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11/29/07 7:10 P

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I personally favor Cozumel... but then a trip to Indonesia would be really cool!!! Where is our local expert?


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11/29/07 4:08 P

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The most important thing is to enjoy the diving. Can't beat the tropics for that!

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11/29/07 2:47 P

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Some nice tips, Divelea. As stated before WARM is my middle name. And though I can see the wisdom in taking on less than optimum conditions first, Mich, if there's a choice it'll be warm and easy all the way.

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11/29/07 1:12 P

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Hello everyone! Lots of great dive talk going on!

Kinch looks like the plan is coming together! Good points Divelea, I personally found that training in less than optimal conditions gave me an advantage. After that tropical diving is a piece of cake! oops sorry no cake allowed here! :)

Good to see you C-Pepper! Wish you'd come around more.

Hi Kelly! You talk like a pro already! emoticon



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Hi, Kinch. In answer to your question, the most pleasant, easiest conditions would be warm, clear, and with little current. Many Caribbean locations offer all these pluses. If you dive in warm water, you don't have to wear such a heavy wetsuit, and you can maneuver more easily until you get the feel of it. I did part of my training in a quarry in Pennsylvania in 50 something degree water, wearing a two piece 7mm wetsuit with hood and gloves. I felt like the Michelin man, very awkward. If you dive in clear water, you can see everything better, including your instructor. If you dive in little current, you can focus on mastering the skills rather than trying to stay in one place. Of course, lots of people learn to dive in less than optimum conditions, but if you have your choice, that's what to look for. Another possibility is to do the classroom and pool training near home, wherever that is, and then do your open water dives in a warm, tropical place. Lots of students choose this method, because it gives them the convenience of completing part of the course near home, and they don't have to give up a big chunk of a vacation to complete the training, just a couple afternoons or mornings. Good luck!

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11/29/07 8:53 A

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Hello - Just checking into the NCD Lounge! Hope everyone is doing well. No great dive boat stories here to add - maybe one day. Take Care - Cpepper (peachy)

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Good tips, thanks All.

I'll be looking for more tips as I get closer to my first dive (still planning for summer '08).

Hey, here's another question:

Anyone like to recommend a good place for a 'virgin' dive?

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KINCH - I agree- water entry all depends on the boat you're on (if we're talking diving from a boat, of course) - some dive operations perfer you to enter their way - some might not care so much - some entries depend on how big the boat is. I don't think there's any "advanced" way to plop yourself into the water, honestly. The boat my DH works on is a large boat with a platform and two seats at the back where divers get ready, the instructors or captain helps them suit up while they're seated, helps lift the tank as you stand up and waits for you to make a big stride off the back (and it's not like you're juming 20 feet down... the water's maybe an inch or less below the platform depending on sea conditions.)

This is practical on a large boat - and I would imagine on a boat with a big jump from the platform to the water that the "giant stride" is the best way to go.

On a smaller boat, there's just no room at the back for this kind of entry, so the backflip is the way to go.

And in regards to washing your suit - I think it depends again on the dive operator you're using - my DH's work washes the rented suits themselves. Not sure if other places will require you to wash it yourself before returning it or not.

And if it's YOUR suit, you'll want to be taking good care of it in the first place (they're not cheap!) - and rinsing with fresh water is a must to remove the saltwater if you're diving in the ocean. Same goes with the rest of your equipment - if you own it, you wash it, and most especially if you've had it in the ocean as you don't want anything getting corroded.

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11/28/07 4:46 P

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Cdn where's your joke today?

Kelly & I are the only ones who joked around today emoticon

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11/28/07 1:50 P

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There are a few ways of getting in the water, on bigger boats you can do the giant stride off the platform, on small boats its back flip, although i know of a few who dive in head first.
as for your wet suit, cleaning is a must because there are 2 types of divers, those that pee in their suits and those that say they don't, so I suggest you buy one or else your in someone's pee suit loll

oh and by the way, I've cleaned out a few rental reg's, go buy your own, some of those are nasty, On My own reg I got sick at 70 feet in Cozumel, long story, too much scotch the night befoer, but even though i rinsed it out, when i took it apart i found nasty stuff stuck inside.

Edited by: CDNDIVER at: 11/28/2007 (13:53)
"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



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11/28/07 1:04 P

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Ok,

As I turn to you seasoned divers for guidance for my future in diving expeirences, I might as well get some tips now.

Water entry:

I've never seen divers IN THE MOVIES do anything other than the back flip into the water and so I thought that was Standard Operating Procedure. Reading the last few posts, it now seems like that's a more advanced method: true or false? Does the method of entry depend upon on the condition of the water and how you got there?

Sorry if this sounds like a silly question (or a joke for joke day) but I want to get some Movie Diving Myths out of my mind now. For instance -- YOU HAVE TO CLEAN YOUR SUIT??!!?? You don't just hand it back to the captain and say sayonara?!


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Two fishermen were adrift in their rented boat due to an engine failure. While rummaging through the boat's provisions, one of the men stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To the amazement of the castaways, a genie came forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three.

Without giving much thought to the matter the man blurted out, "Make the entire ocean into beer!" The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals.

Simultaneously, the genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of beer on the hull broke the stillness as the men considered their circumstances.

One man looked disgustedly at the other whose wish had been granted. After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: "Nice going idiot! Now we're going to have to piss in the boat!"

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11/28/07 9:14 A

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Kelly, grabbing the ladder is all a matter of timing. On our dive it was just my bf & I and the dm that time. We held each others hand after removing our fins and passing them chain like to the captain. The second that ladder is down up we went one at a time with no time to waste. The next wave would have had us flyin off the ladder. It was tense at the time but pretty exhilerating once we were back on solid ground.
I did my first back roll entry in Cozumel in July and was really nervous. You do get more disoriented but after a few of them it is actually easier than the giant step since you don't have to stand with all your gear on.

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HAPPY JOKE DAY EVERYONE!

Tarzan and Jane ...

... Tarzan leaves the jungle, comes to civilization, and applies for a job
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Interviewer: "Name?"

Tarzan: "Me, Tarzan."

Interviewer: "Married?"

Tarzan: "Wife, Jane."

Interviewer: "Children?"

Tarzan: "Son, boy."

Interviewer: "Anything else to your name besides Tarzan?"

Tarzan: "Tarzan, King of the Jungle."

Interviewer: "Jane's Whole Name?"

Tarzan: "Jane's Hole named Pussy."



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Wow! I can't even imagine. Out here, the boat captain gets the final say - so if they don't like the conditions, they can put their foot down regardless how bad the crew wants to go to a certain bad spot or whatever.

I can't imagine putting a bunch of poor OW students out in conditions like that. How horrible! I would be traumatized for life after that and NEVER want to have a thing to do with diving.

I can't imagine trying to grab the ladders on the boat when it's sloshing around like that.

I'm spoiled because the boat my DH works on is actually a pretty large boat. No back-flipping off of it - you just step to the edge, do a giant step and you're in, and then use a ladder to get back on. I think it would be fun to do the backflip thing one of these days, though... but on flat seas, thank you!

That's what makes me nervous about diving in different countries.. you have no idea what they set their diving standards to, and if they're less cautious than places like America and Canada.

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Wow that is really too bad Cdn! That guy was an A$$.
I hope they don't give up on it entirely.

I also had one experience in Cuba with waters like that and that was my first dives after OW. Let's say getting back on the boat was a little tricky and I was so please afterward when my bf was saying how proud he was of me bc he expected me to panic and I didn't.

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11/27/07 1:25 P

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Rough seas
I had the experience of going out in rough seas off of Cuba. Let me tell you , getting in and out was really interesting. it was like trying to get into a rollorcoaster, I personally loved it but I had a few people abort, cry, and had an instructor upchuck. It was all because of a hot dog instructor who insisted that he take, listen to this, open water students. We were 2 boats i was on the diver boats but my wife son and daughter were on the student boat. What an a$$ hole for not aborting the dive. I was not on that boat but the stories i heard were nuts. Can you imagine my daughter going for her jr OW and being told to back flip off a boat in 7 to 8 foot swells. she is still afraid to go. On my boat we were all used to it so we had a great time but I kept thinking that the other boat mus of called off the dive. to my horror i found out that it was the worst experience any of them ever had. one of the other instructors tried to call it off but Mr A$$ insisted they continue. even the cuban boat captain suggested a bay with calmer waters. Needless to say my daughter and wife are not that crazy about diving anymore. Pisses me off thinking about it.

Edited by: CDNDIVER at: 11/27/2007 (13:42)
"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



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Those dang demanding scuba tourists! I tell you!

I agree - I wouldn't want to be out on the boat in 4-6 foot seas. NO thank you. My first experience ever on a boat on the ocean was exactly that - 4-6 foot seas, I didn't know how to dive then, so I was snorkeling - first time I'd ever snorkeled, too, so I swallowed half the ocean - got sick with the seawater and being on the boat while it was moored in the 4-6 food seas. Ugh. Misery.

One of my favorite questions/complaints that my DH says they get all the time is when it's raining, divers will call and ask "Are we still diving today? It's raining out."

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But you're right, we'll have 7 foot plus swells out here sometimes, and some divers will get upset becaue the boat can't make it out of the harbor safely.

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Good morning everyone!

That great that you have the space on the boat to wash your gear. We have a garage now that we leave all the stuff to dry but used to have it all over the bathroom before that too. Took forever to dry.

Divelea will keep my fingers crossed for you. Hope those winds calm down soon.

Hope everyone has a great day! emoticon

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Hi, all. No diving here the last couple days. The wind has been blowing up to 22 kts. and it really kicks up the surface chop. It's hard to explain to the customers that while it looks like a perfectly gorgeous day outside, there are 4 to 6 foot seas which make for some rough entrances and exits and a lot of surge if you're diving a shallow site. Some of the die hards will go regardless, and once you're under water it's fine, but the time on the boat is not much fun. Here's hoping the winds will calm down soon!

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Oooh that is one thing I definitely detest in all this diving stuff- washing the gear. I especially don't like to do it after the night dive. We actually wash the gear on the boat, so that goes quickly, but I still have to hang it up to dry in the tub when I get home.

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Sounds you had a very busy wkend Kelly! Hope those kittens make out ok!

I am the same way about diving on Sunday's. We have a 1.5 hr drive to where we dive and worst part for me is getting home and having to wash up all the gear.

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KINCH - you're very right that I feel pretty lucky and blessed to be in the situation I am where diving is concerned. :)


No diving this weekend - although DH tried really hard to convince me to do the manta night dive with him again this Sunday because they reported 17 mantas on Saturday's night dive.

If it had been a Friday or Saturday night, I would have been all for it, but I just do NOT enjoy going in to work the following morning feeling like I've been hit by a bus because I'm still off-gassing the nitrogen.

I spent this weekend actually taking care of a bunch of chores I'd been neglecting because the last two weekend previous I'd been out diving and then sleeping and lazy afterwards. :b

Also put up all our Christmas decorations on Sunday. Yay! Everywhere you glance in our front room and kitchen now, you see something Christmasy. I want to do more, actually - but I actually want to do little crafts and stuff so it's mostly a lot of neat homemade stuff... but I have to get out and buy all the materials for it, first. We'll see what I can do. I'm thinking I want to make like red velvet pillow-covers for our throw pillows on our couch for a festive touch... and then maybe some kind of a cute little "joy" sign to hang somewhere. We'll see what I can manage (if anything at all!)

We also caught a feral kitten yesterday. There's a feral cat that lives by our home, and our downstairs neighbor has been feeding it and trying to get it comfortable with us so we can catch it and take it out and get it fixed. Well, it apparantly had been pregnant and had four little kittens.

One of them, I think, got lost. I heard it out crying one night most of the night, and since then, I've only been seeing three kittens. Poor thing probably starved or might have got caught by a mongoose or rat or something.

In any case, yesterday we returned home in the afteroon from watching Beowulf at the theatre and the mom was lying closeby with one of her kittens. I told my DH he should just go over and at least grab the one kitten so we at least have one caught - so he did. Mom took off and left the kitten so he grabbed it. So, we spent a couple hours last night just cuddling this little tiny grey kitten getting him socialized. We're trying to get him so he's comfortable with people so we can take him to the local humane society and get him adopted out.

That's the goal with the other kittens, too - get them caught, socialized and then adopted out (where they'll be fixed, too). We definitely don't need two more fertile feral cats running around.

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Good morning gang! Hope you all had a great weekend.

Anybody go diving? My bf spent most of the day online yesterday shopping for new dive gear. With our dollar over the US he is saving a bundle!

See you later!


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Hope those celebrating Thanksgiving had a great time and didn't spend too much time stressing over food. After all it's supposed to be a holiday and, as I was reminded not too long ago, we can forgive ourselves for any 'hiccups' and move on.

My indulgence was 2 slices of pie, and not the gargantuan slices I used to get in the old days: 1 slice of pumpkin and 1 slice or pecan. I remembered to eat my food very slowly and I drank a lot of water.

All in all, I think I did well, I basically treated it like a normal meal instead of a day of gorging.

Spent 5 extra minutes on the elliptical today and maybe later I'll go fight the crowds at the shopping centers for more 'exercise'.

Kelly, did I tell you that I envy you? You and DH into diving AND in Hawaii!! How sweet it must be!

To make this work for the long term

LET IT TAKE TIME
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WHEN YOU CAN'T FOCUS ANYMORE, EAT.

-- kinch417

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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I know how you feel Kelly. I got so used to diving with my bf as my buddy that it feels weird without him. But as you said there will be plenty of other opportunities to dive where you feel comfortable about it.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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I'm not sure I'll be diving this weekend or not, a couple friends are planning a shoredive Saturday nearby where I live. I kind of want to go, but at the same time, I kind of don't - I'm anxious about diving without my DH around (DH has to work Saturday). I think my friends have a solid head on their shoulders where diving is concerned, but I'm still nervous about diving just with only novice divers.

That, and I've got a hair appointment Saturday. :p Plus I want to spend some time this weekend decorating for Christmas. :)

I told my friends to call me Friday night, because I know I'm going to be all wishy-washy about it and not make up my mind until the last minute.

I'm not in a big hurrty to get back out into the water, anyhow - the ocean's not going anywhere, and as far as I know, neither am I - I can dive any time.

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Kelly, would have been a perfect day for a dive but guess hubby needs a break from it sometimes. Going out this weekend?

Good to see you Divelea!

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Happy Thanksgiving all. :) I tried to convince my DH to bring a couple tanks home from his work so we could go for a dive this morning, but he got all wishy washy about it... so... I guess that's all fine - our home is a mess, so it's good to spend some time just straightening up and stuff.

Not sure if we're going to do anything today aside from just enjoy the day off.

Just DH and I, too, so no busy hurrying around making food for tons of people.

Ok, have a great day.

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Happy Turkey Day! Anyone for a dive? I think I'll focus my attention on sealife instead of poultry today. Hope everyone has a fun day, Lea



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Good morning all!

Had to start this off with a bang Kinch!
Speaking of which where is Wombay these days!

Have a happy turkey day everyone! Gobble, Gobble emoticon Eat smart!

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 11/22/2007 (08:46)
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You guys are so NAUGHTY! Great idea to start off the new lounge with Joke Day.

Note to WOMBAY:

The whole family sat around the telly and watched 'V for Vendetta' (a very vivicious variation on a vengence theme). The conclusion was the daughter thought it was a very good adaptation of the graphic novel and the husband and I thought it was way cool.

To make this work for the long term

LET IT TAKE TIME
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ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED
WHEN YOU CAN'T FOCUS ANYMORE, EAT.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS!

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Edited by: MICHELAR at: 11/21/2007 (16:57)
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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THE NEW "OVER-40" BARBIES

1.) Bifocals Barbie. Comes with her own set of
blended-lens fashion frames in six wild colors
(half-frames too!), neck chain and large-print
editions of Vogue and Martha Stewart Living.

2.) Hot Flash Barbie. Press Barbie's bellybutton and
watch her face turn beet red while tiny drops of
perspiration appear on her forehead! With hand-
held fan and tiny tissues.

3.) Facial Hair Barbie. As Barbie's hormone levels
shift, see her whiskers grow! Available with
teensy tweezers and magnifying mirror.

4.) Cook's Arms Barbie. Hide Barbie's droopy triceps
with these new, roomier-sleeved gowns. Good news
on the tummy front, too: muu-muus are back!
Cellulite cream and loofah sponge optional.

5.) Bunion Barbie. Years of disco dancing in stiletto
heels have definitely taken their toll on Barbie's
dainty arched feet. Soothe her sores with this
pumice stone and plasters, then slip on soft terry
mules. Colors: pink, rose, blush.

6.) No More Wrinkles Barbie. Erase those pesky
crow's-feet and lip lines with a tube of Skin
Sparkle-Spackle, from Barbie's own line of
exclusive age- blasting cosmetics.

7.) Soccer Mom Barbie. All that experience as a
cheerleader is really paying off as Barbie dusts
off her old high school megaphone to root for Babs
and Ken Jr. With minivan in robin's egg blue or
white, and cooler filled with doughnut holes and fruit punch.

8.) Midlife Crisis Barbie. It's time to ditch Ken.
Barbie needs a change, and Bruce (her personal trainer) is
just what the doctor ordered, along with Prozac. They're
hopping in her new red Miata and heading for the Napa Valley
to open a B&B. Comes with real tape of "Breaking Up Is Hard to
Do."

9.) Single Mother Barbie. There's not much time for
primping anymore! Ken's shacked up with the Swedish au pair in the
Dream House and Barbie's across town with Babs and Ken Jr.
in a fourth-floor walk-up Barbie's selling off her old gowns and
accessories to raise rent money. Complete garage sale kit
included.

10.) Recovery Barbie. Too many parties have finally
caught up with the ultimate party girl. Now she does 12 steps
instead of dance steps! Clean and sober, she's going to meetings
religiously. Comes with little copy of The Big Book, a six-pack of
Diet Coke, and a pack of Marlboro Lights.



“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Awesome Cherry!

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Hi there Cherry girl! Nice to see you today!

Cdn, you crack me up! Lol!
Kelly, you might make your DH a little paranoid with that joke, or you just might wise him up. But seems like he is a keeper in any case.



... Three men, a doctor, a lawyer, and a biker, were sitting in a bar talking over a few drinks.
After a sip of his martini, the doctor said, "You know, tomorrow is my anniversary. I bought my wife a diamond ring and a new Mercedes. I figure if she doesn't like the diamond ring, then at least she will like the Mercedes, and she will know that I love her."
After finishing his scotch, the lawyer said, "Well, on my last anniversary, I bought my wife a string of pearls and a trip to the Bahamas. I figured if she didn't like the pearls, then at least she would have enjoyed the trip, and she would have known that I loved her.
The Biker then took a big swig from his beer, and said,
"Yeah, well for my anniversary, I got my old lady a t-shirt and a vibrator. I figured if she didn't like the t-shirt, then she could go f*** herself."

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“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Wanted to share this info with each of you durint this hoilday season - maybe we shoudl all take a few lessons! "THIS IS NOT A JOKE" xxoo
There was a one hour interview on CNBC with
Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has
donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very
interesting aspects of his life:
1. He bought his first share of stock at age 11 and he
now regrets that he started too late!
2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from
delivering newspapers.
3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in
mid-town Omaha that he bought after he got married
50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs
in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.
4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have
a driver or security people around him.
5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the
world's largest private jet company.
6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies.
He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these
companies, giving them goals for the year. He never
holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He
has given his CEO's only two rules:
Rule number 1: Do not lose any of your shareholder's money.
Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.
7. He does not socialize with the high society crowd.
His pastime after he gets home is to make himself
some popcorn and watch television.
8. Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the
first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think
he had anything in common with Warren Buffet.
So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour.
But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for
ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of
Warren Buffet.
9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has
he a computer on his desk.
His advice to young people: "Stay away from
credit cards and invest in yourself and remember:
A. Money doesn't create man but it is the man who
created money.
B. Live your life as simple as you are.
C. Don't do what others say, just listen to them, but do
what you feel is good.
D. Don't go on brand names; just wear those things
in which you feel comfortable.
E. Don't waste your money on unnecessary things.
F. After all it's your life so why give others the chance

to rule your life."


“We must become the change we want to see.”


 
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Those are all great, CDN - I love the Wife 1.0 one. Might send that to my DH just to rib him.

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A drunk is driving through the city and his car is weaving all over the road. Eventually a cop pulls him over.

"Did you know," says the cop, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"

"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."

Edited by: KELLY_R at: 11/21/2007 (12:53)
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CDNDIVER's Photo CDNDIVER Posts: 627
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You know Peachie
We don't hear from you for weeks and your first comment is show us the trunk. Can i get you out of hiding or what LOL
now post a joke

"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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Yeah CDN! Show us the trunk!!!!!!!!! ROFLOL!!!

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Great Insults

'He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.' -- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

'I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.' -- Mark Twain

'He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.' -- Oscar Wilde

'I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... If you have one.' -- George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill ...
followed by Churchill's response: "

I cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second, if there is one.' -- Winston Churchill

'I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here.' -- Stephen Bishop


'Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?' -- Mark Twain

'His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.' -- Mae West

'Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.' -- Oscar Wilde

Lady Astor once remarked to Winston Churchill at a Dinner Party, 'Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee!' Winston replied, 'Madam if I were your husband I would drink it!'

Lady Astor looked at Churchill and said, 'Sir, you are drunk!' He replied, 'And Madam, you are ugly.

At least in the morning I'll be sober.'



"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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Dear Tech Support:

Last year I upgraded from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0. I soon noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources.

In addition, Wife 1.0 installed itself into all other programs and now monitors all other system activity. Applications such as Poker Night 10.3, Football 5.0 , Hunting and Fishing 7.5 , and Golfing 3.6.

I can't seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run my favorite applications. I'm thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0 , but the uninstall doesn't work on Wife 1.0 Please help!

Thanks,
Troubled User.....

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REPLY:
Dear Troubled User:

This is a very common problem that men complain about.

Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0, thinking that it is just a Utilities and Entertainment program. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and is designed by its Creator to run EVERYTHING!!! It is also impossible to delete Wife 1.0 and to return to Girlfriend 7.0 . It is impossible to uninstall, or purge the program files from the system once installed.

You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0 is designed to not allow this. Look in your Wife 1.0 manual under Warnings-Alimony/Child Support . I recommend that you keep Wife 1.0 and work on improving the situation. I suggest installing the background application "Yes Dear" to alleviate software augmentation.

The best course of action is to enter the command C:\APOLOGIZE! because ultimately you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the system will return to normal anyway.

Wife 1.0 is a great program, but it tends to be very high maintenance . Wife 1.0 comes with several support programs, such as Clean and Sweep 3.0 , Cook It 1.5 and Do Bills 4.2 .

However, be very careful how you use these programs. Improper use will cause the system to launch the program Nag Nag 9.5 . Once this happens, the only way to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 is to purchase additional software. I recommend Flowers 2.1 and Diamonds 5.0 !

WARNING!!! DO NOT, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt 3.3 . This application is not supported by Wife 1.0 and will cause irreversible damage to the operating system!

Best of luck,

Tech Support


"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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Speaking of Elephants......
When ever anybody comments on my belly, which is shrinking, I tell them its a baby elephant, do you want to see the trunk

"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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Hahaha funny Cdn!

Apparently my bf told me I was narced one time when we went 113'. He said my movements were different but I don't remember feeling it at all. I think he must have been narced. lol. Not something I would like to have happen either.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Happy Joke Day!

Hung like an Elephant....

... This little boy is visiting the zoo with his father. They stop to have a look at an elephant and the kid just stares at it in fascination. Eventually he asks his father, "Dad, what's that thing hanging down?"
"That's the elephant's trunk," replies his father.
"No, I mean at the other end."
"Oh, that's the elephant's penis."
"That's funny," mused the little boy, "Last time we were here, Mum told me it was nothing."

"Well," said the smiling father, "You have to remember that your mother is a very spoiled woman."


“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Happy joke day
I just read an article on the dangers of drinking.... Scared the crap out of me.

So that's it!

After today, no more reading.



"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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Yay for the new thread!

We'll have to go on little adventures and dive down to the bottom of the page and resurrect the Challenges thread every now and then... It'll be our online diving adventure!

Narced: Something I hope never happens to me at depth! Whew, scary!

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Signs Your Buddy is Narced:

He keeps staring at himself in your mask.

You find him buddy-breathing with a grouper.

After you surface, he keeps trying to buddy-breathe through your snorkel.

She keeps giving her octopus to an octopus.

He pulls off your fin and tries to breathe off your big toe.

His mask fogs under water, and he spits in it.

Your mask fogs under water, and he spits in it.

He looks at you cross-eyed and slurs his bubbles.

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From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Nitrogen Narcosis
Definition
Nitrogen narcosis is a condition that occurs in divers breathing compressed air. When divers go below depths of approximately 100 ft, increase in the partial pressure of nitrogen produces an altered mental state similar to alcohol intoxication.
Description
Nitrogen narcosis, commonly referred to as "rapture of the deep, " typically becomes noticeable at 100 ft underwater and is incapacitating at 300 ft, causing stupor, blindness, unconsciousness, and even death. Nitrogen narcosis is also called "the martini effect" because divers experience an effect comparable to that from one martini on an empty stomach for every 50 ft of depth beyond the initial 100 ft.


“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Welcome fellow divers & friends to our new fun place. Here we will continue to chat about our passion for scuba diving, and share our experiences. It is also our place for a general chit chat and our famous joke Wednesday's.

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“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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