Greetings outdoorsmen and women,
The summer is over and the snow is falling, but not without some highlights of recreation in August. Some good friends in the dental industry, Bob and Barbara, invited Lynn and me to join them in Bonaire, an island in the Caribbean next to Aruba, where their son Thomas and girlfriend Rachel are both scuba instructors. After a moment of thought, we booked a trip to share an Airbnb house with a pool large enough for Lynn to do a refresher scuba course with Rachel. Following that we dove a few times, did a little windsurfing, and Lynn even did a “body dragging” kite surfing lesson, which was more fun than the image she had of a chain behind a pick-up truck. The company and food were great for a week of fun in the sun, and we flew off to Texas from there, tanned and relaxed.
I was scheduled to do my annual dental workshop in Galveston for the new Antarctica medical team, and they are an interesting and diverse group who hopefully picked up some dental skills for their 6 months on the Ice. I signed up to go back too, but not until December, so they’ll be on their own to deal with dental issues for a while. Some of the new participants are from the University of Texas Aerospace Medicine program, and when I was finished, their instructor, Ed, who previously worked at NASA, asked me if I’d be interested in doing a presentation to the NASA medical folks in the future. Of course I said “yes” and a few weeks ago I was back in Houston with my Dentistry 101 Power Point presentation. My last slide pointed out that I was available for a mission to the space station or the moon, so I’m waiting for the call and it won’t take too long to pack some bags for that one. (Not quite ready to sign up for the 6 month one way to Mars yet)
Hope your fall is going well and the sun is shining too.