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got a question?

I have answers. I have opinions. I have resources. I have a vivid imagination and a smart-ass attitude. I have a column in a local publication entitled "ask sandy." If no one sends me any good questions I make them up.... but you would not believe some of the stuff I get asked. Or maybe you would.

Ask me a question -- about SPI, sand castles or anything else. If I can't answer it I will try to find someone who can -- or I will make up an answer that will at least bring a smile to your face.

So give it a shot. If you don't like my answer, remember this:

You get what you pay for.

Please scroll down to see which two FAQs I will no longer respond to....
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I know a lot about SPI, but I don't know it all. For that reason, I have been busy soliciting the help of some good friends who have generously offered to help carry the load.... is this a friendly town or what? Hopefully this list will continue to grow (volunteers welcomed!)

But First! See if your question has possibly already been answered on the FAQ

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No More Weather Questions, puh-leeeze...

Dear Sandy,

I've been trying to think of a good question to ask... one that will really stump you! At first I thought I should just ask you what makes sand castles stand. Then I considered asking you about this year's crop of Winter Texans and why they all go to the Post Office the same time as me. But then I heard that Vanilla Ice is coming back to perform at spring break, and I wondered if even you could explain why he is so popular with our breakers when the rest of the world has pretty much forgotten him...

Anyway, after deciding all that other stuff would make your job too easy, this is the question I have for you: What will the weather be like in mid-February?

What is with this weather obsession? Always the weather! I realize this is a resort town; that a lot of people work very hard in tiny little cubicles, scrimping and saving to spend a week or two on our Island, and that their abilities to have fun while here are closely tied to whatever weather patterns we are currently experiencing -- but it goes deeper then that. Recently, I got no less then three weather-related e-mails in one day from a Dallasite whose sole concern was that she pack the right clothes. "Will I look silly running around in shorts there?" she fretted. "Will I be able to get away with wearing a cute little halter dress when I go out at night?" Sure you will! Just make sure you bring along a cute little over-sized sweat shirt to throw over it ...

Looking good regardless of the temperature fluctuations is a valid concern, but there are a lot of people out there who are mistaking me for someone who has a degree in meteorology -- and they get just a wee bit huffy when I suggest their time would be at least slightly better spent consulting the seers over at the Weather Channel. Plus, you get to listen to all that great elevator music --

Consider me stumped.

Or Condo Questions Either!

I do not know where all the good deals are on any given date. I do not know the requirements of your party and even if I did I would be of no help, having never paid for a room on SPI. I have gathered links to a lot of good accommodations information and posted them here. I have also posted a "room wizard" that will give you a starting point if you are totally without a clue. Please do your research - you have so many wonderful options!

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