I’m confusing myself, trying to figure out which day is which. I must be suffering from some rare Island disease that makes it impossible to read calendars…and clocks. You find yourself not sure what time it is, where you are, or what you’re supposed to be doing…hmmm, maybe it’s not a disease after all, but a blessing.
Except when it comes to writing blog posts.
Anyway, Wednesday was Kelly’s birthday. We sent him off on an all-day fishing trip to keep him out of the way, then Connie and Sandy and I did our morning beach walk. Sandy and I were suffering from too much fun in the sun from Tuesday, so hung out in the shade by the pool until it was time to head into town and get ready for the party.
We stopped at the Blue Water Grill for a quick lunch of ceviche (I wisely decided to skip the afternoon cocktail, even though I’ve heard they make some of the best on the island) after we ran around town buying last-minute odds and ends. Which included a stop at Ruby’s Cafe for rum cake…sorry I can’t bring any back, but I don’t think it’ll fit in my suitcase. You’ll have to believe me when I tell you it was amazing, all sweet and crumbly and rummy.
Most of the evening is a blur. We hung banners, reserved seats, laid out merchandise, and nervously shuttled the guest musicians upstairs to avoid Kelly seeing them before the big reveal. (I forgot to tell you yesterday about Thom Shepherd hanging out at Fido’s near the back of the bar, so he could watch the show. Kelly even walked past him once, and we were amazed that he didn’t recognize him. Thom is tall and wears a cowboy hat, but apparently once he put on a baseball cap, he was invisible. And shorter. Or Kelly was just oblivious. Anyway, we went to Ramon’s after the show to hang out with Thom and unwind – and keep Thom away from Kelly.)
The first half of the show went as usual, but after the break, the fun – aka the surprise birthday party/roast – began. Two of Kelly’s band members from home walked onto the stage and took over. Apparently they had enjoyed a number of adult beverages during the first part of the show, and were feeling no pain. Anyway, it was hysterical. Kelly was given a robe, crown and scepter as “King of the Island” and was submitted to speeches from a number of people, mostly pointing out his many faults, real or imagined. I won’t even tell you about the handcuffs and whip… Needless to say, Kelly was very surprised.
Then Thom appeared and added his comments to the celebration, and Kelly was even more surprised. Thom has a promising career as a stand-up comic, if this music thing doesn’t work out. (If you listen to country radio, you’ve heard many of Thom’s hits.) After we stopped laughing, the guys jammed for a while, and dancing, toasting, and general hilarity ensued. It was a fun evening, especially since Kelly was completely surprised. How you can keep over 200 people, 5 musicians, and a HUGE party, all planned and coordinated online, a secret from someone for so long is amazing; we’re just lucky Kelly doesn’t spend a lot of time on his computer. Or he’s just oblivious, I’m not sure which.
Anyway, the evening ended back at our condo, where we had the chance to visit with Thom a little bit before he had to fly back to the mainland. Our friend Hugo Duarte was supposed to be a part of the festivities, but his flight was cancelled, so he was scheduled to arrive Thursday instead. We sat up til 3am, visiting and rehashing a really fun evening.
And there are still more surprises ahead! Stay tuned and find out how we spent Day 6…