Sharks and stuff~!

Usual morning stuff…. me and my bride fed….. Angie didn’t have to be in to work until 08:30, so she got to lounge a bit. I loaded up and headed out, about half dreading my upcoming dives because I knew we had a full boat and I just usually never had enjoyable dives with big crowds. I think most of it is in my head, but that’s my issue to resolve. Turns out, I knew most of the people. Four of them were a family I remember from last year and they remembered me and were delighted that I was on the boat. That perked me up considerably. We no longer have our glass smooth water surface, but still plenty calm even though the ‘viz’ (visibility) degraded some. First dive was mostly uneventful as I got to see everybody’s capabilities and learn what our guests were like underwater. All presentably decent divers and as it turns out enjoyable and fun. The surface interval between dives was a lot of fun as everybody interacted with each other. There was a lot of laughing and just overall an enjoyable intermission. One of the son’s in the family is a budding underwater photographer and peppered me with questions. I was happy to answer all his questions. We pulled my camera out and went over it [in fine detail] and I told him on the next dive I would let him try it out if he was interested. I thought he was gonna hug me…. yes– definitely interested~! Next dive just about the time I unclipped my camera and handed it to him…… sharks came in and that young man sat there with my camera and had 3 sharks circling him. He was in heaven. He was respectful, he fired off about a half dozen shots and then handed my camera back to me. I told him if any of them came out, I would gladly give me photo credit on them. You should have seen the smile on his face. As it turns out, I kept 3 of the shots and true to my word gave him credit. I’ll include “his” pictures here so you can see them. He had mentioned he was really wanting to improve his camera set up. I told him, as it happens….. I had an entire camera set [exactly the pieces he needs] and as it were, I was wanting to sell it. (The set up I got started on). He had a heart to heart conversation with his Dad and this afternoon — I met them in town and they purchased all of my previous camera equipment. Lots of satisfaction in that transaction….. this young man got a really nice camera set up for a fraction of the cost of new equipment, it is going to help propel him to some amazing photography and I got to move the equipment. I hated that it was sitting in our spare room collecting dust. I also told him he was welcome to reach out to me anytime he wanted for hints and tips if he so desired. I also got a box full of ‘branded’ pictures, that I am going to put into local shops and our dive shop….. so looks like everything is going good……! Too many words….. dammit……

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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