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And another one down…..


One more 1/2 marathon under my belt! Solidly in the middle third of the crowd of 25k that ran the 2014 Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll Marathon/ 1/2 Marathon under VERY cold conditions!

This is a public service announcement….

Disconnect the battery. Wait 15 minutes. Reconnect the battery. That is all. The backstory: It is that time of the year when it is dark when I leave for work, and light by the time I get there. Headlights turned on to start off to work…..and today, forgotten about when I arrived. I got out of work at 5pm, went to my car and….uh-oh….noted the lights were on. The car started with just a bit Continue reading

Pi$$ed Puffer

I took this video of a puffer….about a foot long…. PICT0092 from c h on Vimeo. ….and then turned my camera to try to film the (very well camoflaged) scorpionfish here….but the puffer was either enamored….or more likely PO’d at my intrusion, and came back to push my camera out of his territory! This is the first time a fish has ever interacted with me…they usually just ignore me or try to get far away. Continue reading


I was actually filming a passing filefish when this octopus scurried underneath us and hid in this corner.  By the time I set the camera to video, s/he had backed into the corner and wasn’t moving much….but watch closely as s/he morphs to match the surrounding rocks…..   PICT0069 from c h on Vimeo.

Speckled Filefish


What a crab!


Choir buddy Erin went snorkeling with us last week, and she found this recently….um…emptied….crab shell: The crab is (was) a 7-11 crab, so named for for the 7 upper and 4 underside dots. Hawaiian mythology says the dots were left in place when Kanaloa the sea-god handled the crab and left his fingerprints. (or, an alternate story: he picked up the crab who snapped the god with his pincer, causing the god to bleed and Continue reading