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    March 31, 2015

    March Report And Update

    Sorry, my six readers, but I have not updated this blog in a while.

    Several things happened, the main one being that the server that this site was on kept crashing and I was told to migrate the site to a new server.

    I didn’t want to keep making database backups, so I held off on updates until the migration was complete.

    A migration should be easy, huh?

    Well, the database for this site is almost a gigabyte; that may seem small in today’s standards, but the database is all text – none of the photos are in the database, just links to the photos.

    Have I really written that much over the years?

    Or maybe the majority is filtered spam I need to delete?

    With the tools I was given, the migration choked because the file was too big.

    I was then given command line access to dump the database into a new one, but my account did not have permission to do the dump.

    After a call to support, and reminding them of my cage fighting abilities, they successfully dumped the database to the new one.

    Now, if I can only figure out how to make money from this site, a lot of my problems would be solved.

    Now on to diving…

    This last lobster season, for me and almost everyone I talked to, absolutely sucked.

    Yes, expert lobster hunters like Mirek were the exception.

    On opening night, I was a few away from limiting and then I got burned on the next trip.

    My enthusiasm for this year’s season was over early.

    Don’t forget to report your catch to the California Department of Fish and Game by April 30, 2015 – or you will pay a $20 fine when you buy your next card.

    You can report your catch here: Report Your Harvest

    However, I haven’t been in the water this month, mainly because I have yet to acquire a wetsuit that fits comfortably that doesn’t have a big rip in the ass.

    My wetsuit

    I may have to break down and actually buy a new one – when I have the money.

    I am planning a dive at Old Marineland for Easter – stay tuned!

    PSD

    February 24, 2015

    The Second Retro-Macho Dive

    February 21, 2015

    Having successfully tested Joe’s retro equipment, and setting the depth record for the regulator at 74 feet, it was now his turn for the dive.

    I needed to get back into my truck to get my own gear.

    I wish I had my keys in easier access, because I now had to peel my newly acquired wetsuit off to get my keys and squeeze back into the thing – the entire process was more strenuous than the last dive.

    Joe is ready!

    Joe was going to do an ultra-macho retro dive – no pressure gauge, no BC jacket and the double hose that I just tested that has no auxiliary second stage – this is how Mike Nelson from Sea Hunt did all his dives.

    I was actually a little nervous, because I would have to deal with any issues that he had, but I had full confidence that he knew what he was doing.

    As we were walking down, Joe said, “You are only going to hold the depth record for about an hour.”

    The dive plan was to go down the shelf, hit depth and then angle over to the “Crab Shack” before heading back in.

    The “Crab Shack” is a bunch of stacked cinder blocks in about 65 feet.

    We made an easy entry and swam out just a little ways before we descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #488

    Dove with Joe R.

    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 1400 psi, I think
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: 15 feet plus
    Water Temperature: 59 degrees
    Air Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 25 minutes

    I followed Joe.

    Macho Joe.

    I was so glad I was in my own equipment.

    Some divers complain that my gear is “old” and maybe it is, but it is not obsolete.

    Macho Joe.

    Joe was a little under weighted and had a hard time staying down, but he made it to the shelf and down to 85 feet.

    Yeah, he was now the record holder for depth with that ancient regulator.

    Fuck!

    If we were having a contest, I may have pushed it a little deeper!

    I had asked Joe if Lloyd Bridges of Sea Hunt may have breathed through that regulator.

    He said, “It is quite possible, he filmed it in the area and it is contemporary with the period.”

    We did the dive plan successfully.

    Unfortunately, no more underwater pictures came out.

    Joe must have iron lungs; he went deeper and lasted longer on that regulator that I had described in my previous post as “It was like taking a drag off a hookah with a clogged bowl.”

    We made an easy exit after surfacing at 15 feet.

    Lloyd Bridges  could have  breathed through this regulator!
    The regulator looks very simple…

    A simple design
    Upon Joe opening it, I realized how simple is really is… a big diaphragm with a little trigger mechanism the size of a match book that opened up an air valve the size of a pen top.

    Diving is a fucking hard job, but someone's got to do it!
    This shirt says it all!

    Debriefing with the King Of beers ensued.

    I may be doing a repeat of my trip to Albania presentation for Dive N Surf.

    I also learned, contrary to what I have been told about “modern equipment,” that when you turn your air on, always point your gauges to the ground.

    Someone was almost blinded when the pressure gauge exploded and threw glass everywhere.

    I have also been told that I need to post more.

    Thank you Joe for the great diving experience!

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