|Man cleaning Conch|
|Bahamian Defence force boats , the older boats were smaller, 2 man crew , like any police never around when you need them , only when you don't|
|With no refrigeration a cold beer was a real luxury|
The day that had started out as a disaster , was beginning to shape up ! I was working a nice beer buzz and the sun was coming out . Mary however seemed annoyed , and she asked me if I was about to do something stupid, I told her we were out of food , water and money we had sold or lost everything of value , and the only thing we had left was a deep well of stupidity , so I was going to use our only resource ! and to "get me another beer", she said "get it yourself " and walked away.. The luxurious fishing yachts had already started to arrive . The Calypso band was setting up steel drums and the wait staff from the private club was skirting tables and setting up chaffing dishes for the fishing tournament party . Well time to find my cleanest dirty clothes, I made my way back to the boat and told Mary about the "free buffet and open bar" she seemed to warm up a little. We would wait till the party got going and people were liquored up and friendlier , and walk in like honored guests and hit the buffet and bar. Soon it was dark we could hear the band playing and we could smell the food, we determined the party was in full swing ! We made our way over and hit the buffet , I tried to eat slow but I was starving, some of the band and staff knew we were crashing but said nothing . We had not eaten this well since we crashed Club Med on Nassau ( another story for another day) . fish , steak, shrimp, rice, potatoes , salad and desert !! I asked Mary if she still thought this was a stupid idea, she smiled and said; "I'm going to the bar how many beers do you want", I said; "as many as you can carry" ! Soon everyone was hammered , one big happy family ! Yachtsmen, Bahamian fisherman, tourists and locals . Reggie had managed to slip in and join the party . But there was trouble brewing , The Club manager approached him and asked him to leave , after a heated exchange Reggie quickly left , We stayed till the party ended , I was hammered but had the presence of mind to grab a few to go boxes of food and cold ones for breakfast . The next morning . Reggie's boat was gone , maybe he left ? Mary was relived she wanted nothing to do with selling weed. We had breakfast and were chill'in on the boat when we spotted Reggie's boat coming back in , after he anchored we went over to see him , he said the Club manager called the police ,( on a small Cay that happens to be the Bahamian Defence Force) he took the boat out and dumped all his weed .( he had no Sense) .He said the weather was improving and he needed to fill his boat with fish and conch and head back to Nassau , he asked us If we would crew on his boat, his only crew member "Basil" had jumped ship, from not being paid. I said "sure what do we have to do" ? He said we have to dive conch and catch fish. " great lets do it ". By now , we had to head back to Miami, and we needed a minimum of $100 for Gas and supplies , it didn't mater where the money came from came , Conch or weed. And so we headed out to dive conch and set fish traps all afternoon , it was fun , we were free diving in about 18-20 ft of water and had to take breaks because of the cold water , Reggie had a bottle of Brandy, to warm up we would take a swallow or two . Mary Had a spiritual awakening and realized the her calling in life was to be a Conch diver . By late afternoon we had gathered a respectable pile of conch, and a few grey snappers, We would probably not get rich doing this but at least we could add fish and conch to our diet of; white rice and grits. We headed back to the anchorage about a mile , a few 100 yards out we could see a Bahamian Defence force boat tied up along side of DD's boat " "oh shit" .......... to be continued...