I am happy to report that the infamous pirate/punster (Captain Kidder) and his female accomplice and first mate (Poker Patty) have returned to port… (we found a bottle in our luggage!) After we consume the port, our intention is to unpack, which might take some doing after logging 3,545 miles on our recent book tour/family visitation/Caribbean voyage. Nonetheless, somebody has to do it, so it mighty as well be Patty. (I only handle booty…. no jokes, please!)
All in all, it was a remarkable venture, which began in Austin and continued east, with stops in Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Eleuthera (Bahamas), Jamaica, Cayman Island, Cozumel (Mexico), and then up through the Florida Straights to Miami. Whew, what a trip! Too much food and drink, but just the right amount of Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. (We won enough loot to fill a small treasure chest, or Dolly Parton’s bra.) Incredibly, the seas were almost flat (no more bra jokes, please) and every day was sunny and warm. Needless to say, we got very lucky. (And missed Hurricane Arthur!)
While each day brought new adventures, some events were truly memorable….. For instance, I learned that the good folks of Jamaica, in preparation for my arrival, named a culinary dish after me. It’s called “Jerk Chicken,” and just like its namesake, it is hot and spicy, and easier to swallow with a hefty dose of rum. When we reached the Cayman Islands, we saw the maritime version of that movie about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. (JERSEY BUOYS) After a glass or two of tequila, (in Cozumel) I actually tripped over the Captain’s Log! (What was he doing on the bridge?)
The highlight of our trip was meeting new people and making friends with some wonderful folks from all over America….. Kathy & Ernie from Naples, Beth and her hard-working hubby from Illinois, Susan and James from Florida, Jeanie & Carl from Michigan, and the list goes on and on…… (please forgive me if I left your name out!) Like I said, the best parts of travel always include the amazing, unselfish, hard-working, honest, loyal, and intelligent citizens that you meet. What a blessing to live in a country with so many wonderful human beings!
Which reminds me….. Happy Birthday, America! (You still look great for your age!) We celebrated part of the Fourth by drinking some fine Caribbean rum in a famous water-side tavern…. a tavern that was once frequented by Captain Kidd. (The tavern was mentioned in my second mystery, THE PIRATE PATH) I was surprised to learn that some Caribbean bars actually charge you for resting your fists on the bar while you’re drinking! Imagine my surprise when they handed me a….. “Bar Knuckle Bill!” (Hey, they don’t call me Captain Kidder for nothin’!)
Well, mates, I must leave thee now….. time to return to the mundane world of law and order… and a different set of bills. (Electric, gas, water, etc.) If you get a chance, check out the new reviews for THE SECOND MOURNING which have been posted on Amazon.com Thanks for your continued support, and please continue to spread the word about the book… I may need bail money for my next voyage! (Especially if I don’t get some new material!)
Have yourself a safe and wonderful week! Love to all…..