Family, Fried Turkey, Nudibranchs
If there can be one day when we put our differences aside and just focus on the bounty and abundance that truly is our reality, let it be Thanksgiving! Family doesn’t mean interconnected bloodlines it means the people in your life that you are closest to! Try to treat everybody on this day as family… In the larger sense we are all family. Bloodlines clot and on this day we are forced to be with people we would rather not, due to relationships. It would be a beautiful thing on this Thanksgiving if we could all focus on removing those blood clots and letting the blood flow strong through our families! WE ARE FAMILY! I’VE GOT ALL MY DIVERS IN ME!! GO JACQUE!!!!
This will be the fifth year of my eager attempts at frying turkeys for our Thanksgiving feast. Do you have a special recipe for a tasty injection marinade? Please let me know! All of them have turned out well and have progressively gotten slightly better. Although when you start the first one by failing to remove the giblet bag from the cavity and frying it along with the bird, there’s only one direction to go! Unless you start a grease fire and burn a portion of your house down!!
YEAH… Divemaster CJ, Instructor Melody, and crew spotted a Nudibranch on two different dives at the 5 mile (2nd reef) Monday morning before this cold front rambled through. Our Florida Regal Sea Goddess has only made a couple of appearances since the red tide phenomenon of 2018. Son Jayden is standing next to me proofreading and I mentioned that I had a funny story about the first time I learned what Nudibranchs were because he didn’t know either. He suggested I share. So… I was doing my instructor training in 1996 in Islamorada in a pool with 10 people I had just met. After hours in the pool I was congested and struggling to clear my mask. After a hard final attempt to move air through my nasal passage I blew a huge blob of snot through my nose. As we stood up to discuss my ‘Instructor quality’ demonstration of how to clear your mask, everybody was laughing. The instructor caught his breath and said “it looked like you hatched a Nudibranch out of your mask!” I said, ‘what’s that?’ They all howled again! That (2018 red tide) was a sad time, but I am thankful and prayerful to see many more nudibranchs making a come back because they are beautiful… like all of you, faithful readers of my babble.
Family, Fried Turkey, Nudibranchs & You… that’s what I am most thankful for on this Thanksgiving of 2021!
Just Be Thankful!! L-L-D —Jeff
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