Wants and Reality…….

I REALLY wanted to write a nice long blog for you all tonight because I have been ‘skipping out’ here recently…….. but even I have to admit, with my schedule recently, it has been about all I can do to just keep up… let alone move forward a little bit. I wanted to tell you about what it is like to make 4 dives in one day……. during each and every one of those dives, you are swimming your brains out to catch up to every single person on the dive and make sure you get at least one picture of every single person on the load……… sometimes that can be 12 – 14 people…… and with each having their own different diving profile……… that can turn into quite the challenge…… especially if you’re an out of shape old fat guy…….. but ya know what………..? This old fat guy is swimming circles around “most” of the diving Gods we are getting. I can set my own gear up – I can get my saggin’ old a$$ off the end of the boat without help……. and I have never ONCE put my mask on up side down…….. not even close…… but ya know….. stuff happens…. I show up “suddenly, out of no-where”….. and I can tell pretty quick if people want their picture taken or not………… The ones that do are fun to work with…… God bless them…. they try hard….. but it makes getting a decent picture a challenge at best. There again – they try hard – and it makes it fun [or at least entertaining] for me…… I love hearing the feedback if they are on the boat after they see some of their pictures…… it is almost like ” OMG – I can’t believe the pictures you took”…. I guess they expected lesser quality…… but I don’t do that…… if it’s not at least a ‘good‘ picture – I won’t put it up. I wanted to talk about being bounced around on a 47′ boat like it was a piece of Balsa wood….. how the mighty ocean don’t care about your fragileness or that you paid a couple of thousands of dollars for your diving rig (even more for your camera) and have it tossed around like yesterday’s trash…….. The things that I go through every day…. and sometimes…. find a bit monotonous. Are things most land locked people can only imagine. I should have taken some video today coming back from the last dive……. the weather had picked up [considerably] by the time we surfaced, and we were motoring into 6′ – 8’ swells all the way back……… kinda awesome watching waves break over the top of the bow of the boat – and completely engulf the galley windows…….. you just cannot help but be in awe of the power of those waves….. I want to tell you all about ALL of that stuff…….. but  I’m just too tired…….. and unless you have experienced it first hand…… I could spend days and THOUSANDS of words trying to describe it to you……. and never get even close to doing it….. more diving and more pictures tomorrow………

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

[Embrace the curls ??????????]



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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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