A wonderful kind of retirement day……..

Today was one of those days when damn near everything goes perfect….. they don’t happen often, but this one nailed it….. slept in [a little – almost 07:00], and slept well, just the right size delicious breakfast…. killed some time just doin’ nothin’…. changed into swimmin’ garb, grabbed our gear, jumped into the bus and headed out to a new beach (Cas Abao). Cost 10 Guilders ($5.71USD) to park, but didn’t mind so bad, as those lots are guarded and your less apt to have your vehicle (or bus as it were) broken into while you’re out doing the Jacque Cousteau thing. To our delight, a nice little beach, all kinda of tikki huts, and places to ‘camp’ while you’re out splashing around, showers, bathrooms, nice little bar, and a dive shop. Hells bells you can even get a massage or mani/pedi if you want there.

Grabbed our gear and headed out into that beautiful azure water…. water is stilled a little stirred up from a lot of wind the past couple of days and another good ocean surge, but still almost takes your breath away the first time you put your face down in that water…. absolutely friggin’ beautiful. The reef at this beach didn’t have as much to offer as some we have been to – but still amazing to swim around and look at the aquatic life beneath you. Always looking for bigger and more interesting things to look for – I veered out away from the coast and headed into open water — still not a lot of stuff to look at… slightly dismayed at that… I headed back into shore…. and what to my wandering eyes should appear (little nod to you early Christmassy type folks)…. I saw a small part of an antennae sticking out from under a rock. Patience and a couple of valiant efforts to get my big a$$ down about 15 feet – I got to check off another ‘must see’ off of my list~~!! I spotted my first Lobster~!!! This one was big enough for a meal too~! (at least it looked like it to me)….. happy, happy, happy~!!!  🙂

Came in and shared the news with my bride, had a good cold beer, a couple of cigarettes and headed back out to check out the other side of the bay. Sadly, the other side lacked decisively…. but found what looks like a great SCUBA location. Came in, rounded up my Queen, had another cold beer and another couple of smokes…. while watching the throng of diversity that was on that beach……. all the while under a wonderfully hot sun with big white puffy clouds and that gorgeous blue Sea…….. Sitting there with my Queen, with those kind of surroundings, I haven’t felt that kind of contentment in a long, long, time…… this retirement stuff.. I think I’m gonna get all kind of used to it~!!

Stopped at the local dive shop and chatted them up. I felt comfortable with them after chatting a couple of minutes, wound up signing one of their waivers and will soon be on their list for a 2 tank dive~!

Came back to the house, made a couple of drinks — baled into the pool to rinse off the saltwater and sat and just enjoyed each others company….. My Queen indicated she would like a steak, so I fired up the grill… you may have seen pictures she put up…… we finished our meals and watched the sunset….. truly a wonderful, wonderful day….. I only hope your day was at least a fraction as good as this one was…..

Tener una noche maravillosa~~



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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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