September 10th, 2006

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A bad feeling

I have a bad feeling about the association I'm going to be teaching for. They are extremely disorganized. There is a minimum enrollment of five students before a class can take place. After the sign-up yesty, I have three adults, and three preschool children. Camille says we'll give it a few weeks, but I may be unemployed before I even start. I don't know what I should be hoping for. *smirk* In any case, if I want to work, I think it will be up to me to organize and give private lessons.

Another idea for working would be to do crafty things and sell them. I have some ideas for jewelry and lamps from materials that I have at hand--shells, coconuts, etc--but I'm afraid of not being original enough or there not being enough of a demand. I know that if I can create nice enough things, I could also attempt selling on the net, but, but...I'm scared of failure. (Not, as one might imagine, of not making a profit, but of creating something shoddy and of poor taste.) I'll never know though if I don't try. There is also the possibility of getting more into art and doing paintings, sketches, and watercolors, yet, again, I'm not naïve enough to think I can make a living at it.

I guess my catchphrase for the day should be: You never know until you try. OR Qui ne tente rien, n'a rien.

But now I'm not going to think about work because I'm about to be taken on a surprise adventure by my wonderful wubs. Expect an update tomorrow.
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Eels, turtles, and dugongs, oh my

Yesty, we went on our third dive. Before even getting in the water, we spotted a large turtle at the surface. Looking a little bit farther afield, I saw an enormous dark shape. We jumped up on the benches and foredeck (sorry to all you boating pros; I don't know proper names), and the dive master said, "It's a dugong!" We hastily untied from the buoy and boated toward it. Unfortunately it got scared and took off before I could see it up close or swim with it. They are pretty rare here. Only about ten of them.   During the dive, we didn't see any more turtles, but once back on the boat, we saw several, two that were at least two feet across.

We saw too moray eels during the dive. One actually swimming out of its hole. It was nearly four-foot long. The second one we saw was much larger. The diameter of its head was easily 24" and that particular type of eel can measure nine feet. I would have loved to see it out of the hole. I saw a juvenile royal anglefish for the first time, as well as clown triggerfish. Does anyone on my list know anything about coral reef fish? I need help identifying a fish that we saw. It looked like a lyretail hogfish, but the black/maroon edging on the top and bottom of its tail intersected on its body. Is this a normal variation of the lyretail hogfish? We also saw some enormous pufferfish and the usual crop of parrot, tang, and unicorn fish, not to mention angels, butterflies, and chromis, etc. etc.
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