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5/20/09 5:19 P

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Welcome to the team, and I hope you enjoy! Join us in the Narced Divers Lounge, because that's where we hang out to chat and get looney! (at least in my case) Lol :o) Also, some of us are posting what we do for daily workouts in the "Divers Daily Fitness Center". I find it very motivating, and a good way to be encouraged and encourage others to stick to regular workouts.

Glad that you're with us!


"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. -- Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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5/20/09 12:37 A

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A howdy from the desert in AZ! Welcome to the team.

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5/19/09 10:23 A

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Hi there & emoticon ! Great intro, Feels like I know you already! Hope you will come by the narced Divers Lounge where we gather to chit chat about whatever and join us on Wednesday's for joke day. Warning, we can get fairly rowdy at times but all in good fun!

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)

5/19/09 3:30 A

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I've posted an intro on one of my other teams already, but I figure it's probably a nice gesture to extend the same courtesy everywhere.

Anyway, about me: I'm originally from Canada, as you may have guessed from my username, specifically from Lethbridge, Alberta. I tell most people who ask though, that I'm from Edmonton, since it's a bit more well-known and I spent 10 years living there and I attended the U of A as well.

Currently, I currently teach English at a junior college in Japan. I've been here for over 6 years with my wife, and teaching the "big kids" is a relatively new thing. Teachers in Japan tend to get bounced around a lot, and being a foreigner is no exception. Prior to this I taught elementary school kids (grades 1 to 6) at half of the city's schools (that's roughly 4000 kids) and before that, I was at two junior high schools.

I have many interests (too many) but tend to be passionate about scuba diving especially. I got my PADI OW in Thailand two years ago, and AOW in August of last year. I waited as long as I did because I felt like I should master some of my skills before undertaking something new. I wanted to have good buoyancy control and the ability to deal with situations properly.

I try to get wet as often as I can, and my regular dive buddy starts to get really restless unless we go at least once a month... That's what makes winter a killer! However I can dive dry -- I'm still waiting for him to get a drysuit. My wife also dives, but I think I've taken to it a bit more than her. Lol!

My goal for this year is to do my rescue diver course in July. I can't wait! I'm so stoked about that! We'll have the same instructor who helped us with our AOW -- good teacher, but he's a bit hardcore though! A very qualified, very intelligent diver, part of a local team here in Japan who are associated with GUE. (That's a bit too much even for me though. DIR is cool and all, but I just don't have the money for Halcyon-EVERYTHING and the tech training courses involved)... They're an awesome group to hang out with, otherwise, though!

I know I need to keep fit and exercise, but it's tough. My co-workers are busier than me and don't get out much, so it's hard to stay motivated. I HATE going to the gym. I have a gym membership and try to go as much as I can, despite the fact that I loathe going there. It bores me to tears. As does running and cycling. I'm a very social person in many ways.

Recently, I've started taking TV shows and movies to the gym so I can use the elliptical trainer or exercise bike, plug in the iPod, and watch something good while I exercise. That DOES help a fair bit.

I could probably write an entire novel here but I'll just limit myself to these few lines and invite anyone who is curious to know more to just send me a mail or check out my newly created SparkPage...

Well, nice to meet you all! :-)

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