Feb 4, 2023

Hands Up !!! - Don't Shoot !!!!

Hands Up !!! - Don't Shoot !!!!

My wife Beth, our former colleague David Ferguson, and I were in Hong Kong in 1993. The three of us had led a Sister Cities trip to Taiwan, flown to Hong Kong, and were decompressing.  We took a bus out to the far side of Hong Kong Island and enjoyed a nice dinner overlooking the ocean.

When it was time to go back I thought it would be fun to take sail back on a sampan instead of the bus. So I waved a passing sampan down and negotiated a ride back to Kowloon.  The sampan Captain spoke no
English and my Chinese consisted of xiè xie, (shey shey, thanks) but I thought he figured out what we wanted and we did the deal. I hoped he understood that we wanted to go back to Kowloon. This was not a tourist boat, just a regular sampan who happened to sail past.

Beth wanted no part of this risky deal and said she would take the bus back. "You don't want to miss this", I said, and Dave and I each grabbed an elbow and shanghaied her onto the boat as she protested.  We had a lovely boat ride as the sun slowly set and the day turned into night. It was beautiful and I was pleased that I had shanghaied Beth.  But the trip took longer than I thought and it became quite dark.

Then a big patrol boat came out of the night with their searchlight blinding us, with M-16 rifles aimed at us. The sampan Captain raised his hands and we followed suit.  The Captain ducked into the sampan and we wondered what he was doing.  I hoped he was not coming out with an AK-47. But he just brought out his papers and they let us go on our way.

I think they were trying to stop smuggling or infiltration but am not sure.  It seemed to me they were acting a bit serious for just smuggling. This happened a total of three times.  Each time the patrol boat came up with searchlights and M-16's aimed directly at us.  

Beth was not overly happy with the rifles and still berates me.  The ingrate - after I took her on a lovely, impromptu, interesting cruise! You just can't please everyone. I figure any time someone aims a rifle at you and you don't get shot it is a good thing. And three times! It made for a memorable story.

I took the photos of sampans from a previous diplomatic trip to Vietnam in 1970. It was another diplomatic effort to win the hearts and minds of the people. The sampans looked a lot like our Hong Kong sampan.

Feb 3, 2023

EMPHI Mini Reunion Feb 3, 2023 Lakewood Ranch, Florida

From left to right  Husband Ken Jordan and Judy Halligan Willingham 66, Craig Hullinger 66, Sue Wiggins 66, Carl Pearse (65), Pam Smith 66, Ken Sandberg (68), Laura Schoen Seamans 66 and husband Jack

Jan 14, 2023

Mini Reunion Florida Feb 3, 2022


Lakewood Ranch, Florida

Friday Feb 3, 2023

2:30 pm until - ?

Ed’s Tavern

10719 Rodeo Dr, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Ed's Tavern is a sports bar restaurant with an outdoor patio on the lake, located on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.  We will be outdoors unless the weather is bad. You can leave at 4:00 to get home before rush hour, or stay and catch the free concert on Main Street that starts at 6:00. Best to bring a lawn chair. There are nearby motels if you want to make an evening of it.

Music on Main  Friday, February 3rd 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Lakewood Ranch Main Street from 6 – 9 pm for Music on Main, a free concert series and block party for the public! The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local non-pr…



Directions  Ed’s Tavern is on the Main Street of Lakewood Ranch just north of Sarasota. Take I-75 to University Park Way, east to Lakewood Ranch Blvd, north to Main Street, drive one block north and then east to the Lake and Ed’s tavern. Google Map Directions - put your address in: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Fort+Myers,+Florida/Ed's+Tavern,+10719+Rodeo+Dr,+Lakewood+Ranch,+FL+34202/@27.0160312,-82.3860292,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x88db420189a85429:0xc62908530aba258a!2m2!1d-81.8723084!2d26.640628!1m5!1m1!1s0x88c33901b4accc07:0xba8dad9639c1a926!2m2!1d-82.4343687!2d27.3955178!3e0

Three motels nearby

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lakewood Ranch, 6015 Exchange Way, Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 355-0200


Hyatt Place Sarasota Lakewood Ranch 6021 Exchange Way, Bradenton, FL 34202 US ReservationCounter.com: 844-203-2111

Even Hotel Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, an IHG Hotel  6231 Lake Osprey Dr Sarasota FLUS34240 See Map ReservationDesk.com:833-343-1117

Main Street Photos

Dec 23, 2022 https://photos.app.goo.gl/2MnzfXsPnPMt6QqN6