Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ruszala Nuptials

They finally did it!  Brad and Kathy got married yesterday.  Here are just a few photos from my camera. The professionals will have more photos very soon, I am sure.

Some of the groomsmen made a pit stop between the ceremony and the reception.  Those nachos kept us from passing out while we waited for dinner.

They have a tradition out here where you pin money on the bride and groom in exchange for a short dance.  Brad ran out of partners long before Kathy, so Mike stepped in to keep things from getting awkward.

Caption Contest VIII

It has been a while since I've done a caption contest and I'm not sure anyone still reads this blog.  Still, here we go.  This photo was taken last night at Brad and Kathy Ruszala's wedding.

Leave your caption in the comments.  The winner gets...nothing.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Walt Goodridge: Friend or Foe of Blue Box Headed Americans?

What is Walt Goodridge thinking in this photo? Something tells me he isn't thinking about how lucky he is to have his picture taken with the guy with the big blue box on his head. To his credit, he smiled and laughed when I told him I'd put the photo on my blog, giving away my secret identity.

And that's how I celebrated Brad Ruszala's last night as a single man, with a big blue box on my head.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

You Are Moving to Utah

The other day the governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, tweeted that Governor Fitial said he was moving us all to Utah:
Governor Fitial, Northern Mariana Islands: "I'm thinking of moving all my 65,000 people to #Utah!" #UTpol

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Big Time Corruption

It is difficult to keep track of all the corruption scandals in Saipan these days, but the one about the Secretary of Commerce allegedly arranging a $400,000 contract for himself and his buddies (while in office) has hit the pages of the New York Times:
Government officials in the Northern Mariana Islands violated ethics rules when they handed an almost $400,000 contract to the former Commerce secretary's new company, according to the Department of Interior's inspector general.
Not too long ago the former Secretary of Commerce was one of the recently returned golden boys and the island had high expectations for him. Oh, well.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Guam Shark Tsunami

If you look closely, you can see me sitting in the back of the room in this video. These kids are pretty awesome. Thank you, Guam.

Juvenile Longfin Spadefish

This juvenile longfin spadefish (Platax teira) was ducking around the rocks at Cemetery Reef in the Rock Islands of Palau last month. The adult version of this species is one of my favorite fish to see underwater -- saw a bunch in the Philippines last year -- that is until I saw this juvenile. Sadly there aren't too many of these fish around Saipan these days because Saipan is horribly overfished.

In fact, with all the traveling I've done lately, and seeing how other islands across the Pacific still have reef fish, I've come to the conclusion that the Division of Fish and Wildlife's failure to manage the fishery on Saipan is criminal. I saw 10 Napoleon wrasse on a single dive in Majuro last month, and in four years of diving on Saipan I've only seen one. Shame, shame, shame on them.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Calamari Snorkel

I made friends with a family of squid during a snorkel back in February.  Up until this year the only place I ever saw schools of swimming calamari was Obyan Beach on Saipan.  I met these guys in Fiji back in February and I also saw some outside the atoll near Rita, Majuro, Marshall Islands two weeks ago.

Most squid must know that I want to fry them up and serve them with a spicy marinara sauce, but this family of tentacled swimmers thought I was their friend.  I have an idea: if the shark clans in Fiji are protected by sharks, maybe that means squid are a part of my totem!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Golden Jellyfish of Jellyfish Lake, Koror, Palau

I got to go swimming with some golden jellyfish while in Palau last month.  I've wanted to visit Jellyfish Lake for a long, long time.  Tick that one off the bucket list!

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011 in 2011 back on

In the last two months I've managed 5 runs. Only one of them was in June (a beautiful early morning run in Koror, Palau on the first day of my E. coli infection, nonetheless).

Well, you know what they say. It's not how many times you get knocked down; it's how many times you get back up.

Jet lag wouldn't allow me sleep last night, so instead of fighting it, I went out for a 5.3 mile run at first light. That puts me at 404 miles for the year, way out of reach of running 2012 miles in 2012. Oh well. At least it was a catchy name.

And you know what else? It's July. I'm supposed to go vegetarian this month.