Why This is a GOOD IDEA:

Why this is a Good Idea:

There is a Bridge;

A piece of our history, that can be saved, kept as a reminder of our past.  It is the last of its kind; 139 years old, way past it’s prime, not very pretty, and even in perfect nick, obsolete.  But it is poetic.  Driving or walking across it is a magical, immersive experience in our shared Heritage.  In its day, it was an engineering marvel.  People came from miles away just to admire the technology.  How times changed!  The bridge is a perfect example of a bygone era, a simpler time.  Let’s be honest—the Waterloo Bridge is little more than a museum piece.  It’s on an obscure side road, a short blue highway not two miles long, that has service from each end.  Were the bridge relegated to a walking or biking feature, the residents may have to drive a whole extra mile and a half!

There are many reasons for Not replacing the bridge.  The road serviced by the bridge, Rt. 622, is a very minor side road, not a busy commuter thoroughfare.  The single lane bridge creates no congestion.  There is minimal development along the road, and this is a Very good thing.  A one-lane, rickety old steel bridge May act as a shunt, throttling not only traffic, but development and urban sprawl.  I have heard some say that Marshall’s water dilemma was its saving grace, throttling its unchecked development.  Sometimes, “Slow and Deliberate” is superior to “We should build it and expand, because we CAN!”.  Perhaps this bridge may afford a bit of pacing.

Indeed, a modern concrete bridge would be completely out of place in that setting.  A replacement will cost over six million dollars.  Renovation of the existing bridge would cost less than three million.  A private donor has volunteered a million toward this renovation and preservation effort.  If renovations are not started soon, the bridge, its heritage and history, will be lost forever.  Were this a Snail Darter or a Spotted Owl, I feel the groundswell of support would be deafening!!

Preservation of this unwieldy, aesthetically unappealing and obsolete bridge is wholly and entirely worthwhile.  The Waterloo Bridge is a fine example of why folks move TO Fauquier County, and I hope its renovation leads to it being a feature for another hundred years.  People may come just to gaze at the antique wonder, walk along it or bicycle across it.  One cannot zoom along at 50 miles an hour along this road.  I feel we need more of that.  The places for gentle reflection and reminiscing are becoming frighteningly scarce.  The road, the community upon it, and the people that may come for the experience of the antiquity, are all perfectly served by the 136-year-old single lane bridge.

Chris & Debbie Cloud
Out and About Taking Care of What Needs to Be Taken Care of… Every Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud, Realtors ® & Strategic Consultants
EXIT Heritage Realty
Local Specialty: Northern Fauquier County, Marshall, Hunt Country of Middleburg, Upperville & The Plains, Piedmont Countryside, Warrenton and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia.
Chris Direct: 571-451-9112
Debbie Direct: 571-469-1068
www.encompassrealproperties.com
www.cdencompass.com

 

The CLOUD Difference:  The dynamic team of Chris & Debbie Encompass your dreams into Real Properties!

YACHTS heading south towards Jost Van Dyke for 2017-2018 Season!

Hello,

 

 

 

 

We are Chris and Debbie Cloud. 

We lived on the tiny island of Jost Van Dyke for two and a half years, just returning to Virginia in April. 

 

 

 

 

 

We were shocked at the devastation visited upon our former home; the home of many of our dearest friends and loved ones.  The British Virgin Islands bore a brunt Very few of us will ever witness.

 

While Irma was bad enough, the BVI’s (and particularly Jost Van Dyke) were dealt a Second, Life-changing and Catastrophic blow when Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico.  Please understand, I don’t mean to minimize the suffering or tragedy in any other location, including Houston, P.R., or even Saint Thomas.  But hear me out.  When Maria visited annihilation upon Puerto Rico, it served a double whammy upon those lesser islands further down the crucial Caribbean Supply Chain.  Post Maria, precious little if Any relief aid has trickled Past P.R.

 

I write you today, imploring any of you to consider the following proposition.  Debbie and I are affiliated with the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society (jvdps.org, a 501c3 in both the BVI’s and America), and International Rescue Group (internationalrescuegroup.org, also a 501c3).  We beseech any cruisers, liveaboard Sailors, or even Mega Yacht Crew; if your itinerary includes the British Virgin Islands, or if you would CONSIDER doglegging over To Jost Van Dyke, we are desperate to find available cubic feet of storage and freight space.  You can join the Reserve group of International Rescue Group or take on a solo journey.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

The traditional methods of containers of freight aboard Crowley or Tropical no longer apply, as the bottleneck of shipping at the usual ports prevents OUR supplies reaching OUR loved ones, on the smaller, out of the way (and now, forgotten) island of Jost Van Dyke.  We hear reports that traditional shipping channels and methods may be reopening, but we know there is a Very long backlog of freight, and it will be Months before conventional shipping will be back to normal.  The infrastructure on JVD is decimated—estimates put resumption of municipal power a year out, and the water system has been destroyed.  The island is back to rainwater catchment, at each site of use.

 

Debbie and I have been blessed with extensive media coverage in the Washington D.C. this past weekend (the weekend of October 28), when we loaded the first of hopefully many boats headed to JVD.  I was first interviewed on WTOP Radio, who aired Thursday and Friday.  This was followed up with in-person and on-air interviews with WUSA Channel 9 (CBS), WJLA Channel 7 (ABC), and NBC Channel 4.  Our next vessel leaving out of Annapolis on around the 15th of November just cancelled due to engine concerns, and we are looking for a new option to ensure the island receive additional supplies.

 

We would be Most Beholden if you would consider allowing us to rendezvous with you, wherever convenient, to load your vessel to the extent you accept, for delivery to those who are in Life Changing Need of the most basic supplies.  Our organization is Non-Partisan.  Many of the iconic bars and restaurants on JVD are the darlings of very wealthy Americans, are Insured, have set up various GoFundMe Accounts, and have some degree of Resources.  Our efforts are geared to relief aid for the locals, the other islanders, those  without insurance or resources.

 

You may reach us, Debbie & Chris Cloud, at 571-469-1068, Email at Debbie@CDEncompass.com, or via our Facebook page, JVD United – Global Family Alliance Project.

Thank you!

Imagine, STILL dealing with this?!

Sadly, Disasters often last FAR longer than our Attention Spans

News cycles are a dubious fact of life these days.  Something Huge happens, something cataclysmic shocks us all, dominates every waking and breathless moment of the 24 hour a day news feeds.  Facebook is flooded with Outrage, moral indignation, armchair quarterbacking, Opinion, and sincere expressions of Empathy.  Then, something ELSE happens.  Something ELSE comes to the breathless forefront of our conscience.  Something ELSE dominates our attention, our Empathy, our relief efforts.

Alas, as is so often the case, a disaster outlives the collective conscience, and the relief efforts.  Those left in the aftermath continue to deal with the destruction, death, loss, and discomfort of being displaced, losing everything, burying loved ones.  They then begin to feel the Added sad sorry weariness of being forgotten, feeling left by the wayside.

Such is the case with our precious little island, where until March we had called Home for two and a half years.  Unbelievably, my dear friends and family have had Additional layers of misery added to their misfortune.  Allow me please to explain how the situation on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is a sadly unique.

The overwhelming majority of goods that finally land in the end consumer’s hand follow a supply chain.  When a tourist on Jost Van Dyke pops the cap off a bottle of suds, that ends a very long journey that bottle has made.  The bottle (and several of it’s friends) was loaded into a pickup truck from the local dock and driven to the bar.  It came across on a small regional ferry from Tortola, where it was trucked from one side of the island to another, after it was brought from Saint Thomas in the USVI aboard another (slightly larger) ferry.  It had arrived in the Freight port on Saint Thomas via an ocean-going freighter that brought it from San Juan on Puerto Rico, where it had arrived aboard another ocean-going freighter from either Houston or Miami.

Now consider the layers and degrees that have conspired to Vex our delightful little Island.  First, Hurricane Irene destroyed the pickup truck that brought the bottle from the dock to the bar.  It destroyed the dock the local ferry landed at.  The storm left the inter-island ferry perched atop the Customs House, upside down.  It destroyed the entire infrastructure on Tortola itself, it destroyed the larger ferry that went from Tortola to Saint Thomas.  The ferry dock and trucking and freight port on Saint Thomas were all damaged or destroyed.

The Virgin Islands (both US and British) were destroyed.  However, at least the SUPPLY chain was not SEVERED.  South Florida and the East Coast could send relief aid via Puerto Rico.  Sadly, Houston was already offline and suffering their own disaster after Hurricane Harvey.

Then, the unthinkable happened, and the Entire Island of Puerto Rico was decimated by Maria.  Our lifeline has been severed.  Harvey had already put a serious hurting on the relief aid LEAVING the States.  Now it is almost impossible to get ANY supplies, as nothing that arrives on Puerto Rico Leaves that island.

We have been in near constant communications (using our FaceBook Page JVD United) with many on the island, as well as some, located in other parts of the Caribbean yet very vested in the wellbeing of Jost Van Dyke.  We have been fortunate enough to be able to generate, nurture and coax some alternative methods of freight delivery to our little community.

One of which is a privately owned 55’ sailing catamaran scheduled to depart Washington D.C. on Saturday the 28th.  They have most graciously offered every spare inch on their boat to carry donated items, to be delivered directly to Jost Van Dyke ten days later!  We are meeting with them to load the vessel the morning of the 28th, and would welcome any additional volunteers to join us in loading, and donations are ALWAYS welcomed!   The fine folks at International Rescue Group (a sort of “Clearing House” of volunteer organizations), have arranged rendezvous of different donations and helpers.

Please feel free to reach out to Debbie or me to discuss arrangements.  The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society is an Excellent, Devoted, first-class organization, concentrating their efforts and talents on logistical organizations.  There has been an Amazon Wishlist Registry set up, to facilitate donating and to assure our friends and family receive what they REALLY need.   We would be honored to be met by friends and neighbors willing to share in easing the continued (and often worsening) plight of those still struggling with the near complete devastation of that little slice of paradise.

 

 

 

 

 

All the Best,

Chris and Debbie Cloud

Chris & Debbie Cloud
Out and About Taking Care of What Needs to Be Taken Care of… Every Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud, Realtors ® & Strategic Consultants
EXIT Heritage Realty
Local Specialty: Northern Fauquier County, Marshall, Hunt Country of Middleburg, Upperville & The Plains, Piedmont Countryside, Warrenton and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia.
Chris Direct: 571-451-9112
Debbie Direct: 571-469-1068
www.encompassrealproperties.com
www.cdencompass.com

 

The CLOUD Difference:  The dynamic team of Chris & Debbie Encompass your dreams into Real Properties!

Am I missing Something?

Chris Cloud, Professional Realtor & Strategic Consultant
CHRIS HERE:

 

 

 

 

 

I remember, when debit cards debuted on the scene, they were touted as heralding in the advent of a Cashless Society (why this was an objective, I could never understand…).  I was skeptical, even as an adolescent.

 

It’s never ceased to amuse me how vehemently the credit agencies, cloud storage companies, retailers, everyone who handles customer data, defends their security protocols.  “They are impenetrable!”, they declare!  Even as a very young adult, I was able to identify the greatest Volume of vulnerability was to be found in disgruntled employees, an “Inside Job”, as it were.

 

Additionally, and as has ALWAYS been true, we live in a world where there are day-to-day attacks on an individual and more specified basis.  Organized crime, or Inside Jobs are one thing, but one-on-one robbery and burglary are another Major vulnerability.  And the relatively recent wave of Credit Card Skimmers fall into that second category.

 

These are devices that are affixed or attached right over top the fuel pump, or ATM, or card reader slot.  Since the overwhelming (nay, complete and total) number of these devices are manufactured so as the entry slot where you insert the card protrudes out from the fuel pump or ATM, this makes affixing the tight-as-a-glove card skimmers possible–nay, SIMPLE.

 

built-in vulnerability.

My question, my proposal, is:

Were these machines ALL manufactured with a perfectly flush face, with a front that has nothing but a credit card sized slot, would it not make affixing a card skimmer to the device Much more difficult?  If there were no protrusion to affix and slip your identical mock-up over top, perhaps they would be more obvious.

As we sadly recognize the relentless wave of “big-city” crime inch and inch it’s way into our bucolic country living, I am reminded of my conclusion, some thirty plus years ago.  “Naahh.  I think I’ll pay inside.  CASH!”

 

THAT is The CLOUD Difference!

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud
Out and about taking care of what needs to be taken care of… Every Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud, Realtors ® & Strategic Consultants
EXIT Heritage Realty
Local Specialty: Northern Fauquier County, Marshall, Hunt Country of Middleburg, Upperville & The Plains, Piedmont Countryside, Warrenton and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia.
Chris Direct: 571-451-9112
Debbie Direct: 571-469-1068
www.encompassrealproperties.com
www.cdencompass.com

 

The CLOUD Difference:  The dynamic team of Chris & Debbie Encompass your dreams into Real Properties!

Challenging Cultural Beliefs & Expanding Perspectives

Setting the Direction of your Future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORLD is changing.  Thus, direction is key.  The burgeoning development presents opportunities for all.  Do you have all the pieces going in the right direction? Those with a sense of responsibility are dedicated to positive-growth and change.  Working with Chris and Debbie, you may be assured they understand your specific needs and requirements, and as a team find the options out there for you to determine what is the best for you.   Quickly, you realize they see what is going on, and will sort out the direction you truly want to go.

Asking either of them affords you the knowledge, connections, and attention of Both!

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud
Out and About Taking Care of What Needs to Be Taken Care of… Every Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AS A COUPLE over the last five years, Chris and Debbie Cloud have developed a strong reputation as a “Dynamic Duo” capable of moving mountains to make things happen.  Both have come from family owned and operated businesses of Entrepreneurs, thus each understand business, contracts and what it takes to get the job done.  Chris and his hands on mechanical engineer background, his off-grid experience, and yacht, estate and island management has provided a keen eye for properties, business and people.  Debbie, with her personal/professional development, systems operational management and direct experience in complicated endeavors  brings her unique abilities to the table.  She has always run family businesses or worked for high-net-worth, individual owners of complicated ventures needing special attention to ensure success.

Together you as a client have a half of century of worldly experience and expertise with the dynamic ability to handle real life, the people involved and the final success.

THE CLOUD DIFFERENCE is to give them the task to make it happen, and together they will do their magic!

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud
Realtors at Encompass Real Properties & Strategic Consultants @ CD Encompass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris & Debbie Cloud, Realtors ® & Strategic Consultants
EXIT Heritage Realty
Local Specialty: Northern Fauquier County, Marshall, Hunt Country of Middleburg, Upperville & The Plains, Piedmont Countryside, Warrenton and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia.
Chris Direct: 571-451-9112
Debbie Direct: 571-469-1068
www.encompassrealproperties.com
www.cdencompass.com

 

The CLOUD Difference:  The dynamic team of Chris & Debbie Encompass your dreams into Real Properties!

Hello world! We are here…

Welcome to our new wild and crazy adventure of shifting our focus on helping one owner on a long term project to consulting different clients and allowing them to implement their own projects more directly and hands on.

Chris & I  can take our real world experience from across our country and around the world to share what we have learned  with those needing some direction on how to make their vision happen or improve the current functioning of the property,  off grid system, staff dynamics,  operations and business development.  From one end to the other we have been through some real challenges and have real-life, hands-on solutions.

Key in all things is communication and working together as a team to make things happen.  We will be adding valuable information and options to “tune up” your own project, business or busy life!

Check back.  There will be more to come!