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    October 29, 2011

    Divevets’ Under Water Pumpkin Carving Contest – 2011

    The Redondo Beach City council is determined to make city parks nothing more than glorified public lawns with their new “Fun and safety rules.”

    Stupid Redondo Park Rules

    No barbecues, no shade tents, no dogs, no skateboarding, no smoking, etc., etc.

    No barbecues in a park?

    What fascist city council ass wipe came up with that one?

    The world is now so perfect, that politicians are going after barbecuing, trying to condition us to the tyranny of a totalitarian state.

    The Divevets tried to get a permit, but the request was denied.

    The ironic thing is, there were two shade tents up for an event called “Boarding for Breast Cancer” and the parking lot was full of skateboarders, who were – yes – skateboarding around the parking lot, dodging cars.

    Someone must have gotten their palm greased somewhere in the city.

    Someone must have gotten their palm greased somewhere in the city.

    Anyway, the diving event:

    Conditions were spectacular!

    The barren seascape of Veterans Park was visible up to 30 feet!

    It’s been years since conditions were this good.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #393

    Solo Diving
    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 84 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: 20 to 30 feet – no joke!
    Water Temperature: 53 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes

    I had a small pumpkin and carved it in 25 feet of water – I did a quick carve job of a pirate, using the store’s label as the eye patch.

    This “Pumpkin Carving Contest” is so rigged, I figured I will just enter a token pumpkin and stay for the beer and dive company.

    I continued on, down the shelf.

    The visibility was the best I’ve seen in a long time; I wish there was just more to see other than blocks, sand, crabs and other divers.

    Still no camera yet – so there’s no pictures.

    The pictures that you see on this post are actually from a cheap disposable Kodak film camera – how 20th Century.

    Ass Grab Pumpkin

    The “Ass Grab” Pumpkin.

    Underwater carved Pumpkins

    Underwater Carved Pumpkins.

    The Winners

    The winners line up!

    The group of Pumpkin Carvers.

    The Whole group.

    Dan was not their to interfere with the Judging, which meant that ECO Dive Center kicked the Divevets asses.

    As always, Professional Debriefer Paul has captured the moment:

    To View this video on YouTube, click here.

    October 23, 2011

    SCUBA Diving Report: Flooding At Terranea Resort

    The only thing not perfect with this day, is that there was really thick fog blanketing 90% of the South Bay; the air was warm, and the sea was calm – I mean flat as a lake.

    Dive N Surf was there, with their club’s monthly beach dive along with the regular Divevets crew.

    I paired up with Air Force Chris (formerly know as Not New Chris) and Dennis G.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #392

    Dove with Air Force Chris and Dennis G.
    Off the Cove and to the right, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 56 degrees
    Air Temperature: 69 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 59 minutes

    The entrance was too easy; we swam to the right.

    I pulled out my camera and took a picture of Chris, with the Terranea Hotel in the background.

    After a little more surface time, a duck landed next to me; I pulled out my camera to take a picture.

    Why won’t my camera turn on?

    Upon close inspection, I concluded that the root cause of my camera not turning on is a direct result of my camera case being half filled with seawater.

    Yep, my camera case flooded – after many faithful, and sometimes unpredictable years of service – SCUBA Diving, River rafting, camping, Gold Prospecting – the macho-cam was dead.

    Calling the dive because of this tragedy would be fruitless, so I continued.

    We descended.

    What a crappy time to have my camera flood!

    The visibility was great – up to 20 feet in most areas.

    Luckily, Air Force Chris was able to document highlights of the dive:

    You can watch this video on YouTube by clicking here.

    The “buddy system” in SCUBA diving makes more sense to me now; if one camera floods, your buddy with his camera can document the dive.

    With no camera, obviously I have no pictures to post.

    We circled back half way through our air and made an extremely easy and uneventful exit.

    One topic of debriefing was with Chris From Detroit – Why is SCUBA diving in the Southern California scene such a sausage fest (a.k.a. male dominated sport)?

    I mean, half the students who get certified here are women – so where do they all go once they get a C-card?

    Chris From Detroit basically had the hypothesis that women who get certified either do it because they’re going on vacation to dive in warm water, or their boyfriend dives, or they take up diving to meet someone.

    The latter reason intrigued me; Chis From Detroit continued, “Once they meet someone diving, their objective has been met and they stop diving.”

    So that’s where they all go?

    Debriefing continued until a little after noon.

    I soaked my camera in 95% denatured alcohol and hung it in front of a fan to dry out.

    The prognosis does not look good for my camera – I am searching for a new one.

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