Thursday, September 27, 2012

9/27/12 - Things I Found In A Box


I've gathered the courage to go through a LOT of old boxes lately.  I am amazed at the "stuff" I have been carting around for years!  Some of the items however were treasures and brought back fond memories.  Case in point, the picture above is my first PADI Instructor license, front and back.  Note the date.  Wow! LOL.

The picture below is one of the instructors and another student (and me of course - the one in the middle, grin).  We were finishing up a training module on Catalina Island.  I attended the PADI college in California and the courses were grueling, but wonderful.  There were about a dozen of us.  Since we stayed at the same hotel and were diving together, or in class together 10 hours a day for several months, we got to know one another really well.  We came from all over - me from Texas and one from Ireland!  It is a shame I can't even remember their names now.  Perhaps I will run across that list in another box! LOL.


By the way, back then, the California PADI headquarters was in a small strip center and the students stayed in a nearby hotel.  Staff carted us back and forth between Laguna Beach for dive check-outs, the HQ for classroom instruction, and the local pool for timed mastery skills.  It was not the fancy shmancy set up they have now in Rancho Santa Margarita.  I'm glad I got to experience it the old-fashioned way.

9 comments:

  1. i love when i find things like this, a couple months ago i found in a box about 30 photos from Sloans Valley KY where i lived as a child. my mind was flooded with memories, but i to, could not remember names, of course mine was 50 years ago

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    1. @ Sandra - what a great find! I would love to see those pics - seriously! And I am sometimes better at remembering 50 years ago vs. 5. LOL.

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  2. It's nice to find old treasures that bring back fond memories. Bonus, I got to learn something new about you today :)

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    1. @ Ann - yes, love the fond memories... have been dreading going through the boxes for the not-so-fond reasons. Oh, grasshopper, there is so much to learn. LOL. ;)

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  3. Hi Debra, Maybe coincidence is a good thing. I hope our meeting today inspires you to keep writing. In the wee hours of a morning, doubt can creep in. But hang in there. We write because we have to. I'm adding you to my email list. Best, Ken Ingle

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    1. @ Ken - What an honor to log on and see your comment! Thank you for taking the time to check out my world. Yes, I write because I have to. If I go more than 2-3 days without writing, it greatly affects me. I would write all the time given the opportunity - the only thing that gets in my way is my j.o.b. - that's why your t-shirt caught my eye. It really resonated with me and for now, I can only dream about being able to write 12 hours/day... some day! :)

      Thank you too for adding me to your email list. Again, I am honored and humbled.

      I can't wait to check out your books. I have only written one sci-fi short story (Gone But Not Forgotten), but there are several more rolling around in my head. For now though, I am determined to finish the books I am working on.

      Meeting you inspired me to activate "My Writing" tab again. I had taken it down from my blog. I love life. It will be interesting to see where my writing takes me.

      Take care, and thanks again,
      Debra

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  4. Not sure of the coincidence, but I like what Ken had to say! Hang in there!

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    1. @ Brianna - Thank you. And the coincidence had to do with meeting Ken while at a restaurant. He had THE best t-shirt on: "Writer's Do It 12 Hours a Day." Isn't that great? :)

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