Two days to go before I head off to Belize for some quality underwater time.
My first trip there was three years ago, to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, where I did several days of scuba diving off the coast of Belize.
This time around, I am going to be heading out from Belize City, only this time on the Aggressor, a 100+ foot-long "liveaboard" dive boat that moves about the Caribbean.
The most recent Captain's Log indicated that current conditions are around 80-90 degrees F, with visibility up to 80 feet (visibility is the most critical element for my money, other than water temp. If you can't see anything, what's the point of diving??)
Some of the sea life the divers have been seeing over the past week:
Black grouper, yellow snapper, arrow crab, hawksbill turtle, squat anemone shrimp, soap fish, reef sharks, octopii, juvenile queen angelfish, filefish, southern stingrays, sail-fin blennies, shortfin pipefish, Pipehorse (very rare), barracuda, spiny lobsters, channel crab, tarpon, and basket stars.
And apparently all of those creatures were seen in only the first two dives (we'll be diving up to 5 times per day, including at night).
On the recommendation of a colleague, I'm also looking to take my Nitrox certification. Nitrox blends allow divers to have longer bottom times and shorter surface intervals because they have up to 40% more oxygen (thereby decreasing nitrogen absorption).
But enough dive talk. Just know that I'm ready for my vacation. It's been an exhilirating but busy year.
If you, too, have been considering working for Big Blue, might I recommend you check out a recent Facebook group that appeared entitled "Start@IBM."
It includes some very funny and informative videos about what it's like to work at IBM, how interns become managers, and how you're able to say sayonara cubicles, hello couches.
Definitely don't miss mi amigo Luis Suarez, who explains via PC videoconference how he is able to work remotely at his home in the Grand Canary islands off the coast of Spain.
I keep explaining to Luis that we really need to have at least a week-long meeting at his house.
So, if you don't hear from me on this blog for the next 10 days, which is highly likely, I've either:
A) Been eaten by a shark
B) Had my dive boat boarded by Caribbean pirates and held hostage
C) Had a fantastic time swimming with the sea animals and extremely psyched that they don't have underwater sonar wireless access
In the case of C, and in the immortal words of the Governator of California, "I'll be back."
In the meantime, please, pray for no hurricanes.