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    September 30, 2019

    Dive Number Six Off The Pacific Star – Eagle Reef

    September 22, 2019*

    After last night’s dive, there was some debate about where we should dive once we reached Catalina Island.

    We were suppose to do the back side, something that I have never experienced, but the conditions were reported to be green and crappy.

    Captain Dave said that he would anchor on the backside and move if conditions were bad.

    Between the beer, the mountains of food and the boat moving constantly for the last 24 hours, I developed what felt like acid re-flux disease.

    I did not sleep very well.

    At around 4 o’clock in the morning, I heard these massive bangs on the side of the boat as we rocked back and forth.

    I didn’t smell smoke and I wasn’t wet, so I was determined to sleep through, or try and sleep through, the disturbance.

    After what seemed like an hour of bang, slosh, bang, slosh, the engines fired back up and the boat took off.

    I’m only going to guess that we were anchored on the back side, and that we were now on our way to the front side.

    I woke up promptly at 6 AM to pound coffee and eat bread; First gate time was 7 AM and the real breakfast would be served afterwards.

    We were anchored outside of Two Harbors on the East side.

    I had to take a piss really bad, so I was ready to go when the gates opened at 7 AM.

    This is what I look like when I pee in my wet suit.
    This is what I look like when I pee in my wet suit.

    I descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #516

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Eagle Reef, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 15-25 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 55 at depth
    Air Temperature: 71 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 47 minutes

    I reached bottom at 40 feet and proceeded East.

    It was fairly dark and very green.

    Eagle Reef.
    Eagle Reef.
    Small fish off of Eagle Reef.
    Small fish off of Eagle Reef.
    Eagle Reef.

    I went all the way down the East side of the Reef and reached 100 feet in the sand – nothing to see, just bragging rights.

    There was a big therocline at about 60 feet where the water temperature dropped into the 50’s.

    A Garibaldi.
    A Garibaldi.

    I serenaded myself with some underwater rap.

    Heading back to the boat.
    Heading back to the boat.

    I made an easy swim back to the boat, with just an easy exit.

    Divers come up the swim step of the Pacific Star.
    Divers come up the swim step of the Pacific Star.

    I had a breakfast burrito to recharge for the next two dives.

    The last two dives, coming soon!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

    June 29, 2019

    I’m Back In The Water – Refresher Course

    After spending over a year liquidating my father’s estate and dealing with some bad business decisions, I said, “Fuck it.”

    I’m going back to my old life of diving, that I have missed, but never intended to leave.

    Sometimes you just have to call your losses and go on with your life.

    But, if I ever find that Prince from Nigeria in person, he’s a dead man.

    I miss not only the diving, but the people and the scene; I never realized how much the people you hang around with influence how you feel and your mental state of mind.

    That is probably why I don’t have many friends.

    Well, regardless, I’ll get to more later about the missing section of my life later.

    As far as this blog, I will warn you in advance, that I had a spam attack that was not caught through my spam filter, which worked quite well until they wanted money.

    I have 10,000 spam comments to manually delete; that will take me some time.

    The server itself was also attacked by some Turkish hackers who managed to take over another website.

    I had to update WordPress to the latest and greatest, so there may be technical difficulties with the comments and counters or anything else.

    To put it in technical jargon, shit on this site might be jacked.

    By the way, I HATE the new WordPress interface – it’s geared for retards that don’t know any HTML.

    I finally decided to get back in the water, but I have not dove in over a year, so you are suppose to give yourself a “refresher course” to make sure that you can still dive.

    I remember when I first started diving and how heavy all the equipment was and how difficult the walk to the water was during beach dives.

    I showed up at Veteran’s Park in Redondo Beach around 7 am to give myself a refresher course.

    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA
    The waves were manageable, if you timed it right.

    I bought a new underwater camera, since I can’t find my old one.

    I made the mistake of not bringing any new batteries, so I was not able to take pictures under water.

    The photos here are taken by my cell phone.

    I always thought it was dumb to have a camera in a phone, but not anymore.

    At least I was not distracted by having a camera underwater.

    Dive N Surf was teaching a rescue class.

    I ran in to Airborne, who was helping to teach a rescue course.

    He said, “If you need help, just act like you have a cramp in your prostate, and one of the students will rescue you.”

    I geared up and made an easy entry off the beach.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #509

    Solo Diving

    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: Surgy at the shoreline, but managable
    Visibility: 15-20 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 28 minutes

    I descended to the ocean floor at 20 feet and headed West.

    Being underwater was a feeling I have missed for over a year, but I had to make sure I was still able to dive.

    I slowly made my way to the shelf and went down at an easy pace.

    My regulator had been serviced, I still fit into my wetsuit, I was not scared or anxious… it was just like I never left.

    I went down to 80 feet, observing the crabs, sparse plant life and garbage.

    After heading back up the shelf to 40 feet, I decided to take my weight belt off and replace it, take my mask off, put it back on and clear and ditch and recover my regulator.

    I took my weight belt off and held it in my hand – my ass started to float up and I thought, “Maybe this was not a good idea?”

    Using my cage fighting skills, I balled up and threw my weight belt over my back, and tightened it, upside down.

    I took my mask off… air bubbled up my nose, couldn’t see… I sort of know what water boarding must be like, maybe.

    I put my mask back on, and cleared it.

    The regulator ditch and recovery went without issues.

    I slowly made my way back to shore and an easy exit.

    SCUBA setup.
    My wheels have changed since my father died.
    One of the problems that I had getting back in the water, is that my car key can no longer get wet – a waterproof case solved that.

    Back to debriefing.
    Back to debriefing.
    Fuck, I really wish I was younger, I would have done a second dive.
    Donna the Hot Biker Chick.

    Donna the Hot Biker Chick showed up to help teach her new boyfriend, Steve, how to dive.

    I had no idea she had been single again, but I never even got a call for an interview.

    Until next weekend, I must sign off.

    I’m planning to dive either Laguna Beach or Terranea next weekend.

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