Tarpon Springs Dive
Childhood dreams become a reality when there is no one left to tell you "No".
As a child I used to watch Captain Nemo and the crew of the Nautilus and dream of walking on the bottom of the ocean.
Nemo, one of the most famous antiheroes in fiction, is a mysterious figure. The son of an Indian Raja, he is a scientific genius who roams the depths of the sea in his submarine, the Nautilus, which was built on a deserted island. Nemo tries to project a stern, controlled confidence, but he is driven by a thirst for vengeance and a hatred of imperialism (particularly the British Empire). He is also wracked by remorse over the deaths of his crew members and even by the deaths of enemy sailors.Now there is no one to tell me "No" and so I go.
Afterward we discussed what I had learned from this experience and agreed that at another time I would be able to repeat it in deeper water and for a longer dive. I really like this man. The stories he has to tell would make an exciting book and the willingness to trust and respect another man's dreams and help make them reality is uncommon in this day.
Having worked up an appetite, my crew and I retired to a local Greek restaurant and enjoyed authentic Greek cuisine. Thanks to my son Shane, his wife Noelle and daughter Aubrey for their support and encouragement.