Diving on Christmas~

Merry Christmas All Y’all~!! Sorry I have missed doing this the past several days, but there have been lots of parties and gatherings that we either wanted to attend or were expected to be at….. all of which resulted in getting home late enough each evening (and having to get up in the morning for work) that it just made it not the time to sit down and type. Christmas season here on the island (and other tropical destinations) is a heckva lot busier than what you would think. To this day, it still kind of wigs me out a little bit the number of people that travel for Christmas, to somewhere other than a relatives house. If you earn a living on one of those islands [or work for someone that does]……. above average chance you will be working the holidays to, to tend to the people that like to travel on those holidays. Such was the case this year. I wasn’t told I had to work Christmas day….. not in so many words anyways……. being the conscientious old feller that I am though– did what I felt was in my best interest and the interest of my employer…… Other than abandoning my queen for about 5 hours on Christmas day, I actually kind of enjoyed it. The boat was full and everybody on the boat was in a good holiday mood. The dive shop furnished Santa hats for everyone and lots of sweets to eat and munch on. We made two great dives, there was minimal issues or griping….. and to top it off- icy cold beer waiting at the dock when we got back~! ( I am gonna put a note in the suggestion box that the beer thing should be a full time thing)  😉 It was a very enjoyable day of ‘work‘……. I have been carrying around a Santa hat with me on the second dive for the past several days- and everybody has been getting a big kick out of getting their picture taken with it underwater.

Last night we had dinner with the island kids and Nick (no-not St. Nicholas)…. an agreeable meal and an enjoyable evening before the kids once again head back to the land of plenty. Angie took them to the airport today and will be working in the office for the next week or so covering for Cynthia. Nick is now filling what used to be my slot, which in no way shape or form upsets me…… I would much rather be diving than getting the hell beat out of me rattling around on the trails everyday. Pay is about the same but my tips are much better with the photography~~~ After getting back today and hustling up to get a lot of pictures up from today- My bride and I went out for a Christmas dinner. Wish I could say it was wonderful……. however….. very, very mediocre….. sad, as last year that meal was fabulous (which made us really look forward to it this year) Still — we had a gorgeous sunset, 82 degrees, a meal that filled us up that neither of us had to cook or clean up after…. and each other. I’ll take that. I hope you all got to spend at least some of your day with family and or friends and that you had a very Merry Christmas~!

Vera— Eel warning  😉

Good Night Y’all + + + + + + + + + + + + + + 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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