Florida Fisherwomen: Females Do Rock the Boat!

Ladies do fish too folks! Good friend and fisherwoman Kimberly Kimball joined us one sweet summer for a vacation in southern Florida, the Florida Keys. She was as usual, great fun and good company. One of her hobbies is fishing so this trip was right up her alley.

Although we originally headed to the Keys to get a bit of fishing in, we decided to go to Fort Lauderdale where the fishing excursions were cheaper. We met up with the jolly crew of fishermen at Fishing Headquarters. We had hired them a few times in the past and came up with more than a few fish. I was fully prepared for this round of fishing as my last outing was a seasickness disaster. I think you can conjure up what happened. Regrettably, I was not able to document  that eventful day – when they hauled in the most fish ever! I rose up from the dead for about 10 minutes in time to see their monster HAUL.

We headed out to shore with bleak skies in tow and a bit of rough water but as it is the ocean the skies cheered up quickly and the afternoon was calm but appeared uneventful as we reeled in a few snapper, tile fish and a tuna.

Towards the end of the day we went without for about 2 hours – there is nothing worse than that when fishing!

I prayed and thankfully….the Gods of Neptune appeared to be listening! Something bit. It took about an hour to reel in. It appeared to lodge itself under the rocks and we had to back the boat up to get it out. It probably felt like pumping iron but instead we were ‘pumping’ fish. Hauling in fish can give you a pretty good workout for the forearms. Believe it or not, it was the fisherman’s first grouper as well.

I survived seasickness unscathed again with the help of a few pharmaceuticals from the night before and day of (apparently that is the routine folks to survive it unscathed).

They guys filetted the fish and we headed home well after 9pm for our eatathon.  We chose to cook our catch in flavorful Jamaican style escovitch complete with hot peppers and artery clogging hard dough bread.

However, we were not fortunate to feast on the main catch, the grouper, as it had to sit on a bed of ice in the cooler for a few days so the meat could ‘settle’ down.

At least when we left the next day, we headed for Alberta with a few good memories for the next round of fishing on the Rocks!

Kimberly relaxes before the serious fishing starts. Copyright Karen C Lee

Kim K relaxes before the serious fishing starts. Impressed by the monster houses, Kimberly gets a few snapshots as we head out to the deep ocean (After all she is a realtor.)

First catch of the day!

First catch of the day!

Some more power needed. Looks like a big one! And indeed it was a huge grouper! Copyright Karen C Lee

Some more power needed. Looks like a big one! And indeed look what the ocean spat out, a huge grouper!

The biggest smiles for the day's biggest catch! Copyright Karen C Lee

The biggest smiles for the day’s biggest catch! What a BEAUTY!!!

All the fish hung out to dry.. Copyright Karen C Lee

All the fish hung out to dry. Proud fisherman and fisherwoman display their prizes.



A Crasher’s Glimpse Into A Punjabi East Indian Engagement Party

My first glimpse into a formal East Indian celebration was at University. I remember admiring the beautiful saris and gentlemen dressed in their finest suits as I saw the last fleeting drop of colour disappear into the conference hall, not to be seen for the rest of the evening. This time, I managed to get a little closer… but I was not a crasher really, Rupi was kind enough to allow me a glimpse into her sister’s engagement party with family and friends. Of course as expected, the colours were lively and there was lots of bling, bling: the room was decorated for a King, Queen and their guests. The ladies and young ones were beautifully attired in their finest modern and traditional gowns and jewellery. I somewhat envied their beautiful long dark hair all coiffed to the nines (memories of younger days). Handsome gentlemen of course rounded out the colourful scene in formal attire including Sikh gentlemen in colourful turbans. The house was full: I guess these kinds of parties are not to be missed! The formal engagement  took place this past February at restaurant Nirvana in Calgary.

After a timely wait, the bride proceeded in followed by her relatives and friends with gifts and baskets of good tidings for the ensuing rituals. In due course as the couple took centre stage, the groom made his formal proposal to the delight and loud applause of all and the pair were seated on their ‘throne’ to be joined by relatives for the ensuing Sagan ceremonies. Rummi and Amit were adorned and blessed with gifts of jewellery and  food. Guests were certainly fulfilled  till night’s end with the varied and delicious East Indian cuisine that did not stop coming and a dance to top off a successful evening for family and friends. The only disaster of the night was a lens that gave up on me (yes, it will be an expensive repair.)

Coming from the Caribbean where many different cultures come together as one big masala mix, the colour, food and friendly people were a pleasant reminder of former days gone by.

The happy couple will celebrate their nuptials in the fall. Wishing them of course the very best in life and love!

Punjabi East Indian engagement party

Snippets from a Punjabi East Indian engagement party