In my early years, the dream begins. Before I was in my teens, I wanted to learn to SCUBA dive. Then, as a teenager, I wanted to SCUBA dive with sharks, from a shark cage. I blame Jacques Cousteau for this insane, adrenaline charged wish to dive with Jaw’s relatives. I also thank my parents for providing the opportunity at 15 to take PADI classes and receive my certification to SCUBA dive. Later, I did enter the deep blue world and sometimes a dirty, silty world and saw a shark or two, but never up close and personal.
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Jacque Cousteau’s The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau premiered in 1968, and was an immediate success. I was 8 years old. The show captured the audiences imagination and showed an under-sea world few people had ever seen. By the time I was in my teens, I had seen every episode. I was hooked, and by chance, I met new high school friends, and was invited to join the Sea Scouts. Soon after, most members of Ship 770, Sea Explorers, based at New Orleans Yacht Club were certified to SCUBA.
Today, the dream is close!
I love to SCUBA dive! I’m getting an adrenaline rush just creating this post. Unfortunately, I’m guilty of being an infrequent diver like many people; life gets in the way, the water is too far away, money is scarce; add any excuse here. But now, the opportunity circles back for the third time in my life, as we move on to the next phase, the Cajun Tripper phase. I have the SCUBA gear, it’s up to date, inspected, ready to go. In fact, I even have a dive computer; dive tables are now a backup plan, instead of the primary plan! Yes, Tricia, I am going for it; don’t know when, or where I’ll dive in a shark cage, in a frenzy of sharks, but I have the Facebook votes, outside approval and volunteers to join me. WooHooo!
My recent shark cage reminder came in the form of a cartoon by Gary Larson I clipped years ago. It doesn’t showcase a promising outcome for a wannabe shark cage SCUBA diver, but I thought it was an entertaining look at my dream. I shared it with Tricia years ago, and shared it with her once again when I discovered the cartoon as I was preparing for our estate auction.
I don’t understand, she is still not amused.
Bucket List and another topic!
I dislike the term “Bucket List”. I don’t have a “Bucket List”. I just have plans to get my “Adrenaline On!” This shark cage adventure is one; of many. I probably shouldn’t be auctioning my water skis. I know water skis are ‘old-school’, but I can still water ski, and I should buy them back, from myself. After all, I need something to step out of when I start learning to barefoot ski.