Happy Thanksgiving from the Florida Sea Base.

I hope everyone has traveled in safety, didn’t get groped too much by the TSA folks (Remember the guys and gals on the line are just doing hat they were ordered to do.  Try to be pleasant with them.  The problem is at levels above them.), and is enjoying time with family and friends.  The weather across the country is generally harsh.  But what a day in the Keys!!! Sunny, mild breezes and a high around 80.  I wish my friends and family would come to the Keys and visit me instead of me having to travel to crummy weather to see them.  (I think they are sending me a message; one that I choose to ignore.)

While we have this special day to express our thanks, it is important that we give thanks every day.  I am thankful that I still live in a Christian country.  I am thankful for the soldiers around the world protecting my freedom.  I am thankful for my family and friends.  Our societal evolution of being a nation of mass transit, technology and prosperity has caused strain for our personal bonds with family and friends now scattered about the nation and even the world.  Today may be a special occasion to be mindful of those who we cannot be with.  Keep them in your prayers.

Florida Sea Base’s General Manager, Paul Beal, may now be addressed as CAPTAIN Paul.  He has received his US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Documents and is “official”.  Congratulations boss.

The Florida Sea Base and Brinton Environmental Center are closed until Monday.  I will be away for another week, likely returning to the base a week from tomorrow.

A reminder to the Divemaster Academy candidates: study, study, study, swim, swim, swim.  I will see most of you in 23 days and you will be taking written exams 24 days from now.  You are going to have a great two weeks.  There will be stress, mental challenges, physical challenges and many opportunities to improve.  Each of you will leave a better diver than when you arrived.

I am thankful for those of you who take the time to read this blog.  Have a safe day.  Don’t over indulge.

Capt. Steve
Alive and well in cool, rainy, Midlothian, Texas (The Cement Capitol of Texas)

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