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    December 15, 2007

    Logged Dive #267 – Underwater Christmas Party

    Veteran’s Park
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 90 feet
    Waves: Flat!
    Visibility: 20 feet, some silt
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    Nothing like a nice exercise dive in December water.

    Dive N Surf and Divevets were having their annual Christmas tree dive and toy run.

    Since I didn’t sign their waiver and didn’t know a lot of people there, I decided to not “officially” be part of the group.

    I just wanted to dive and observe.

    The rest of the group is on shore.

    I entered the water a few minutes ahead of the Christmas group and dove down to 20 feet heading West.

    The Christmas tree is anchored.

    I came across the Christmas tree that they had anchored earlier and preceded down the shelf to water that was only slightly chillier.

    My ancient console.

    My ancient console served me faithfully.

    I headed West slowly making it down to 85 feet; I turned around after reaching 1800 psi.

    I navigated to the “monument” or “blocks” that rest at 65 feet just over the shelf.

    Every time I see this place, more junk has been added.

    More junk off of Vet’s.
    Some kind of sound board was the newest edition.

    Back up the shelf I went and ran in to….

    The orange traffic cone!

    …The orange traffic cone!

    I was so excited!

    I trolled North a ways and then ran back in to the underwater Christmas party which was in full swing.

    The underwater Christmas Party.

    Divers decorate the underwater Christmas tree.

    The photographer and crew get ready for pictures with Santa.

    The photographer and crew get ready for pictures with Santa.

    Santa and the crew.

    Last minute decorations…

    Last minute decorations

    Santa adjusts his garb.

    Santa adjusts his garb.

    Divers pose with Santa.

    Divers pose with Santa.

    Divers pose with Santa.

    Santa with the tree.

    I exited just off the stairs and quickly packed up.

    For some reason I didn’t stick around… maybe because of the lack of faces that I’m used to talking to.

    Next time I’ll have a few beers before heading over.

    A van parked behind me with a bumper sticker that really has more truth than most people want to admit…

    Abortion doesn’t make you unpregnant, it makes you the mother of a dead baby.

    December 12, 2007

    Logged Dive #266 – Dive Number Two For Tonight

    Secret Location: 41 20 64 65 65 70 20 72 65 65 66 20 6f 66 20 74 6f 69 6c 65 74 20 62 6f 77 6c 73 20 61 74 20 74 68 65 20 65 64 67 65 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 63 61 6e 79 6f 6e 20 6a 75 73 74 20 6f 75 74 73 69 64 65 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 52 65 64 20 42 65 61 63 68 2e

    Night Diving, Dove with Rafael from the Divevets off of the Island Diver boat

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 900 psi
    Max depth: 99 feet
    Waves: Sort of Challenging Chop
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: Getting cold
    Total Bottom Time: 20 minutes
    Lobsters caught: 1

    With Dan out of commission, I took his buddy Rafael.

    We did a surface interval that was at least an hour and went over each other’s equipment, hand signals and the dive plan.

    I jumped overboard early because I had to take a piss; I waited for Rafael at the anchor line.

    We submerged down the anchor line to 99 feet and went East to shallower areas.

    Rafael stayed close by; almost too close as we bumped into each other several times.

    We ran across a shrimpy lobster that Rafael caught and later threw back as being so small it was an embarrassment.

    We then came by another one that Rafael grabbed and bagged – his first legal lobster!

    I spotted a lobster shortly thereafter and grabbed for it before Rafael – I have always forewarned people how shitty of a buddy I am when it comes to lobster hunting.

    We started heading back half way in to the dive.

    I have no idea where the sound was coming from, but during the entire dive I heard a “thump-thump… thump-thump.”

    Sort of like a heart beat; maybe it was Rafael’s computer?

    Rafael motioned to go up; we were both following his dive profile.

    We slowly swam to the surface doing our safety stop for several minutes; he didn’t seem concerned about current, but I would take the long swim if need be.

    Back on the boat, the lobsters were more lucrative for the other divers than the last spot.

    Bob used his scooter and expensive lights to cover a huge area and come back with a bag stuffed with lobsters.

    Me with my lobsters.

    This trip netted me three legal lobsters.

    Rafael shows off his first legal sized bug.

    Rafael shows off his first legal sized lobster!

    Bob and his monster bug.

    Bob shows off his monster bug!

    What a difference equipment can make!

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