Today is my 26th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, I gave my stomach virus to Sue and, while I am feeling better daily, she is not doing well today (or all of last night). Regardless, she’s off work and we will get to spend the day together. [I'm not sure that sounded as nice as I intended.]
In the “Keeping Tabs with Former Staff Members” departments, former Florida Sea Base Divemaster Alex Lipsky has received another honor. Click HERE for the report.
In the “Keeping Tabs on My Granddaughter” department, here is a photo of 10 week old Josie’s first underwater experience with her dad, Aaron. Her eyes were like giant blue saucers watching the colors and forms throughout the Sea Life Aquarium in the Grapevine Mills Mall, just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. I hope that this experience in some way becomes ingrained in some part of her memory or helps to instill within her an undying appreciation of the underwater world.
The weather at the Florida Sea Base is improving. The bad news is the wind is still fairly stout and clocking to the west. At 0100 EDT Wednesday the weather buoy on Sombrero Reef (off Marathon, FL) was reporting SSW winds gusting to 36 knots, which is gale force. This is a very uncomfortable direction for those on the dock. The good news is the rain should be gone soon. The National Weather Service in Key West recorded almost 14.5″ of rain Monday. The upper image was generated Tuesday morning by the NWS radar near Key West. The lower image was generated by the same site this morning. Not a lot of relief yet, but looking at the bigger picture, the rain should let up in a few hours.
It has been a somewhat sleepless night here. I am optimistic that the rains will end today at the Florida Sea Base. I hope you have a good day, wherever you are. I’ll be taking my bride to see the doctor in a few hours. I feel really bad that she contracted this stomach junk while taking care of me.
Capt. Steve Willis
Waiting on the doctor’s office to open.