Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dinner Party

Dinner Party and BD Party
Last weekend we went to Vavau Beach for Saturday nite of constant rain - woke to morning to brilliant sunshine - swam, snorkeled, lots of U/W video (first dive – washing machine on full tide – second, fogged lens – third, cotton wool on the housing lens – YOU learn by your mistakes in LIFE), invited to 12th Birthday lunch - met lots of people(50) who are interconnected with people we know - excellent day on the beach, rained from 11.30am, no one cared it was still 30c, water 28c.
The week sped by and on Wednesday I hired a Tuson wagon and went to the south coast at Sinalei on the full moon/solstice low tide but with huge seas running. The pass was a turmoil of raging water coming from the lagoon to the ocean – NOT the place to snorkel. Where there should have been dry was a half meter of water going at 6 knots. So I packed up and went back to Apia and the Palolo Deep where the .16 meter low tide had the reef exposed on two sides. All the fish were in the deep and I had to separate them to snorkel and shot some excellent video – saw my first black tip shark albeit a 1 meter specimen – I don’t have to exaggerate as the video tells the story. Tried to push him into the wall but he had a keen sense of survival and exited stage right with a flick of his tail and is just a blur on the 40 inch LCD.

Hash on Monday night saw me in a tizz as I couldn’t find my old faithful runners, so the new (2yrs old) New Balance had to be worn and the pic tells the whole story.
Comments from my Facebook page follow :

Nice shoe ...... hope you took out the inner sole .....

Sorry R-- it is against the rules to remove the inner sole - toe jam and all you drink the Vailima, just one full shoe. I have misplaced my old scungy runners and so wore my New Balance - a tasty choice with just a hint of foot odour.
I was a bit worried about the S of O match - it's 5.21am and I just checked the score - Maroons AGAIN !!!!!! Roosters in full crow - they start at the bottom of the valley and then they all crow together - dozens of them. Beautiful morning - windy and 27c - waiting for dawn. Myself and an engineering officer from the US Navy at hash. excellent night.
Facebook comments:
wheres your tan ????

I do look a bit pale against the CPO, local palangi's avoid the sun here, only tourists have tans. Anyway it's been raining for weeks, dry wet and a damp dry - typical. Ran out of water last night as I don't fill the tank in heavy rain because of the muddy water in the pipes.
HASH was a sendoff for Crown of Thorns our wonderful Whale Researcher, so it was a bit special with lots of competitions (I didn’t qualify for the kissing comp) and give-away’s – I got pink fur lined handcuffs (anyone into bondage) apparently for some in digression in the dimm past.

Away from Hash - Another FB entry :
Yummy Flame Snapper for dinner tonight, cooked in the Webber with string beans and avocado dressing. Went to the Fish Market at 6am and waited till 6.45am for a right size fish. Think I over-paid at 30 tala, home cleaned and scaled it, cooked in lime slices wrapped in foil. Such is life in the tropics.

THE Dinner Party
We had our first dinner party on Friday evening with 7 guests – I cooked my FIRST quiche and it was vegetarian, found our nine plates and one platter for cheese biscuits peanuts and pineapple– went to Giodarnos for 3 Pizzas and 3 Tropical salads, 10 Roti breads from the Curry House, some prawn rolls(From a friend) and Dinner was served. Washed down with a couple of wine packs (they were left over’s from a sendoff), some Vailima and for desert friends brought a cheese cake and someone else - homemade chocolate icecream. WAS IT GOOD !!!!!!! YUMBO
Unfortunately I tried to show my prowess at a Balance test on the Wii Fit program – failed dismally ( I was 8 years older and my previous was 18 years younger) and blamed it on the wine and SC.
The Wii got a workout and a 14 year old got to the end of Quantum of Solace with ammunition to spare - all on his first try – I go down in the first garden.
On Saturday evening there was a triple Birthday Party and we took over a whole restaurant for an excellent evening. Unfortunately F was not feeling well so I sallied forth alone for a great evening.
From the Pacific and Samoa

Sorry for the jumbled list - blogger is having some problems and I can't see the pics only code.
With USN Ensign at Hash

My rendition of the blowholes on Savaii ( F in pink - Matai in blue)

Beaked Leatherjacket rendition

Shoe drinking - mild toejam aroma

With Ring Ring at Hash

Mr Whippy on the trail

COT and Godfather (winner of the over 40's hair competition)

Masi Masi on the cutting board

Flame Snapper in the market

Flame Snapper in the kitchen

R and R(her birthday)

At the jibe mark

At the jibe mark last Saturday

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