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Mar 1, 2006

What a Weekend

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Randi got married in Saint Barth last weekend. I don't know Randi, but I came over from Saint Martin to Saint Barth on the Voyager last Thursday with some of her wedding guests, including some of the bridesmaids I believe. They were all talking about going to a wedding and since one of them was wearing a black baseball cap embroidered with the words "Randi's Entourage" in orange (a souvenir from her bachelorette party it turns out), I put two and two together and decided that Randi must be the bride. Many of her guests were coming to the island for the first time. So what were we doing aboard the Voyager you might ask... Well, I'll tell you. When we landed in Saint Martin on American Airlines flight 667 from JFK, the winds were blowing in a strange direction at about 20 knots. Enough to have made Winair and Air Caraïbes cancel all their flights for the afternoon. Either for safety reasons or a good excuse to spur the economy of St Martin by holding us all hostage over night (just kidding!). Actually the Voyager, one of the daily ferries that goes back and forth between the islands, had put on an extra trip just for us. We nicknamed it Voyager 667, since there were so many passengers from the flight on the boat, all of whom had been shuttled to Captain Oliver's marina in Oyster Pond by taxi drivers who demanded anywhere from $10 to $25 per passenger. But there was no other way to get there. Actually St Barth Commuter was flying that day but I didn't have my cell phone with me and I couldn't get myself organized to find out if we could have lined up a charter at that point. So I taxied over to Oyster Pond with a lovely couple from Connecticut on their way to Saint Barth for a 40th birthday party, another one of the big events last weekend. They were sorry to miss the spectacular landing at the airport in St Jean, and probably even sorrier to be on a ferry that lurched its way across very rough seas to Saint Barth (fortunately Oyster Pond is closer than Marigot and the trip was mercifully short). We boarded after a few cold drinks at Captain Oliver's, and luckily I had a return ticket in my wallet from my last adventure on the Voyager (with a soccer team, but that's another story). I hear that Randi's wedding was fabulous, with the rabbi and the cantor and the chuppah all out on the beach near the Guanahani, with actress/singer Queen Letifah among the guests (and she apparently sang to the delight of all involved). So congratulations for a long and happy marriage to Randi, and congratulations to her guests whose spirits were not dampened by an unexpected ride on a ferryboat. You just never know what to expect around here!

More to come,

 

Ellen Lampert-Greaux


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