Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post

 

Sand in My Soul

I think just about everyone knows that I love the water. Whether it be a river, the lake, or the ocean, they all make me happy and feel at peace. They all offer something special and unique about them. So on this cloudy Friday being spent from my apartment due to a nasty sinus infection and no diving this weekend (not cool), I am going to share some of my favorite quotes about the great thing called water. Here we go.

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Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”  Norman Maclean

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“All you really need this time of year is a pair of shades and ice cold beer and a place to
sit somewhere near the water”
— Brad Paisley

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“I’m telling you that science has proven that heartaches are healed by the sea.”
Garth Brooks

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When these sails go up, mountains fade away. Stars come out, I’m finally free. Now it’s only the ocean and me.” Jack Johnson

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You can ride on it or drink it;
Poison it or dam it;
Fish in it and wash in it;
Swim in it and you can die in it….Run, you river, run”  The Band

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The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats. Ernest Hemingway

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Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.
Mikhail Lermontov

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I’m an old-fashioned guy… I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.
Johnny Depp

Until next time.

 

Blue and Makos! Oh My!

A litte over one week ago, I did something that most people have told me I am crazy for doing…. I dove with sharks. More like snorkeling, but still, I was in a feeding frenzy as Jimmy Buffett would say. It just took a sweet time for these little guys to get hungry.

The Monday started out like any other Monday, took Abbie out and had breakfast, and then headed to Dana Landing to meet Captain Danny and his little yellow boat. It is 8 in the morning, I was ready for some shark action. After being introduced to everyone and we headed down to the boat for our safety briefing about the boat and also the sharks. More to come on that.

We headed out about 10 miles or so to the spot where we would start chumming the waters for the sharks. Before we even arrived at the spot, we passed a school of dolphins feeding, it was amazing! We also got our group picture!

Fins up!

Fins up!

We arrived, chummed, and waited, and waited, and waited. Lots of waiting for these sharks. Lots. We had one show up and Kyle and another person got in the water, but it decided it did not want to stay, so the shark went away.

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Chum

So we waited some more, ate some soup, some people got sea sick, and some slept. I did not, I kept waiting, and chatted with Nick and Kyle, the owners and founders of SD Expeditions. I have mentioned them in another post before, so again check these two out. They really have something going on out here! It was about 4pm and still nothing! We decided that at 5pm we would call it a day and head back to dry land. All of a sudden the birds flew away! Nick jumped in the water and informed us that there were three blue sharks!!

Photo credit: Kyle

Photo credit: Kyle

I cannot even begin to describe this whole thing! I never ever felt scared or out of place. Nick and Kyle did a great job talking about what to do once in the water, and if you listened everything was fine. The three blues decided they had enough and left. We were then greeted by three mako sharks! More excitement!

Photo credit: Kyle

Photo credit: Kyle

Yes, that is a mako right under my fins. They are a little more jumpy than the blues and get scared easily. We had one that stayed around for a while just eating away and checking us out. It could have been more of the “natural” chum coming from the boat after more people get sick…

Kyle and a mako

Kyle and a mako

As you can see the photo above is one I took. I just really like it, it shows Kyle in his element!

It was a great day, one that I will never ever forget. I finally got to swim with sharks, and I have such a huge respect for them, even more now. What the heck, I just love sharks!

Thanks Danny, Nick and Kyle for a remarkable day! Y’all are the absolute best.

Celebrating America’s Birthday

As we all know, American had her birthday a few days ago. It is one of my favorite holidays, so naturally I needed plans. Thankfully something fell into place, and it involved going diving. Big surprise right? I completed another speciality for PADI, Peak Performance Buoyancy. It’s just a little important…

The instructor was great. There were only two of us in the class, which makes it go by faster. After the three dives we got some Mexican food. Irony. We had our last dive and I went off to go jet skiing, more like tubing with a friend. Grilled some burgers and hot dogs, and then set off to Ocean Beach to watch the fireworks. We paddled out on surfboards to the do not cross red buoy and waited for the fireworks to go off. That’s right, I watched the fireworks sitting on a surfboard in the Pacific Ocean. WHAT?!

While I do not have many pictures from the day because I spent it mostly under or in the ocean… I have two. Hopefully I will see the ones that the guys took from diving. Who knows! I should really start to being my GoPro more…

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Fiesta Island. There is a horse. Random.

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USA selfie.

It was a great day. One of the best and it is right up there with spending the best day in Canada three years ago.

I also managed to lose my flip flops after the fireworks during the marsh mellow fight on the beach. Talk about insane!

Side note, tomorrow is the day for sharks! Blue and hopefully mako sharks!

I AM SO EXCITED.

But You Don’t Sound Like You’re from the South

I have been hearing this tons out here in San Diego. I get asked where I am from and I answer Nashville. The response… “You don’t have a southern accent!” I say y’all all the time if that counts for anything. Heck, I grew up in the city, went to a private school there and have parents from New England and northern Kentucky. My mom tells me after living in Lebanon during my college years I developed one, but I didn’t come back from Savannah, Georgia with that thick southern drawl. I was even told I sound like I have lived in California my whole life even though I do not use the words gnarly, sick, rad and other words some would associate with California.

This brings me to my point, and a list.. my favorite things that people think southerners do without having any idea that it is 2013 now!

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Riding a horse to school/work.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked this, even from some random people in Ohio! It might happen in some places, but I have never seen it.

Everything in the south is fried.
It is true, we love our fried food. Fried chicken, fried Oreo’s, fried pickles. Yes, some people love fried food. Fried okra is great, but I like it better roasted in the oven with some olive oil.

You must love NASCAR.
I like it. The drivers aren’t bad to look at. It developed from moonshine.

Speaking of moonshine, people can marry cousins!
Ah yes, the cousin issue. Why people ask me if my family in Kentucky has marrying cousins I will never understand.

Rednecks
Camo wearing, dip spitting, beer drinking, Freebird. These are all great things, minus  the dip spitting part, nasty. Just because I like to wear my camo hat, or drink a beer does not make me a redneck. New Hampshire has plenty of those! Freebird does get yelled when too much beer is consumed…

You must have killed an animal.
No I have not. I do not plan on it either. Yes, I do own a shotgun and taser for that matter.

We are all stupid and speak slow.
Yeah, that southern drawl comes out and makes us sound not so smart. That does not mean anything. Very intelligent people have come from the south. Morgan Freeman is from Memphis! Also Al Gore…

Country Music
It is great. I love it. When I tell people I am from Nashville, they automatically assume I have the ability to play a musical instrument and sing. They are wrong. Not everyone has that talent.

You must be a Republican
I am. Not everyone is though. That’s enough of that

So there you have it. I might add more later, but these stand out to me the most.