Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just Dive In!

     I am a man with lofty aspirations.  I make big plans to do big things, and when I make such plans, I intend to see them through.  Coincidentally, I am also the mayor of Procrastinationville.  As you may have read from my previous posts, I was going to climb the mountain behind my house, I was going to write a book, (a book the people were sure to read), and I was going to win a camera in a weight loss contest against, "The Boss."  While these plans simmer on the back burner like a watched pot, I occasionally add  a pinch of good reason and a dash of excuses to spice up this cauldron of underachievement.   

     Recently, the Grand Daddy of all plans came about.  I, along with a couple of my good friends decided we were going to be scuba divers. We hired an instructor, we read the books, we passed our written exams, and we spent all day on Labor Day in the pool learning how to use our equipment.  Then on Wednesday, we actually dove in the Pacific Ocean.  Let me tell you what diving 35 feet under the surface of the Pacific Ocean does to a person.  Initially, it scares the living shit out of you since we're being completely honest here. Once you're done peeing in your wetsuit and the fear subsides, the beauty and tranquility, the power and vastness really put into perspective how small we are in the overall scheme of things.  I came out of the water with such a sense of accomplishment and a renewed appreciation for what this life has given me.  Not to mention, I actually followed through on something for a change.  

     I still plan to climb that mountain behind my house.  And once I find my pen (creative vibe to write), I will get back to work on writing something worth reading. Of course I will need to stop procrastinating too.  Starting next week! 

     This post isn't my best work but it sure is fun to be writing again.  I missed you guys. 


  1. those pictures are wonderful.

    welcome back :)

  2. Holy cow, you're back! Yay. I was just scrolling through my bloglist yesterday and clicked on yours and the last one was eons ago....and I was thinking, that's a shame, I always liked his blog. So welcome! and congrats on the scuba diving. you'll never get me to do that, though I am sure I'd love the view.

  3. I am so glad you are back!! I have been wondering how the new place is coming along? Hey join the rest of us in Procrastinationville...right now, I cannot even concentrate. My youngest daughter is expecting her first child, a son, any day now. I am waiting for THE CALL...
    Congrats on Scuba Diving. Check out the book Shadow Divers by Robert Kerston...I think you might like it...and REALLY have a greater experience reading it.
    Again...welcome back!!

  4. DfG, these pictures do the view no justice. It's beautiful down there. I came face to face with a male Garibaldi who was protecting his nest. we sized each other up and we both agreed to move on.Donna, the house is great. We are close to our neighbors in a 1950's small town 4th of July BBQ kind of way. So exciting to hear that you'll have a grandson soon. Congratulations in advance, and thanks for the book plug. I'll definitely check it out.

  5. Welcome back, my friend!

    AND congratulations! Diving DOES give us perspective, that's for sure...

    Best work or not, I'm glad you've returned!

  6. Wow! Congratulations on taking the plunge on one of your goals. I've always wanted to go scuba diving but I am not a very good swimmer. - G

  7. Hey, G. You don't have to be a good swimmer. The equipment makes you buoyant like an astronaut in space. All you have to do is kick your feet and you're on the move. It's a great feeling.

  8. Glad to have you back! Something about peeing on yourself in a wetsuit that seems to change a man. Seriously though, congrats for the accomplishment and can't wait to hear more from you :)

  9. Great Comeback!

    Glad you are back to writing, no excuses for the book now!