| Douglas and Erwin kick back aboard Ithaka. The two liked to do their boat projects together, then go fishing. * * *|
Oh, and the man can cook. From the first day we were together, we began to take turns making dinner, and it's been fun to concoct delicacies knowing there was company with whom to share things. One night, Douglas made Thai fish cakes; another night Erwin steamed crab with tarragon butter; another, Douglas made fish curry with saffron rice; another, Erwin made the finest seafood bisque we've ever eaten. (His recipe is below.) I loved watching these two perform their cook-offs, all the while chatting alternators, or the Middle East, or finer cooking techniques, or electrical systems, or marital relationships, or computers, or the tanking stock market, or equalizing batteries. And for my part, I enjoyed making all manner of sauces, hors d'oeuvres, and special desserts, and then watching the boys gobble them up. Let's put it this way: None of us has lost any weight over the past month or so, but we _have_ managed to solve a few world problems.