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Puerto Rican Preview

No, I didn’t do my Tarzan yell. Attempting such amateur vocals amid the gorgeous green foliage just outside the El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico would have been like singing “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” in Carnegie Hall.  Not fitting at all. Maybe next time.  If I practice first.

What else didn’t I do during our Puerto Rican adventure?  Well, I didn’t fly the plane back off of Vieques even though the steering wheel and controls were within easy reach from my co-pilot’s seat. And I didn’t blink at the carry-on luggage of the guy standing directly behind me at the airport ticket counter -a chicken in a burlap bag. Didn’t stand in a security line either.

I didn’t get trampled by any of the wild horses that kept popping out of bushes when Hannah and I ran the roads of Vieques.  I definitely didn’t tire of picking and sampling tropical fruits as we wandered the islands.

I did glow when we swam the Bio-luminescent Bay after dark.  I’d like to think that I always glow a little, but it was all dino-flagellite action that night.

Didn’t miss the internet.  Didn’t miss TV.  Missed my oldest son but didn’t miss one wonderful moment with my two youngest kids who accompanied me on the trip.

And I didn’t get lost.  Yeah, right.

From August 16, 2010.


Suit Required, Tie Optional

lifeguard phone box

The view rivals the one enjoyed from the coveted corner office. The benefits include physical fitness and an ocean breeze. The perfect summer job? Maybe. Except the hours aren’t limited to warm summer days, and it is a job where the stakes run considerably higher than financial earnings and losses.


The duties of a San Diego beach lifeguard are far ranging. All full time guards are certified EMTs (Emergency Medical Technician) and may be called upon for boat rescues up to three miles from the shore as well as coastal cliff rescues. Most full time guards are also peace officers with full powers of arrest.


Specially trained guards assist in river and flooding rescues, marine firefighting and dive rescues and recoveries. Recent incidents handled by area lifeguards include an exploding scuba tank, a floating blue whale carcass and a directionally challenged harbor seal wandering yard to yard through an area neighborhood.

Clearly, this is not a job for those who value a routine existence. But it’s “ocean front” at no extra charge…


Updated from July 27, 2009.

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Distracted Iguana

I found myself wondering what caught this green iguana’s attention to the right…

…when this was just behind him.  The ability to observe and appreciate moments of beauty, in both places and people, may be one of the more blessed aspects of being human.

This is the poolside view from the Hacienda Tamarindo on Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Tomorrow:  Photo Swap Thursday

Friday: More Footsteps adventures…

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