Good Sunday morning from the Florida Sea Base. At 0630 it is 70º, calm winds, clear skies and still a lot of stars out. Here’s my crystal ball assessment of what’s going on this morning. There are no conference participants for breakfast so I am pretty sure that 99% of the seasonal staff is sleeping in. I suspect most of the residents on the dock are doing likewise. My good friend Captain Dennis Wyatt is up, making coffee and will soon be preparing breakfast for his lovely bride Dr. Ellen. Another good friend, David Ball, is probably up and alert in New Jersey. I wonder if Captain Alex Bergstedt is awake in northern Indiana “skyping” with Maya in Slovakia. I am making a pot of Folger’s Breakfast Blend® coffee. That’s my lovely bride’s favorite. Unfortunately I won’t be able to share it with her. She is 1,500 miles away at our other home in Midlothian, Texas. Her two cats, Scooter and Salem will be waking her up in about an hour. Dave and Captain Alex wouldn’t care for the mundane Folgers. They are coffee aficionados.
I was able to go back to sleep yesterday morning (for about an hour). I spent a few hours on board Escape working on my PADI Course Director application. The dredgers were had at work by 0900, scooping muck.
I had an acupuncture appointment at noon yesterday. With all due respect to the medical profession, I spent 90 minutes and $130 for an hour of acupuncture and 30 minutes of massage. I left there with 5,000 times more relief than I have gotten from six months of doctor’s visits, 2 MRIs, an EMG, and nearly $3,000 worth of blood tests. Drug free, no side effects, no prescriptions, but unfortunately, no insurance coverage.
When I got back to the Base, Rich Goldman and Christy Clemenson were teaching several members of the Florida Sea Base seasonal staff the PADI Open Water Diver course. Christy told me she’s driving to Fort Lauderdale Tuesday to take her US Coast Guard Master written exam. She’s a smart cookie; she’ll do well. Passing written tests earns you a certificate. Successfully driving boats in times of adversities makes you a Captain. A lot of people are able to pass the tests. But just like driving a car, the only way to learn to handle a boat is by doing it. Christy will spend the spring learning to do just that under the supervision of Captain Dennis Wyatt. Rich had to leave unexpectedly late last night and return home. I will check in with him later today to make sure all is well with his parents.
Our Scuba Instructor candidates did very well in the classroom and pool testing yesterday, getting the best scores of the 25 candidates registered for the Instructor Exam. I will drive to Key Largo this morning to observe their rescue and open water teaching presentations. The water is reportedly 68ºF. Fortunately, I will be observing from the shore.
I sincerely hope you enjoy your day.
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape