It is 10:30 in the morning and I am sat outside on one of our picnic tables in the shade answering all last nights email inquiries and I decided to write a blog. What I really want to be doing is writing the newsletter, well that isn’t entirely true. What I REALLY want to be doing is going back to bed as Keiran had me up at 5:30 AM this morning. No wait… that isn’t entirely true either. WHAT I REALLY REALLY want to be doing is diving with a huge pod of dolphins taking prize winning photographs with a new underwater camera set up. Oh… can I add a whale shark in there too? And, if we are really going there, can I be diving off a huge mega yacht (which I own)?
Well, instead of writing the newsletter I decided to write a blog for you. “Yes, a blog about the 12 dolphins, right?” I hear you asking. Not yet… not yet.
We recently went out to dinner with Joe and Jean. Last week was the third time that Joe and Jean had been diving with us. They came in 2008, 2010 and also 2013. Or was it 2009? Anyway… doesn’t really matter. Joe and Jean are an awesome couple from New Mexico. When they walked in the gates the first morning of their dives I instantly recognized them and was sad that I didn’t get to go out on the boat myself. They said something charming like “You don’t look like you just had a baby!” and I decided we should hang out more :). So, Chris asked them over for sunset drinks one night. It was kind of like dating… you know? First you test the waters and see if sunset drinks is fun, then if successful you can move on to the next level… dinner. Joe and Jean passed the personality test and Chris and I went to dinner with them a few nights later. They say flattering things like “You guys run the tightest dive operation we have ever seen.” We halfheartedly tell them to stop while actually probing them for more information!
At this point you are all thinking… “Ummmm, I read the title of this blog and thought you were going to tell us about some dolphins? Can you get to the dolphins already?”
No. You have to wait. All in good time, people, all in good time.
So, Jean, Joe, Chris and I all went to dinner. We even got in a babysitter for the night! It was a great dinner, we had loads of fun. Joe and Jean are one of those rare finds where they are really good listeners. They don’t just ask questions, they actually listen to the answers. It sounds like we went out to dinner with a couple that spent the whole time flattering us and asking us questions, but it was reciprocated, don’t worry!
During dinner Jean asked me if I had ever done any professional writing. I said no. Then she said that she thought I had a real talent for it (perhaps those weren’t her exact words, perhaps she said “you are really good at it” or “you write really well”, I can’t remember). I do remember that Joe increased the complement because he said “That means a lot coming from Jean.”
“Where are you going with this, Sally?” You ask. “We want dolphins! We know you are a good writer because we are reading the blog. Now get to the point!”
Geez, people. Pushy or what?
This made me realize that since having the baby I have truly neglected my blogging duties. I really enjoy writing, (although I would rather be diving with that pod of dolphins from my mega yacht) and I’m not doing enough of it.
So… cue music… as Gerry (a completely different diver altogether) was telling me about his dives yesterday morning I was listening, but also I was thinking of Jean. She was telling me “listen really carefully so that you can write about it.” I said “Get out of my head so that I can listen then!!”
Gerry recently became an Open Water diver with us. He did his certification dives last week when the weather really wasn’t that great. This week it has been stunning, with clear, blue, water. Great viz, unbelievable conditions. The boat came back from the trip and Gerry had his log book open on the table and was drying himself off. I had just seen Dave who had given me the two thumbs up sign as he was walking past the container. The two thumbs up means something good. He just said “dolphins” with a big smile. I asked Gerry “I heard you saw some dolphins.” Then Gerry started this animated description of what happened.
“Yes, we did. They got so close that I even touched the belly of one. I was just swimming around when all of a sudden my vision went totally grey. I couldn’t see anything. I was like ‘woah, what is that?’ and had to back myself up to get my field of vision back.”
At this point he sort of pulled his head back with his arms, (we were reliving the moment with him!)
“I saw it was a dolphin and he was going so slowly past me I just put my hand out and brushed his belly. Then we circled around each other three or four times.”
Here Dave pipes in “and I was looking at a little puffer fish this whole time.”
Apparently there was a pod of 3 dolphins, and this was at our dive site called Fish pot. Then the divers went over the Anse Marcel and while they were diving here they saw a pod of 9 dolphins. Just amazing. I said to Gerry “you will be dreaming of those dolphins tonight.” and he replied “I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.”
And that folks, is what it is all about. That is why diving is so amazing. It creates the opportunity for a lifelong memory to be made. Something that is so special that you can close your eyes and be right back there, seeing it over and over and over again. Gerry is pretty lucky. Don’t hate him because he saw dolphins on his 5th AND 6th dive. Well, you can hate him a little bit 🙂
Finally, the title was explained!
Alright, next task… that newsletter.
(Sally wrote this blog 🙂 )