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    September 26, 2019

    Third Dive Off The Pacific Star At Santa Barbara Island

    September 21, 2019*

    After great taco lunch, it was time to dive the South East Kelp Forest of Santa Barbara Island.

    Again, I was the first one off the boat.

    Off The Pacific Star
    Off The Pacific Star

    After taking a quick surface pee in my wet-suit, I submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #513

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    South East Kelp Forest, Santa Barbara Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm
    Visibility: 20-35 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    I hit the bottom at 42 feet.

    The South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    The South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    Me giving the "OK" sign, before it was classified as a racist symbol.
    Me giving the “OK” sign, before it was classified as a racist symbol.

    Seriously: The ‘OK’ Hand Gesture Is Now Listed As A Symbol Of Hate; I will never be able to run for office, if that picture ever got out… well, a lot of other things would stop me anyways.

    The South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island

    I made it down to 60 feet.

    As a matter of fact, the depth changed often as I traversed the many reefs.

    I had to clear my mask and ended up with a big glob of snot in my eye, which I quickly washed out.

    A sheephead off of  the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A sheephead off of the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A Garibaldi off the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A Garibaldi off the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A Garibaldi off the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    Other divers enjoy the macro-life.
    Other divers enjoy the macro-life.
    Sheephead in the Kelp Forest
    Another Sheephead in the Kelp Forest
    Another Sheephead in the Kelp Forest
    Kelp anchored to a floating rock.
    Kelp anchored to a floating rock.
    Visibility here was pretty good!
    Visibility here was pretty good!

    Again, I listened for the boat and came up right at the ladder.

    Three dives down and two more to go today!

    I climbed up to the top deck for some rest.

    Here is a video from this dive: Diving Santa Barbara Island

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

    July 7, 2019

    4th Of July Long Weekend

    July 4, 2019

    I took four days off from my regular job to do a fireworks show and get some diving in.

    This is my 12th year that I helped to set up a fireworks show at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

    I decided many years ago to turn my teenage lust for M80’s and pipe bombs into something more productive, and legal.

    This is show business, and anything really could go wrong; in previous shows, we’ve had many ground explosions, the show wasn’t wired correctly and the grand finale went off in the middle of the show, and a couple of years ago, we had started a small brush fire that the fire department quickly put out.

    Now, the Fire Department has a map of all the addresses that surround the canyon, there are high pressure fire hoses marked with glow sticks surrounding the golf course and now they made us move further down range because of an unforgivable incident that happened last year.

    Last year, unbeknownst to us at the time, a cataclysmic incident happened.

    Apparently, a piece of mortar fell onto a homeowner’s imported Italian Marble patio and made a mark.

    The Fire Marshall
    We had a new Fire Marshall this year – if the show didn’t go perfectly, this would be the last show at Big Canyon Country Club.

    We had to move the mortars further down the fairway, more towards the middle of the golf course, where there is more distance between the mortars and the houses.

    We also had to condense the show into three smaller rows and the grand finale; the cake displays were placed closer to the audience, which meant we needed two firing boards.

    The mortars and cake displays.
    The mortars and cake displays.

    The mortar tubes are unloaded and cleaned.
    The mortar tubes are unloaded and cleaned.
    We had to figure out where to put the racks, as down the fairway was very hilly.
    We had to figure out where to put the racks, as down the fairway was very hilly.
    The problem with having the mortars so close together is that one ground explosion could blow the other mortars out of service or aim them towards the audience or houses.
    The problem with having the mortars so close together is that one ground explosion could blow the other mortars out of service or aim them towards the audience or houses.
    We were running three hours behind and had to set everything up and test the connections before the 9 pm show time.
    We were running three hours behind and had to set everything up and test the connections before the 9 pm show time.
    The Illuminati partied while we slaved away at the fireworks show.
    The Illuminati partied while we slaved away at the fireworks show.
    The firing boards sit 100 feet away from the mortars - only an extremely macho person can be trusted to fire, so I was chosen again.
    The firing boards sit 100 feet away from the mortars – only an extremely macho person can be trusted to fire, so I was chosen again.
    The audience sits up there, behind the first tee-off.
    The audience sits up there, behind the first tee-off.
    The Grand Finale.
    The Grand Finale.

    We were checking the wiring right up until 20 minutes before the show; the board has a “test” mode that verifies the connection, but doesn’t put enough juice through to set off the charge.

    I was expecting the worse, considering the new set up, but the show fired almost perfectly.

    The fireworks show as captured on my GoPro.
    The fireworks show as captured on my GoPro.

    Out of 600 plus rounds, we had three mortars that didn’t go off – that is a lot better than we ever expected.

    The new Fire Marshall was happy, too; we may get some complaints of debris due to some shifts in wind, but no fires.

    Here is the Fireworks Show from my GoPro on the firing board.

    July 7, 2019

    Now it was time to get back into the water.

    I woke up early and headed down to Terranea Resort, arriving about 7 am.

    It is Terranea's 10th year anniversary.
    It is Terranea’s 10th year anniversary.

    Terranea Resort is 10 years old now; it hasn’t been easy, but they have embraced the divers over the years, with only a few misunderstandings.

    It was low tide, but the Point looked manageable.
    It was low tide, but the Point looked manageable.
    The cove sucked, and the water looked milky.

    I called the dive, the water pretty much looked like shit.

    Maybe the recent earthquakes stirred up the ocean floor?

    For those who have been confused with where you can fish and can't fish, there is a convenient sign up right below the free parking lot.
    For those who have been confused with where you can fish and can’t fish, there is a convenient sign up right below the free parking lot.
    I ended up back in the Long Beach Ghetto to watch the women's kick ball team win the World's Cup over Holland.
    I ended up back in the Long Beach Ghetto to watch the women’s kick ball team win the World’s Cup over Holland.

    Thanks to President Trump, America just keeps winning.

    More next week, I hope.

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