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    March 14, 2010

    Old Marineland, Lobster and Debriefing Report

    I got called in to work Sunday morning, so I was unable to show up for the dive; plus, my butt and back are really sore from the fall that I took on Friday night.

    Fortunately, I was able to make it to the debriefing at Old Marineland.Terranea was diveable – 54 degree water, eight to 10 feet of visibility, but “very cloudy.”

    It was a disappointing dive to many.

    I stuck to the Budweiser…

    Celebrating Cinco de Mayo early.

    …others celebrated Cinco de Mayo, a bit early.

    I talked with some divers who happened to go hoop netting for lobsters the same night I went out last.

    I got skunked, and they limited!

    Where?

    How deep?

    They said, “You don’t share your secret spots, so I won’t either.”

    I begged them for the general area and depth.

    “Off of Palos Verdes in 15 feet of water.”

    Fifteen feet of water, after all these storms?

    “Visibility was crap, so we hoop netted,” he said.

    With the increasing swells, I’m actually surprised they made it out Friday night.

    The debriefing crew – divers and shore support…

    From left to right - Eric, Chris from Michigan, Reverend Al, Drysuit Greg, Ted, Dive Bum Don, The Painter Guy, SC Joe, Me.

    From left to right – Eric, Chris from Michigan, Reverend Al, Drysuit Greg, Ted, Dive Bum Don, The Painter Guy, SC Joe, Me.

    We stood around and had some tequila fueled political debates.

    We all agreed that California is impossible to govern, but the talks almost turned violent when someone said, “I like Jerry Brown, because I’m a really big environmentalist.”

    “Jerry Brown is a career politician who kills jobs and leads a socialist agenda,” I said.

    The Painter Guy said that California is so screwed up, if you want to scrape off lead based paint, you need to be licensed, you have to seal off the area with plastic and then treat the dust as hazardous waste.

    I also added that the environmental wackos have gone so far as to outlaw gold dredging in California – It’s all back breaking sluicing and panning now, which is the next target for the enviro-nazis.

    Meg Whitman was brought up, but I said, “She’s saying the same crap that Schwarzenegger said to get elected, nothing will change with her.”

    After careful research, I made it clear that I am supporting Dale Ogden for California Governor.

    We also discussed the stupid new Immigration Bill that would require all United States workers to register with the Federal Government and obtain a biometric Federal worker’s identity card, the unconstitutional Healthcare “reform”, the stupid McCain bill that would put vitamins under FDA control and other contemporary topics.

    Aside from the Jerry Brown lover, we pretty much agreed that government is getting too big, too controlling and very Orwellian – Welcome to the Brave New World!

    With Spring fast approaching, I’m concerned about the diving now being ruined by red tide; for some reason, it seems that after an El Nino, algae blooms rise after Winter.

    But, with Spring and Summer, also comes river rafting and Gold prospecting; I may be headed up to the East Fork of the San Gabriel River soon, to find Gold so I can buy newer diving equipment – maybe a day trip or a weekend excursion.

    March 12, 2010

    Second Lobster Dive Of The Year – Maybe The Last For The Season

    With not very many bugs deep, we decided to try a shallower spot.

    If there’s no bugs, we can at least look at some nice reef structure.

    After quickly warming my wet suit up at waist level with some 98.7 degree liquid, Chipper and I went down the anchor line.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #367

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 73 20 6f 66 20 6d 61 72 20 61 6c 6d 6f 73 74 20 74 6f 20 74 68 65 20 64 6f 6d 69 6e 61 74 69 6e 67 20 77 72 65 63 6b 2e, Palos Verdes

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Chipper

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: Choppy, and getting choppier
    Visibility: Maybe 20 feet
    Water Temperature: About 54 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 30 minutes

    I had changed the batteries in my primary light – Wow! I could see!

    I spotted a few shorts as we were heading deeper, but no bugs after passing 50 feet.

    We turned around after reaching 60 feet.

    It was a nice kelp and reef dive – a lot more to look at than the previous dive’s construction junk.

    We came across a section of reef that was full of lobster; Chipper and I worked different sections.

    I pulled out two huge ones, but upon measuring, they were short.

    Chipper swam over with a lobster in each hand; I took one and measured it – short!

    Chipper’s was short, too.

    Low on air, I slowly surfaced.

    There was one hell of a current, pushing me away from the boat.

    Being super macho, and not wearing split fins, I swam against the current and made it back in about 15 minutes; Chipper followed.

    Again, diver’s slowly returned, most with empty bags.

    Mike C. managed to find one…

    Mike C. likes the taste of freshly caught lobster.

    Mike C. likes the taste of freshly caught lobster.

    Seven divers made it back, Jester was still in the water somewhere; we all cracked open the decompression bottles – Budweiser and…let me think?

    Chipper brought some kind of tasty beer, imported from Hesperia… White Shark beer, I think?

    Jester surfaced way down current; the swells were getting rougher, to the point of developing white caps.

    By the time Jester made it back, he was a little pissed that we didn’t pick him up.

    After a struggle to climb aboard in the tossing boat, Dan greeted him with, “So, did you have a nice swim?”

    “I knew you guys were all sitting here drinking beer… I was going to signal the boat, so Divemaster Mike could practice his tired diver tow, but I didn’t want to live down the ensuing internet posts,” Jester said.

    Jester came aboard with two lobsters, both caught in 50 feet.

    Jester came aboard with two lobsters.

    He remeasured one, just to be sure it was OK, and it was.

    Good thing, as bringing shorts on board the boat is not tolerated at all.

    We started the cold, bumpy and wet ride back to King Harbor.

    We started the cold, bumpy and wet ride back to King Harbor.

    The enthusiasm to go out again before the season ends has really diminished.

    The lobsters are out, but they’re sparse and mostly short.

    Someone complained that their bug cost them $80.

    I said, “It’s better than paying $80 for two night dives.”

    Debriefing continued for a while in the parking lot.

    Some jokes were told that would make an old church lady have a heart attack.

    For some reason, the chicks gravitate towards Divemaster Mike.

    For some reason, the chicks gravitate towards Divemaster Mike.

    Two dives, eight divers, brought in a total of six bugs – I think I’m done for this season.

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