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Paradise found

Do you dream of chucking it all for an island in the sun? While Massachusetts was up to its earlobes in snow this winter, these expats were congratulating themselves on their bar stools in paradise – and not just for a week. Try not to hate them too much.

Internet pioneer Alex Randall, 59, left everything, including his Beacon Hill parking spaces, for the US Virgin Islands.

Alex Randall: “I had the best Boston had to offer and in 1995 tossed it all for Water Island. A Beacon Hill town house. Season tickets to the Red Sox and BSO. Three parking spaces on Mt. Vernon Square. My company, the Boston Computer Exchange, was among the first to sell products online. If your brain works on the Internet, your body can be in paradise. When the Internet provider on St. Thomas said they had 9,600 bps, I thought, ‘That’s enough for me.’ I was done with the suits: lawsuits, the snowsuits, and the three-piece suits.