Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Meer-Ackle!

There's a guy I know, I had labeled him "The Laziest Person I Ever Met". Yesterday he changed my opinion of him completely. He went out of his way, inconvienenced himself, and ventured into uncharted territory to help an old man. I was, and am still, impressed.

After work yesterday, I experienced a minor meer-akle. I got home, walked the dawg, and left him tied to the front porch, like always. I went in and got my stuff and came back out to take him snorkeling, and he was gone! I shrugged my shoulders and went to the beach without him. (Poor 'lil fella!) When I got home, he was tied to the front porch again! A Meer-Ackle! He must have unclipped himself where the leash was attached to his collar, gone for a little run, come back and clipped himself back to the leash! I'da never thunk he coulda done it, but we hold these truths to be self evident.
(Or else I didn't clip him properly, he got off, and a neighbor clipped him back up when he came home.)

Here's a pic I took yesterday whilst snorkeling, click to enlarge.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Beach Cave

I ended up working yesterday, not for long, but long enough to miss the dive. So I went to a secret beach of mine.
There's a cave there and it's really nice. It'd be nicer if people didn't litter, but all in all it's a very nice cave. Someone left a beach lounger there and I wonder if it came from the public beach wayyyyy far away.
The entrance/exit, from the inside

The beach lounger inside, looks long unused. Notice the green line of algae? I think the sand used to be that deep.

The roots of a tree, underground

Heres a video

Monday, January 29, 2007

'My Unit' is my Rebreather

Yesterdays dive was good. 185 feet, and my first dive of the year.
After that I had to work at a football game broadcast in the evening. It went well, technically and other wise. My co-worker set up a goal. His team won 3-1.
Today, since I worked Saturday and Sunday for the past two weeks, I'm off. I have another dive scheduled and I'm going to go put together "my Unit"

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The P.O.D.

My plan of the day is to go diving this morning, beach after that, then work this afternoon/evening. The working part isn't my plan, it's someone elses.

Last night I had a dream I was eating pizza. I think I know what it means.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

How do you know?

It's one of those days, where I don't have much to say.

Studying this morning, my brain seemed to be working OK, as compared to yesterday, when it didn't work at all. How does that work? How can I detect that some days my brain works better than others? There must be a 'zone of constancy' in my brain, that does not change, in order for me to compare two differences, otherwise, I could be dumb one day, smart the next, but I'd have no way of knowing. As an other example, if I say "today I feel good" - compared to what? If there wasn't a physical pain yesterday that is gone today, that I can remember, what determines if I feel better or worse? Is there some chart of the varying degrees of mood? Sometimes, things can seem OK when I am home alone, but when I get around other people, I realize I'm in a really bad mood, and vice versa too, if I am happy and get near someone nasty! But in that case, there are two differences that are being compared. Not so when it's just me comparing me to me. I was unaware that I was in a good or bad mood when I was alone, there was nothing to compare my mood with.
If someone says "My childhood was normal" How do they know, having experienced only one childhood? Normal could be growing up waist deep in a tarpit, eating only cockroaches, just like everybody else.

Just like everybody else, I'm working about 10AM, and I want to make a beach walk with the dawg before I go.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Chicken Little (the sky is falling?)

What's wrong with the sky in this picture? Something seems to be wrong with the clouds!
Yesterday after work I went snorkeling. I took this pic from about 14 feet underwater looking up. I could see the half moon, and was trying to take a pic of the moon from underwater, but you can't seem to see it in any pictures I took.
This is looking back at the shore from about where I was snorkeling when I took the sky pics. It was pretty calm.

I'm awake and was trying to study, but my brain isn't functioning too well this morning. Yesterday I took a test and got only one wrong. I got it wrong because I was thinking 3/8ths was less than 1/4, not more.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

As usual

I'm at work as usual. I got up early to study, as usual, I can't think of anything to post about, as ususal, and it looks like I'm working both days this weekend, as usual.

Thanks for the input yesterday about checks. I see the risk for the seller who is taking the check. In a better world, it wouldn't be a problem. When I see people use credit cards for grocerys, I assumed that it was because they didn't have the money and were basically borrowing the money for the basics. I can't see this. A person has to live within his means. I like checks. They're good when I don't know how much something is going to cost, like a car repair, or groceries. Also, I could and sometimes still can, write a check at the grocery store for $50 over the amount, saving me a trip to the bank. I don't have an ATM card or any credit card except American Express (which you have to pay in full, every month). I have been in credit card debt before, and will never go back. I think checks are totally good, except people have messed it up, making it unsafe for the seller.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


I didn't get to do my split shift yesterday, but I did get a beach lunch. Today is my regularly scheduled split shift day and I WILL be at the beach if it all works out.
Right now I am freezing in the Air Conditioning.
Today the OI Girl should be finding out when she's coming back. I am READY!

What do you think about checks? Here, a lot of the stores have quit taking them. Do you think checks are obsolete things from the olden days? Or are they still good for modern times? I went to the grocery store a few days ago. I had my checkbook, but I started thinking about it then and just used my American Express card. Checks would still be good except a few have ruined it for the many. I have never bounced a check in my life. But many people will write a bad check without even feeling a pang of guilt. Other people use a credit card for groceries and go deeper and deeper in debt. I have always frowned upon people who use a credit card at the grocery store. Then the other day I said, "Why not?"
Checks are good if you need to prove you paid, the cashed check is your reciept, but so is the credit card statement. Nowadays. I get my pay direct deposited, I pay all my bills online. The only check I need to write is my mortgage in the US. Maybe someday even cash will be made obsolete.
What do you think?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Snot Monday

But it feels like it.
I'm at work and it's morning, it seems like a long time, because I worked nights last week.
The OI Girl was supposed to be back today and now she's not going to be. That makes me sad. I am ready to see her. Don't be confused by my previous post.
Today there were six cruise ships in as I drove by this morning. Check out this link: Cruise Ship Webcams. It's webcams on all the cruise ships. Today looks like a beautiful sunny day-to-be too. It would be a great day for a four-hour-lunchbreak split shift. May-beeeee!!
Last night was an Astronomical Society meeting. It was good. I took my binoculars and put them on a tripod and people looked through them. They are good for wome things. Later in the evening, Saturn came up, and we could see it well through the big telescope. It was cool. Next month, Mercury will be visible after sundown.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Weapon rendered useless!!!!!!

The OI Girl, as you may recall, has gone to Costa Rica and was scheduled to return tomorrow. the reason she left the island was for immigration purposes, as she is switching jobs. When we learned she was leaving the island, I suggested she spend 3 weeks at home. (I was going to suggest a month, but didn't want to be apart from her a whole month.) I thought it would be a great vacation for her and that she would be all excited, instead, she acted all offended and implied I didn't love her and wanted her to be gone a long time. Alrighty then! I bought the ticket she found on Expedia, returning in two weeks. Now, her work permit isn't done yet, and she has to wait (at least) another week to come back. Also, her ticket is non refundable, so guess what? I have to buy another whole ticket for her, round trip, of which she won't use the return part, just like she's not using the return portion of the ticket she has. So I just might as well have bought two tickets, and thrown one away, cause of that stupid ass you-don't-love-me shit.
Won't happen again. She wanted me to buy another (non-refundable) ticket, but I said no. She's going to wait till her work permit is ready, then I'll buy the ticket.
If the roles were reversed, and I got offered a month off work, I would JUMP ON IT!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Women . . .

. . . will imply that you don't love them and then expect you to proove how much you do.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Family Trees

click to enlarge

Last night, a friend of mine was looking at a bunch of old photos. Old Photos, like some from the 50's on up. There was one picture he didn't know who it was. I told him to make notes on the back of the photos, because now it was one photo unknown, in a year it will be more, till nobody knows who anyone is in the photos. But the whole thing made me start thinking about my family. On my Mothers side, my Aunt made a family tree. It's like a whole book. On my Fathers side, I mentioned it to my cousin once and we wrote down what we knew, but nothing too in-depth. I think it's something that should be done, trace the lineage back, but it's the kind of thing I procrastinate about till it's too late. And as time goes by, information is lost.

Here's a picture of a leaf I took yesterday on the beach. It kind of fits the subject.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Computer Addict

I got up this morning to study and decided to check my email and a bank balance first and now, more than an hour later I'm still here. I need to go study. Every time I come to the computer, I spend more time than I intended.

I put a new link in my sidebar, It is where you can see a lot of leaked media files. It used to be but Live Leak took it over, it was much better as Ogrish, but it's still has a lot of info you can't find anywhere else. This morning I was listening to the caller who warned the radio station people could die from their contest. After listening to that, I think perhaps somebody deserves to go to jail.

I'm working tonight and tomorrow. So far, not Sunday.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

New blogger

I'm getting increasingly disgruntled that I cannot switch to the new version of Blogger. I started trying to switch to beta months and months and ago and couldn't. Now beta's gone, and everytime I log on I get invited to switch to the new version and when I try, I get told I can't. According to the help file, I should be able to. The only reason that might apply as to why I can't is that is if this blog is too big. It's not THAT big.

This morning I'm working early and late. I have a broadcast this morning at the Ritz, then I have to go back tonight for my all-week broadcast. It was a hassle moving all the equipment and now I have to move it back tonight. Also I was not informed of this mornings broadcast till last night. The Ritz is one of the worst places to broadcast from.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

pics from yesterday

tiny purple flower, barely bigger than the end of a pencil eraser.

Neighbors Dog, Tiki

Sunflower the OI Girl planted

Ditto The Dawg with a friend on the beach, this puppy's name is Schmuck or something like that

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Nikon D-100

I have a camera I never use anymore, a Nikon D-100. It was pretty good when I got it, it still is, but it's kinda obsolete. Not enough megapixels. I like it because I can put different lenses on it and stuff. But I haven't used it in a while, because it's a pain in the butt to carry around.
I took it out the other day and decided I am going to start using it again. I don't even remember how to work it!!
And that's all I have to say today, I'm going out to take some pics!

(PS: I got an 86% on that last test, the one I was whining about. One I had right and I switched, two others I think I'm right and they're wrong. I didn't miss any of the ones that were giving me difficulty.)

Monday, January 15, 2007

late shift

It's Monday, I'm at home. I work evenings this week. It will be nice for a change.
I made it to an old secret beach yesterday. I have a stash of beach stuff there, shells and seeds and good beach junk. It's still there, but they put a road in on the path that I used to go down to get to the secret beach. It probably won't be secret for too much longer.
I worked last night, till about 9:30. The alarm went off at 3:30 and I turned it off. It was super hard to wake up. Now I'm drinking coffee and getting ready to start studing. And I did a big stack of dishes this morning.
It looks like we're getting over the cold wind period. (thanks for the sympathy in the comments!)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Sometimes you just gotta say . . . .


I just took the test on the chapter that gave me such a hard time, even though I was unsure of some of the material. I'll probably miss some I didn't even suspect might be wrong. (really I just hope I didn't flunkit)

Today is Saturday and I'm not working, but I am, however, working tomorrow. Evenings next week all week.

It is still very cold and windy, but I owe the dawg a beach walk today. Poor 'lil fella!

I was cruising some blogs and found pics of someone I know on one! Hee Hee!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Already the weekend

This must be the shortest week on record. I was worried about this week because it has been the first full week after several short weeks because of holidays, but it went pretty fast and painlessly.
I am upset at my schoolwork though. I have been on this lesson for 10 days, a new record I think, and I've spent half the time on two questions and just cannot find the answer. I'm afraid I'm going to flunk this chapter. I'll be calling the school today, but I'm so lost I don't think I can even formulate a question.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


This morning it was soo hard to wake up. I hit the snooze 3 times. I finally got up, and my brain was not functioning too well while I was studying. It seemed darker than normal outside too. I looked at my watch and it was 6:40 and still dark. My beeper went off 10 minutes later, telling me time to go to work, and it was light.
Here it is very cloudy, windy and cold.

I feel kind of zombie-fied today. I considered calling in sick.

Yesterday afternoon I went looking for the OI Girls cat, Tica. I received a phone call yesterday, and I can send her back to Cayman Brac, where she grew up. The person who has the OI Girls old apartment will take her, if she's not wild. If Tica wants to be wild, she can be one of the outdoor cats at Brac Reef Resort, where OI Girl used to work. Everything's been set up by the manager there. (she's the one who called me).
Either way, Tica has a much better chance of survival there than here.
If I can find, and catch, Tica the Cat.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


I can't think of anything to post about today. Payday is in a week and I'm broke.
I read in National Geographic News that the volcano is going off again in Monserrat. I haven't heard that news anywhere else. Except we had it yesterday.
The OI Girl has my big laptop. and we talk using yahoo messenger. I'm supposed to "meet" her at 8:30.
Here's a pic of the OI Girl, I took it in the dark with no flash and lightened it up a bit. It's pretty accidental, but I think it's kind of cool. You can see her smile.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Two weeks off

This morning I took the OI Girl to the airport. She's gone to Costa Rica for two weeks. Wish I was going. I miss her already, but I can get some extra studying in.

The OI Girl's pretty much been living with me for a couple of months, but she moved completely out of her apartment yesterday, she gave the landlord the key. She lives with me now.
The OI Girl was leaving her apartment for the last time and she saw her cat, all skinny and dirty. Tica the cat looked at her, but wouldn't come. Tica got out two months and two days ago. Why does The OI Girl see the cat now? What purpose could God have for showing her her cat at the last possible minute? Tica seems to have turned wild. She was a humane society cat, so she was born wild. I'd think she liked her old life better, all she could eat and a good bed and water.

The OI Girl didn't like seeing her cat like that, all scrawny and dirty. She says Tica looked at her, then ran away.
She says she doesn't want to go back there, ever.

But I want to go find the cat.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sometimes . . . .


when you cry...

no one sees your tears.


when you are in pain...

no one sees your hurt.


when you are worried..

no one sees your stress.


when you are happy..

no one sees your smile .



But FART!! just ONE time...

And everybody knows!!

Gotcha!! You thought it was going to be one of those
heart-touching stories!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

the OI Girl got a turkey for a X-Mas bonus at work. I cooked it and we're
waiting for friends to arrive and help us eat it!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Heartbeat city

I almost got in a wreck this morning. Here, they have these vans that act as busses. this morning I was driving past one that was stopped, turn signal on towards the curb, letting off (or picking up) passengers. As I was starting to go past, the turn signal switched directions, indicating the bus was coming back on the road and at the same time the bus driver popped the clutch and leapt out right in front of me. I slammed on the brakes and locked up the wheels and pulled out into the center lane to keep from hitting his side.
It's been a half hour and my heart is still hammering.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Here I am, back at work, took the Cousins back to the airport this morning. Yesterday the OI girls Uncle came on a Cruise ship with a group of relatives. Everyone was habla-ing Espanol except me. Hablo picito Espanol pero no mucho. Yesterday there was a half a dozen ships in and downtown was moderately crowded. It got more crowded after I took this picture.
This is the view from the balcony of Breezes Restaurant. When you come for a visit, this is where I'll meet you.

When I got to work this morning, I had a Christmas card waiting from a long lost friend from my Navy days. I'll be calling them today.
It was nice not having a stack of bills waiting. Don't worry, they'll be here.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I'm in downtown George Town, with swarms of Cruise Shippers, getting ready
to meet the OI Girls uncle. There's 6 ships in port today. I'll probably
have some pics tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Home again

I'm home again, got back last night. I had a good time while I was gone but I'm glad to be home. The OI girl's sleeping and the cousins are at her old apartment. I'm off of work today except for an OB tonight, at a Sports Bar called davey Jones Locker.
I found a table I liked, while walking on the beach on the Brac, I'm going to make one like it.

Here's another couple of pics I liked...