the "wired money." They include the bankers and investors who finance oil and gas ventures, along with the big company executives.
They've joined us for what has become the most important gathering of the year.
It's a time to look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly and discuss the part I always find the most intriguing: where the "wired" money is going next.