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    February 28, 2017

    February Report

    February sucked.

    It rained extremely hard throughout the month, so I stayed dry.

    However, there is lots of snow now in the mountains, so I thought it will be a great rafting season coming up.

    I emailed my friend Instructor John, “Hey John, there’s lots of snow up in the mountains.

    “California is almost drought free; how does rafting in the spring look?”

    Instructor John promptly wrote back, “The snow pack is great and the water level should make for good rafting this spring.

    “However, the problem is, I moved to Florida in November and won’t be around, but yes, the rafting should be good.”

    Wow… I don’t know anybody who can take me rafting now; and the commercial rafters – if there are any still in business – suck compared to John’s trips.

    The commercial rafters stretch a very short trip out into a very long trip with water fights and other BS; they also tone down the trip for kids and people who are not macho.

    An end of another era in my life has come…

    Group Shot
    Group shot from 2010; John is on the far left.

    Rafting the American River
    Rafting the America River in 2005.

    The things I thought would be around for a long time, if not forever, can disappear without warning.

    I keep telling myself to enjoy everything while it lasts.

    I just looked at my tanks – all my tanks need visual inspections.

    I’ll have to get that taken care of before I can get back in the water, and hopefully that will be soon.

    As far as what else I have been doing…

    I’ve been helping a friend open up a Harley Davidson repair shop.

    It has nothing to do with diving, but I figured I’d give him a plug.

    Here’s some photos from the Grand Opening of the shop on February 25, 2017:

    Long Beach Choppers, LLC

    A chopper under construction

    Long Beach Choppers, LLC  - Grand Opening

    The Long Beach Choppers website can be found here: Long Beach Choppers, LLC – Harley Davidson repair and maintenance in Long Beach

    Hopefully I’ll be back in the water soon, until then…

    January 31, 2017

    Restaurant That You SCUBA Dive To Opens In Belgium

    Sorry for lagging on the posts for the last few months.

    The weather has been pretty stormy and the conditions have sort of sucked, so I have been out of the water.

    I have other things going on, which I will make public at a later date, which has kept me from cage fight training; yes, I am getting fat.

    I may need to diet so I can fit back into my wet-suit.

    Anyway, I know six people heavily rely on this site to keep them informed on the latest SCUBA diving news, so on with the main story…

    A Belgium entrepreneur has come up with the gimmick of all restaurant gimmicks – a restaurant that you SCUBA dive to.

    It’s only 16 feet deep, so a macho person like me could just free dive to it, and it’s in the middle of a swimming pool, so there’s not much to see, but … why?

    From the article:

    Lowering themselves to the floor of the pool, an especially deep one built to train scuba divers, they swim to one end where their restaurant awaits, five meters (16 feet) below the surface.

    “The Pearl” is a two-meter wide white sphere tethered close to the pool’s floor. The diners jettison their weighted belts before swimming underneath and up into the pod that looks like a cross between a lunar landing craft and a giant spaceman’s helmet.

    SCUBA Restaurant
    Photo by: REUTERS/Yves Herman

    Food is served by expert scuba divers who deliver foie gras, lobster salad and champagne in waterproof cases before leaving the diners peering out of the portholes, enjoying the strange tranquility of eating in an air pocket, completely submerged.

    The entire article, with additional photos, can be found here:

    Belgian entrepreneur invites you to scuba dive to dinner

    I hope they take wet money!

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