Today I turned 37. Man...I'm getting old. I don't feel old, but 37? I'm in my twilight-30's?! Ahhhh!!!! :o
I was very lucky this year to be able to travel down to Atlanta with KaShauna and our new puppy Junni on Saturday. Junni got a little car sick on the way down but was overall very good. While in Atlanta we've had the pleasure of staying with a couple at their apartment that we found on Airbnb.
So, I've gone to the beach and swam in the ocean and I've felt a fish or two swim by me while I enjoyed the surf. Until this past Christmas I never dreamed of swimming with whale sharks though! That was the gift that KaShauna gave to me as a Christmas/birthday present. The experience was EPIC!
Starting off we went through a short class on the equipment and rules of swimming in the tank. The aquarium offers a swim with the whale sharks, which is what I did, and if you have your diving certification you can dive to the bottom of the massive tank. With your swimming fee they give you a wetsuit to use, a mask, snorkel, gloves, boots, tank and respirator. From my understanding they also give you everything you need if you have your diving certification.
Once we changed into our wetsuit we went out on to the floor next to the tank, we got grouped with a swim-buddy and had help putting on the flotation vests, air tanks and respirators. We then lined up to get one "professional" photo and then hammed it up for another. After this prep, came the fun part and we got in the water!
We all were instructed to sit down on a floating platform and put our feet into the shark infested water! :) We put our masks on, tested our respirators, and pulled on our gloves. Then we eased ourselves into the water, took hold of the platform and got acclimated to using the respirator and putting our head in the water. At this point it would be good for me to break and just note, though these fish are from a tropical ocean area, the water temperature is by no means particular warm...by the end I was shivering in my wetsuit.
The whole rest of the swimming experience was a blur for me. There was so much going on beneath, around and bumping me. In the class we were very strongly warned, do not reach out to touch any animal. They can touch us, but we weren't allowed to reach out and try to make contact without them "initiating." The whale sharks swam so close to us! I didn't get bumped by a whale shark, but a ray came zooming towards me looking like a aquatic B-2 bomber. I stayed focused, and tried to casually swim out of it's path, but I got slapped by its right side as it swooped by me. The whale sharks didn't just come near us once or twice either, they came by us at least a dozen times in our 30+ minutes experience. By the end, I was glad to be getting out, as I mentioned before I was cold and my mouth was dry from breathing in and out of the respirator.
After our swim, we all had a chance to change out of our wetsuits, take a warm shower and have a bottle of water, which complimentary. We had a debriefing, got to watch a video of our experience and chatted a little about the whole swim.
I'm really glad I got the video they offered at the end because it will help to jog my memory for all that I saw. If you ever have dreamed of swimming with sharks, but don't have a desire to get in a shark cage, swimming with these gentle giants is something you should put on your "Just Do It" list.
In closing, thank you to all of you who wished me a happy birthday. A big hug to my kids in Michigan who sent me their birthday wishes via text and a huge thanks to my wife for an awesome weekend and an experience that I will cherish for many many years. I can't wait to do it again, but this time with you Beautiful!
When we got back from the aquarium we took Junni out for a walk and to get some dinner for ourselves. We stopped at Little 5 Pizza and then at a local beverage store to get some wine to have with our meal. While walking back KaShauna, while switching from holding Junni to letting her walk, dropped the bag with our wine on her foot. This cause her bottle to break while my bottle was thankfully saved by her foot. Since she didn't have any wine to drink with her meal, I refrained from drinking mine as well.
I am in no way even attempting to assume that I know anything about the political/social realities at play in the world at the moment, but at quick glance it seems as though violence breeds more violence. The people who changed the world, were the ones who laid down their arms - chose to forgive - to restore - to love - people like Jesus, Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King.
Just before he was assassinated on April 3rd, 1968, Martin Luther King preached the sermon ‘I’ve been to the Mountaintop’. Its a profound account of hope, amidst despair - where he considers the significance of being born into the turmoil and unrest of the twentieth century. His outlook provides unique context for pain and suffering as he says ‘only when it is dark enough can you see the stars’. He goes on to say; ‘Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. But now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.’ He modeled a way of non-violence - and it cost him his life.
Inspired by his words one night I cut together this clip using old archive footage from the Prelinger Archives - those words are as poignant today as they were back when he first spoke them - if not more (for me personally at least).
Score: Ryan Taubert
- Center for Professional Development at ITT Technical InstituteLearning Solutions Advisor, 2015 - present
- CollectorsHangout.tvFounder, Host & Community Manager, 2012 - present
- Isagenix InternationalNutritional Cleansing & Wellness Coach, 2014 - 2015
- Global Knowledge Training LLCSales Engineer (State, Local & Education), 2006 - 2014
- kNOwPureWaterFounder of kNOwPureWater.com; Sales Engineer for Global Knowledge Training LLC; Social Media Strategist; Google+ Evangelist, 2012 - 2012
- DamankIdeasmith, Social Media Strategist, Innovator & Artist, 1979
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In March of 2006, when the economy began to slip in Michigan, Domingo moved his wife and five kids to North Carolina where he had recently landed a ground-breaking position as Training Advisor in a North East territory at Global Knowledge, Inc (a leader in Information Technology, Business Process and Project Management training). For two years he worked as an IT Training Advisor assisting individuals and companies within portions of New York in the process of scheduling knowledge training or certification preparation courses. Here he made a strong emphasis on bettering his negotiation skills with upper level management customers (CEO’s, CIO’s, and VP’s). He also dealt with middle management customer contacts in helping them maximize their available training budgets by utilizing savings programs and limited promotions. Through building strong relationships with his customers and leveraging economy of scale Domingo was able to ramp up his sales territory and gain a firm foundation within Global Knowledge’s corporate structure.
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