From Tropical Storm to a Hurricane…… and Neighbors~~~

Up this morning after a reasonable nights sleep….. rolling out about Quarter til 06:00. Kidneys and stomach spurring me into action – finally got out of the ‘Loo’ unscathed…… I settled in to see what in the world was going on and sadly, was disappointed to see that the world as I know it is still mostly in the toilet. I’m satisfied that there will not be an over night/ flip the switch kind change – but sure would like to see some glimmer of hope flickering out there……. NOT holding my breath…….

Got my camera and strobe all bump charged – loaded along with my gear into the truck and came in and forced a sausage and biscuit into me. By now, my Queen is up and bumping around – I had my daily coff of cuppee with her, before pouring myself a glass of Lemon water and getting ready for my day. What’s that ? Lemon water ? I didn’t discuss that….. a recommendation from my Littlest Sis — remind me later….. fun story………. kinda. The dive boat was going off our end of the island today, because waters on the North shore was just gonna be too rough. We have Hurricane Elsa passing by us for the next 8 – 12 hours or so — we have no threat from her – but getting the most delightful breeze [spelled: WIND] from her. Tough enough it even made our normally calm West end of the island ‘Sporty‘…… Smaller crowd than usual, and some pretty tame dive sites compared to the North shore – but still – good diving and lots and lots of fun……..

Finally back at the house – I had just got my gear rinsed and my camera soaking when my phone starting ringing. It was still in my camera case so I had to dig it out, just in time to see it was our ‘Damn Neighbors’.¬† Now we haven’t heard from these two in a hot minute or so – and seeing brief posts on FB – I figured they had transitioned to a more traditional life…. adoring puppy dogs, kids and acting all normal and stuff. Not our particular style – but hey – these are our Damn Neighbors and we love them…….. The conversation started out weirdly calm and almost boring…… I was still in my dripping wet trunks (and really wanted to sit down) so my Bride took over the conversation while I went and dried off and cooled off in front of the fan so I could get some dry shorts on. By the time I got back….. the conversation was starting to roll around to a more recognizable tone. Some where right in there – it [rapidly] became evident that our Damn Neighbors were drinking…….. Boy Howdy~!! Now THOSE are the Damn¬† Neighbors I remember~!! The next hour or so turned into a conversation “of old”….. rocketing me back to the days of our back yard and those two people being the lovable, heart warming, pain the in the as butts, I remember and love. Holy Moly what a great hour we spent – laughing, calling each other names (not fit for print) and discussing the worlds (as we know it) issues…… Several drinks into and past that conversation finally led to an inevitable end……. Sure do miss those people…… not enough to move back to the states…. but you get where I’m going with it.

Taking the next couple of days off…… might mow a mountain top – might go shopping with my Queen…. I don’t know yet……..

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

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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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