2000-09 Did You Get What You Want?

By Al Hornsby

Well, with another summer coming to an end all too quickly, I'm thinking back over my diving season this year. Believe it or not, even though it is my job, diving is also my hobby, my passion or whatever you want to call it; lucky, I guess, that I accidentally discovered something along the way that manages to keep me completely hooked, no matter how many years go by. But, how has this year been so far?

Well, looking back, I had several great trips...in the water with Humpback Whales on the Silver Bank back in February; to the Galapagos in March; to the Cayman Islands in July; and to Cabo in August. However, the reality is that I dived less this year (so far, anyway) than I have in many, many years. What happened?

Unfortunately, all of us (or least those of us who haven't won a lottery lately) have obligations beyond vacations and doing what we like best. And we do have to spend our hard-earned incomes on something besides fun. And, time-with a capital "T"-is a more and more difficult commodity to come up with these days. Unfortunately, all these reasons to not go diving kind of pile up and take on a life of their own. For me this year, it surely happened; and as a result, I missed some of a great season of diving.

What about you? Have you gotten in all the dives you wanted to this year? Have you started learning underwater photography, bought that piece of equipment or taken that new course? What about that great dive vacation you had intended to take? There are probably a lot of you reading this right now who are saying, "Hmmm...I really didn't get around to doing all I had planned this year."

Well, I don't know what you are going to decide, but I'm not going to give up yet. Besides my work assignments, I do have some vacation time still available, and I know that in the fall there are some great bargains to be had in Florida, the Caribbean and the Pacific. There are still a couple of the best diving months left here locally on the West Coast and in the Northeast, and that new housing I had said I was going to buy this year is still sitting there in my local dive store's window.

It's not too late, and there is a bit of the year left. I definitely don't want to remember 2000 as the year I didn't get in enough diving. A year with "a slow start but a great finish" definitely sounds better. Definitely.

Good diving,
Al Hornsby