There's been a lot of talk in the news about manatee twin babies lately. Well, I can confirm that the rumors are true and that they're doing just fine. The mom, Tomo-Bella, is on the left in this picture with both pups on the right. You can clearly see one nose, and the other is right next to him.
A little wildlife SUP Search Saturday for Ayla and I. About as beautiful of a day as you could ever hope for in Sarasota Bay. Sightings included a lot of sharks, large rays, spotted eagle ray with a cobia in tow, dolphins, manatees, baby sea turtle, and probably some other wildlife I'm forgetting.
We interrupt the regularly scheduled Search programming to bring you something I've been Searching down for many, many years: This silly piece of paper that lets me put the letters M.D. behind my name. But, I guess when you break it down it's not the paper that means anything, but the commitment it represents. Commitment to who-knows-how-many-years-of-education, but I'll round it off at 10 years of post high school education for myself. Commitment to every patient that I've seen: Those patients may have benefitted from a more experienced clinician, and yet they helped me more than I could have ever helped them. Commitment to my family and friends, but mostly from my family and friends: I feel guilty that I can't thank everyone who helped me along the way, but I hope at least some of you will read this and feel my gratitude. The crazy thing is that when I think about my best friends who have helped me so much over the past few months and years, I realize that they are just the tip of the iceberg. The people I love and haven't seen in many years who hammered orgo study sessions at the UNF library, or blazed through MCATs, or cried with me on the floor, or let me skip track practice so that I could study - they are all just as responsible for this success. My family never let me sink. Ayla has been there since the first year of medical school to pick me back up. I could sit here and go on about my commitment to medicine, but the truth is that your commitment to me is what this paper embodies. I would have given up after getting kicked out of pre-med in my first year of college with a 2.0 GPA if it weren't for you. Thank you for not letting me fail. Thank you for taking a chance on me. Thank you for your commitment.
The billionaires and oligarchs got it all wrong. You don't have to buy an island to be rich; You just have to discover one.
All the prototypes have lead up to this; the final result of the OARACLE project. ...but this one gets a special name: Meet CETO. In Greek Mythology, Ceto was the goddess of the dangers of the sea. In the Search, CETO is a 17 foot carbon fiber masterpiece. This unlimited SUP was the result of a collaboration between Starboard and Juan Rodriguez that ended up becoming the prototype for the Starboard Ace GT. The Ace GT is a $5,000 board. This one found its way to the Search for little more than the promise it would be used to its full Search potential. CETO is a board that is built for heavy open ocean wind and waves, and I am happy to have her protection.
William Pearce, M.D.