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    New Year’s Dive And Debrief At Terranea Resort, aka Old Marineland

    Still getting over a major cold from earlier this week, I decided to provide shore support for the group – barbecuing and beer tasting.

    The crowd gathers for the New Year's Day Dive.

    The crowd gathers for the New Year’s Day Dive; the regulars showed up, New Chris was back in town and a new diver “Max” (a.k.a. PVDiver) joined the group.

    I must say, the walk down the trail without any SCUBA gear is a hell of a lot more pleasant!

    The divers enter off the cove.

    The SCUBA divers enter off the cove.

    Shore support makes sure everyone has a safe entry..

    Cyber the Attack Dog lectures future DMs on what to look for on a beach entry.

    The ocean was as flat as a lake and the water was so clear, you could see The Cove’s rocky floor.

    In talking with Dive Bum Don and Max BottomTime, the incident that happened last week when the security guard swiped a diver’s gear cart is just part of the story.

    With Terranea Resort scheduled to be finished later this year, they are cracking down on divers, fishermen, walkers, gawkers and stalkers cutting through the construction site, trampling over the vegetation and leaving equipment all over.

    The word that has been handed to us, which we have acknowledged, is that land access to The Point is closed until the resort opens up – unless we obtain special permission.

    By the way, the security guard from last week is still an asshole.

    So, back up the trail we went to get the coals started…

    Instructor Ed and my old dive buddy Nick showed up to help with the festivities by each bringing a good amount of meat to barbecue.

    Instructor Ed finds something that looks like it might be good on the grill.

    Instructor Ed finds something that looks like it might be good on the grill.

    Instructor Ed mans the barbecue, adhering to strict food preparation laws.

    Instructor Ed mans the barbecue, adhering to strict food preparation laws.

    The divers made their way back up the trail and reported stellar conditions – 20 to 25 feet visibility and 54 degree water temperature.

    Cyber the Attack Dog guards the food.

    Cyber the Attack Dog guards the food.

    Jimmy the Bag Man opens up a freshly caught scallop.

    Jimmy the Bag Man opened up a freshly harvested scallop.

    It’s time to toast the New Year!

    Champagne cups are passed out.

    Champagne cups are passed out.

    The cork is opened.

    I’m so macho, I can open the Champagne with my bare hands.

    The pouring of the Champagne.

    To get used to the year 2009 and the continuing onset of socialism, we divided the Champagne up evenly.

    To the New Year!

    To the New Year!

    “Everything will be fine, in 2009!”

    Cyber the Attack Dog overindulged in the Champagne.

    Cyber the Attack Dog overindulged in the Champagne.

    The New Year's Day Party At Old Marineland.

    The party continued until after 2 PM; pretty late by most debriefings.

    2 Comments

    1. It sucks missing out on good conditions while sick. I stood on the beach at Vet’s while Merry made her 100th dive…with someone else. 🙁
      Knowing that you and cyber were there for us made the dive much more enjoyable. Thanks for your diligence.

      Comment by Phil Garner — January 2, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    2. Sorry I missed the fun. I had to work.
      I really need a new job.
      But I am glad to hear the steaks went over so well. If I cannot be there, I can at least provide good grub.

      Comment by Jill — January 2, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

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