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    December 30, 2016

    Year End Post And Updates

    I have to say, this year sucked for me and SCUBA diving.

    I didn’t get into the water until July because of the weather and conditions, one of our main diving characters – Dennis Gunn – died in February, another has developed health problems, the opening night lobster boat was cancelled because the Captain broke his back and by the end of this year, I have logged seven dives.

    Seven dives – that is my total for the year and an all time record low.

    A big part of my diving problem after lobster season began was that New England Divers was in the process of moving and I was not able to fill my high quality Luxfer Aluminum tanks from the 1980s.

    Even though my tanks pass visual inspection and hydro, both Pacific Wilderness and Dive N Surf told me to never bring my tanks back in their shop again.

    Of course, Sports Chalet and Sea D Sea told me the same thing and both are out of business.

    As a matter of fact, I had to rent tanks when I went on my last lobster boat.

    And that reminds me, I caught only one lobster this year, too – which is still more lobsters than 2015, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    I have also put a deposit down on one of the most insane SCUBA diving trips by rational standards.

    This trip isn’t until July of 2017, but if you thought my diving trip to Albania was crazy, this next trip may just top it.

    Also in the news, Fukushima radiation has been detected on U.S. West Coast.

    Now, I don’t even go through the porno-scanners at the airport, opting for the metal detectors or a gate massage, so I will have to buy and bring a Geiger Counter and check radiation levels along with other diving conditions before I go in.

    Sorry for being a stranger, but I wish everyone a great and prosperous 2017 – unless you’re a terrorist or a Communist.

    One thing is for sure – 2017 will be a very interesting year.

    August 7, 2016

    Sunday Diving, Lobster Prep and Dead Bodies

    It’s two months before lobster season, and I have made reservations to go on the Bottom Scratcher on Opening night.

    I was told it will be limited to 25 divers, and the boat will move to three different locations, unlike the fiasco in 2005 when most everyone got skunked because the boat anchored in one spot the entire night; read about that night here.

    There was quite a turnout this morning – a very rare sight lately.

    It was decided to go off the Point since it was so flat and the Cove looked milky.

    Chipper showed up, either hung over or still drunk from the previous night.

    One of the Terranea workers jokingly told Chipper and I, “Watch out for those mermaids down there.”

    Chipper replied, “Yeah, I’m hoping to get a hand job from one of them.”

    When she left, Chipper continued, “That will teach her to speak out of line.”

    We all geared up and made a very easy entrance off the Point…

    Entering the Point.

    We swam out…

    Self Portrait.

    …and dropped near the Statue…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #498

    Dove with Chipper and others

    The Point, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 10 feet, maybe 15 in some places
    Water Temperature: 69 degrees on the surface, 59 at depth
    Air Temperature: 70 degrees, overcast
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    Going Down

    It took me a while to get down, but I made it.

    Swimming along.

    I followed the group to the Statue…

    The statue
    Our Lady Of The Garden

    A nice reef.

    Following a diver.

    We started our heading to the Cove.

    Through the kelp.

    I think we headed shallower than normal; there was some considerable surge and I literally ran into some other divers who I didn’t know were around.

    Through the surge.

    A sea hare.
    Sea Hares are a common sight now.

    Chipper Pukes
    Chipper puked underwater before surfacing to puke some more.

    I have decided to award Chipper the Macho Diver Of The Weekend award for his 300 mile dive commute and diving while hungover.

    A family of Sea Hares.
    A family of Sea Hares.

    I had to surface and correct course at least once, but everyone made an easy exit at the Cove.

    Debriefing.
    Traditional debriefing ensued.

    Sea Shell Score!
    Reverend Al inspects his score of sea shells.

    Group Shot
    Today’s Diving Crew!

    Next week, I’m bringing my barbecue – it’s time we start traditions again!

    Professional Debriefer Paul later brought to my attention that two bodies were found in San Pedro: Two bodies found at base of cliff in San Pedro

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