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    What A Screwed Up Year – Good Riddance 2020

    This has to have been one of the worst years that I could have imagined.

    This is not news – the Corona Virus Pandemic, the collapse of the restaurant, bar and barber industry, the US election where we got to chose between a narcissistic reality show TV star and a corrupt career politician, race riots and looting (Oh, excuse me, peaceful protests) and government bailouts that enrich the billionaires and throw crumbs for everyone else.

    My employer tried to cut my hourly pay, but since there are minimum wage laws, they just cut my hours.

    And, I only went SCUBA diving three times this year, for various reasons a sad, all time record.

    Aside from the Pandemic and the stay at home order, I am also on-call every other week for work; so, every other weekend is shot for me and I’ve had to do other things on my “free” weekends.

    Not that every year is a reboot of events, but 2021 is the beginning of a new decade, also; I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

    I went to a brief convention for work in February – that was my last taste of our previous “normal.”

    Austin, Texas - The Last "Normal" That I remember
    Austin, Texas – The Last “Normal” That I remember

    Now, onto the new normal…

    Always Keep A Mask Handy.
    Always Keep A Mask Handy.

    With bars and restaurants closed earlier in the year and later, social distancing parties became normal.

    Social Distancing Parties Became Normal Under Lock-Down.
    Social Distancing Parties Became Normal Under Lock-Down.
    Drink Beer, But Six Feet Apart!
    Drink Beer, But Six Feet Apart!

    I rented a dog so I could go on a walk and get some exercise…

    With Gyms And Beaches Closed, Dog Walking Became Popular Exercise.
    With Gyms And Beaches Closed, Dog Walking Became Popular Exercise.
    No Mask, No Service!
    No Mask, No Service!
    Merchants prepared for "Peaceful Protestors."
    Merchants prepared for “Peaceful Protestors.”

    During Summer, restaurants and bars that served food, opened briefly for outdoor dining; imagine a virus that is so smart, it can tell the difference between a bar that serves food and doesn’t.

    Outdoor Dining Became The Thing.
    Outdoor Dining Became The Thing.
    Professional Debriefer Paul, Nick and Me.
    Professional Debriefer Paul, Nick and Me.

    Working from home became the new normal…

    Professional Debriefer Paul’s Home Office.

    Even though I took a 20% pay cut, some that took a 100% pay cut started working for themselves.

    The New Economy -  Recycling And Salvage.
    The New Economy – Recycling And Salvage.

    Twenty million households are facing eviction in 2021…

    The Rising Trend In Housing - Owning Your Own Home.
    The Rising Trend In Housing – Owning Your Own Home.

    I know this blog “Jumped the shark” a couple of years ago, and I think I’m down to two readers, including me, but I’m hoping next decade will be better for diving, and more postings.

    Until then, Happy New Year, stay safe and don’t take anyone’s shit!

    5 Comments

    1. Still here. Keep the blog going with more good diving in this new decade. I come from a group of divers that are all solo divers,plus get a stiff Tito’s drink post dive, hope to see you out there again sometime.

      Comment by Halibug — January 3, 2021 @ 8:13 am

    2. Thanks, Halibug! Both my readers have checked in! I hope to see you around the diving scene this year.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — January 6, 2021 @ 3:05 pm

    3. So, what was the follow up on the Conception dive boat fire?

      Comment by John — January 8, 2021 @ 1:06 pm

    4. Hi John, the Captain was indicted on 34 counts of manslaughter.

      From NBC News:

      Boylan, 67, of Santa Barbara, is expected to self-surrender in the coming weeks, the U.S. attorney’s office said. In addition to the failure to have a night watch, the indictment also alleges failures in sufficient crew training and fire drills, prosecutors said.

      The boat sank, and the exact cause of the fire has not been determined.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/captain-conception-dive-boat-indicted-34-manslaughter-counts-deadly-fire-n1249617

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — January 11, 2021 @ 1:44 pm

    5. My comments have not shown up here for a couple of years but I’m still a follower.

      Comment by Max Bottomtime — January 14, 2021 @ 5:46 pm

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