After the Marlin party started winding down, a lot of the crowd proceeded over to Shula's Steakhouse to attend Bobby Carter's party, hosted by Mississippi Tourism and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic that Carter runs out of the Isle of Capri Casino. Since it was still my birthday, and I'd never made it over to this soiree before, I climbed into a taxi with Jim Turner, owner of Release Boatworks and the Casa Vieja Lodge down in Guatemala. The conversation and libations flowed freely, but for some reason I had enough sense to take it easy. I must be getting older and smarter. Turner or Herb Rosell bought dinner that night — I don't think they have it figured out yet — and it was terrific. There's nothing better after a long day at the show than a good steak dinner.
Even though there was plenty of partying going on — there always is — there was plenty of business getting done as well. Nearly every vendor I talked to said they were having a good show and that business was picking up — slowly, but steadily.