Maybe not the end of the year, maybe the end of the year, who can tell? This title is long. Suck my whatever.

Galapagos tortoises in muddy pool

Hello my dears… and if I don’t post again before Christmas or New Year or you’re something other than Christian or whatever the fuck is going on with you, I say, I say, anyway:

I have no idea what he is throwing up but it’s not the horns…


Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk.

I’m back from my “super secret trip.” That trip was actually to Ecuador, to the Galapagos, to see some big ass tortoises and black death metal lizards that go diving! I am slowly starting to work on a video about my trip which will be on Youtube. I think part of it will be on “Might Be Tasty” and some of it on “Tek Dives”. I am still compartmentalizing my life because I am not sure people are really interested in my scuba diving- I know many are interested in my travels but my travel is changing as I start to get old and prepare to die and rot. I am not traveling to go to BJJ tournaments or learn Muay Thai- I am more focused on diving now and my bucket list before my body completely fails me so I know that to the two people still reading, what I do is very niche. But I also really don’t give a damn… if you don’t want to read it/watch it, truly you are missing out on some knowledge and experiences of the world and this is why you don’t have nice things. ;).

Back to that trip- it was financially stupid since I am not working but I NEEDED to do that. Mind you, it wasn’t as good as it could have been because duh, my head space isn’t there yet- I’ve been through a fuck ton of trauma this past year. But it was good because I made a new friend!! And I know that doesn’t sound very interesting but at my age, its hard to make friends, much less friends you can tell are going to be REAL FRIENDS. She’s from Spain, and she is hot as fuck (the men on the boat were being ridiculous) but she’s a good foil to me as she is light and sunshine to my darkness and moonlight. She’s a lot of fun and good people and I’m just happy I met her (though the English she is learning from me will qualify her as a sailor in no time. Though I did not teach her to say “Shut your fucking mouth” which she decided to announce at dinner one night. LOL. I had to say “I didn’t teach her that… not sure where this is coming from”. But she’s great and a decent diver- i.e. I wouldn’t mind diving with her. We’re already trying to figure out how to do another dive trip together next year. But she’s a nurse and I’m a miscreant or what I like to say “not unemployed, living a life leisure at the moment”. (My ass is broke, and I’m in big trouble but for once in my life, I need to put my mental health first so “C’EST LA VIE, LIVING LA VIDA LOCA, BLAH BLAH BLAH… shut my fucking mouth.)

In other news, I started back to BJJ though I am not rolling yet. Just trying to build the habit back of going. I WAS going to start back to the gym this week as well but I came back from Ecuador with an infection and severe vertigo so hitting the pool and weights this week I deemed not a wise idea. Saturday. I will go on Saturday as I am starting to feel better and my ear is finally clearing and I am less dizzy.

In other, other news… (drumroll please), I HIRED MY FIRST 1099 EVEN THOUGH I HAVE NO WORK FOR HIM TO DO YET. (See above, living la vida local and I’m a dumbass). I hired him to backfill me when I am in Antarctica in Feb for any break/fix from my two clients, but I am also trying to throw something out into the world.. that I am SERIOUS (for real for reals) about getting my IT consulting business actually on its feet in 2023. Now I have someone who can do tech support when I am not available and I can try to focus on getting more business which is so fucking, hard, you have no idea. Mostly because I am horrible with networking because you know me- dry humor, blunt, sardonic, all the things you love doesn’t go very well for cold contacts, ya know? Still I am excited that I officially hired a contractor and that kinda drives me to look for more work so I can feel all special and say “yeah, I have people… ” God(dess) help me on this.

In other, other, other news… this summer I will also be working part-time as a divemaster on select weekends in the great lakes. I’m doing it to get boat crew hours so that eventually I can get my maritime captain rating because: why the fuck not?

Finally (I swear, this is finally today), I am trying to figure out how I can get my Scuba Instructor rating AND make a trip to go cave diving in France this summer… mostly because I want to see caves somewhere else since I have the training and also because it is a good excuse to make a stop in Barcelona to visit my new friend for a day or two on the way back. As usual, the problem is money.

I have got to hustle and figure this out because the way things have been going hasn’t been working for me. I gotta bring the bills in on my terms in 2023. From my fingers to God(dess)’s RSS feed. Please. I need this.

Okay, I’m done. I need to work on the Ecuador stuff and do some final shit for Antarctica planning. As down on myself as I get, c’mon… I still do some cool ass shit. I mean, I get out there and I “do the things”. I do what most people don’t/won’t. Need to plan some more of that. That’s what heals my heart.

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