Never thought I would be missing the 72° water at Ginnie Springs in Florida until I got back in the 49° water at Gilboa Quarry here in Ohio. While I’d love to be back in the 84° Caribbean water, I’d settle for anything over 60° at this point... Even in a drysuit it’s freezing. Pictured is my Sidemount rig from my trip to Florida. Looking forward to diving this setup again in a couple weeks. If anyone is interested in taking any type of scuba class this summer, check out @columbusscuba or send me a DM and I’ll get you started : )
Had the incredible opportunity to meet one of the coolest guys in the world. Keep singing Calum, and remember we all love you No Matter What! @calumscott
Ugh. I want to get back in the water :/ Thanks to my friends at @columbusscuba for recommending the Salt Pier. This Green Moray is ~6 feet long and as big around as my thigh. Seeing this dude prompted me to buy a baby Green Moray (18” or so ). More pics of that one to come 🐠
Starting to miss the 90°+ weather and the daily diving. This video features a Sea Lion that tried to bite me. Yes, it’s my video. Can’t wait to get back in the water in Andros : ) @lmr8312 UPS is delivering my Sea Lion next week
Really missing some of these great people already, and it’s only been a week since the show ended. Now I’m back to work, and my afternoons aren’t spent rehearsing for this great show. Congrats again to the cast and crew of Anything Goes, and thank you to everyone who came out and supported us all!
Had an incredible time at the food lab with @janeabell for UA Idea Day. Loved talking about work and creating a dish that won the contest! Thanks again Jane : )
Had a brilliant time in the Bahamas last week, and really enjoyed working with Hannah on my new certification level! Hopefully we will see each other in the future, Hannah, and perhaps there will be more dolphins? Cheers : ) @hannrr_
Special thanks to Barrett Foa for unexpectedly showing up to our choir class and causing me to have a mini heart attack when he walked through the door. Good work, Beale. @barrettfoa
Oh, the things I can say about this kid... But where do I start? Johnny- I remember the day we met. It was the first day of 6th grade, and you dug your nails into my arm and I got a big gash that ended up needing attention from the nurse. I knew from that point on that we'd be best friends no matter. That wasn't going to be easy to do, but I didn't care. We were in class together for three periods a day, and that helped our friendship a lot since you got used to seeing me. I still got scratched all the time but I knew in the end it would work out. By the end of our 6th grade year we were close friends. I'll never forget the last day of 6th grade when I got a hug before we parted for the summer, and from then I counted down the days we met again. When that day came, I once again got a big gash. This one wasn't as bad as the first ones though. 7th grade went better than 6th, as I got hurt less and we bonded more. As the year came and went our friendship became really strong, injuries happened less frequently, and I got another hug at the end of the year. Once again, I counted down the days until we'd meet again. When that day came I got a hug, and (surprisingly ) no injury of any sort. I got a hug every time I saw you. I enjoyed walking the halls and taking you down to your car at the end of the day, even if it meant saying goodbye for the day. We bonded so much that my "Johnny Injury Count" at the end of the year was a ONE, and it was an accident. Johnny, you are honestly the BEST thing that has EVER happened to me, and I'm so glad that I was able to spend part of every day of 8th grade with you even if it was just a few minutes here and there. While I am looking forward to the high school, I will miss you all day every day. I hope you enjoy your year at Hastings, and I will take ANY chance I am offered to see you without hesitation. Johnny, you're such a great kid, and every thing that I do is for you, and I promise I will do that until the day I die. You are my role model and mentor, Johnny. Johnny Abbruzzese, YOU are my Angel. #onlyjohnnycanbesojohnny #johnnyisMYangel
What an amazing week! I had the wonderful opportunity to see the new Broadway musical "Something Rotten" at St. James Theater, and was able to go backstage after the show to meet the cast! I was able to meet Brian d'Arcy James (pictured ) and introduce myself, as well as getting his autograph. For those of you that don't know, Mr. James played Shrek in the Broadway production of Shrek the Musical. I told him about the Hastings production of Shrek, and he remembered our show! I was truly honored to be able to meet the cast, and stand on a Broadway stage, but none of this would have happened if it weren't for my middle school choir teacher, Mr. David Monseur. Thanks again Mr. Monseur! Oh, and remember everyone, "When life gives you EGGS, you gotta make an OMELETTE!"
It's hard to believe that I've had this little guy for 6 months. I loved seeing him go from a fetus only a half inch long, to a now 8 inch long predator. He's so playful and friendly, and it's been neat to see him go from eating from his yoke sac through an umbilical cord, to eating full grown silversides. I'm looking forward to moving him into my larger tank, and possibly buying another egg or two. In case you were wondering, yes that is my hand, and yes I have been bitten many times by this little guy. I always hand feed him, and hold him in my hands even when I'm not feeding him. I enjoy getting bit, too, so it often happens on purpose! Talk about a best friend, and boy does he have a great personality. He tells me he's hungry by blowing bubbles at the surface and by making grunting noises with his head out of the water. It'll be weird to see him in the future, as he will have gone from 1/2 an inch long, to four FEET long.
Throwback to an amazing afternoon with Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor. Not only was it an honor to meet her, but hearing her firsthand account of everything was an opportunity of a lifetime in and of itself. What Eva spoke about was something I will never forget. #forgiveandheal
So... I walked in to my room and found not one, but two Horseshoe crabs running on the sand. I bought the smaller one 8 months ago, and I hadn't seen it since then. I figured it was dead, but there is obvious evidence that he isn't. The stupid arthropod was just avoiding me. #youknowthereissomethingwrongwhenacrabintentionallyavoidsyouforalmostayear
Well, this was awkward... We had a human statue come to school on Friday at lunch to entertain us, and Johnny was scared to death of him, but we finally convinced him to get a picture. #onlyjohnnycanbesojohnny