SOO much going on………..

Hello all,

Jeeez what a couple of days…….. whomever talked about retirement being calm, relaxed and soul soothing….. well, in my opinion ‘ain’t doin’ it right’. Way I see it it – retirement is the time to do all of the things you would have liked to do during your ‘normal life’. Pretty much coming and doing as you please, eating and drinking when you want . Going to ‘gatherings, when you want…. sleep in when you want…… the key phrase in all of this…. is when you want. I can’t tell you the number of times (working a swing shift) I wanted to drink a beer when I got home at 09:00 in the morning. With some growing up and advice from a trusted friend [Thankx Ernie] I learned it was okay….. and not really give a damn what everybody else thought. I am still working on getting my mind properly staged for this life style……… I’m getting better at it day by day though……. last couple of days, it’s been a ‘shoot from the hip’ kinda of days….. and I love it. One day – running ALL THE WAY to the other end of the island (a little over an hour drive) to join some friends for steak and lobster…. some shrimp and a couple of other goodies… all mixed with the perfect amount of alcohol and lots of friends. As it turned out…. MOST of them were folks I dive with, which made the conversation [for me] great…… not so much for my Queen – but she was a good sport and jumped into every conversation wherever she got a shot (whether she knew what she was talking about or not)  😉

The following night – I committed to going on a shop promoted night dive. Night dives are not new to me – but as a general rule…. I “hate ’em”….. way to complicated to explain right now, but I hate ’em and I just quit making them. Being gainfully employed by a dive shop now, who I believe would benefit from some decent night dive shots – I committed to going.  Couple of problems here……. It had been a year or better since I made a night dive, and I have never made a night dive carrying around a professional camera rig. Several things to understand about a night dive…… first off– you can’t see shi….squat. Whatever your flashlight lights up is it~! You could have a 40′ shark….. a GIGANTIC Kraken just outside the beam of your light…. and you would never know it….. I have earned an entire new respect for picture takers that do night shots on a regular basis…… One…. during daylight hours….. your buoyancy needs to be top notch….. at night…. it needs to be 5x’s that good….. OMG….. then the things that pop up out of no where………. I came > < that close to laying my hand on a lionfish (venomous) because I didn’t see him……. If I drop another 1000 words…. I’m never going to be able to adequately describe that sensation…… pitch black – with some of the most amazing colors you ever laid your eyes on……..!! SO many other things to talk about taking pictures at night – but already over my limit….. so I’ll put up some pictures I hope you haven’t seen yet….. I’m diving the next 6 days…. so will have plenty of new underwater pictures for you……..

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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