From a really good day – to mostly bad – to really great~!

Got to ‘sleep in’ a touch this morning before rolling out to plentiful sunshine, a wonderful Caribbean breeze and the start of a  new day. I was due out at the West end of the island in Frederiksted at the pier to be a safety diver for a fun raising swim happening there. I showed up, got my gear assembled and dutifully dropped into the water to help any body that got them selves in a bind for the start of the swimming race. I admire the folks doing this….. a mile and half swim in less than smooth ocean conditions. Our job was to ensure they made the 14′ leap safely into the water and get underway. Kayaks and other boaters monitored them for the remainder of the swim. The start went without issues [yay~!] and we were soon left to use up the tank of air we bought for this event. (We spent about 15 minutes sitting on the Sea floor, watching swimmers go over us) Several folks took off in groups to explore the pier. By myself – I decided to do some clean up – so I hung close to the beginning of the pier picking up way to much trash that thoughtless so & so’s decided to throw into our beautiful water. As I swam, I stopped for the occasional photo-op, and in true fashion, the pier did not disappoint. I even managed to spot my first Sea Horse~! I have seen many of them – but this one I actually found all by myself. Also came across what I believe is a Scorpion fish – a prehistoric looking dude that is intimidating to look at. I then eased my way out to the dolphins…. small boat tie up points that hold an amazing amount of life. I took one video you HAVE to see…… even I am in awe of it. Sadly, I think it will be too big to get on here – but you’ll be able to see it on FB — AWESOME~!  [even if I do say so myself~!]

Finally out after a little over an hour underwater, emptied my trash bags and went to unload my gear. Because my Queen was not with me – I had to take my truck keys with me. Knowing “FOBS” do not handle water well, I carefully wrapped mine inside a zip top sammich bag and put it in my BC Pocket. Lets just say…. the bag leaked. In the interest of brevity, I wound up ripping out the horn on the truck, tore up both hands in the process, had to have my bride come get me, had to have the truck towed……A VERY expensive lesson learned…..DAMMIT EMMIT~! Truck now back in my possession…….. fast forward to home, shower,  meeting friends at the Palms for dinner……. who else walks in but Jim & Deb~!! Back from Australia…. drinking ensued (yea – shocker huh) Longer story – shorter…… [about out of word limit]…. lots of alcohol – – – -truly good friends, good food and great times…. perfect end to a day~!!!! Back to ‘work’ tomorrow~~

Good Night Ya’ll * * * * * * * * * * * * *  * Thankx for stopping in~!

My view of the swimmers getting ready.
Working on buoyancy control while we wait
and their off
You cannot believe the noise they make going over head
Note the divers – all eyes on the swimmers~!
Kids jumping off of the pier after the racers left
Cute story behind this – ask me about it
My first Sea Horse that I found~!
My first Sea Horse that I found~!!!!
and this bad looking dude~!
Some of the crap I brought up from the bottom~~
Sea Urchin
Conch Shell
Squirrel Fish
My Queen, me, Dave & Liz
Tim dropped in and graced us with his presence for a bit
My wonderfully delicious burger (and Dave & Tim)

Jim & Deb dropped in for a great surprise~!!

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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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