|Gilavar Blended with Clouds; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|FRC Lifted out of Water; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Gilavar Front View; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|On Top of the World; Alaska: Gilavar 07.2007|
|Captain Gunther; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Chief Officer Khaled – One of My Favorite Pictures; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 07.2007|
|Marliu and the Posse of Boys; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Gilavar Crew Working Hard with Black n White Effect; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Golden Sunset; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Idamina Always Grinning; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Cool Shot of a Crew Member Working; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Captain Sunbathing while Teaching More Norwegian Phrases; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Chief Officer Khaled and Marilu on Christmas Day; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 12.2007|
|Fire Fighter to the Rescue; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
|Gilavar Combined with Clouds; Gulf of Mexico: Gilavar 05.2008|
During my downtime as we made our way into Mobile, Alabama to crew change off the boat, a “Heroes marathon” was introduced into my routine onboard. We were not conducting watches or researching cetaceans because our transit was mostly in darkness in the late night. Therefore, we had exactly 1.5 days to do whatever we pleased in the last few hours onboard. Since Khaled and I had become really close, we determined that we would start a Heroes marathon. I had never heard of “Heroes” and certainly had never seen an episode. I recall watching the very first episode and like “Dexter” – “5 Most Fabulous Recollections of Viking Vision; those would be the Best Memories,” I was hooked! What is Heroes you may ask? “Heroes” is similar to Marvel’s “X-Men,” in that its characters discover they have latent extraordinary powers. But where “X-Men” is driven more by action and plot, “Heroes” is more character-driven. Khaled was infatuated with “X-Men” and other action movies; I think this is why he had become fond of this TV show.
Speaking of the TV show, it focused on an ensemble of eight characters, each of whom had a different power. Claire Bennett was a high school cheerleader with the power of spontaneous regeneration, DL Hawkins had the power to phase through matter, Isaac Mendez was a brilliant artist who can paint the future, Hiro Nakamura was the office worker who can bend and travel through space-time, LAPD Officer Matt Parkman had the power of telepathy, Nathan Petrelli was the ambitious politician who could fly, his brother Peter was an in-home nurse with the ability to absorb others’ powers when he was near them, and Niki Sanders had super strength. Quite the collection of super powers to have! If I had a super power it would be to instantly “fix” a bad situation. Whether that would be used in the cleaning up of an oil spill while magically flying over the affected area, undo a horrible car accident by seeing the future and preventing the incident, or wiping away bruises from a domestic violence battered woman by a simple touch, etc – all of these would be a selfless act in helping others in a very positive way.
Oddly enough “Heroes” with its unique flaws in each character still managed to be one of the greatest shows that I watched – you really start to feel a connection to each character, while looking into their remarkable abilities to live in this world with “average” humans. My favorite character was Claire, because she could never physically get hurt – she reminded me of a younger version of myself with her quirky attitude, “Nothing can get in my way!” I felt this way growing up in a small-town, with my goal-driven outlook on becoming a Marine Biologist.
|The Incredible Claire Bennett|
|A Really Sweet Shot of the Gilavar at Shipyard during Night; 07.2007|