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#1 Big O

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 11:23 PM

Just a quick update. We're done diving and the diving, resort, people and everything else was fantastic. Right now we are at a hotel in Nadi waiting for our 1050 pm flight back to LA.

GIANT MANTA pics to come....

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Posted 05 November 2005 - 10:53 PM

I'm back...but wish I was still there!

We had an awesome time diving, laughing, diving, eating, diving, drinking, etc etc etc....I can't wait to go back!

The SD photographers on this trip were incredible...you all will be amazed when the winning shots get posted...very impressive!


So who's going to post the quotes from the trip!? (This one's for Kerry - 'And what fertilizer was he using?') :diver: :fish: :)
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Posted 06 November 2005 - 02:26 PM

I'm with Terri...the whole WOW factor has not yet worn off and I hope it never does!

I can't wait until people start posting their pictures...

In the meantime here is the gallery for the trip photos!!! (Feel free to post a few teasers in the thread and the rest here in the Fiji Trip Photos Gallery!

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Posted 06 November 2005 - 07:56 PM

WOW is right...the Fijian hospitality is awesome and genuine..the resort was very accommadating to everyones needs. I was worried about the food choices but rarely did I leave hungry at anytime. The diving was full of reef life at all depths and at every turn a picture worth framing and when not diving the S.I.T. was fun and full of quotable one-liners from every one in the group, some of which will be popping up soon I'd expect such as my favorite - Sandy quit looking in my window - and for those who ask if I'm a lucky man....YES I AM !


My thanks to my roomy Mike aka WillDiveForBeer ... to all who made this a trip to remember .. to Kamala aka WW who once again did a phenominal job pulling this together and managing to make it a wonderfully hassle-free event ... and to Mandi aka LandLocked- for being a wonderful dive buddy and proving that some of life's doors that seem closed can be opened - unexpectedly at that - again my Thanks.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 11:16 AM

Sounds like an amazing trip! Ooooh, I bet the pictures turned out great!! :teeth:

Welcome back stateside!

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 11:28 AM

Well I don't know about the rest of you but I am still recovering and trying to get my body on EST time.

I can't wait to see the pics everyone took. I hope that we can still put together that consolidated CD sometime soon!!! I would really like to share some of those pictures with my family since I took mostly video. Which I might add is mostly already digitized and I will start editing this week.

It was a pleasure meeting most of you.. hahahaha... just kidding... meeting everyone was great!!! I was very nervous about going away with a group of people I don't know, but I thoroughly enjoyed everyone.

Fiji can only be described as a magical place, and I think Dive Kandavu made it extra special because of its location and service. I can't see how we could have had any comparable experience anywhere else. Its remoteness and relationship with the villages created an awesome stay!!!
Roatan!!!! Roatan!!!! Roatan!!!! I'm going to ROATAN!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 12:55 PM

If anyone has any pictures to add to the consolidated DVD please let me know. If I have any photos that anyone does NOT want included please let me know that as well. I may have to prune down the folders to make it all fit on 1 DVD.

Thanks again to all. I had a great time and really wish I were still there and not here back at work.


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Posted 07 November 2005 - 01:53 PM

I may have to prune down the folders to make it all fit on 1 DVD.

I have a few "what the @#$% was that" pics that you can delete. I'm sure you will know them when you see them. Hope you weren't affected by that tornado :cool1:

I, too, am trying to re-adjust. To civilization as much as the time! It was a great trip. It was great meeting new friends and getting re-aquainted with old ones. The diving was incredible and getting to experience the culture up close like we did is something I will never forget.

And for Mark - "What does it cost to use the internet?" Answer - "$10 Fijian for 10 US minutes. And Sandy - "Take a picture..."

Ari, looking forward to your video.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 01:59 PM

I have a few "what the @#$% was that" pics that you can delete. I'm sure you will know them when you see them. Hope you weren't affected by that tornado 


Thanks Ali. I'll know which pictures to remove, no worries.

My house was not damaged by the tornado. I do not know any of the people that were. Evansville is about and hour west of me and I don't really travel there. We got some really big hail, but that was about it. It's really sad to see though. The pictures I've seen look terrible.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 03:09 PM

I agree it was a great time.... a few quotes.

"There is that" (GentDiver) which was followed by "As Kimmy would say" (AliKat)
"Mine. Mine. Mine" (Everone in the group)
"Sonny!!!" - (Sandy)
"My Eyes" me on seeing Gar in the grass skirt and his every interesting underwear!
"It's a dive truck" - Larry
"Yes I am" - Jeff
"It's a little known fact" - Mike aka Clavin
"Focus!!!" - Larry

My house was not damaged by the tornado. I do not know any of the people that were. Evansville is about and hour west of me and I don't really travel there. We got some really big hail, but that was about it. It's really sad to see though. The pictures I've seen look terrible.


Glad to hear it. I was wondering about you.

Well back to wading through my 800 emails... ugh!!!

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 05:01 PM

Hey gang,
Sandy and I finally got home... 1am Monday. Uugh! The flight from hell. 2 hours late out of LAX, almost an hour holding over Pennsylvania, had to wait for a gate at JFK, then an hour wait to get our bags.

Otherwise, what a great trip! The mantas, the sharks, the coral, the PLF's (pretty little fishes). All amazing! And also a great week with a great group of people. I love the complete disconnect from our home/jobs. No radio, no tv, no newspapers. Rather boogie with the natives though Sandy will be passing on that for a while. Her hip is doing better but she is still walking like a penguin.
I will miss diving with Joeli and Sureli. The Fijian people are just so delightful. Soft spoken, always with a big smile and with friendly Bula!!!

Mandy, you can delete anything that was out of focus, blurred or otherwise, to make room. Right now I'm just trying to figure out why I can't read my portable hard drive. Grrrr. Worked fine until I just tried it now. Glad you and Sonny have backups, just in case.

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"Sonny!!! You want some toast?"
"Sonny!!! Is the ceiling fan still on?"
"Sonny!!! Turn out the bathroom light!"
"Focus! Focus!!!"
"Get off my boat!"
"Gar doesn't have a liver"
"Stan, don't forget your fins.... nevermind"
"84 minutes?"
"Take a picture, take a picture, take a picture"
"Manta love"
"Is that a shark?" "Do you mean the one in front of us or the one behind us?"
"Sonny!!! Where are my peanut butter sandwiches?"
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 05:44 PM

What a great trip... I have lots of above water photos... Anybody interested in a pic or two I will e-mail you... Just PM me with an e-address and will share... I can't wait until I see all of the underwater shots... A big thank you to Mandi for the extra work involved in assembling this and getting them mailed out... After seeing Larry's promo work on the screen Thursday night I am excited to see his DVD especially the manta's... I saw bits and pieces of Ari's stuff too- Wow. I Can't wait... Thanks all for making such a good trip wonderfull. Jay

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 06:29 PM

Ok gang...got a few pics to start you off with and then I hope EVERYONE will post them into the photo gallery so that we can all see them! Plus we need to start a 'Best of the Best' for future trips to Fiji Fiji Fiji!!! :birthday:

This is an aeriel view of Fiji...Nadi the main island as we were arriving from LA.

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 06:37 PM

A few??? I only see one :birthday:

Mandi is welcome to post any of my pics if she wishes. Since I was uploading to her computer, I don't have any my pics until she gets the disc out...but no pressure Mandi :cool1:
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 06:43 PM

Kamala, if that picture was any bigger we could see all of Viti Levu! Fiji is truly a magical place.

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