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What I’ve Learned in 5 Years

Last week, my company passed it’s 5 year anniversary. We’ve grown considerably within these first five years, and are now on to new challenges. The hardest thing about this job is that there is no blueprint. All bakers can follow the examples of previous bakeries. The same goes for doctors, dentists, contractors, ballerinas, software designers, […]

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Fish Vet Adventures – Learning to Catch Fish

My time spent volunteering at Mystic Aquarium were some of the best times in the beginning of my career. I annoyed the staff endlessly with my requests for more work and projects. To start out, I would arrive early, smack dab in the middle of their lunch. Looking back now, I can see how this […]

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Fish Vet Adventures – Aquarium Misadventures: Beware the Overflow

If you have ever working in the aquarium industry, you have, at some point, overfilled a tank. You turn on the water and start to work on something else, even for a moment, and suddenly, water is running over the sides and spilling onto the floor. If you have yet to or claim to have […]

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Fish Vet Adventures – Starting My Business

Throughout veterinary school, my direction wavered. Sure, I had gone to veterinary school because I wanted to be an aquatic veterinarian, but I ended up at a school where this career path was highly unrealistic and laughable. Seriously, people would laugh. Without a mentor or any guidance, I started to consider other tracks in veterinary […]

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Fishy Career Adventures – In the Beginning

Hello all! I’m excited to share with you a little bit more about how I got started with my career in fish medicine. I will try to give you some more fishy fun about once a week. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! In the beginning When children are young, parents […]

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Normal is a Myth

Normal is a myth. Normal is the fictional common denominator that comes from averaging a collective of individuals. If someone says they’re “normal,” they just want to fit in. It is a completely normal condition for humans to want to fit in to society. To not be perceived as outcasts is the ultimate goal of […]

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NO! It’s NOT done yet!

With all that is going on these days, I’ve been having a hard time trying to find things to write about. After a long day of seeing fish patients, paddling and fixing up the new house, my extra time is devoted to solid vegging. The building construction is still held up in the permit office […]

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Chaos, Sweet Chaos

Yes, I know I haven’t updated this page or my company site in over a month. Blame the short winter. Koi in outdoor ponds are starting to wake up early since the weather has been so nice and warm in our part of California. And with the koi come the parasites, infections and other fun […]

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Getting Back in the Paddle

Sunday was the opening of the 2015 outrigger paddling season! Outrigger Santa Cruz had its first meeting of the season to discuss our racing season. Lots in store for the new season! Unfortunately, for those of you who paddle too, I will not have the same dedication to the team as I had last year. Priority […]

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Waiting… waiting… waiting…

So… right now, I’m in limbo. The permits (second set, don’t ask) are hopefully working their way through the Santa Cruz county offices. Once those are issued, the builder said it will be a 2 month turn around. That, along with $80,000 (blech), should put us on track for a June 1st opening. Provided that […]

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