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    June 13, 2010

    Free Diving Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes, CA

    I had to get in the water today.

    I have been stressed out and sedate in my macho activities for too long.

    Just a swim in the ocean might be enough.

    I arrived at Terranea Resort around 8:30 AM; since I had no air, I was just going to free dive.

    Some of the regular SCUBA divers had already geared up and were walking down.

    The water looked pretty calm, but visibility remained to be seen.

    The water looked pretty calm, but visibility remained to be seen.

    Free diving Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes, CA

    Max depth: About 20 feet
    Waves: Predictable one to two feet swells
    Visibility: 5-15 feet
    Water Temperature: Maybe about 63 degrees
    Total Ocean Time: 35 minutes or so.

    Entrance was easy; I swam to the right side of the Cove.

    Kelp is very abundant now, which is quite a change from a few years back.

    Kelp is very abundant now, which is quite a change from a few years back.

    Visibility was OK;  I could see the bottom from 15 feet.

    Visibility was OK; I could see the bottom from 15 feet.

    I was perfectly neutrally buoyant with my very used 7 mm wetsuit and 16 pounds of weights.

    I held my breath and plunged down to 20 feet.

    I held my breath and plunged down to 20 feet…

    I touched the bottom.

    …I touched the bottom.

    I’m still sort of macho, I guess.

    The ocean water felt good, there was beer waiting for me in the car… and best of all – no psycho women!

    About 30 minutes later, a woman took a picture of me making my easy exit.

    I guess I’m that famous?

    It seems when you free dive here, people actually watch you from their hotel rooms and pool.

    I was asked what I was hunting, did I see any dolphins, how are the lobsters?

    I told the guys that I was simply out for a swim, but I told all the women that I was out hunting sharks.

    Beer in the parking lot washed the salt water out of my mouth.

    11 AM rolled by and I noticed none of the other divers had made it back from their dives.

    Was something wrong?

    The dive started on time, but by 10:30 AM, most divers would usually have returned.

    Two beers later, Nice Bob pulls up in his truck with Military Bob, Chipper and Jordan.

    It seems they planned and executed an extremely macho dive – going off the Point, diving one way, across two coves to make a beach exit at Cardiac Hill.

    Nice Bob had dropped his car off at Cardiac Hill earlier for the return trip.

    They had reports of five to 15 feet of visibility.

    They said it was a nice dive, but it kicked their asses – especially the walk up Cardiac Hill.

    Macho divers debrief.

    Debriefing continued as usual.

    It was sort of a light SCUBA diver turn out, but I noticed a lot of oriental free divers carrying big spear guns – maybe three groups of them.

    I didn’t notice anyone coming back with fish.

    June 4, 2010

    Oil Slick and SCUBA Show Videos

    Sorry for being a dive and blogging slacker, but in my other life, I’ve been busy trying to get a squatter out of my home.

    When the day comes, and it should be soon, I will try and throw a massive The Evil Bitch Is Gone Party.

    I also have heard that our seas have been plagued by heavy surf and red tide, so maybe I haven’t missed as much as I think.

    As everyone should know, the oil is still leaking in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Yesterday, I was pumping gas at an ARCO Station when I noticed the guy getting gas in front of me had a “Boycott British Petroleum” bumper sticker.

    As he’s pumping gas in an ARCO?

    Anyway, ocean current models are predicting that the oil will basically ruin the whole Eastern United States coastline.

    Optimistic reports, usually made by BP, suggest that we will just “clean it up.”

    The other extremes is that the oil will poison the ocean, and when the oil runs dry, the empty cavern will implode causing a tsunami that will wipe out the costal communities of the Southern Unites States.

    Ocean currents likely to carry oil to Atlantic

    To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

    So how bad can the oil spill get?

    To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

    To further brighten your day, here’s the most depressing collection of pictures from the oil slick.

    This spill was not a result of greedy capitalism, as some have charged, but a poorly run company with 760 OSHA violations – Exxon has just one.

    As far as criticism that the federal government isn’t doing enough to stop the leak?

    I think British Petroleum would know how to stop that leak better than the any government.

    Besides, if the federal government were to take over the cap and clean up efforts, all they would do is contract BP anyway.

    So, on to a lighter note.

    I attended the SCUBA Show in Long Beach on May 15th and was able to shoot some OK footage with my new homemade 3D video rig.

    Red over the left eye, blue over the right…

    To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

    I’ll perfect my technique, in addition to the YouTube 3D tags.

    Hopefully, I will get in the water soon, if nothing other than a free dive.

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