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A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers #361808
12/17/09 01:18 AM
12/17/09 01:18 AM
Joined: Jun 2006
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divingcowgirl Offline OP
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June 16, 2006. I was scouring the internet for information on Belize, when I ran across a seemingly innocent web page by the name of I looked through the various links that were there then happened to click on the message board link………… Who would have ever known the possibilities that lay ahead? Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but that day, three and a half years ago, a transformation was about to take place that I would have never guessed could happen in MY lifetime. I will spare the boring details. (And after 9 trips down there, there have not been MANY boring details.. but I digress)
I am truly amazed at the friendships I have formed with various people from around the globe. And when I chose to return to school, I was even more surprised at the outpouring of support and guidance from my friends and allies. I would like to thank each and every one of you who helped me with questions, offered encouragement or just listened to me whine…
After much hair-pulling (of my own, not on the board, although it came close a time or two) late nights driving to and from school, late nights studying and just plain old south Texas stubbornness, I am MORE than happy to announce……………
I DID IT!!! I will take my last class on February 18th. I walk the stage on February 13th in San Antonio, Texas with Suma cum Laude. For someone who first thought this was not possible (me) I somehow found the strength and support to get it done. Yes, there were a few who were extremely helpful in this endeavor,( which they will have a surprise waiting for them when I see them in February) but I just wanted to extend a “thank you” to all who wished me luck or even said a prayer for me.
What I have found with the ACMB is a wealth of friendship, comrade, knowledge, help and love that even the most stone hearted will admit to. (although they will have to be held underwater, hit with a nine iron or denied Belikin for the rest of their natural born days) While we may act like everyone’s dysfunctional family on our best days and enemies on our worst, we still share a love for an island off the coast of Belize called Ambergris Caye.

Take the road less traveled
Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: divingcowgirl] #361812
12/17/09 07:37 AM
12/17/09 07:37 AM
Joined: Aug 2003
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RMT Offline
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Congratulations to you DCG!!!
You must be so thrilled with your accomplishments. Best of luck and I am sure this trip in February will be extra sweet for you. Continued good luck...Rhonda

Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: RMT] #361814
12/17/09 07:54 AM
12/17/09 07:54 AM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 3,955
Frigin Cold Columbus, Ohio
Otteralum Offline
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Start preparing your liver now -- that's all I have to say. smile

I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.
Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: Otteralum] #361817
12/17/09 08:52 AM
12/17/09 08:52 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 4,672
Northern California
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Dedication, determination and desire (the "3 D's) are at it again! I remember those days long ago - the worst part for me was not being able to travel because of classes, studying, repeat for 8 years. So worth it....

Congrats on your accomplishment and have fun in February!

Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: Otteralum] #361818
12/17/09 08:52 AM
12/17/09 08:52 AM
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Congrats girl! What an accomplishment!! Fantastic.

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: divingcowgirl] #361821
12/17/09 09:00 AM
12/17/09 09:00 AM
Joined: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,281
Arizona USA
azbob Offline
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Lydia, what a great accomplishment. You deserve it for all your hard work. Here is a big:


You better jump the first day you are there, because after that someone will have to pour you out of the plane!!!!!

"Hold on Tight To Your Dreams" ELO
Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: azbob] #361828
12/17/09 09:32 AM
12/17/09 09:32 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 3,677
Maple Grove, MN USA
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And another congratulations to you. Someday, somewhere, we WILL share a beer or two. Or maybe, after you land a great job, a martini might be more to your tastes. laugh

Set your sights high, and don't be afraid. Life takes you in strange directions, but every little nudge you give it in the right direction can have wondrous effects.

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: Bobber] #361833
12/17/09 09:48 AM
12/17/09 09:48 AM
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 4,001
New Jersey/sanpedro
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Living The Dream Every Day!
Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: captjeff] #361846
12/17/09 11:57 AM
12/17/09 11:57 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 820
San Pedro
Islenutt Offline
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Congratulations!!! See you in Feb. smile

Re: A heartfelt thank you to all you ACMBers [Re: Islenutt] #361853
12/17/09 12:38 PM
12/17/09 12:38 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 915
San Antonio TX and Seine Bight...
ckocian Offline
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DCG, I conversed with you via message board about your first trip. I live in San Antonio. And I was a late bloomer as well in terms of an undergrad degree. I know how good it feels to have that tucked under your belt. Many congrats and enjoy!

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