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  • November 9, 2014

    Good Conditions, Weird Day

    The swell model made conditions look questionable, but there was a solid sliver of dark blue near Terranea Resort.

    I picked up Instructor Ed and headed to our favorite Sunday diving location for “Sunday Services.”

    We checked the Cove and Point; both were pretty flat with manageable swells.

    I am tired of my camera case leaking, so I bought a cheap $56 “SnapSights!” underwater digital camera.

    It’s only good to 100 feet, but I was told, “There’s no light deeper than that anyway.”

    When I had complained about losing my camera to a flood, the guy at the dive shop told me, “At least you aren’t the guy that was diving the oil rigs and dropped his $8,000 camera in 700 feet of water.”

    I thought to myself, “Who the hell would spend $8,000 on a camera?”

    Ed went free diving at the Cove; Me, Chipper, John, Reverend Al, Dash and Eric all made an entry off the Point.

    I was asked to help inflate a buddy’s BCD upon entry, but couldn’t figure it out immediately – it was a weird lever type inflator with no manual inflation option.

    Again, Diving 101, make sure you know how your buddy’s equipment works.

    Rocks over water.
    Swimming out, we could see the rocks on the bottom – it was going to be a good dive.

    There was a hell of a current going the opposite way; I teamed up with Chipper who had 2,000 psi in a 100 cubic foot tank and John who had a leaking BCD.

    “If we get separated, you’re on your own,” Chipper said.

    We submerged as the current pulled us away from above the pinnacle.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #479

    SoCal Buddy Diving with Chipper, John, Reverend Al, Dash and Eric.

    The Point off Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat, if you have patience.
    Visibility: 10-25 feet
    Water Temperature: 70 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    Against the current.
    The kelp laid down, showing a strong current.

    Against the current.
    Chipper just took off to race to the Cove and avoid a surface swim; we followed.

    Follow the guy with the leaking BCD.
    Just follow the guy with the leaking BCD.

    An interesting reef structure.

    Lobster gives us the finger.
    A lobster knows he is in sanctuary and gives us the finger.

    I lost my dive buddies when I took too long to take that picture.

    Iron reef.
    An anvil shaped reef.

    Reef formation.
    A wedged reef.

    Star fish and opal eye.
    An opal eye and a star fish.

    Garabaldi photo bomb.
    Garibaldi photo bomb.

    A fish.
    Fish – this cheap camera takes pretty good pictures!

    Pier piling.
    I came across the pier piling in 20 feet of water – I knew I was at the Cove.

    I surfaced.
    I surfaced right on target!

    I was greeted at the shore by my sister Kate and her dog Mabel, who are in town from Nevada.

    Traditional debriefing ensued.

    It was suggested by Chipper that I should post more non-diving related posts.

    I was told, “I used to like reading about your rafting and Gold prospecting, but now it’s just two or three posts a month about diving.”

    Well, the rafting has been non-existent due to the water level and I have never found enough Gold to even justify the gasoline for the trip.

    However, that should change soon, I hope.

    But, I might start including my cage fighting and other macho things I do.

    Group shop of today's divers.
    Instructor Ed, Professional Debriefer Paul, Me, Mike, Chipper, Eric, Reverend Al and Dash.

    Great debriefing lasted until about noon.

    Family Barbecue.
    I then ventured to the poor part of Palos Verdes for a family birthday celebration.

    What makes this day weird?

    When you grow up perceiving certain things, and then find out that what you have believed all your life is not true.

    That’s what made it strange, and I am not talking about Santa Claus not being real.

    There’s a storm coming in from Alaska, but I’m going to try and get on a lobster boat before Thanksgiving.

    Until next time, signing off for now!


    1. Perception is the meaning of ones reality, therefore reality can only be measured and judged on an individual basis. Each persons’ reality is in fact, just as real as everyone else’s perception of reality.

      Each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it’s as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can’t explain his to us, and we can’t explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication … and there is the real illness.

      My advice? The moon will never lie to anyone. Be like the moon. No one hates the moon or wants to kill it. The moon does not take antidepressants and never gets sent to prison. The moon never shot a guy in the face and ran away. The moon has been around a long time and has never tried to rip anyone off. The moon does not care who you want to touch or what color you are. The moon treats everyone the same. The moon never tries to get in on the guest list or use your name to impress others. Be like the moon. When others insult or belittle in an attempt to elevate themselves, the moon sits passively and watches, never lowering itself to anything that weak. The moon is beautiful and bright. It needs no makeup to look beautiful. The moon never shoves clouds out of its way so it can be seen. The moon needs not fame or money to be powerful. The moon never asks you to go to war to defend it. Be like the moon.

      Comment by Philip — November 10, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    2. Thanks for your comment Philip. It seems that you have a really good LSD connection!

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — November 10, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    3. Good report and looks like great vis. I will have to agree, the camera takes pretty good pics. Dont be like the moon, be like the black hole.

      Comment by halibug — November 12, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

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