Anyone who knows me or my friends knows that we will use almost any excuse for a party. We found a flimsy justification last night in the form of a ‘planning’ party for our upcoming trip to the British Virgin Islands, which we will invade in April.
There are five couples going this year: Tres & Julia, Dave & Gina, Kirk & Julie, Eddie & Denise and Joe & me (Sherree’). We are staying on Tortola this time at a villa called Frenchman’s Lookout. If you get a chance, go to their website (www.frenchmanslookout.com) and scope it out. I found out last night some famous people have stayed there, Kate Moss for one. I’m sure we too will be famous, although maybe not for the right reasons, before we leave.
The villa will have groceries and booze waiting for us when we get there, so our initial excuse for the party was to come up with a grocery list…how lame. Everyone knows you should not grocery shop when you’re hungry, so we met at Pasqual’s for dinner before the planning portion of the evening. The food was excellent and the drinks got stiffer as the night wore on.
After dinner, we came to my house where there was Red Stripe, painkillers (thanks Dave & Gina) and rum cake (thanks Julia) waiting. We also had coffee, but apparently unless there’s Bailey’s in it, this group is not interested. It was chilly, but the guys were determined to get in an island frame of mind with a Red Stripe and cigar out on the patio. Kirk is a wimp and needed a coat, so I gave him an old ski jacket of mine, which kept all but his forearms and wrists warm. I guess next year I need to plan on a propane heater. We had a great time watching the DVD from last year’s trip (we miss you Dave & Judy) and got our grocery shopping out of the way.
Rule #1 – Cursing is not only allowed, it is required. There are only a couple of words that would earn you gasps and dirty looks…and don’t pretend you don’t know what they are. “Gosh”, “darn” and “shoot” will not be acceptable and might get you bitch slapped, Tres.
Rule #2 – Drinking alcohol is not only allowed, it is required, however, you may only drink as long as you can stay conscious. (I hear this might be a problem for Denise, but we promise to dress you up funny and make fun of you should the occasion arise.)
Rule #3 – Smoking cigars is acceptable…anything else and ‘I’ve never seen him before in my life, officer.’
Rule #3a – Under no circumstances can any female smoking the aforementioned cigar be photographed…good grief, our kids could see that.
Rule #4 – Men will not be required to wear a man-thong but will get extra attention and favors from the ladies if they decide to do so. (I just threw that one in there for myself.)
Rule #5 – We must do all in our power to have a good time and to come back to Texas as friends. If this is not possible, you are responsible for burying any bodies on your own.
Joe would like to add the following for this year:
Rule #6 – Invitations to Poundtown must be made discretely so as not to offend those who may not get to town very often.
I think this is enough to get us started. I reserve the right to add to the rules at a later date. It’s going to be a blast! T-751 hours and counting…