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Jan is the founding member of the Discover Diving Deco Club. She is happiest under water and doesn't like to return to the boat until she absolutely has to. So it's easy to see how when logging her dive one day, the little flashing deco bar on her dive computer alerted Chris to the fact that she had overstayed her welcome in Neptune's world. He used to tease her, but now that he's joined the club, he has let up. That task has fallen to the rest of us.
We were on the Sea Fever in the Bahamas for a one week live-aboard. One day several of us were sitting around the galley just gabbing. We were discussing amusement parks. I [Jans husband] was saying that "my favorite ride is the wild-mouse", when Red-Man the cook walked into the galley. For the rest of the week everyone aboard the boat called Jan "Wild Mouse".
Are you going to eat that sandwich?
Jan is a petite woman and for medical reasons needs to eat several small meals throughout the day. While on the dive boat in Belize, Patsy the head cook always made sure that Jan had a little extra food along. Paul the dive-master used to have to fight her for food... so all week long, in his Belizian accent all we heard was "Are you going to eat that sandwich?"
What's up with the pizza?
If you happen to find yourself at a quarry with the Discover Diving trailer on the premises, you can find Jan just by watching what people have for lunch. Jan's trademark lunch on any dive day is cold pizza. It's on her pre-trip checklist!
Hey Jan, what-cha eat-in'?
Jan joins the 40 ft. club.
On a dive in Belize, her back-pack strap loosened up and her tank began to slip out of her BCD. I was having ear clearing issues, and was hanging out at 25 feet. I noticed it from up there and signaled for her to come up. To make a long story short, we ended up kneeling in the sand at 40.ft, her in front of me, me trying to re-strap her tank. Our buddy Chris snapped a photo of us. He told everyone on the dive boat that we were joining the 40 ft. club, the underwater equivalent of the mile high club! Fortunately for us, the photo didn't come out. Chris hasn't taken our photography course yet... I suspect he will!
We're all drunk!
Jan is not a big drinker. DD has a team [that's being gracious] in the coed softball league here in Newark. We suck at softball, but we like to have fun. In fact, we like to say that "we're a serious drinking team with a softball problem"... after one game, we hit our usual watering hole to have a burger and a beer. When Chris showed up, Jan popped up from her seat and hollered across the bar "WE'RE ALL DRUNK OVER HERE". The rest of the team in unison responded "She's drunk, we're sober!" Poor Jan, the original 3 beer wonder... drink 1, spill 1, give 1 away and she's still trashed!
Help Jan to the dinner table.
When traveling to Belize, we stay at Turneffe Island. All social activities and meals occur in the lodge there. Drinks and nibblies commence at 6:15 with dinner served promptly at 7:00. One evening the drink special was a rum drink, known as a panty ripper. As the call to dinner commenced, our friend Cindy informed me that I should go to the bar and help Jan to dinner. Seems she had a wee bit too much panty ripping, and couldn't make it the 15 feet to the table. She is a light-weight!