I’ve been working on the island of Guam for about two and a half months now and in that time I’ve been way too busy to catch up on things I intended to. Things like posting my thoughts on Divinity: Original Sin (still working on it though), completing the Mass Effect trilogy, and a lot of reading have been woefully neglected. It doesn’t help that I’ve “dove” headfirst into a new hobby, scuba diving!
Before we get to that I wanted to share something curious about this place. Guam is simultaneously the home of both the smallest McDonald’s I’ve ever seen as well as the largest. The smallest is located in Agat, not far from my lodging, and the largest is in Dededo. They are about 26km apart from each other by car, but seem much farther when you look at them side by side.
I don’t really have a point, I just think it’s funny…
About five years ago, while working in New Orleans, I made a new friend that shared many common interests. On top of that he is also a certified scuba instructor and tried to persuade me to let him instruct me. As mentioned before I’ve always been fascinated by fish, so this would be a natural fit for me. Also, my wife of nearly 10 years is an avid diver and has tried talking me into it since we met.
It’s not that I didn’t want to do it, I was very curious. I had a bad previous experience while working on a hazardous waste site in Denver where there were complications with my air supply and… well I kind of freaked out a bit.
Now I’m in Guam and I had the opportunity to work with that same friend. I made him a promise that if he came to Guam to play I would learn to dive under his tutelage, making both him and my wife quite pleased. I figured I would like it, but didn’t really understand how much. I also underestimated how much money I would want to spend on gear. As it turns out, my diving wife has never had her own full set of dive gear so we went a little crazy. The last couple of weeks have been full of surprises.
As my scuba instructor/coworker/friend likes to say, “If you want to make a small fortune in scuba diving, start with a large fortune!”
Now I am open water certified and loving it! I’m excited to try to get out into the water every weekend for the remainder of my time in Guam, hopefully while still finding time to game. I have also begun to dabble in underwater video. It’s always great to be able to share your fun with others, right?
This first video is short, much shorter than I though it would be. It turns out you have to move slowly and smoothly with a camera underwater or else everyone watching will get motion sickness. After cutting most of the nausea-inducing footage, I’m left with less than 15 minutes of video that is almost watchable.
Oh, and please try to ignore the periodic knocking sound throughout. The grip for my camera has a waterproof compartment that I thought would be a good place for my car key. Although I couldn’t hear it at the time, the microphone did a great job of picking up the sound of the key sliding from one end to the other. I won’t make that mistake again.
Play nice, everyone!