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    February 16, 2020

    Terranea Resort – Back Again!

    This has been a stressful few months.

    I’ve been helping my mother move and am still dealing with liquidating my father’s vast empire.

    If anyone wants to buy a few hundred VHS tapes, please contact me.

    Sorry for no posts since October, and I just realized with my Super-anti-spam upgrade, I need to approve some comments that have made it through the spam filter.

    Sorry, Joe R.; your last comment was approved from months ago.

    Looking at the swell map from the previous night, diving did not look too promising, but I thought, “I gotta get used to at least showing up.”

    Ben, his significant other, Randy and his girlfriend Karen were already there;  Reverend Al showed up later, so did Rob and Jiles.

    Even Joe R. showed up to watch us dive.

    I felt my life was getting back to normal.

    We went down to check conditions…

    The calm cove at Terranea.
    The calm cove at Terranea.

    All was good; everything was flat.

    Reverend Al scopes out the Point.
    Reverend Al scopes out the Point.
    The group checks out the conditions.
    Nobody came up with an excuse to not dive.

    Everyone walked back up to the parking lot to gear up.

    It was low tide, but everyone followed Revered Al and made one of the easiest entries off the point that anyone could have imagined.

    An easy entry off the Cove at Terranea.
    An easy entry off the Cove at Terranea.
    I give the OK sign, which I guess nowadays stands for White Power.
    I give the OK sign, which I guess nowadays stands for “White Power.”

    Seriously, I’m not joking.

    When the O.K. Sign Is No Longer O.K.

    After bitch-crawling over 50 yards of kelp, we descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #519

    Diving with Jiles, Reverend Al, Ben, Randy and Rob

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 58 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with occasional light surge
    Visibility: 15-20 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 51-57 degrees -depending on who you asked.
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    Everyone made it down to 60 feet.  I was a little slow, but yeah.
    Everyone made it down to 60 feet. I was a little slow, but yeah.

    I was a little slow getting down.

    The Lady of the garden, she's looking very encrusted.
    The Lady of the garden, she’s looking very encrusted.
    Reefs off of Terranea.
    Reefs off of Terranea.
    The swim-through.
    The swim-through.
    More Terranea reef.
    More Terranea reef.
    A cool purple sea thing.
    A cool purple sea thing.
    Vis was pretty good,  we had no problem sticking together.
    Vis was pretty good, we had no problem sticking together.
    I see fish!
    I see fish!

    I had a hard time in 25 feet of water, with 600 psi.

    I kept floating to the surface.

    Jiles went looking for me; I kept waving at him, but he was always looking another direction.

    We surfaced and I told him that I was going to swim back from here.

    I made a 60 yard surface swim to the Cove.

    I followed Reverend Al to the exit point and made a horrid exit, tripping over rocks and falling down.

    Me and Reverend Al!
    Me and Reverend Al!

    Conditions change, people come and go, but the debriefing is the same; thanks you Ben and everyone else.

    Nourishment for debriefing.
    Nourishment for debriefing.
    De-Briefing, just like old times.
    De-Briefing, just like old times.

    People mad-dogged us because we were taking the parking spots they think should be theirs.
    People mad-dogged us because we were taking the parking spots they think should be theirs.

    I’m hoping to be back soon, stay tuned.

    July 21, 2019

    Back To Diving Terranea Resort!

    My life is slowly starting to come back to normal; I looked at the swell maps this morning and it was all dark blue around Palos Verdes.

    There was no way I could talk my way out of a dive, so I arrived promptly at 8:00 AM at Terranea Resort.

    A bunch of other divers were gearing up and said that the conditions looked spectacular.
    A bunch of other divers were gearing up and said that the conditions looked spectacular.

    I’m still trying to get used to my order of operation with my new car and the fact that I can’t get my key wet.

    I need to take all my diving gear out, and then lock my car before putting my keys into a waterproof case and then into my pocket.

    I forgot my mask, so I had to un-wetsuit (that is a word, right?) and fetch my mask from the car.

    Well, when I realized I left my hood in the car, I said, “Fuck it, I’m macho and going anyway.”

    Chipper, Nice Bob and Joe R. were in attendance, along with about two dozen other divers from various clubs and groups.

    I forgot how pleasant the walk to the beach is from the parking lot.

    It was low tide, so I decided to go off the Cove; the water was as flat as a lake.
    It was low tide, so I decided to go off the Cove; the water was as flat as a lake.

    After tripping on some rocks and making the most ungraceful entrance into the water ever, I dawned my fins and headed towards the finger outside of Pigeon Shit Cave.

    Fuck! My camera housing started to fog over - my underwater pictures were doomed.
    Fuck! My camera housing started to fog over – my underwater pictures were doomed.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #510

    Solo Diving

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1500 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Flat as a lake, pretty much
    Visibility: 15-20 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 61 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 36 minutes

    I submerged and headed towards 120 reef.

    My camera lens fogged over with condensation – I should have put a “do not eat” in it; My pictures were fucked.

    Why does condensation accumulate around the lens, and not the other parts of the waterproof casing?
    Why does condensation accumulate around the lens, and not the other parts of the waterproof casing?

    I reached 120 reef; vis was 15 to 20 feet, but a bit silty.

    I looked up, and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw another diver.

    It was a great white shark!

    Well, I think.

    It was probably three or four feet in length and looked just like Jaws, except for an incredibly big, disproportional back fin.

    I honestly, don’t know what else it could be, but what a shitty time for my camera to be screwed up.

    Yeah, this is how my shark picture turned out - just like UFO's and Big Foot.
    Yeah, this is how my shark picture turned out – just like my UFOs and Big Foot pictures.

    I made an easy, slow tour around 120 reef.

    I saw a lot of small fish and the Sheephead are definitely coming back.

    I have extreme guilt for shooting all the sheephead that I did back when I started to hunt.

    Yeah, their meat is really good, but there is no sport in the hunt – shooting a Sheephead is like shooting your own dog.

    After a little over a half an hour, I headed back in to a sort of macho exit.

    The debriefing begins.
    The debriefing begins.
    The extremely distinguished Chipper and Nice Bob.
    The extremely distinguished Chipper and Nice Bob.
    Joe R. brags about the fame he will receive when this picture is posted on my blog - one of the top 700 Southern California SCUBA Diving Blogs!
    Joe R. brags about the fame he will receive when this picture is posted on my blog – one of the top 700 Southern California SCUBA Diving Blogs!
    That's me on the right - a little fatter and a little older, but I'm back!
    That’s me on the right – a little fatter and a little older, but I’m back!
    Chipper pointed out that President Trump must have bought Terranea Resort, as their swamp is most certainly drained.
    Chipper pointed out that President Trump must have bought Terranea Resort, as their swamp is most certainly drained.

    Debriefing consisted of Budweiser – the King of beers, some Russian beer, someone’s homemade ginger ale and some chips and dip.

    There was a bottle of Russian “non-alcoholic beer” that was given to me.

    I politely declined, but was later told, “It’s Russian beer, of course it has alcohol in it, it’s just made for non-alcoholics.”

    It’s great to be back!

    More diving soon!

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