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Diving in the Galapagos and into memories of the past

June 19, 2009 By: admin Category: Galapagos Diving, NYC, The Galapagos No Comments →

Once upon a time I found this unknown band in Tempe, Arizona called The Gin Blossoms.  Yes, people around town knew them, but that was about it.  I was instantly smitten.  I stuck around Tempe a few days to get to know them better and to see if maybe we might work together.  There was another band from Tucson that had signed to an independent label in NY who were also trying to help them a bit…no longer remember their name.  They had a little local EP at the time and my name was added as their management contact when they produced the next round of those EPs.  And I got to work.  (more…)

Galapagos Diving…Again with Gallery

March 24, 2009 By: admin Category: Galapagos Diving, Posts with Galleries, The Galapagos No Comments →

I used to have to write, went a bit crazy if I didn’t.  I’ve had a diary from the time I was 8 years old.   Somewhere, I still have that journal.  I wrote about my babysitter, twirling baton, sceances in my friend’s attic, the preacher’s daughter.  I wrote about the price of stamps going up and hearing the word ‘shit’ on the radio.  I wrote poetry throughout my teen years, some songs in Nashville and then back to my first love, journaling.  So it’s quite sad that I’ve abandoned it in the past couple of years.  At first, that was stress and then, it was just being too damned busy living and working to write about any of it. I like people, I really do.  But I rarely like being around people.  I have become such a hermit.  I love my son, my dog, Lorraine, working and once again, diving.  (more…)

Galapagos Diving

February 24, 2009 By: admin Category: The Galapagos 3 Comments →

Let’s be honest…while I thought it had been about 5 years since I had been diving, when I started really thinking back, it had been a shocking 13 years since my last dive!  And what a miserable dive that was which no doubt contributed to the lengthy absence.  My last dive involved total equipment failure because I neglected to test the equipment first.  And climbing out of the sea, I shred my hand on a rock that I have the scar from to this day.  Catalina Island off the coast of California.  Kelp forests, bad visibility and not much marine life.  But let’s not dwell on that. (more…)

The Galapagos: Day 1

September 21, 2008 By: admin Category: Ecuador, The Galapagos 1 Comment →

So I just returned from the Galapagos and all my friends ask the same question, “How was it?”  That is not so easy to answer because I could probably spend the next two days talking about the experience.  It isn’t enough to merely say that everywhere else I’ve ever been now pales in comparison because you can’t compare the Galapagos with anywhere else.  It is literally another world. After awhile, I came up with one simple response, “It’s like the epitome of summer camp for adults located in the land that time forgot”.  Yes, I know it’s vague, but once you’ve been there yourself, it makes perfect sense. (more…)

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