Friday, December 31, 2010

Home Sweet Home (To Be)

To you, this may not look like much. But on February 4th, this will be home sweet home.

I am thoroughly amazed. In four days we: found a house, made an offer, accepted the counter offer, got the home inspected, certified and insured, signed the purchase contract, and arranged future maintenance and repairs. In four days in a place we had never visited before! And, so far, no buyer's remorse. Is there an emoticon for crossed fingers?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Please Accept

Besides beat up old cars, I've never owned anything in my life. So today was a huge deal when we made an offer on this home in the Tampa area of Florida. That is Doug in the photo standing on our own floating dock with the Gulf of Mexico only a short swim away. Please let them accept our offer, please...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Too Cool 2

$120 to see a movie. Yes, that is how much we paid here in Tampa to see 'Tron Legacy' at the CineBistro movie theaters. But that included dinner and beverage served to us in our reclining leather seats during the show. Was it worth it? Definitely!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friendly Fear

I'm in the Deep South being overwhelmed by hospitality . . . plus a little suspicion and fear.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Checking It Twice

Ho, Ho, Glub - again. Santa is everywhere right now. Isn't he supposed to be busy at the north pole? At least this time he was busy "making a list." Or maybe he was "checking it twice." Hmmm. When he saw me this morning did that remind him to add me, or to cross me off? The suspense is killing me.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ho, Glub, Glub

Yes, Santa hats are normal this time of year - but on a scuba diver? In the water? Ho, glub, glub.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Graduated Giggling

It doesn't take much to get the Maui Pink Cap Swimmers laughing, and the two AARP rides along our usual swim course keep us happily entertained. We used to get our thrills in shallow and dangerous conditions, now swirling currents get us giggling.

Congratulations, George, on finally graduating. Today was fun and we are looking forward to seeing you back in the water far more often. Click HERE for more photos from this morning's swim.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

New Outlook

I got an iPhone4 for Christmas from my boss and I'm thoroughly impressed by the photographs it takes. I took this ten minutes ago on the lanai and am posting it directly from my phone.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Muscle Fatigue

I can't believe I only paddled 6.5 miles this morning, but its a good thing, my arm muscles keep seizing up. This is the first time I've been out for fun (escorting swim racers doesn't count) since last whale season. I saw whales in the distance, but nothing up-close yet...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Water Greeters

My buddy, Mark, came chasing after me this morning, shouting my name as he swam. I, as usual, was totally oblivious and heard nothing but faint whale singing. He had to tackle me to get my attention. Why was he so persistent? He wanted to give me a Christmas card. Aww.

This guy (below) usually swims up to meet me as I pass by, then dives back to continue foraging for food on the bottom, and today was no exception. No card from him. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Evil Boss

Sorry for not posting, I have been slammed with work and my evil boss hasn't been giving me any free time to play. It is only going to get worse as I get ready to leave for Christmas on the mainland with my in-laws. These two sunset shots are from Monday's photo shoot.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lurking in the Depths

I love the fact that everyone was so busy chatting on the surface they didn't notice the three (yes, three) swimmers lurking below.

Today was Renee's birthday, so she got to be the center of attention. I couldn't think of anyone better to be the main focus. Click HERE for more photos from this morning's swim.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


The main reason for this blog is to force myself to take at least one photograph every day which I am not ashamed to have seen by the world.

So why does today's photo resemble one of those photos purporting to have captured a Flying Saucer, or Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness Moster? Because today was my first Humpback Whale sighting of the year. Hooray! Yes, I was on shore and the three whales were a mile out to sea, but I still claim that the unidentifiable objects are the fluke of one whale and the back of a whale calf. I'm afraid my excitement has gotten the better of me. Sanity may, or may not, return soon...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Floating Away

The poor scuba diver in the back kept floating to the surface. Then he would swim, swim, swim back down to the others before floating back up again. At least when he was in this cave, the ceiling kept him with the group. However, the noise of metal scraping on rock scared this poor shark out.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Maui skies have been desert-clear. Not a cloud anywhere for two days. Which means cold nights and mornings - we were burning our furniture to keep warm this morning. 65 degrees, brrrrrr.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Killer Turtle

I HATE computers!

I love taking photographs and sharing them with the world, so I appreciate computers. In fact I think that computers are great and what they allow me to do is amazing. But when they die (like mine did Saturday), getting everything back to normal is a major headache.

I am still at a complete loss about a couple of things - BUT - I was able to get this photo I took this morning up here. Yep, I've been venturing deeper and deeper into caves these days. And, yep, those are both a shark and a turtle (and fish too). The shark kept its distance, but the turtle did not and delayed my desperate search for air by getting in my way. I guess it was just being friendly. Even though I hate my new and old computers, I can't bring myself to hate this turtle which almost killed me. Hmmm.

By the way, I have finally posted the Sunday Maui Pink Cap Swimmers photos from two days ago. You can see them by clicking HERE.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Abundance Abounds

Bags full of tomatoes and zucchini were often brought to gatherings to be given away when I lived in the Midwest. People love sharing the abundance of home-grown fruit and vegetables. Here on Maui it is usually bags of bananas and avocados, sometimes lilikoi and this week for us, Pineapple. I love abundance.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Giant Mobile

I noticed these fish stacked in a holding pattern as I swam by this morning. They just hung in place like a giant mobile, swinging a little to the left then back to the right, but always keeping in position. I wonder what they were waiting for?

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I forget to eat, drink or even use the bathroom when I'm in the middle of a big project. Yesterday, I worked from early morning until after sunset photographing this large home, and kind of neglected to do any of the above. Today was a little better as I spent the entire day in front of my computer beginning to process the images (still less than half-way done). I promise, tomorrow I will take better care of myself.