Monthly Archives: November 2013

Day 333 : dummy

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Sandy: My husband’s sister-in-law, KathyB, also went on the cruise. During our time at sea we had some opportunities to play bridge (the illustration is one of the Dummy hands). I normally hold the cards in my left hand and deal with my right so I was doing the opposite and dealing with my left. I had a lot of trouble coordinating my right thumb. As I tried to push the top card away from the stacked deck in my hand, the cards were slowly sliding out of my grip. Considering my right hand has very good small motor skills, it behaved like it wasn’t used to making small dexterous movements. What’s funny is that I noticed that KathyB, who is left handed, held the cards in her left hand and dealt with her right hand, like I naturally do it. Then I observed my husband and KathyB’s partner, both right-handers, and saw they both held the cards in their right hand and dealt with their left. When I inquired why, they both said it was how they’ve always done it and looked at me like I was the one who is backwards. Interesting how our hands divide tasks and which one is considered dominant for a particular task.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.

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Day 332 : thanks

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Sandy: I sit in the solitude of my office, sheltered, safe, hearing the sound of a waterfall and chirping birds, with sun filtering through the louvre blinds into my space. I have much for which to be thankful – my husband, children, family and friends, left and right-handers alike; my mom and dad as they maintain their health and good spirit, and are ever present in my children’s lives; the beautiful place where we live with hills on one side and water on the other; my health (even though my body is currently expelling a persistent cold); abilities and skills bestowed upon me, however great or slight. It is the people around me that enrich my life and I am grateful for their gifts everyday.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 331 : belize

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Sandy: We had to take tenders from the cruise ship to a small island where the dive shop operates. From there it was another 15 minute boat ride to Midpoint reef. Belize lives up to its reputation as a having beautiful marine life. Lionfish have invaded the Caribbean. It has become legal to hunt them. Authorities are trying to train eels and sharks to eat lionfish because they have no ill-effects from its venomous spines. What is frightening is that lionfish live from five to fifteen years. When mating, females release egg clusters which can contain as many as fifteen thousand eggs. Our dive master brought a spearfishing rod. He fed one of the lionfish to a huge green moire eel. The eel’s head was about the size of my thigh. We had lionfish ceviche in between our first and second dive. I should have been more cautious since I have heard that sushi chefs have died from the venom when handling lionfish. I’m living to tell it, though, so I guess our dive master knew what he was doing.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 330 : roatan

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Sandy: We saw a young sea turtle towards the end of our 80 ft. dive at Overheat wall. The sea turtle was nestled in coral and came out slowly. It seemed to trust us enough but we could tell it wasn’t interested in being friends because it slowly swam away. The last time we dove in Honduras (Guanaja) we also saw a sea turtle. It was very young, caught in a fishing net. The dive masters cut the sea turtle loose from net because it is illegal to capture sea turtles. It was brought on board so we could have a closer look. It was gorgeous, only the size of a large platter. When it was put back into the water it shot off so fast that it only appeared as a dark spot in my photograph. On our second dive the most amazing thing we saw was a spotted eagle ray. Not that the spiney lobster and lion fish weren’t cool but the ray was more special. It, too, did not act afraid, though swam away not towards us. It’s wing span, about 4 feet, undulated so gracefully as they move through the water.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 329 : cozumel

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Sandy: The first time we went on a scuba diving vacation was almost 20 years ago, in Cozumel. We remembered it being quite spectacular. Since then the marine life had been damaged by two hurricanes in 2005. Last week, on our first dive we drifted along the Santa Rosa Wall at 80 feet depth. The coral was still beautiful but not as healthy as we remember. Instead of the groupers being the size of a person, they were the length of a man’s leg, perhaps 3.5 ft. Our second dive was at Paso del Cedal where we saw more varieties of coral, colorful sponges and fish.

It’s curious how the regulator and snorkel is set up. My first instinct was to have the snorkel on the right but for scuba divers, it is dictated by the regulator which goess on the right. The snorkel is attached to the mask on the left side and is only used on the water’s surface so you don’t waste compressed air. I’m thinking that it is a little right biased because when your main regulator fails, the octopus (back-up regulator) is also on the right making it natural for right-handers to grab the octopus in a panic.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 328 : princess

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Sandy: My husband and I went on a cruise last week aboard the Caribbean Princess. For scuba divers who would like a quick trip and not worry about logistics, this was ideal. We did two dives a day, three consecutive days, in three places – Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize. Scubaguide.com ranks Cozumel and Belize in their top ten scuba destinations. Having enjoyed diving in Guanaja, we knew another Honduras dive would be great and Roatan did not disappoint. Princess Cruises worked seamlessly with teams on shore who took us from ship to boat to dive site. After diving it couldn’t have been simpler – return to our stateroom for a shower followed by a dinner served by a cheerful wait staff.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


Day 327 : latkes

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Sandy: With Hanukkah coming up, we decided to make potato latkes since we love them so much. It is traditional to eat food cooked in oil to honor the olive oil that burned in the golden menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem for, not one day as expected, but eight days after the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem from the Syrian-Greek king, which is exactly the time it took to press fresh olive oil. Our latkes contained ground matzo, grated potatoes and grated onions – so delicious! Hanukkah falls at the end of the olive-pressing season. On Sunday we picked olives for our friends who have over 300 trees.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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