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11/20/07 3:40 P

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Hi gang!

The Narced Divers Lounge is up and ready for business and waiting for all your jokes tomorrow.

It's time to sink this boat to the bottom of the sea.

See you there!

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That makes 3 of us! I'll wait for Cdn to comment and then we have to decide if we use the spelling narced, narcked or narked. I went on the scuba boards and everyone spells it narced.

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I like the lounge name - let's go for it!

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narced
getting out of control crazy drunk/high, or getting nitrogen narcosis from scuba diving.





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I kinda like the " The narced divers lounge" too because it tells people that we are a happy, good humoured bunch of divers who meet here to chat. That way newbies who come across our board will know what it's all about.

Anybody else ready to give their vote?

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Hi everyone!

I guess bc it comes from the work narcosis it seemed natural to spell it narced.
Good one Cdn! So what are we?lol

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Hi Dive goddess
Adventures in diving reference NARKED. Rodales reference narced as slang. so are we slang or proper lolll

"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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I think the spelling is narked or narcked since narced would manke the pronounciation of the word to be "narsed" with an "s" sound.

sorry-former English teacher here.

Just annother interesting observation from a polyglot: It's interesting that English speakers think underwater talking sounds like "blurbble blubble blub" while Japanese speakers think it sounds like "Buku buku buku".probably because
Rs and Ls are difficult to pronounce for us, lol!


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ok, why don't we call the new message board

"The Narced Divers' Lounge where we meet after getting totally narced in Davy Jones' Locker Room and go Blurbble blubble blubble blub"

OR

"The Narced Divers' Lounge" for short.

Edited by: KINCH417 at: 11/19/2007 (20:47)
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Amen sister! Your DH is one of the good ones! Good for him!

LOL! considering our joke days and the fun we have here we may have to go with the "narced" emoticon

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I've heard, too, all you have to do sometimes is guide a narced diver up to a slightly shallower depth and they'll snap out of it - even to the tune of just a couple feet. Very weird.

Mich - not sure what skills we're going to do - I just know for sure I want to focus on bouyancy and navigation the most.

My DH refuses to push me straight through to AOW - he says he sees too many novice divers come in and wave their AOW cards around and behave as though they know everything even though they maybe have 15 dives or so to speak of. He insists true advanced divers are experienced divers with waaaay more than the minimum dives required to get an AOW certification.

I can certainly appreciate that, though - I'm not in a rush - it'll just be good to eventually have that card so whenever it is we travel and possibly dive with other companies, I can provide them with an AOW card if it's required for a certain dive. I agree experience and practice are what's most important, and I think the number of dives logged speak many more volumes as to a person's skill than a plastic card. Besides, with PADI, it's just another area for them to get more money outta you. ;)

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Narced is that happy place starting at around 90 feet where you get nitrogen build up and makes you loopy, it's like having a few drinks, it affects people differently from not fully aware or a little anxious, I have had both happen. but knowing what was happening i was able to deal with it,,,or so i thought.
the text book version is
What does "Narced" mean? "Narced" is diver slang for having "Nitrogen Narcosis." Nitrogen Narcosis is a condition that occurs in divers who are at depth (underwater) because the compressed air they breathe has a higher concentration of Nitrogen (the Nitrogen molecules are closer together because the air is compressed). Nitrogen makes up about 78 percent of the air we breathe, and in higher concentrations it can be slightly toxic. Being Narced is like being high or drunk, and there are stories of narced divers doing crazy things like giving their regulators to fish to let them breathe. The effects of Nitrogen Narcosis are only temporary, and it goes away when the diver returns to the surface.

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OK, both you and CDN have mentioned the word narced in your nomination for names. As non-diver (yet) of the group *WHAT THE HECK DOES NARCED MEAN*!*?

I mean, after all, I better know what he stands for before I vote for him. emoticon

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When I completed my OW, my LDS suggested we go into AOW asap. There really was not much to the AOW. The navigation was the hardest for me bc I did not have my bouyancy control yet. The other dives are just dives. Let me know what skills your DH teaches you, I may have gotten short changed on training. But at the end it's the more you dive the easier it gets.

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Sounds great, mich!

I can't believe I've already got 11 dives considering how newly certified I am. :) Just 9 more dives until I start pestering my DH to teach me more skills so I can be advanced.

I'll keep an eye out for the voting of the new thread name - I like them all, so it'll be a tough decision.

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Kelly, sounds like fun! I am enjoying your weekend dive stories and wishing I was diving too. Went through the latest issue of Scuba Diving magazine yesterday and want to go to all these places. So itching to dive. You will be filling up that log book in no time.

Kinch, come on down! When was the last time you were in Montreal. Nice to be here in the summer though.

Going to be hard to pick out a name. I like them all.
We'll wait till the end of today to see if we have any other suggestions and we'll vote on one tomorrow morning. How does that sound?

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Hi guys, I thought about this over the weekend,. These are my two.

Deco Stop Shop Talk
Narced Divers Lounge

Going to catch up with everyone. BRB!

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Aieee... total diver's hangover today. I have no energy at all. I can't believe how much that takes out of me, especially considering how much I exercise during the week.

Well, the Manta dive was very cool!

We did a daylight dive first - sank down to about 60 feet to see a bunch of garden eels poking out of the sand. It was very weird looking. I felt like I was 2000 feet below sea level instead of just 60 feet. We didn't really see a whole lot during the daylight dive other than the garden eels. We did see a couple big moire eels and a leaf scorpion. I think I would have enjoyed the dive more if I hadn't been so hungry. All I could think of half the time I was down there was how hungry I was and that I couldn't wait to get back on the boat and eat the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I'd brought with me. LOL.

Manta dive was very cool. Spooky dropping down into the ocean with only a light on my wrist at first. There were about 80 people down there total, though, from various dive boats, plus a bunch of snorkelers overhead. Only one manta showed up - it was a young one, but it was still very neat. He came right over the top of my head several times. (Sometimes up to 16 or 17 mantas will show up). We sat and watched for about 20 minutes, then my DH took my friend and I out on a night dive, and that's where we saw a bunch of cool stuff.

We saw a weird sponge crab (I thought it was a crab carrying something or with somehting on top of it, but it was the actual crab), and we saw a lot of free-swimming eels hunting. Even got to watch one catch a fish. And we saw some slipper lobsters, too.

Very cool experience. I really loved seeing the manta and can imagine how awesome it must be to see several of them there all at once, so I'd like to do that again some day. The night dive portion was very fun, too. Still a little spooky wondering if something's outside of your light range stalking you.

Got home at a decent hour last night, but jeez, I was wiped out. I've been low-energy all day today, too. Not in the mood to do much of anything. I was going to work out today, but that might not happen. If anything, I might make myself get on the elliptical at least for maybe 15 minutes to do SOMETHING.

Very fun stuff- I highly recommend it, though!

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1. Tank Talk

2. Davy Jones' Locker Room

(but I have to admit I like Kelly's #1, it made me LMAO.

Mich and CND of all the places I've been in Canada - which, admittedly aren't that many - I LOVE Montreal the BEST! I'd love to go back for a visit; now that I know you're there, maybe I will.

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1- bottom dwellers
2- totally narced

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Wow! That's wild you both live so close! Us scuba divers are EVERYWHERE!

Okay here's my attempt at a thread name:

1. Blurbble blubble blubble blub ('cause that's what we'd sound like if we tried to talk underwater)

2. We'd Rather Be Diving

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I hope you & your DH are on that list of people to dive with Kelly.

Cdn & I are in a suburb in Montreal, Quebec. Funny enough we met on this board and discovered we live minutes from each other. Small world right?

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Happy you liked that! Keeps it all in prespective on those rough days.

Cdn winter hasn't really sent in yet but I am counting down those 39 days. Unfortunately I do not ski. Tried it about 20 some years ago but seemed that I spent most of my time on my butt with my legs wrapped around some tree that was in the way. lol. Plus I hate the cold! But I did the apres ski thing really well emoticon Oh and thanks for the hugs!

Kelly, we might all take up your invite! Wouldn't that be a hoot! So much fun have friends who dive all over the world. We'll go from one dive destination to another.

Kinch, the camera was focusing on her topside no doubt! lol.

OK girls & guy. Seems that all who responded are in favor of a new chit chat board. This is what we do to make it fun!
Since this is our board we all have a chance to pick the name. We each give in 2 suggestions and when they are all in we each get to pick one that we personally like the best. The name with the most votes is what we go with and I will start the board and then we sink this one to the bottom with an official sent off to the (drum beat please).

Ready divers! Let's come up with a catchy fun name.


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Skiing is another skill that I need to learn one of these days. It's pretty sad when you think of it, because I grew up in Colorado - one of the more popular ski destinations in the United States, yet i never skiied - ever.

I'm definitely more of a summer mountian person - LOVE to hike and camp.

Maybe some day I'll add skiing to my list of expensive hobbies. (LOL - my friend who got certified with us was complaining to me today that he was cleaning out his wallet, and just about every receipt that was in it was from the dive shop my DH works at.)

Where in Canada do you live again?

I'm going on an Alaskan cruise in August this coming year - the ship departs from Vancouver - I can't wait to see the gorgeous pine rain forests of the northern pacific coastline!

And YES - you guys just drop me a line whenever it is you're coming out to the Big Island and I can make all the recommendations to you as far as places to stay, things to see, and people to dive with!



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Hi, Folks,

first, I'm in with the new message board festooned with a new name

second, this morning while I was doing my exercise (yes, really) and watching DIYnet I saw Celebrity Hobbies and they featured some super model (sorry, CDN, I don't remember her name) whose favorite hobby is DIVING! I thought that was pretty cool!

I also wish the cameraperson spent more time focusing on the diving and the scenery than her - but hey, I'm a female and the cameraperson was probably not.


ps - thanks CDN for reminding me that the days will soon be getting longer. Winter is *not* my favorite time of the year, but fortunately I have one of those lights that help people with SAD and for me at least it works WONDERS!

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Hang in there Mich, in 39 days the days start getting longer. I like what you posted and its pretty much how I try to live, although some day's there are a few ruts that are hard to get out of but there will always be oceans to dive, mountains to ski, friends to hug.....and weight to lose aghhhh

I agree with Kelly, scuttle the challange thread and we can dive it later.

Hey Kell, is that an open invite?? emoticon You can always come here and we will bring you sking.
Hey Mich do you ski? We will be going once a week with my other dive buddies who don't ice dive.
(Mich is my neighbor)
Have a great weekend everyone

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Oops -forgot to answer your question. I don't have a problem with starting a new thread with a more fitting title. This one may sink to the bottom of Sparky-Jones' locker (heh), but it's not like it'll disappear for good - we can always dive down and sift through it later.

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Thanks for sharing that, Mica - I think too many of us tend to forget we can rely on our spirituality to guide us through so many things and to be positive people.

I try to remember every day I owe my very existince to my higher power, so every day I try to put my love and trust in that presence.

So when are you coming out to Hawaii to dive? emoticon

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A friend sent this to me yesterday and I wanted to share it with you guys!


CLEANING HOUSE FOR 2007

Last Week I threw out Worrying, it was getting old and in the way.

It kept me from being me; I couldn't do things God's way.

I threw out a book on MY PAST
(Didn't have time to read it anyway).

Replaced it with NEW GOALS, started reading it today.

I threw out hate and bad memories,
(Remember how I treasured them so)?

Got me a NEW PHILOSOPHY too, threw out the one from long ago.

Brought in some new books too, called I CAN, I WILL, AND I MUST.

Threw out I might, I think and I ought.
WOW, you should've seen the dust.

I ran across an OLD FRIEND, I hadn't talked to in a while.

His name is GOD the Father, and I really like His style.

He helped me to do some cleaning and added some things Himself.

Like PRAYER, HOPE, FAITH and LOVE,
Yes I placed them right on the shelf.

I picked up this special thing and placed it at the front door.

I FOUND IT- its called PEACE. Nothing gets me down anymore.

Yes, I've got my house looking nice.

Looks good around the place.

For things like Worry and Trouble there just isn't any space.

It's good to do a little house cleaning,
Get rid of the things on the shelf.

It sure makes things brighter; maybe you should TRY IT YOURSELF.

BE BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE ELSE!!!!




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Hi all! sorry I was mia yesterday, been feeling out of sorts lately. Sometimes the blues just seem to take over.
Anyhow it's Friday ant that makes me happy.

Hello Leanne! Hope you get theat fireplace your looking for! Winter is going to be a long one!

Divegoddess, I am sure if you writht hat book we would all buy a copy. It would be something I would love to read.

Kelly, I am so envious! You get to dive every weekend. How much sweeter can it be. The dive sound awesome. I checked out your links. I haven't gotten around to a night dive yet. Sort of missed out on the opportunity when we were in Cozumel emoticon Can't wait to hear all about it.

Ouch Luvs, that was a close call. Well I am happy you found us. The more divers the better.

Ok guys, I checked with Sparks and we cannot change the name of this board. We either continue to chat here or I can start a new board and this one will just fall to the bottom of the sea. What do you all say?

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Hi all! Kelly, I loved your joke from yesterday. (I just got around to reading it.) The Manta Ray night dive sounds awesome! I'm sure it'll be great. When I went diving in Costa Rica we saw some rays. At one point when our instructor was having us do two finger pushoffs from the ocean floor (it was our peak performance buoyancy class), I almost put my finger on a tiny ray! It couldn't have been much larger than a sand dollar, and it blended in with the sand. On one hand it was cool to see such a small one up so close, but I was also shocked at how close I had come to injuring it (or, less likely, myself).

I agree that changing the name of the thread is a good idea. I didn't know where to introduce myself until Michela left a note on my SparkPage!

Amy

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Yay! Looks like I'm going to do the Manta Ray night dive this Saturday! I'm excited. Hope there's mantas showing up!

Here's a little info on the dive: www.mantapacific.org/mantapacific/ko
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There's a ton of videos on YouTube, too: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-UW-MkaUnU&
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ature=related


My DH says there's been times where up to 17 mantas show up. I'll be happy even if one shows up, though - never experienced it in person, so it would be cool.

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Hy all, just checking in!
I have been reading here and there but have been really busy so not able to post.

I have been wanting to go diving so bad lately, but in a hot spring somewhere! lol I am SO COLD and this is just the beginning! I told dh he needs to put a fireplace in the bedroom now! lol

I started supervising lunches at the kids school so that keeps me from eating lunch early and being hungry before supper. Also gets me out of my chair and makes me walk! lol

I am getting ready for the christmas rush and it looks like this weekend we may just get started on the fireplace mantle, so for the first time in 3 years I will have somewhere to hang the stockings! It will be so nice to not have drywall in my familyroom!

So keep telling those diving stories, and maybe someday I will have some new ones! lol I think I may ask for some diving gear for christmas, I have to replace everything after diving at work, it is all alittle trashed (or too small! rofl)

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Hi divers,

I also vote to change it to chit chat-it was confusing for me as a Newbie why challenges was where you chit-chatted..

kelly-I still don't particularly like taking off my mask underwater even though I've done it thousands of times. I do it because I have to teach it and it has to look like the easiest thing in the world. I help teach the IDC sometimes-Instructor classes and we tell the candidates that every skill you demo has to look realy easy, and you're loving it! Yes I love getting salty water in my eyes!!!

I've been off-gassing a lot this week-I've had 3 days off so I've been working out more. I bought a new wetsuit-my friend called me from the shop and told me they were getting rid of the stock for $67 dollars for a full 3mm suit and they had my size! I'm also getting a shortie for $22 ! These are wholesale prices for instructors and diveshops. I noticed that the suit is tight around my arms and shoulders-I'm getting buff!

Amy, welcome by the way.

I have so many crazy diving stories I'm thinking of writing a book. Some of them are pretty funny. I can't believe I've been in the diving industry now for 15 years, 1 year as a DM and 14 years as an instructor now.




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hah - too bad we can't name it using diving hand signals.

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Either one sounds great Kinch, but seems we cannot change the name of this message board. I checked with SP. I really don't want too many message board either. Gets to be too much to have to keep tabs on all of them I will look into it some more and let you all know.

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I vote to change the name, too. But can we have a contest for the name -- some nautical, diver type lingo that means the same as chit-chat (and is clean, gang)?

How about - 'Salty Talk'? or The Divers' Deck?

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Ok got Kelly's vote and I checked with Cdn and he is cool with it too.

That's a lot of savings Kelly, and so cool to be taught by your DH. He can take all the time you need to make sure you are comfortable with everything. I found my course were rushed and we were only 3 in the group for the AOW.

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I think it's a great idea, Mica!

Yeah, I'm going to have my DH teach me - hey, it's free that way. ;)

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Everyone can we have a vote please.

I am thinking we should change the name of this board to "Scuba Divers chit chat forum". I think that is what it has evolved into.We have one for the Christmas contest challenge that we can rename with every new challenge when one is done with and we can keep using the contest Message board for our weight related issues dealing with the challenge.And of course there is Accountability for those of us that what to get into different aspects of weight loss and for extra motivation.

What do you all think?


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haha Kelly! that was wunny! lol!

I had about that many dives before doing my AOW Kelly. Also did the peak bouyancy and the navigation. Have to admit thought that it was rushed through and I did not feel I got the most our of those courses. The other 3 dives I had was deep dive, drift dive and boat dive. The boat was redundant since they were all off a boat. Is your DH teaching you personally?

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Oh, Waura. It was wousy

Now that's funny emoticon

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Great jokes, by the way you guys!

Amy - brrrr! I can't imagine how cold that water is off Jersey. I actually lived in NJ for about a year - in the Newton area. I remember visiting Oyster Bay on Long Island though one year during November - holy smokes that's cold that bites you to the bone! (didn't go in the water, but the breeze coming off the Long Island Sound was vicious!)

My DH and I were talking about diving the Puget Sound... but we changed our minds and determined we need to learn how to use dry suits before we even attempt that dive in 50-something degree water.

I'm working to get my Advanced certificate, too - my DH (also a dive instructor) said he's not even going to start considering teaching me advanced skills, though, until I've got at least a total of 20 dives - which is fine with me. I know I can do that any time of the year. I particularly want to learn navigation and peak performance bouyancy skills.

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Getting Weighed


Jesse took his blind date to the carnival. "What would you like to do first, Amber?" asked Jesse.

"I want to get weighed," replied Amber.

They ambled over to the weight guesser. He guessed 120 pounds. She got on the scale; it read 117 and she won a prize.

Next, the couple went on the Ferris wheel. When the ride was over, Jesse again asked Amber what she would like to do. "I want to get weighed," she said.

Back to the weight guesser they went. Since they had been there before, he guessed her correct weight, and Jesse lost his dollar.

The couple walked around the carnival and again he asked where to next. "I want to get weighed," Amber responded.

By this time, Jesse figured that she was really weird and took her home early, dropping her off with a handshake.

Her roommate, Laura, asked her about the blind date, "How did it go?" Amber responded, "Oh, Waura. It was wousy."

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God created Adam and informed him that he had given him a brain and a penis. The brain was a good gift as it allowed him to do many things. The penis was also a good thing as it allowed the race to continue. The problem was that God had only given Adam enough of a blood supply so that he could only use one of them at a time. Men are naturally competitive. Even in the Garden of Eden, Adam was afraid Eve would like the snake's fruit better than his.


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Hi everyone! OMG Cdn! And you say I'm naughty! emoticon hahaha, good one!

Luvs2knit, we do have to be careful not not be drinking anything while we read jokes here on Wednesdays. It could be hazardous to your computer..lol.

Lucky Kinch to have a day off today! Enjoy it gf.

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Thanks for all the welcomes everyone! This seems like a great team. Kinch, I'll be rooting for you to reach your goals soon so you can start diving! CDNDIVER your joke was great! I'm glad I wasn't drinking my tea at the moment! And Kelly - that's got to be wonderful to live in Hawaii and dive frequently year-round. Even when I dove in the PA quarry in June I had to wear a dry suit (which I've determined that I do not care for at all). I hear there are some good wreck dives off the Jersey coast, but that it's best to have the advanced open water certification for that. Maybe someday! I want to just enjoy diving some more before going for more certs.

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LMAO!!!!!!

You're a nut! I'm so glad I'm at home today because if I was at work when I got to the punchline they may have had 'take me away'!!!

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Happy Joke Day
A guy is browsing in a pet shop and sees a parrot sitting on a little perch. It doesn't have any feet or legs. The guy says aloud, "Jeesh, I wonder what happened to this parrot?" The parrot says, "I was born this way. I'm a defective parrot." "Holy crap," the guy replies. "You actually understood and aswered me!" "I got every word," says the parrot. "I happen to be a highly intelligent thoroughly educated bird." "Oh yeah?" the guy asks, "Then answer this -- how do you hang onto your perch without any feet?" "Well," the parrot says, "this is very embarrassing but since you asked, I wrap my weenie around this wooden bar like a little hook. You can't see it because of my feathers." "Wow," says the guy." You really can understand and speak
English can't you?" "Actually, I speak both Spanish and English, and I can converse with reasonable competence on almost any topic: politics, religion, sports, physics, philosophy. I'm specially good at ornithology. You really ought to buy me.
I'd be a great companion."
The Guy looks at the $200 price tag. "Sorry, but I just can't afford that." "Pssssssst," says the parrot, "I'm defective, so the truth is, nobody wants me cause I don't have any feet. You can probably get me for $20; just make the guy an offer!"
The guy offers $20 and walks out with the parrot.
Weeks go by. The parrot is sensational. He has a great sense of humor, he's interesting, he's a great pal, he understands everything, he sympathizes, and he's insightful. The guy is delighted. One day the guy comes home from work and the parrot goes,
"Psssssssssssst," and motions him over with one wing. "I don't know if I should tell you this or not, but it's about your wife and the UPS man."
"What are you talking about?" asks the guy.
"When the UPS man delivered a package today, your wife greeted him at the door in a sheer black nightie." "WHAT???" the guy asks incredulously. "THEN what happened?"
"Well, then the UPS man came into the house and lifted up her nightie and began petting her all over," reported the parrot. "NO!" he exclaims. "And she let him?" "Yes. Then he continued taking off the nightie, got down on his knees and began to kiss her all over...." Then the frantic guy demands, "THEN WHAT HAPPENED?" "Damned if I know. I got a hard-on and fell off my perch!"



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Mich - I haven't seen that show - don't know what ship that is either, or when that happened. Must have been before I moved out here, at least. Pretty amazing, though!

We went to Pearl Harbor when my family was out to see us for our wedding in September - it's pretty amazing seeing the battle ship still sunken under water - it's STILL leaking little bits of oil, too. We saw bubbles of it slicking up to the surface when we were at the memorial.

Welcome to the team, Divelea! From where do you instruct?

I'm definitely all for practice makes perfect - and I agree, too - I get to have fun while I'm practicing, too!

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LOL Beauty, Miss Mica has been busy kicking her own butt lately! BAD girl Mica was not doing so well in the losing dept.It finally worked and now I am ready to start kicking all of yours again. emoticon emoticon

Good to see new members on board! And another instructor too. Divelea good to have you.
We are all rooting for you Kinch. Waiting for you to get into your 1st wetsuit!

Kelly, at the rate your going you will be pro before you know it. BTW saw this show on tv yesterday about the Japanese ship that sank 2000 ft down in Hawaii and the efforts the US navy did to lift it to 115ft to recover 8 bodies. It was awesome. After that they sank the boat to oblivion again out of respect to the Japanese families who lost their loved ones. Forgot the name of the ship though.

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Kelly: Ouch ouch, ouch. I'm sorry you've had such bad experiences. Think of how lucky you are to dive with your DH!!!! he sure knows his way around. also, when something happens from now on, you'll be prepared! I'm with Mica, owning your gear makes all the dif in the world!
About this jerk you dived with, I wouldnt even mind if he finds out about the dive. I'd just tell him point blan nobody wantshim on board, because he is so dangerous. He can suck his own air, all right, all of it... even if tha means ending up in the bottom of fisshie land. Thats his privilege, but he should have at least told his dive buddy what he intended to do before they got in the water & poor dive buddy was on his own... I mean, come on! use your head! Maybe he is brain dead from the Nitro intoxes he has received!
I hate it when divers are irresponsible like that. If he wants to endager his life thats fine - he just was terribly inconsiderate by endangering other's peoples lives! JERK!!!!

Luv2 knit. Wow - you really go to extremew! from kniting to diving... I love it! Welcome on board. Yes, you Have to share your dive stories & pics with us... Your cruise sounds so cool!!!

Gang.... its comercial time now.

Its time to get things going for the loose by Xmas contest. I have "hiered" a profesional motivator, famous Miss Mica, to kick our butts and stop us from fooling around while the contest is going on - and not loosing weight. I mean, are we serious or not? So join us on the contest message board for some serious butt kicking if needed, and trophies for the guys & gals on track!!! YAY!!!!



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To all you newer divers - they say that practice makes perfect, but with diving, practice just makes it more fun. The more you dive, the more comfortable you will be in the water. You'll have better buoyancy control and and be more relaxed with your equipment. Don't give up - the rewards come in the long run. I speak as a long time diver and an instructor. Just think - two thirds of the earth's surface is covered with water - how many dive sites is that???

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Welcome to the team, Amy - and enjoy your vacation and dives next month! Woohoo!

I'm lucky to live in Hawaii, so you'll probably be hearing lots of dive stories from me for the most part - I'm fairly newly certified OW - I only have 9 dives now - but I'm working on doing it more and more so long as the ocean conditions are agreeable (winter months out here, we can get big swells because of the storms up north by Alaska and Japan, so they can make diving difficult at times.)

CDN - that's funny - I think someone told me Mr. Insane said the same thing in regards to paying for the air so he's going to use it ALL. Everyone was just MAD at this guy, though - but they all learned important lessons, too - to be sure to depend on themselves in case they end up with a maniac like him again - who knows if they go traveling somewhere and get paired up with a stranger who's just as crazy, you know?

Mich - you're right there - I now have all my own dive equipment except for tanks and weights - and I'm sure to take very good care of it. And if anything breaks, my DH knows how to fix it, too (like he did for my mask when we got home.)

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Hi, Amy,

Don't worry about not having too many dives - I don't have ANY yet and I LOVE IT HEAR!! Be prepared for joke Wednesday tomorrow.

I joined this group because I'm making diving my ultimate weight loss reward (though I'm not going to be able to do that if I keep going the way I didn last weekend). Meantime, I'm getting to read stories about people to be aware of and other things I need to know about diving.

We went on our 1st cruise last year. In fact, my ID picture is one I took while we were snorkling with the stingrays in Grand Cayman. PLEASE be sure to share your diving stories and pictures!



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Welcome Amy, and nice to see you made it over here.
Diving Bonaire is on my to do list. I am sure it is beautiful!

Wow Kelly, this guy is an a$$hole! Someone should really tell him off. About your equipment, all this that happend was before you got your own gear right? except for the mask but now that you are equipped and take care of your gear you should be ok. Just bad luck but no reason to think you shouldn't be diving. I also have issues with mask removal and keep telling myslef I really need to practice that before something happens. We only got to do it one time in OW. Certainly not enough to feel comfortable. I also have a big problem opening my eyes in freshwater so salt water would be that much harder. It is something I really need to work on myself. Come to think of it I also don't care to remove the reg out of my mouth and should get comfortable with that in case I need to go for my buddy's octo one day.

Hi Cdn! Hope I never come across this guy!

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Hi Amy welcome, we have a great time here.

Kelly, I know that guy Mr. insane, we have one here, OMG you described him to the tee, he also say's I paid for my air I use it all, nobody dives with this guy anymore he is just to dangerous. They must be a breed of their own.

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Hi team! I just discovered this team last week, so I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Amy, and I'm from New Jersey. I haven't done too many dives yet: just my checkout dives in a Pennsylvania quarry (less than thrilling), and then DH and I took a PPB class in Costa Rica (Guanacaste) in March. The diving in Costa Rica was wonderful, even though the water was rough that day. We're going on a cruise next month, and we'll be diving in Aruba and Bonaire. I'm so excited!

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Fear not, Kinch - it's only one day - just get back and track and stick with it.

You're definitely right, Divegoddess - the pressure should keep your mask on fine underwater - just so long as you're careful not to breathe out your nose. Good point. I was thinking today, too, that the next time I go diving, I want to settle down in a sandy patch somewhere and just practice some more with my mask - taking it off, open my eyes (oooh that water stings, though!), and just get myself more comfortable with the whole situation. I did the remove mask skill for my OW certification, but it was one of those skills that I was relieved to get it done and over with and hopefully never deal with again. I need to get over my anxiousness where that's concerned, so practice will make perfect there.

Mich - that's a GREAT idea - a spare parts emergency dive kit - I'll have to mention that to my DH. I'm sure he doesn't think about it when we do shore dives because when he's working on the boat, they always have extra supplies just in case.

One of my friends said she felt bad for me - she pointed out that I seem to have equipment problems very often while diving... and when she pointed it out, I thought - yeah... it does seem to happen a lot. On my second confined water dive, my tank blew an o-ring at the bottom of the pool - just 12 feet... I could breathe, but I heard this loud commotion of bubbles behind me and calmly swam over to my DH and pointed at my tank. His eyes go all huge and he takes me to the top. On my first OW dive, I had the leaky mask issue. On my third OW dive, before I got in the water, they discovered the button on my inflator hose was missing - fortunately they had a spare BC for me to use.

Sheesh. Maybe that's a warning that I shouldn't be diving! LOL.

Anyways, I guess my friends second dive was a nightmare Saturday. We had this one loose acquaintance catch wind that we were going to be diving so he decided to tag along. I'm sorry... but this guy is a dangerous IDIOT.

The first dive, he blew through his air in no time... when my DH and I finally got down, he went rocketing past us back towards the surface signalling he only had 250 psi!

The second dive, from my friends' descriptions, he was just CRAZY. He went all the way down to almost 100 feet (when the first dive was fairly shallow - like maybe 40 feet max - and of course OW divers shouldn't go beyond 60 feet) - was an awful dive buddy to the people who got stuck with him... he didn't stick close to make sure everyone was okay, just took off like mad - got all the way to the bottom - held his breath so he could show off a shrimp cleaning his teeth... stayed down way too long - one of my poor friends said he stopped at one point, like around 70 feet and was like "this guy's insane" and started back, because he was down to 1200 psi. Another friend who was supposed to be the insane guys' buddy was all freaked out and didn't want to leave Mr. Insane by hisself - but at one point he finally had to call it quits for his own safety, although he tried and tried to get Mr. Insane to turn back. The friend who'd turned around at 1200 psi still ended up surfacing with only 100 psi - Mr. Insane surfaces with less and brags to everyone that he likes to breathe his tanks dry (!!!!) AND that he practices skip-breathing (!!!).

Totally crazy. I felt bad, because most of the people who went on that second dive were still very novice divers like myself. Only two were experienced divers - Mr. Insane (a very POOR experienced diver!) and the friend who'd buddied with him who didn't want to leave him behind but decided it was best to leave the guy behind after a while.

I wish my DH and I had been able to go on the second dive if only for having my DH there - he would NOT have allowed us to go down like that - he might have chased Mr. Insane a little, but then he would have stopped, too and been like "he's a certified diver - he's supposed to know what he's doing - it's his fault if he gets injured.". And, I'm sure at the surface, my DH would have ripped the guy a new one after pulling those stunts.

Crazy stuff. My friends and I have all determined the next time we plan a dive, we're keeping it very hush-hush - we don't want the guy to show up again. And if he does, we're all of the same mind that the guy's on his own. He can claim to have a buddy - but since he won't stick around and take his buddy's signals, he's just a reckless hazard to hisself.

Whew - sorry for the long posts. Such diving drama!

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Gang, I need help!!

This weekend was sooooo goooood because I was soooo BAAAAAAADDDDD!!!

Kinch's evil twin took over and ate everything that good Kinch LOVES --- and then went back for seconds (in some cases; I guess I should give good Kinch 1 pat on the back for not letting evil Kinch get seconds on that lucious chocolate cheese cake - which is low in CARBS at least).

All this and IT'S NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING YET!!

Oh, wha'll-I-Doooo, wha'll-I-Dooooo!!

To make this work for the long term

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,192
11/12/07 2:05 P

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Hi everyone! At the rate you are going Beauty you will be in a wetsuit in no time!Hope you get to dive sometime in the near future.

Wow Kelly that was rough with the mask. Ijust hate it when my mask floods. We always bring a "Save a Dive" kit with us.Extra mask straps,fin straps, o rings, tools,etc. Also thinking of buying an extra mask for backup. As you experienced you just never know when something will break.
Divegoddess, I think I need many more dives & experience before I would feel comfortable diving with a mask with a broken strap, but it is good to know that it is doable.

I subscribed to Scuba Diving magazine recently and they send me a small magazine "Dive like a professional". In it there was a very good description on how to handle the waves entering & exiting from a shore dive. A lot was stuff we already covered in OW & AOW but it is always good to read again to keep things fresh.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

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

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11/12/07 11:34 A

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Morning gang!

I'm sorry you had so many mishaps on your dive. Been there, done that. All of it plus some. Still, you are sooo lucky to be diving even if a sucky dive. For me its been over a year since my last dive (which included the foggy mask flodding and empltying, plus some more fun stuff)... the other dive was about 15-20 years before that. NOW, THAT SUCKS! I am so acking for a dive... even a sucky one, LOL!!!


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Kelly-Sorry about your mask mishap. That really sucks.I had a situation once when my mask strap broke while I was around 100 ft underwater while guiding divers. Did you know that is is totally possible to wear your mask without straps? The pressure holds the mask on to your face. You just have to be careful not to breath out of your nose. I did the entire dive without anyone noticing that the strap had broken.

Another time one of my customers broke the strap on her mask right as we were going into a shore dive. There were not extra masks so I let her use mine and dove with the broken strap mask. You just have to make sure you don't breathe out of your nose. The entry was kinda rough with strong current and waves so just held the mask, but underwater I didn't even have to hold it.

You must be right about the retaining water bit. Ocean water is salt water so maybe I'm getting way too much sodium and it's making me retain water!!

My wetsuit is getting tighter though.


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Divegoddess - maybe it's all the extra ocean water, you're retaining ocean water when you dive a lot. It's all water weight!

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Maybe, too, the reason you're not seeing larger drops in weight is because you gain muscle so quickly. Anyhow, glad you're getting a bit of a break.


Well, I had a CRAPPY dive today. We did a shore dive this time with a bunch of friends from my work. While we were snorkeling out to the spot where we were going to drop down, a wave came over my head just as I was breathing in and I breathed in half the ocean instead. Came up sputtering, ocean decided to toss another gallon of seawater into my mouth.

And that's how it started.

Then we get out and are waiting for a couple other friends to stll get in, and while we're floating there, i noticed my mask seemed to be leaking a bit, so I went to tighten the strap a little and heard a SNAP. Freaking clip holding the strap on my mask broke!

So, one of our friends says she's got a mask in her truck - my DH said he'd go get it and told the rest of them not to wait for us and to just go down. He ditches his BC with me so he can swim back faster, so I was out there bobbing like bait all by myself for probably a good 10 minutes or so. He finally made it back, gave me his mask and wore our friend's mask instead.

We go down - I have his mask on too loose and it's leaking like crazy. He comes over tries to tighten it for me underwater, mask leaks like wild, I start to feel panicky and gave him the "up" sign and he concured, so up we go... we adjust my mask again... by this time all the defog's gone from it so when we go back down again, I'm swimming in a fog. I then had to purposely flood my mask to clear it up... mask was slightly better... but now of course I'm discovering I've got what feel like boulders in my booties from when we were first entering from the shore. Try to fix that... but can't.. .give up on fixing it and deal with it... the rest of the time my poor DH keeps having to stop and clear his borrowed mask because it's just too big. Fortunately he does this for a living, so he can adjust it underwater without panicking.

We DID get to go into a neat lava tube with a little cave at the end where there was a little white tip reef shark sleeping. I got a little nervous, though, because I was in the way of the only exit from that cave, so I turned around quickly - I didn't want that shark to panic and decide it had to bite me or something to get out.

After that, though, we just made our way back to shore... bowled my DH over while I was trying to stand up (jeez I need to work on my lower body strength... start walking around with a backpack with 50 pounds in it or something and do squats).

Everyone else of course had a grand time... but I was DONE. We were originally planning two dives, but I was spent. Mostly I was just unhappy that my poor DH had to give up his good mask to me and deal with a bad leaky one.

Lessons I've learned:

I need better booties so I don't end up with a sand castle in my shoes.

I need to watch what I'm doing when I'm trying to tighten my mask.

We need to keep a spare mask with us at all times that we know FITS properly.

If I'm swimming out to a dive site, I need to just use my reg if there's any kind of swell so I don't end up with water in my snorkel.

I need to bring a book or something with me, so in case if something else happens where I can't dive (like can't equalize or something), I can still tell my DH he can still go and I'll sit and read a book while I wait. (He should do the same, too in case it's the other way around.)


Sucky, sucky dive!!!!!

I'm bummed - was looking forward to two dives, but I wasn't going to do it with the mask situation happening.

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11/9/07 9:23 P

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Hi divers. My work is finally slowing down, at least for the next 2 weeks. it's good for me to have a break before the busy Christmas/end of the year season starts.
The water hasn't started to cool down yet, still 29C. Global warming? It's usually 28 C by now. What's that in Farenheit? I think 28=82. My gauges are all metric since I work with Japanese tourists.

I got a new wetsuit ready for winter. The shoulders and arms are tight though. I'm gaining muscle inches. yes, women can gain muscle inches. I do. I had to get rid of all my long-sleeve shirt. I can only wear tank tops now. It's ok because I love showing off my muscular arms!

I forgot Christmas is coming soon. Thery are going to start decoratiing all the hotels soon. I don't bother decorating because I live alone. besides, my two 6 months old kitties will think it's something else they get to tear down and make a mess out of!

I finally lost a pound this week! Weird, when diving goes down, so does my weight. When I dive a lot, my weight goes up. I swear there's gotta be hidden calories in those tanks! I must be breathing compressed calories! The deeper you go, the more compressed and concentrated the calories get!!
Have a nice weekend. I'm just taking out resort divers this weekend.


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11/9/07 11:57 A

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Morning everyone

Mica, I'm so sorry to read you were sick! Hope you feel better soon. At least youll have the weekend to get 100% better.

I have been inmerse in work these past days, and using my lunch break to go home and work on my Xmas tree. We have a holiday here on november 2, and since it was a long weekend Huby and I wanted to set it up once and for all. Cousins' thing really freaked me out, & with travel time, etc, we ended doing not a whole lot, and that took care of the weekend. Then we have been gettin up at 3 or 4 am to work on the tree & ornaments since we have so many of them... We hope to finish today or tomorrow at the latest... its just beautifull!!!!

Any way, have a great friday.... dont forget to post your stats! (yes, I'm bragging again!)


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Personal Goal for 2008: Weigh 154 at the most by the end of the year!!!
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Great joked Kinch. Never to late for a good laugh.

Hope the weather holds out for you Kelly. Looks like you will be a pro in no time diving every weekend.

“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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Good one Kinch!


We have another dive roughly planned for Saturday. Yay! This time it'll be a shore dive and it'll be my DH and I with a bunch of friends from my work. The only thing that might squelch it is if we have a bad swell come in (the only problem with diving this time of year is all the swells that come in during the winter months). There's supposed to be N-NW swell arriving over the weekend, but so far the reports look okay. Cross your fingers for us.

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