I thought it was quite amusing when the captain of this water taxi (who happened to be a guy I know who lives one street over from me) said “Come aboard, make yourself at home.” If my home were an igloo, perhaps I could have done that! My first assignment in the new year was a real estate gig for the New York Times. For some reason their “What You Get” online feature has been fixated on Maine properties lately. Each one I do is a window into another world, and this was no exception. It was a property on Great Diamond Island and because the ferry doesn’t run very frequently out there in the winter, we took a water taxi on the way out. Let me tell ya, the water taxi is the way to go if money is no object. We were at the island in a flash and the next thing I knew I was on a golf cart being taken to the designated property. It turns out riding in an open boat and then an open golf cart in sub-freezing temperatures does not cure the common cold, but makes it much worse. Who knew? More importantly though, I learned that there are some amazing people living on the islands of Casco Bay year-round. I’m always intrigued by people who enjoy being so isolated and who don’t get worked up over not having easy access to the conveniences most of us are accustomed to, such as, say, being able to run to the corner store when you need a lemon. Such circumstances definitely promote resourcefulness and neighborliness…assuming your neighbor hasn’t skipped the island for the winter.