Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Giving Your Condolences via Social Media

With the advent of social media one would think it would be easier to give condolences. This was tested recently when I had two dear friends whose parents passed away. Unlike years passed it wasn't from a phone call that alerted me to the news but via a Facebook post and a text message. Therefore, I felt responding with my condolences in the same manner was appropriate.

Social media has taken the awkwardness out of the condolences equation; however, unlike a phone call more thought goes into your messaging. Everybody who reads my blog knows I'm a wordsmith and tend to write a lot; however, in this medium when giving your condolences via a group message--I think short is more appropriate. I admit, I stared over my iPhone waiting for the right words to pour out of my fingers, but it took me a bit to find the words. Because of that fact, I decided to offer some advice on giving condolences via social media. Before hitting the publish or send button: 1) take a breath; 2) think out what message you really want to convey; and 3) keep it short.

Here's what I mustered up to say:
                      Text message for Skippy's dad.

Facebook message for Monica's dad.
Some population-we™ readers may not agree? You may think--I should've immediately picked up the phone and called. If so, feel free to comment below. No matter how you're reaching out to offer condolences it isn't easy but the gesture does not go unnoticed. I know in my heart of hearts, my condolences will be followed with a big hug next time I see both my dear friends. For now, because of my social media messages above, they both know I'm thinking of them during this very difficult time.

-population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's Camping Divecation Time

Yes, you read the headline right--it’s time for a Camping Divecation! No problem you can pack your scuba gear in your sleep but what if you are planning a sleepover. In this case, it isn’t at a hotel but in the great outdoors. If you prepare well ahead of time--you can sit back and enjoy the great outdoors without any regrets. Because what goes better together than scuba diving and a camping trip? Read on for a list on what will make your next camping divecation a success.
GOSCUBA members on a recent camping divecation.
  • Pop-Up Tent
  • Scuba Gear & Tanks
  • Diver Down Flag
  • Folding Chairs
  • Hangers for Scuba Gear
  • Tarp
  • Freshwater
  • Bottled water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Fly Swatter
  • Scissors or Knife
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
  • Can Opener
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Food, Snacks & Beverages
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Matches or Lighter 
  • Firewood
  • Ax for Firewood
  • Pots & Pans
  • Pot Holder
  • Plates
  • Silverware
  • Cups
  • Paper or Kitchen Towels 
  • Dish Soap
  • Bucket or Pan to Wash Dishes In
  • Baking soda
  • Tent
  • Mat
  • Sleeping Bags 
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Clothing
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bags
Greater Omaha SCUBA Club (GOSCUBA) gets permission beforehand to dive in the area Nebraska or Iowa lakes on all our camping divecations. We recommend you get permission too! Visit the campsite online and research before you head out. Also, call and ask about reservations and what amenities they have: bathrooms, showers, eatery as well as where boats are allowed? GOSCUBA tends to dive where boats are not; since, most Nebraska boaters aren't familiar with a Diver Down Flag. Firewood is on the list; however, take extra cash to buy at the campgrounds for the campfire grills--because we almost always run out!

I hope you will now be well prepared for your next sleepover in the great outdoors. If I forgot something, please leave a comment below. Happy Camping Divecation and keep diving!

-population-we blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
© 2015 population-we, LLC
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