In fact, things are rarely tropical paradise. We live on the road in Samoa. All the cars from the capital to the airport or the wharf pass in front of our house all day. There is no beach or beautiful view. And right now it is raining. So there. Let you get the idea that Cale and I are lazing about in the surf and sand, I just wanted to let you know that I have not seen a beach since my mid-service training in mid-January and I spent most of that time in the "conference room" (for lack of a better word to call the large enclosed, mosquito breeding grounds where he had our conference).