So last night we found ourselves out on the water again. As it turns out, our buddy Peter (Popcorn) will soon be given a rather prestigious award by the Queen herself (or maybe the Prince) so Derek and Steve wanted to celebrate. Peter will become a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Did you read that with a British accent? Wikipedia gives a good breakdown of the classes of Orders, and unsurprisingly, Peter's joining the bottom of the ranks (ha!). Incredibly, Peter has been serving the British government since he was 19 years old. As you can see from the pictures, he is a bit older these days so has served his country in deployments all over the world for many, many, many...many years. I asked him if we now had to call him Sir A**hole but apparently that's a different rank. It looks like he might receive a badge and maybe even a lapel pin though, so that should look quite impressive should he decide to decorate himself for the hashes.
Believe it or not, this was a bit more of a subdued crowd than the one consisting solely of aholes, but still fun as always (Steve, Derek, Peter, Denise, Heather).
Over the weekend, Michael and I checked out a new bar that sprouted up on the western end of The Strip called Family & Friends. They're going for a more loungy atmosphere than the other bars and although serving local fare at the moment, will be switching to Jamaican. The Kittitian owners lived in the Bronx and have a 2nd home in upstate New York, so we had a good conversation about my home state. There was quite a cross wind while we were there with a very chilly breeze, so I was quite relieved when they were able to partially shut a security shutter. More the merrier? I don't know, but check them out and see what you think.
They might want to consider solar panels. Check this out. $4 Million EC is about $1.5 Mil USD. Ouch. I'm guessing this means grocery prices will be going up even more (as if the VAT wasn't bad enough). Bread and rice aren't taxed so we just might be going on a serious carb diet. Last night, I did run into a local farmer I've befriended and he's actually expanding his operations. I'm thinking we'll be buying lots from him once his crop gets going full force again. He gave me some odd string beans a month ago that were really long (like rope) but were very good. He'll soon have cucumbers, tomatoes, and spinach so I think salads are in our future. If we buy a chicken for eggs, we should be all set.