Monday, September 7, 2009

Conch cleaning and jobs

I did my first week of work which was a week of transition as the person I was replacing was going out and I was coming in. He also had the responsibility of training me but seemed a bit unhappy which made it more of a chore. He has now moved on and I feel as if I'm starting to settle in nicely.

I have a small video on cleaning conch, the person cleaning it is Andrew at Frazer's Hog Cay in the Bahamas (at the Berry Island Club). There are two steps missing in the video. One tapping the slot on the shell and two peeling the skin off. The more crucial one is peeling the skin off. Just take a sharp knife lengthwise under the proboscis and eyes make a shallow cut and use the knife to leverage the skin off. Helps if you have a glove on because conch is wicked slippery.

I haven't had a chance to search for the ultimate boatyard shoe but am coming to accept the pair I already have. I suppose time does that for you. The kids started school and all is well, Laurel secured a job caring for folks but has not begun yet. Missing the thought of getting on a boat and venturing somewhere far but we're just on a different phase of life just now and frankly I'm feeling fortunate for my job in this economy. Let me know what you think of the video...

Best, C.


Jackie said...

i didn't know that a conch came out of the pretty pink shell with so much baggage! Glad you are all home and well, but I'm sorry that you'll have to deal with that old wanderlust again. I guess most of us landlubbers manage to get used to the feeling.

Speaking of traveling, I am trying to find a way to travel next summer via an internship (the internship is required for school, and I figure I might as well try to get some mileage out of it. I have 1000 dollars. Any suggestions by way of logistics and or people to tag along with?

Lopez Family said...

Hi Jackie,
When I was 22 I did a backpacking trip to Europe, Greece, etc. Saw a lot of art, made great friendships, and had a lot of very memorable adventures, I think that because that particular voyage is fairly popular there is a lot of info on how to do it a la cheap, although to get over there & back, stay at youth hostels, get a eurail pass will run you more than a grand but you're smart and inventive and you could raise the extra cash or do an exchange of labor for housing etc. Email me, there's sailing stuff too but shoot me an email and I'll write something more legible.

Take care, C.

Sherie said...

Hey, Charles, you guys are back! I've been watching your trip, jealous.

But I take it you're not going back to real estate?

Also, are you getting email at because that site is down.... which is why I'm writing to you here.

Please let me know if you're definitely not going back to real estate.

Sherie (I hope you remember my email address so I don't have to post it here.)