SCUBA diving not being a hobby but like a lifestyle, or better yet, like an illness. More and more its become a true statement at least for me and the crew I normally dive with.
From my experience, there's a paradigm shift when you catch the bug. And, when I say "catch the bug", I'm not talking about your "once every two-three year resort" diving bug; I'm envisioning the "once to several times a week, I'll dive anything at least once" fever. When this "infected" diver passes by a body of water, he wonders if it's dive worthy. Free weekends at home become less and less; Vacation plans involves some body of water; gift he gives and receives is usually dive (or water) related.
Here's an illustration. Below is a picture of me w/ The Fog in Cozumel, just a couple of hours before his wedding. The photograph was taken by head usher, Silverman. And, Yes. We all made it to the wedding on time, just barely.
Diving Palancar Reef
The AL 80 on his back
The Water All Around.
Cozumel at 80' with the groom hours before his wedding.
Originally uploaded by Knight Diver
If you're ever interested in getting this sick, let me know...