Or, to be more aeronautically accurate…
(For the uninitiated…and boy should you consider yourselves fortunate…snorkel backstory here)
So, after finally achieving piece of mind with the snorkel I lost, found, got confiscated, got repatriated, got lost by the airline, was found in NYC, got destroyed on the North Shore of Oahu which caused me to endure many months of psychotherapy, I was finally in the proper state of mind to be able to purchase a new snorkel and I used it last year on Maui.
However at the end of my trip I left the snorkel alone in the rental car which was subsequently broken into and all my belongings, including the snorkel, were stolen. Now I was pissed. It’s one thing to go through all I went through with my first ever snorkel but to have the second one stolen so soon after I bought it? That’s annoying.
I filed a report with the police but never heard anything. I resigned myself to the notion that I’d have to buy yet another snorkel but then I discovered that the US Government knew where my snorkel was all along and didn’t tell me. I found this out purely by accident while reading through the latest of the Wikileaks State Department cable releases. *
So I’m off to Dubai to find my snorkel. Al Queda ain’t getting a dime out of me. ICN will not be a party to terrorism! I’ll kill whoever has it. Never get between a cable news blogger and his snorkel.
But seeing as I’m going to be spending 16 hours straight in a middle seat in Economy class flying from San Francisco to Dubai (ugh..) and flying to a spot literally halfway around the world, I might as well get some enjoyment out of it. So after I get my snorkel back in Dubai I’m headed to The Maldives where the diving is supposed to be pretty good. Hope I get to see a Hammerhead shark or two, though I doubt it since they tend to congregate at an atoll that is probably too far away by dive boat from the atoll we’re staying on.
If I can do it, I’ll be broadcasting updates from my journey on my Twitter feed.
You’re going to find it hard to believe but before the fall of 2007 I had flown just twice in the previous thirteen years.
Blogging resumes January 30th though that may not last long as I’m scheduled for jury duty January 31st.
* For the terminally clueless, no…that’s not a real Wikileaks State Department cable.