I mean, I want to hang out on an American aircraft carrier walking past rows of F-18 Hornets with a drink in one hand and my beautiful wife on the other... but how.
These receptions are public relations events and in this case it means hosting U.S. Consulate workers, American businessmen, Hong Kong local vendors, visiting military guests of the People's Republic of China etc. I don't really qualify under any of those categories per se.
|The food was fantastic!|
So on Tuesday evening Tammy and I headed down to Fenwick pier on Hong Kong Island where the "water taxis" waited to cart us out to the carrier. The U.S.S. Carl Vinson is really big and as we approached, the serial number "70" was lit up as a beacon cutting through the nighttime sky.
|Guests rode the elevator up to the deck|
...the chocolate chip cookies. My friend Francis who attended the last reception said, "Seriously though, nobody has better chocolate chip cookies than the U.S. Navy." And you know, he was right! (I had 3)
Besides that high end shrimp and roast beef, it was also nice to have some good old American spicy jalapeno poppers. Darn they were good and when Tammy wasn't looking I snuck another one!
Its also fun for us Americans living overseas to have a little "home" turf arrive for a few days. Chatting with some of the officers is very lively and sometimes, although I usually love the diversity of Hong Kong, its just fun to talk in "Americanese" about America with other Americans
The evening ended and we headed back out to the ferries that would shuttle us back to the dock but not before we picked up a U.S.S. Carl Vinson T-shirt for Gabriel and a ship photo for my office.
|Your mission should you choose to accept it...|
Special thanks to the officers and crew of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson! Thanks for the work you do and for such a wonderful evening!