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    November 15, 2008

    Air Quality Is Terrible! Sit Home And Puke!

    Southern California, specifically the Los Angeles/Long Beach area has been surrounded by three fires in Palos Verdes, Corona and Yorba Linda.

    I live in the Long Beach Ghetto and the smoke here is unbearable; stopping to get compressed air for my SCUBA tanks this afternoon, the sky was almost evening dark with an eerie red tinge to it.

    Coming back to my car 20 minutes later, the Duster was covered in ash.

    Smoke in the sky.

    That is smoke in the sky, not clouds!

    I locked myself in my apartment, closed all the windows and ran the air conditioning to at least breathe filtered air.

    To compound the misery, they canceled I love Lucy and all the other decent shows to cover the fires.

    Reports on the fires canceled many TV shows.

    But, at least channel 11 had Ron Jeremy covering the Yorba Linda fire.

    November 14, 2008

    Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver – Part 2 For Tonight

    Logged SCUBA Dive #319

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 61 6e 64 20 61 72 6f 75 6e 64 20 74 68 65 20 77 72 65 63 6b 20 63 61 6c 6c 65 64 20 74 68 65 20 41 76 61 6c 6f 6e, Palos Verdes, CA

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 70 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 15-20 feet
    Temperature: Maybe 60 degrees or so
    Total Bottom Time: About 25 minutes minutes

    After a 30 minute ride to our next spot, I submerged, determined to get six more lobsters.

    This secret spot is actually a disintegrated ship wreck – there’s a lot of structure for bugs to hide in.

    I trolled the bottom near the anchor line while I debated whether to go shallower or deeper; since I planned for a 70 foot dive, I decided to go shallower.

    I saw two antennas sticking out of some kelp… I grabbed for the kelp and my hand hit it along with the rotting steel plate that was hiding under it; the bug got away.

    After trolling for a little bit more, I grabbed for a lobster hiding in a hole but only got the base of one of his antennas; they usually just break off, but this one didn’t.

    After looking further into the hole, the lobster had no place to go; he was backed all the way in.

    With my other hand, I reached in, grabbed it’s ass, pulled it out and bagged it.

    I pinned and bagged another legal one before heading back to the boat.

    I surfaced and spotted a boat 100 yards away.

    I thought, “Shit, I submerged on the wreck at 70 feet and ascended from the wreck at 70 feet, how did the boat get all the was over there?”

    I turned my head to scout my back side and saw the Island Diver 15 yards away.

    My two bugs from this dive.

    My two bugs from this dive.

    Dan and Rick spent the dive retrieving an anchor, Mike C came up with two bugs.

    Mirek was the last one back with six bugs.

    Mirek was the last one back with six bugs.

    The traditional debriefing started on the boat – beer and kettle corn.

    I pose with my stash of bugs for the night.

    I pose with my stash of three bugs for the night.

    The boat total for eight divers was 13 – this is a tough season.

    Debriefing continued in the parking lot until midnight.

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