Another Monday morning after another wonderful weekend. Ho hum well time to get back to work. Once again I find myself delinquent of not meeting my personal goal of one post every week – Oh well, goals are made to be set and broken right? In any event due to my lazy posting I find myself in a situation of having too much to write about. Some might say that is not a problem but a blessing. It is not a blessing when you have too much to do and too little time to get it done, especially for a Monday morning.
First off, while most of western world was watching the ever entertaining Super Bowl, the Bahamas once again ponied up for an advertising slot and aired a very nice commercial promoting the islands. It focused on the Exuma Cays natural beauty, but it speaks for most of the Bahamas as there are little hideaway spots like these hidden all over the archipelago. If you missed it you can see it here either on youtube or the Caribbean Journal site:
It is nicely done and does show off the Bahamas’ hidden “backwaters” well but I must admit I personally found it a little boring and i had no idea why it was felt that David Copperfield should be included… “my 2 cents” as we say around here.
What else happened recently?
Well on Saturday Pete Johnston turned 50 for the 19th time. It was a great time had by all, being a perfect family friendly party, fundraiser and celebration at Pete’s Pub. There were dozens of kids and families running around the sand and beach or mashing down on the pig roast or jerk smoked chicken which enhanced their usual menu of fresh caught fish. The day was a fundraiser which successfully raised funding for a young local man in Cherokee (I believe) who has cerebral palsy. Pete is also a recent grandfather. I was chatting Pete’s son Greg about the day and we remarked about how the event has changed dramatically over the years – It certainly was not family friendly 19 years ago when Pete first turned 50. My daughter has a blast and really enjoyed her lunch too.
The weekend before, 26th and 27th of January: this is another extremely busy weekend for me. It is a wonder I ever get any of the ‘honey do’ list done at home. Friday, Saturday & Sunday was the Bahamas National Trust’s “Art for the Parks” art show. I went and had a look at some of the promising and/or talented exhibitors there and our Rotary Club held out 4 the annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival fundraiser which beautifies the sidewalk along the marina docks near the art show tent. it raised $3,000 and is also a competition among artists.
The following day on Sunday, the wife Sheree, the daughter Clara and I got up early and hopped on the 9am ferry to Hope Town. We had a mouthwatering chicken souse at “On Da Beach” at Turtle Hill. This is a local staple for folks living in Abaco, our friends Matt & Lindsey have had souse there just about every Sunday for almost 7 years. Chicken Souse is a bahamian dish for breakfast and is a wonderful recovering meal after a long night ‘plying the party waters’. Which incidentally is on the market for sale if you know anyone interested, details can be found here: http://www.hgchristie.com/details/abaco/hope-town-elbow-cay/business-as11549.
Then Matt & I headed out to the crystal clear waters off of Hope Town to join the Hope Town Sailing club for one of the winter series sailing. We had 14 sunfish on the start line which is great size for a racing fleet. Several of the racers were in the 10-16 age group, a couple of which nearly beat me to the finish. It was one of those days of sailing racing that makes living here so perfect. The winds were NE over the north end of Elbow Cay blowing 8-12 knots. This made for inconsistent but constant wind shifts. I was the only one who brought a compass out to track the wind shifts and just beat out Dave to take first place on a tie breaker. It was some really tight sailing with all boats finishing within a couple of minutes of each other and it could have been anyone’s race. The HT sailing club is very keen and always a great resource. I must thank them and especially Dave & Carol Pahl for handling the thankless task of running race committee. If you want to get involved or learn to sail check them out: www.hopetownsailingclub.com. And thanks to them for this photo of me sailing: