It’s Been Sometime…

•Wednesday, September 12, 2007 • 6 Comments

Moonpooldive1While I’ve been on this Boat for three and a half months now, it’s been well over four since I’ve written to you last. As I’m sitting here writing this post, we are being tossed and smashed around by Tropical Storm #9, Humberto. Under normal circumstances we would be sitting at the dock waiting for the storm to pass, but as we had now forwarning that this storm was even in the works, we can do little but ride it out. Everyone that matters were caught off guard by this guy. It just seemed to appear right on top of us.

For those of you who do not know, I work on the American Constitution, in the Gulf of Mexico. We are a 225ft, Four Point Anchor, Saturation Diving Vessel. Since I stepped foot on the boat, we have been Plugging and Abandoning Oil and Gas wells for Walter Oil and Gas. Continue reading ‘It’s Been Sometime…’

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Cal Dive International

•Friday, June 8, 2007 • 3 Comments

As promised, I’m back. In a little over two weeks, I’ve managed get from Seattle to New Iberia, LA, hire on with Cal Dive, and complete their new hire training program. As my mom and Jim can attest, it was a hectic, and somewhat nerve racking couple of of weeks. You almost would not even now it happened, it happened so fast. It started with my last day in Seattle. My 2:45 flight turned into a 9:30pm flight, putting me in Dallas a little over 6 hours after my connection flight to San Antonio took off, and well past the bed time of any remaining pilots. I was told that weather in Chicago initially delayed my flight. Whatever the case, sleeping on the floor of DFW Airport was not what I expected to be doing that night. Not that anything has ever really gone as expected… since my conception. Right Mom? Thanks to some persistence on the part of Jim, I made it home by mid morning the next day. One short day at home( hardly adequate after 7 months away from my parents) and the next thing I know, I’m sitting on a train, twelve hours from New Iberia. Continue reading ‘Cal Dive International’

Coming Soon…

•Thursday, May 31, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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The Day Has Arrived!

•Monday, May 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

dscf0799.jpgFirst things first. Allow me to apologize for my absence over the past month(has it been that long?). Early mornings and long days have kept me from posting anything new for you to read. To be perfectly honest, there has not really been much worth writing about. The past month was spent on the MV Response, D.I.T’s boat used for our deep water dives. During my time on the the boat, I made 12 Dives beyond 100 ft and to a max depth of 165ft. Pitch black, cold waters made for not much of anything interesting. The month flew by, leaving me little to time to enjoy my last days here in Seattle. I would not have had it any other way, as I did not really want to spend my last few days in Seattle, actually in Seattle. I have been ready to leave this place since I arrived, one rainy day last October.

So here I am. My training is complete, and Graduation is only one day away. I will be at home in Texas on Thursday evening and from there I will make my plans to travel to New Iberia, La. If all goes as planned, I will hire on with Cal Dive International, where I will start my career as a Commercial Diver.

This will be my last post from Seattle. It’s been fun and I hope that you enjoyed making this journey with me. Once everything settles down, I will begin a new chapter here on my Blog. I hope that you will continue to join me, as I’m sure that things will only get more interesting.

Thanks again for all of your support. I’ll be back soon!

Until next time…

A New Respect for Trout

•Monday, April 23, 2007 • 2 Comments

respect.jpgThe water was frigid, dropping just below 40 degrees Fahrenheit . If I could catch my breath for long enough, I might just be able to see 30 feet in front of me. Small, smooth stones that have been continuously polished by the fresh water, for hundreds of years, swept under my body as if moving on a conveyor belt set to overdrive. The occasional small boulder would pass by, almost taunting me to try and stop it from getting away. I’m not sure how fast these boulders were moving, but there was little chance, even if I could get a hold, that I could hold on long enough to even slow their progress. I simply resigned to watching them move by. It was not the boulders(or stones) that were moving after all, it was me. Trapped in a current, moving at what must have been nearing 10 miles per hour, I was, not so gracefully, moving along the bottom of the Skyquamie River. Continue reading ‘A New Respect for Trout’

Food For Thought…

•Saturday, April 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

 

On the Mindless Menace of Violence

City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
April 5, 1968

This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity, my only event of today, to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one – no matter where he lives or what he does – can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours.

Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. Continue reading ‘Food For Thought…’

Songkran Festival

•Thursday, April 12, 2007 • 3 Comments

songkran-1.jpgI have been invited to the Thai Temple this weekend, to celebrate the Songkran Festival. The owner of one of the Thai restaurants here in Seattle, Kwan Jai Thai, asked If I would like to go with her and her friends on Saturday. I gladly accepted and am really looking forward to it. I’ve only just met Kwan this past weekend, when I stopped into eat(for the first time) with some friends visiting in Seattle. I am  amazed just how welcoming Thais have always been to me, especially when they realize that I can speak their language.  In fact, in a matter of minutes, I usually feel as if we have been friends for a lifetime.  So off to celebrate Songkran I go. In case you want to understand a bit about the Holiday, below you will find a brief description. I have had the opportunity to celebrate Songkran several times, in several different parts of Thailand. Nothing I could write here could ever fully describe what it is like, it needs to be experienced. My last Songkran was spent in Saam’s village, a time I will never forget. Eating, Dancing, Eating, Laughing, Eating, Dancing, sleeping, Dancing, eating. Really though, it is very special and still celebrated traditionally within the Villages. I remember Saam’s Grandmother smiling down on me, as I kneeled below her. Continue reading ‘Songkran Festival’