Even as the fun continues, so does the boat work. Just when you think you got it all done, something else goes wrong. In this case, we had a bilge pump that the internal float switch went out. So Dave carefully chose the best time to work on it that would cause the least conflict with our busy social schedule.
I think the headlamp is a good look for him. What do you think? It is hard to see down in the bilges and, once his hands were filthy, he didn’t want to touch anything else. Which I appreciate.
Unfortunately, he cleaned all the muck off and out of the pump into my galley sink! He cleaned up his mess, but I was still uncomfortable washing dishes in the sink and re-cleaned and sterilized it as best I could. We need a good sized utility sink. Maybe I can train him to use a bucket for these purposes? Yeah, I doubt it.
We played poker again and I couldn’t get a good hand to save my life. I eventually blinded out. In other words, just paying the ante to play the hands used up the last of my poker chips. I’ve gotten more relaxed at playing, though, ever since I learned to drink a glass of wine or two early in the game. It calms my nerves enough to have some fun. Dave loves to play poker and made it to the final table.
When it came down to the last five players left, Dave was chip leader. He held onto his lead and took first place! He has been in the top three ever since we started playing, but this was his first time taking top honors.
Dave is itching to go lobster hunting, but we don’t think we are allowed to here unless we go on a licensed fishing boat. In the meantime, the Lobster Man came by and we purchased a couple lobsters.
It is not as satisfying (or cheap) as catching your own, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Francois on Why Knot IV taught Dave how to cut off the tails and remove the nasties back when we were in the Bahamas and Dave has gotten really good at it. It’s easier than filleting a fish, if you know what you are doing.
We also learned from friends on Lost Puppy (in the Bahamas) that the lobster tails grill up more evenly if you cut them in half lengthwise first. I simply added some butter and Old Bay. We’ve got it down now and they are delicious. We eat better on the boat than we did in a house!
Time for Bingo again and we never let our losing streak bring us down. We just keep trying to win that pig. Dave got the “X” pattern and ran up on stage to have his card checked. He had a winning card, but it was a ‘dance card’ and Dave had to dance for it.
Dave’s winnings? A free pizza and 25EC in Digicel phone credit. We don’t have a Digicel phone, so we gave that to Devon, but we’ll definitely use the free pizza.
Yes! Our luck is starting to change. We both won something. I still didn’t have a bingo, but my raffle ticket was drawn. I nervously made my way onto stage, inwardly cringing as I waited to find out what embarrassing item I would receive. I received a pillow complete with Darren’s picture on it (removable fortunately). It could have been worse, like a douche, pregnancy test, toilet seat, or box of condoms. Actually, a toilet seat could come in handy, but it would still be embarrassing to receive on stage. We are still hoping to win a pig before Camp Grenada lets out. Yes, the bingo is ridiculous, but we have a lot of fun making a social event out of it.
ScubaTech announced that they were having a lionfish hunt and we jumped at the opportunity. Our friends Lea and Roland from Victoria’s Ghost had friends visiting and brought them on the dives. The dives were beautiful with colorful coral and fish, lobsters and eels, and… lionfish. On the first dive, Dave speared a lionfish in the first five minutes. The second dive was much better for hunting. I spotted five lionfish, two of which Dave speared, two that were speared by other divers, and one baby that got away. You have one chance at them before they swim away to shelter and they are fast! Before the first shot, though, they just look at you as if they are untouchable – which typically they are. They have no natural predators in the Caribbean. Dave caught five or six total on the second dive! We brought all our catch back to ScubaTech where Dave learned to fillet the lionfish.
I didn’t see Dave remove any of the spines, but he did and it looked simple enough to do. Just don’t poke yourself with the tip. The tip is supposed to be safe after 30 minutes out of the water, but personally I wouldn’t want to test that theory out. For my friends that were asking for it, here is the video showing how cut to the venomous spines off before filleting the fish.
There ended up being a lot of fish to fillet and Dave got really good at it. ScubaTech grilled the fish and catered some sides. We bought a few beers to go along with it and had a wonderful picnic at the beach. I think we could go lionfish hunting on our own now and prepare them to eat. The meat is white, tender, and mild in flavor. I haven’t met anyone yet who tried it and didn’t like it. If you ever see it on a menu, I recommend giving it a try. And it’s good both ways – with beer or wine!
Grenada Hash House Harriers celebrated their 30th year last week and 900th hash this week. It was a good turn out and a lot of fun. I caught a little of it in photos that were too many to put on here, so I put them in the slideshow above.
Here is a video that was posted on the Hash House Harriers Page. It is a good video that shows what hashes are like. Of course, this was a special hash with 7 and 10 mile running trails that were much harder than the other trails available. I joined Lea and Roland with their guests on the 0.55 mile trail, but Lea and I ended up doing it three times so we weren’t as wimpy as it sounds. And with that I am all caught up. Finally! We have a guest coming on the 18th and we expect to have some crazy fun.