Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Lakes Wreck Diving 2014

  I am having an awesome diving summer. I have been diving in Presque Isle and Alpena Michigan twice. I have been to Paradise, MI at the UP three times. I have been to Port Austin, MI and Grand Marais, MI and Harrisville, MI. I have been wreck diving Lake Superior Whitefish Bay three times this summer, Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay Area and Lake Huron’s Thumb. Honorable Shipwreck mentions are the H.P. Bridge near Harrisville, MI and the A.A. Parker near Grand Marnie, MI in U.P. I have Captain Jitka to thank. I also met a couple of the best wreck divers PERIOD.  Eric and James. I am on my seventh T bottle of H2 (helium) getting ready to head back to the Thumb. With all the helium use I see a re-breather in my future. I have gone as deep as 240 feet. My last six of seven dives were over 200 feet. What a great experience. I traded boat work for the experience. I came out way ahead.
     Wreck diving the Great Lakes is one of the more difficult and rewarding diving activities. I have only heard deep wreck diving in the ocean to be possibly more difficult.
   On the Great Lakes we have to support each other through the whole dive. Quarters are tight and we must be prepared. Seeing wrecks that are fully in tack with mast up from 1860ies WOW!
   

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sirius Diving Kris Harrison "LIAR" (I didn't twist your arm)

. I was nice and generous to Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving. I introduced Kris Harrison to some wonderful technical divers. I don't think he had a clue of the opportunity I afforded him. Harrison was invited to CCR wreck dive with a Great Lakes charter captain. Captain Jitka also dives a Meg re-breather. On my expense Kris flew into Chicago. On arrival Kris claimed someone stolen part of his re-breather out of his luggage. At first I believed Kris Harrison about the theft. This has to do with honesty. I no longer trust what Kris Harrison has to say. Harrison believes his own lies.
    I picked Harrison up from Midway Airport. Due to the missing parts on his re-breather we filled two more sets of open circuit doubles, stage and bailout tanks per Kris Harrison’s instruction. We blended helium and deco gas. Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving clearly had access to enough gas to dive open circuit for the week.
   During the week Harrison made different excuses why he wasn't diving.(spider bite, alergic reaction to fish then thirds.) Planning the last day of diving, his new excuse was that he did not have enough gas for thirds. Harrison also implicated we were all diving wrong.   Harrison had two sets of doubles full with hypoxic trimix plus plenty of deco and travel gas to choose from. Harrison wouldn’t dive. Ironically tanks were filled per his instruction (plus he helped fill his tanks too.). To dive thirds all he needed to do was math. To use his thirds as an excuse and position as an instructor to try and make us believe we are all diving wrong is shameful. 
    Truth be told, on the ride home(with someone else) Harrison revealed that the only dive he made out of eight, he was cold. If Harrison told the truth we could have helped him with warmer whatever he needed. Because Harrison made himself to be this great Artic diver, his pride or ego would not let him admit to anyone he needed help. 
.  I paid for everything Kris Harrison needed. To my surprise he did not have any money at all. Not 50 cents. Harrison started mooching cigarettes from the hotel owner upon arrival. This also was embarrassing. 
     At dinner the night before the last day of diving, I confronted Harrison. Because of all the different excuses Kris Harrison made not to dive. I commented to Kris Harrison he was acting like a young child not a dive buddy. After my comment Harrison became a delusional monster. In front of my friends Harrison relentlessly insults me while calling me vulgar names. I walked away from dinner and insults to latter find him waiting for me at my room. Kris Harrison was trying to back up his latest excuse with dive theory while insulting me and threating me at the same time. Harrison then threatened to damage my scuba equipment and never stopped insulting me. I ended up being forced to move to another hotel. I came very close to having Harrison arrested for his threats. 
    Earlier this year Kris Harrison and his girlfriend Marielle Pronk stayed at my house for 3 or 4 days. . I also stored and repaired his car, (it was not safe to drive). When I was part way through the repair he told me he had no money.  I asked Harrison  to tell me how and when he will pay me back for work and  parts I installed on his Jeep. Harrison will not even acknowledge the debt. His comment to me was (“I didn’t twist your arm”).Also since Harrison did not show up to wreck dive with his re-breather, (the only reason he was invited), I believe he should man-up and repay me for at least the plane fare expense.(or acknowlege the debt).
  I should have recognized Kris Harrison psychotic behavior the year before. In Mexico after a cave dive Harrison got in a physical fight with a tourist German cave diver. Harrison was upset about the way the German diver ran his reel to the gold line.(This guy was someone he did not even know.) Remembering this incident, abusive comments and his threats, Harrison frightened me. His response was to threaten me, when I needed time  alone in the room.
  Harrison has had a most impressive résumé.Witnessing his  behavior,  Harrison is no longer  as a  instructor I would recomend. At this point in  Harrison shows the signs of going through a mental break down. . Harrison is a burden to whoever has to deal with him.
   I did not drive Harrison back to Chicago being afraid of him. I  didn’t want to hear  insults and name calling. Instead  I paid a friend to drive him.  
    Kris Harrison’s acts like he believes he is your instructor all the time. His excuses shouldn’t be a lie. Golden Rule why you’re not diving doesn’t include making up excuses and lies to fit your ego. With Harrison's credentials he should have set an example.  
   Great lakes diving is very hard and cold. I brought extra gear for Harrison. I had 3 finger mittens and a 7 mil hood, even a thicker undergarment and a DUI 200 dry suit. Kris Harrison thought he could dive cold without this gear and or preparation. Harrison froze his ass his only dive. During his dive, to my surprise Harrison couldn’t get his deco tanks on without help in the water. He looked like a Great Lake rookie. This is all correctable and normally not made into a big deal. A big problem Harrison has is his ego in his way. An exsample of his ego is every timeI have mentioned some of the best cave divers in the world. Kris Harrison has insulted every one.                                                                                
     I hope SDI/TDI have a warm water wreck C card. Harrison sure is not a cold water wreck instructor. As a Great Lake shipwreck diver, we always take each other’s help. It is very hard to gear up without help. The work starts with days of preparation... Harrison ego would not let him listen to me his former cave student, on what he needed. Kris Harrison said he started diving in ice cold water and knew how to dress. I guess Harrison forgot!
     I am embarrassed I was so gullible. Kris Harrison was abusive to me and is no longer fit as an instructor. Harrison was only invited to dive the re-breather. I tired of his  days of different excuses not to dive. I was fearfull  Kris Harrison may try and physically harm me. I reminded Harrison I would call the police if there were any more threats. The last day I asked if my car was safe? He just called me names, then asked why I don’t want him in my car, Harrison was just strange.
   In an email, Kris Harrison now claims he shouldn’t have certified me in full cave. Harrison is acting like a defiant child whose parent has corrected him.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Trimix Diver and Advanced Cave with Staging IANTD

I completed my trimix training with Scott Byars in Spring Hill, FL. I dove in a cave to a depth of 270 feet. I am certified to dive to a depth of 330 feet.
   The previous certification of normoxic trimix allowed me to dive to 200 feet. There are many wrecks basically untouched at between 180 and 240 feet. 
    I also completed my Advance Cave with Staging. This was a skill course that took me three trips to Florida, and about 12 dives to complete. This advances my ability to control extra tanks and helped me get my equipment set to the point of familiarity. The two classes complement each other because of the handling of multiple tanks (stages)


   Like most classes you sometimes think you can finish them in a specific time. Trimix is 4 dives and lots of math.  I completed in the minimum. Staging is up to the instructor. I am glad I had to work for staging. It without a doubt helped me in the skills I need to develop to become an elite diver.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Diepolder T Mix Down 240 feet

  1. I was student passenger the last 3 days with a 2 hour ride each way doing dive planning with T mix. My instructor does not dive a computer. My VR computer was spot on 3 days in a row to his decompression schedule. Most importantly I understand dive planning CNS and how to get there. It reminded me of cramming for a test and the good feeling when you know in your mind you can do the math. Best I did my training in some special places. Eagles Nest and Diepolder. Thanks Scott Byars from Explorations Unlimited.






Obama Care Affordable Health Care

   For all you people knocking Affordable Health Care (A.H.C.), and not giving it a chance, I will mention a couple things that make huge difference to people. First insurance companies do not ask about your previous health condition. Everyone is on an even playing field. In the past anyone in the family with a pre-existing condition would almost for sure be denied or priced out of the insurance. Second if you were a smoker it would double your insurance in the past. Now you get a higher rate but it’s minimal. For a couple making less than sixty grand a year you will get help with your insurance rate. It is a subsidy. It is to bring insurance price in line. It is going to keep hospitals from charging $59.83 per Aspirin. You review it yearly and can change it yearly.

Health care was fucked for everyone except the healthy in the past. Now even though it is not perfect, health insurance is being made for everyone, sick included. If you think A.H.C. it is for welfare recipients only, get sick. In the past you would join the ranks of the poor unemployed or not insurable. Now you coverage will adjust to what you can afford. Many sick people lose some or all of their income after the get sick.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Four Years since my sister Nancy passed


I could have never imagined 4 years ago how fast four years would go by. I may have only spoken with Nancy once every couple months, but it was always very much a part of me. I will continue this post tomorrow or soon. Time to dream about Nancy

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A letter from my mother 1978 found after her death!

Wednesday, May 24, 1978
My dear son, Michael,
I write this letter to you with love in my heart for you.   I want to dedicate this letter with these thoughts of you.
“MOST MEMORABLE DAYS IN THE GROWING YEARS OP MICHAEL APKE".
Michael Apke, born on October 2, 1956.   Weighed 9# 8 oz. Parents, Verne & John Apke.
This was a most happy day for your Dad & I.   We were so proud to have a son.
You were a good baby.   At 6 months, you had pnernonitis, you recovered quickly.   We gave you very special care.
You were a very inquisitive baby.   In examining any toy, you would take it apart and try to put it together again.   You preferred looking how a carpet sweeper worked then a small toy.
At 3 years old, we found you in the garage painting a small maple rooking chair.
In Kindergarten, you never wanted to take naps, but always wanted to play.
Remember 1st grade, when you told Sister Editha that the kids in the classroom could take a tour through our trailer which was parked in our back yard   it certainly was a thrill to all of them.
Remember you get the chicken pox the day before we were to leave for Florida to visit Big Grandma in our trailer?   We decided to leave you with little Grandma until we came back.   When we arrived in Florida we missed you and had you fly down by yourself in your first airplane flight (of course with the consent of the doctor).   I remember you enjoyed the plane so much; you wanted to fly back instead of going with us in the trailer.
Remember you were an altar boy, paper boy, Boy Scout, and little league. You helped shovel the sidewalks and would almost shovel half the block.
In sixth grade you one the 1st place Science Fair award for the whole school in RADIO APPARATUS. In the seventh grade again you won second place. It was the working of an engine.   In 8th grade* you won 1st place again in. the Science Award for the "Atoms."
When you graduated 8th grade at St. Richards School, you were presented an award for "The most cooperative boy in school". We were so proud.

Your choice of high schools was St. Laurence.   You were accepted and graduated from there.   Your sports activity was wrestling.

Remember, the trailer trips we had taken, almost every year. You were always at Dad's side.   He showed you how to fish, swim and of course auto mechanics.

Remember too, hot much you enjoyed 0le in Wisconsin*   You. Loved to hear him tell tales about fishing and hunting,
When you were 16, you took your driver’s license test and passed. You started working at 16 at South End Carthage,   You enjoyed saving money.    At 18 you bought a car.
Remember graduation of High School.   At the ceremony, you were the only one without a tie.   Before they called you to get the diploma, you, borrowed the tie from the guy behind you.    We found out later, that one of your friend’s car broke down, and you were fixing it and left the tie in the back of their oar.
, Remember, when you had the toe operation.   The doctor said you should ware gym shoes*   that made you the happiest guy in high school. You even teak your gym shoes along with you to your school prom.  You wore them after the prom was over.
In1973, at our 26th wedding anniversary, you wanted to surprise us with a 1948 Ford car you purchased (the year of our wedding :,) you and Ray Kaszuba were working on it for 2 months.   You got it in front of our house but it wouldn’t start*
These are memories of you that I can never forget*

When you became 18, you wanted to be independent.   You moved away on your own*
I want to tell you that you’re Dad & I loved you and did what we thought was best for you*

Some other incidents I recall now:
                                                                                                                              
Remember when you took speech lessons from Mrs. Smith.   You had a
Slur that was to be corrected.   It improved your speech in the few
Lessons you took.
Remember also, the speech class had a play and your barn door was open and the white shirt sticking out of it.   That was the last time, you vent to speech classes.
Remember when you wanted to type your homework? You drew a keyboard on a piece of cardboard and learned how to type*
Remember when you had a difficult time doing fractions. I would work with you every day and then one day you said, to me “Mom thanks for allowing me how to do fractions* I'm good at. it now*
I remember when you ware camping with the scouts and you sent ma a poem on a bark, from a tree,   "Roses are red* violets are blue I miss and love you".   It warmed my heart*
Remember when the sewer in the front lawn was blocked*   Dad was sick, and we hired someone to unclog it*   you were about 11 then*   you said to Dad that the guy didn't know was a ratchet wrench was.
Remember when little Grandma broke her hip and you visited her at the hospital and told her she could have your room until she was up and around


These momenta in your young life I want to remember.


Some other incidents I recall now:
                                                                                                                              
Remember when you took speech lessons from Mrs. Smith.   You had a
Slur that was to be corrected.   It improved your speech in the few
Lessons you took.
Remember also, the speech class had a play and your barn door was open and the white shirt sticking out of it.   That was the last time, you vent to speech classes.
Remember when you wanted to type your homework? You drew a keyboard on a piece of cardboard and learned how to type*
Remember when you had a difficult time doing fractions. I would work with you every day and then one day you said, to me “Mom thanks for allowing me how to do fractions* I'm good at. it now*
I remember when you ware camping with the scouts and you sent ma a poem on a bark, from a tree,   "Roses are red* violets are blue I miss and love you".   It warmed my heart*
Remember when the sewer in the front lawn was blocked*   Dad was sick, and we hired someone to unclog it*   you were about 11 then*   you said to Dad that the guy didn't know was a ratchet wrench was.
Remember when little Grandma broke her hip and you visited her at the hospital and told her she could have your room until she was up and around



                                                     These momenta in your young life I want to remember.