Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm on a Boat, Bitch

Or more accurately, the USCGC Forward, a Coast Guard cutter that's in town to train the local navy on counter-narcotics and such. The captain and the ambassador co-hosted a cocktail reception on the flight deck last night. I had a good time. It was nice to lay eyes on Americans I don't already know (some of whom were quite good-looking). It was nice to speak English at a work-related social event without feeling guilty about it.

But the unrivaled highlight of the evening was without doubt the catering. Ships' provisions are not generally thought of as haute cuisine, but I must say the cooks did themselves proud. And they had one very special thing that made my night: beef. Prime rib, roasted so tender and juicy you could cut it with a fork. With a PLASTIC fork. Oh my god. I had three helpings, to store it up like a camel until the next time a piece of meat that good comes my way. Which will be in December, when I go back to Texas for Christmas and gorge myself on steak and brisket and fajitas. Sigh. Maybe we can line up a few more ship visits between now and then.


  1. That looks like a very old boat. Is it still functional? I would love even just a tour of it, though.

  2. It's only about 20 years old actually; here's the website:

    I did get a tour as well, which was very interesting. I'd never have guessed 100 people could live on a ship that small, but they certainly made good use of their space.