Urine trouble

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01/11/2016 RIP David Bowie.  (please click on the link to listen to Let’s Dance) When I read the news this morning tears involuntarily began streaming down my cheeks, dripping onto my lap. It was not a good start to my day. When it hit me that Ziggy Stardust was no longer, I decided today was not going to be a beach day for me.

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I struggled several times during the morning.  We have lost lots of rockers before but the majority of them screw up and kill themselves by OD’ing and then we make a huge deal over their deaths. Freddy Mercury died from AIDS, John Lennon at the hands of a madman and David sang his last song because of Cancer. All fabulous talents, I’m just terribly sad.

Friday I attempted to pay our 2016 taxes, naively assuming I could go there and do this within 30 minutes. LMAO, where do I think I live? Ridiculousness followed. After waiting, chatting with the Mayor, Aaron, Clifford and Bernie, who all work there and my friend Gus who I met at the vet clinic, I left. Spanish class was waiting. Once we were out of Spanish class we all went to BJ’s to party and party we did. They ran out of wine soon after I got there and Marilyn would have none of that shit so she Jeanie and I jumped in Marilyn’s boat and went to her house to get 3 bottles from her personal stash for the bar. That’s just how we do it here. After a few glasses of wine we decided to plank someone’s boat. Thanks for the photo Melanie Wood!

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Melanie is always there to help document these events.

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Thanks again Melanie Wood. We were dancing fools!

I spent my Saturday at the airport with Caroline, Miss Peggy, Lisa and Linda. It never fails to happen, the first flight was due in at 12:18, it came at 12:55. Fifteen minutes before the next flight and 20 before the next 2. It was crazy again, some man said to me very surprised, “You don’t get paid to do this?” Nope, volunteer. We were notified Friday eve that there was a passenger on one of the planes who was not to be allowed into the country and was to be put right back on a plane to the states. We spotted him before he even entered the building, he was apprehended and somehow talked his way out of the situation, was put through immigration and allowed to stay for the week. Very odd..I was exhausted and still had to go get groceries. The grocery store had nothing, no Blue Harbor lettuce, no jalapenos, no grated cheese, none of my fav yogurt, nada. (update: I went today, Monday, still nada..wth?)

Sunday morning I got up early, walked all 6 dogs, showered, then got things around here and was out the door at 8:30 to be in Oak Ridge for the Catamaran Boat trip. Radical Catamaran Adventures is an absolute blast!! This was my third trip and I’ll be going again Feb. 28th with the vets too! It’s 7 hours on a huge catamaran in the calm clear waters of Port Royal. We stop and snorkel at the cow and the calf, another spot and then a wreck. The boat is non-stop food and drinks, all included in the price, plus music, dancing and craziness. I was with a bunch of friends, and had an absolutely incredible time.

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Sea fan with a feather duster at the base, surrounded by coral

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More anemones

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Tube coral

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Different angle

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two different patterns in the coral, notice the lower band is different from the top

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love the colors

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The Duchess of Camp Bay AKA my BFF Jeanie.

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Damn I wanted this. What a fabulous vase it would make, too bad it’s not touchable or attainable..

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Black spiny sea urchin

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A couple white ones

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Clam shell

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Not a clue what kind of coral this is

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This was amazing

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What looks like the eye of the feather duster is actually the tube it withdraws all its feathery things in to when startled.

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Can’t get enough of the Christmas Tree worms. It just fascinates the hell out of me that the white foot thing in the bottom of the pic is the worm and the trees are on it’s back. They can also instantly hide in the worm.

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Here the worm is yellow and on the bottom

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thousands of these little fishies

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Still waiting to find out what this is, looked like grapes.

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A pod of feather dusters

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tiny neons

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The SV Free Radical. The people, Ed and Julie, who own this have sailed around the world. Not on this catamaran, but it took them 5 years to do it.

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This was incredible, it had little clam like things that were growing on it, they looked like they had teeth.

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Spotted this on the way back to the boat. Keri and Jeanie and I snorkeled around the cow then I snorkeled around the calf.

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Jeanie AKA The DOCB

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Barbara, Caroline (my airport buddy) and me

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My friend Judy, she looks stunning sitting there!

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Rosalie and Bob, Jeanie and Nancy

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Kathy

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Judy and I

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Barbara, Judy and Caroline

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Judy

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Floating and drinking and laughing! Me, Keri, Kathy, Jeanie, Barbara and Judy

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We added more women, always a good thing. Me, Keri, Kathy, Rosalie, Judy, Caroline Barbara and Trish

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I do not know why, but I have used meat skewers in my hair.

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When I took them out at home they still had meat on them. gross.

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Judy is gorgeous!!

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I don’t remember what Dave was doing but I don’t think it was dancing..

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I can’t believe the amount of fun I had!!

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Love these 2, Trish and Dave, from Toronto. They own a house down here and will be moving here not soon enough.

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Chuck and Nancy, Rosalie and Bob, Jeanie starting her pole dance, I was trying to stay upright and no clue what Caroline was telling that little boy. Poor kid, only one on a boat of rowdy adults.

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Keri (from Snohomish Wa but lives here full time now) and Kathy. Pretty in peach and pretty in pink..

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Jeanie and I beginning our act.

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We tried to hang upside down but were reprimanded for hanging on that rope..

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Miss Innocence

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Dave and Trish

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Sky on the way home

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Seriously, who does she belong to??

Needless to say, it was a beyond fabulous day on the Radical. It’s definitely something to look forward to when they have their ex-pat specials. A full 7 hours of majestic scenery, warm clear water and a boat full of friends. So blessed to have these people in my life and to get to live the life I am.

When the boat trip was over I stopped and picked up Miguel, our former worker. They were coming for dinner. He was going to bring his brother Winston but he had to leave Sunday so just he and his girlfriend and baby came. We had pizza on the roof. Miguel is such a fabulous, honest, trustworthy person, I’m so glad we have stayed friends.

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Their baby, Valerie Giselle, who is 8 months old is absolutely a doll. I couldn’t stop kissing her. In love with this baby girl.

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Miguel and Estefany and baby. Stupid orange lights make it hard to take pics inside. It was nice to see them, just difficult to communicate with her due to my inability to grasp Spanish, I’m trying though.

Update on a few things. I may have mentioned that I fried the extra batteries to my good camera when I dumped the kayak. Well, I tried to use one of the batteries after it dried out and I got an error message on my camera. I then tried the battery that was dry and charged and my camera would not turn on. I charged the battery more, still nothing. I was so flipping bummed because I take pics every single day of my life. I quickly posted on a FB page to see if anyone was coming down in the next few days to bring me a new charger and 2 new batteries. Luckily my friend Linda was arriving Sat. so I sent them to her and she handed them to me when she walked into immigration. I was very doubtful they were going to work but they did. My camera is functioning and I was so damn happy that I didn’t ruin it. Thank you so much Linda!!

Also, my friends from Williamsport that I was going to hang with on Friday at BJs messaged me and said they had to go back to the states immediately. My friends Mom had taken a turn for the worst and they needed to return home. They got there one day before she passed. RIP Mrs. Daniele.

I asked my friend Amanda Walkins to ask her handsome Irish Colombian fiance’ who knows a lot about marine life and the jellies we encountered. This is her response:

This is what the Irish-Colombian says, “Comb jellies do not sting. Moon jellies can sting, but not badly. They were not the ones stinging you though, it was all the siphonophores that you can’t really see, but they’re long strands (did you read Rika’s latest post about the blackwater dives at West End Divers? Courtney took a photo of one – it’s the second-to-last picture in the blog: http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/). They show up when it’s more stagnant because they’re feeding on the bacteria that accumulates with all those nutrients from the runoff, especially on the south side. It happens there more frequently, but happens on the north/west side, too. That photo of the French Angelfish – you said it was bad viz. That’s the runoff with bacteria and nutrients that the siphonophores and all the comb and moon jellies were feeding on.”
These are some stock images of siphonophores:
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Photo credit ocean.si.edu

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Photo credit: http://www.wired.com

Tomorrow is a beach party in Port Royal. I had 3 different things planned to make, knowing that the grocery would not have all of the ingredients I needed so there had to be choices. Thankful that I planned ahead with a few ideas..broccoli salad it is.

My friend Julie (of Robby and Julie, who will be here for a week March 26th) posted this on one of my Catamaran pics;  You have more fun in one week than some people have in a decade! Thanks Julie, I sure try!

My parting thought:

If you’re ever sad, just remember that the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.

(instagram photo by @stevendouglas)

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5 thoughts on “Urine trouble

  1. You certainly do have more fun than most as it should be! I love the planking photo where someone is trying hold on to a drink while planking, haha. I so always enjoy your underwater photos. Your friend Jeanie’s wet suit is awesome!

  2. Thank you for sharing your smiles, laughs and loves. The pictures are great too! One of these days I will drag my Mom and Rick and we will have to come and visit you. Just a warning, I may never leave then. LOL!

    • Thanks Natalie, it’s a great island to live on! Once we get the garage built we will once again have room for guests. (guest condo has been turned in to a workshop for Bill) 😦

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