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The greatest moment of my entire life

For years now, of my life’s goals has been to scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef.  It may just have something to do with growing up in Alberta, the most bland, colourless, and featureless place on Earth, but pictures of the reef always made it look like the most beautiful place possible.

A few months ago, I finally made the trip.  Not to dwell on the negatives, but here’s approximately what it cost:

  • Flight to Melbourne – $1500
  • Flight to Cairns – $500
  • Hotel in Cairns – $150
  • Dive boat rental – $200
  • Dive cost – $120

All told, it cost me close to $2500, and it was totally worth every penny.  The Great Barrier Reef really is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.  It not only lived up to my dreams, but surpassed them.  The diving instructor even took a picture of me holding a sea cucumber.  It was pretty much the greatest moment of my entire life.  I couldn’t wait to get the picture developed so I could frame it and hang it proudly on my wall.  I got home, got my pictures developed, and started leafing through them right in the store.  I had to see how that picture turned out.

It turned out like this:

$2500 well spent

It’s still going on the wall.


  1. Currently the 2nd most popular picture on Reddit. Holy shit!

    Man am I glad that mask is covering my face.

  2. […] last 24 hours have been an interesting ride.  A picture of me in an unfortunate pose with a sea cucumber became the second most popular picture on Reddit, bringing in roughly 30,000 visitors over the […]

  3. Atha Atha says:

    Somehow this story makes me feel really good and warm inside… it’s so nice that you got what you wanted and happiness radiates off every word 🙂

  4. Thanks! I can’t wait to go back and do it again!

    The diving part, not the other part.

  5. […] First Tweet Jun 24, 2009 marleyinoc Ric Crockett oh snap lol – funny $2500 picture post view retweet […]

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