Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seven Seas Aquarium

Chad a longtime reader of this blog, suggested I sketch at the fish store he works in called Seven Seas. The store had just recently moved into this smaller space since the fish and corals sold could no longer cover the rent in the the much larger space next door in the same store complex. I arrived in the mid afternoon and for the longest time I simply drew the room since there were no costumers to sketch.
After well over an hour of sketching nothing but the room, a couple finally walked in. They were expecting a child and from my experience with fellow reefers, once the baby hits the scene suddenly the fish tank gets neglected. This might be one of there last trips to the fish store. Chad can be seen feeding the fish. When he finished he quickly helped the couple pick what they needed. Chad had some amazing stories to tell about truly crazy costumers like a woman from a local institution who could not make eye contact or socialize in any way, she dropped her money on the floor and ran out the door with a fish in a bag, or the guy who arrived at the store with pants with holes cut in them so that had his butt cheeks were hanging out. Sounds like running a fish store offers a glimpse at a wide variety of Orlando's unique individuals.

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Ricky Holtman said...

Thomas the color and sketch is just fantastic....glad you share. Ricky

ambienthinker said...

It was nice to have you by, Tom. Thankfully our 'normal' customers far outweigh the wack packers, but they aren't nearly as interesting to talk about. That couple have been back several times since then and travel a long distance to get to us so perhaps their tank will continue to get the love it requires after their bambino arrives.