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.
   There has been one BLIP on my travels. It was with Kris Harrison from Sirus Diving. I mentioned him in a negative lite last two post. I thought it was important for anyone who might come across him. He is a thief of time and pleasure. Never train with him or trust him in a cave.
   Back to the positive lite! 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

Kris Harrison Sirius Diving Down and Out

. I was nice and generous to Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving.  It would be nice for Kris to pay me for the parts I put in his car. I introduced Kris Harrison to some wonderful technical divers. I don't think he had a clue. I invited Kris to CCR wreck dive with a Great Lakes charter captain from who also dives a Meg re-breather. On my expense Kris flew into Chicago. On arrival Kris claimed someone stole part of his re-breather out of his luggage. It is so unlikely in the US due to the size of what was stolen and security cameras are everywhere. Speaking to an employee of Department of aviation, he said it is extremely unlikely. At first I believed Kris Harrison about the theft. Now I suspect Since Kris has no money to maintain the re-breather, he left it behind when he discovered his o2 sensors needed replacement. About $400.00.
   After I picked him up from Midway we filled two more sets of open circuit doubles, plus deco tanks per Kris instruction with helium and deco gas. Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving clearly had enough gas to dive open circuit for at least two dives, most likely four dives. Out of eight dives four days Kris dove once. His excuse for not diving the last day is that he did not have enough gas for thirds. By his arrogance he was implicating we were all diving wrong. But he did not dive or come with us to teach us. The last day of diving I had two full sets of doubles Trimix left for Kris a set of 105 and a set of 100 doubles. The last day Kris Harrison said he wouldn’t dive because it was not enough gas. Remember it was mixed per his instruction (plus he helped fill his tanks too.) I have been doing a lot of 200 foot 70 meter dives. We usually get 2 dives out of a set of doubles.

  .Kris did have any money. Not 50 cents for a candy bar. I paid for flight, luggage and room. Lack of money meant not money for food nor did he bring food. He started mooching cigarettes from the hotel owner upon arrival. This also was embarrassing. (Glad I don’t smoke).
   Because of all the different excuses Kris Harrison made not to dive, and his final excuse insulted me and my open circuit dive partners. I told Kris Harrison he was acting like a young child not a dive buddy. After this comment to Kris, he was relentless by insulting me calling me names. I tried to walk away but he would not leave me alone. That night I ended up moving to another hotel. This of course was the end of our friendship.
    Earlier this year Kris and Mariella stayed at my house for a week. I stored his car for a couple months. I repaired his car, (it was not safe). When I was part way through it he told me he had no money. I thought I may take scuba lessons from Kris Harrison and Sirius Diving. Since I will not use a name calling instructor I requested for Kris to tell me how and when he will pay me back for the parts on installed on his Jeep. I really thought Kris was very smart . I have a different opinion now.
   In Mexico after cave diving, I saw him get in a physical fight with a German cave diver. It was about a mistake the German diver made, the way he ran his reel to the gold line. Remembering this incident, Kris’s abusive comments and his threats. Kris frightened me. He did threaten my property when I asked him to leave me alone in the room.
Kris has a most impressive résumé. I think he WAS a very good cave instructor. At this point in his life he is going through a mental break down. Having no money, without his wife, a broken car and living in a tent. He is just being a burden to whoever will deal with him. I did not drive Kris back to Chicago. I was afraid of him and what he might do or say. Instead I paid a friend to drive him close.
  Kris also claimed I am trying to steel his empty suitcase that was left at my shop. I left it at his access. Kris Harrison from Sirius diving never came and got it.
Kris Harrison’s acts like he believes he is your instructor all the time. For Kris excuses shouldn’t be a lie. Lying why you’re not diving. Especially with Kris credentials. Great lakes diving is very hard and cold. I had 3 finger mittens for Kris a 7 mil hood, even better undergarment and a DUI 200 dry suit. Kris thought he knew better. He froze his ass off his only dive. He couldn’t get the deco tanks on without help in the water. He looked like a Great Lake rookie. I hope SDI/TDI have a warm water wreck c card. He sure is not a cold water wreck instructor. As a Great Lake shipwreck diver, we always take each other’s help. None of us can get dressed without it. The work starts with days of preparation. Kris was asked on Thursday to show up on Saturday. He did not listen to me his former student on what he needed. Kris said he started diving in ice cold water and knew what to do.

 I am embarrassed I am so gullible. Kris went off on me and is not fit to instruct at this point in time. He was only invited to dive the re-breather. I didn’t go along with his three days of excuses. I actually thought he may try and physically hurt me. To keep him at bay, I reminded him I would call the police if necessary. The last day he would call me names while asking me for a ride, which is hypocritical or just strange. A final thought. Why are all these bad things happening to Kris? Bad things usually happen to people when they are not doing the right thing

Sirius Diving Kris Harrison a bad person to be around.

. I was nice and generous to Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving.  It would be nice for Kris to pay me for the parts I put in his car. I introduced Kris Harrison to some wonderful technical divers. I don't think he had a clue. I invited Kris to CCR wreck dive with a Great Lakes charter captain from who also dives a Meg re-breather. On my expense Kris flew into Chicago. On arrival Kris claimed someone stole part of his re-breather out of his luggage. It is so unlikely in the US due to the size of what was stolen and security cameras are everywhere. Speaking to an employee of Department of aviation, he said it is extremely unlikely. At first I believed Kris Harrison about the theft. Now I suspect Since Kris has no money to maintain the re-breather, he left it behind when he discovered his o2 sensors needed replacement. About $400.00.
   After I picked him up from Midway we filled two more sets of open circuit doubles, plus deco tanks per Kris instruction with helium and deco gas. Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving clearly had enough gas to dive open circuit for at least two dives, most likely four dives. Out of eight dives four days Kris dove once. His excuse for not diving the last day is that he did not have enough gas for thirds. By his arrogance he was implicating we were all diving wrong. But he did not dive or come with us to teach us. The last day of diving I had two full sets of doubles Trimix left for Kris a set of 105 and a set of 100 doubles. The last day Kris Harrison said he wouldn’t dive because it was not enough gas. Remember it was mixed per his instruction (plus he helped fill his tanks too.) I have been doing a lot of 200 foot 70 meter dives. We usually get 2 dives out of a set of doubles.

  .Kris did have any money. Not 50 cents for a candy bar. I paid for flight, luggage and room. Lack of money meant not money for food nor did he bring food. He started mooching cigarettes from the hotel owner upon arrival. This also was embarrassing. (Glad I don’t smoke).
   Because of all the different excuses Kris Harrison made not to dive, and his final excuse insulted me and my open circuit dive partners. I told Kris Harrison he was acting like a young child not a dive buddy. After this comment to Kris, he was relentless by insulting me calling me names. I tried to walk away but he would not leave me alone. That night I ended up moving to another hotel. This of course was the end of our friendship.
    Earlier this year Kris and Mariella stayed at my house for a week. I stored his car for a couple months. I repaired his car, (it was not safe). When I was part way through it he told me he had no money. I thought I may take scuba lessons from Kris Harrison and Sirius Diving. Since I will not use a name calling instructor I requested for Kris to tell me how and when he will pay me back for the parts on installed on his Jeep. I really thought Kris was very smart . I have a different opinion now.
   In Mexico after cave diving, I saw him get in a physical fight with a German cave diver. It was about a mistake the German diver made, the way he ran his reel to the gold line. Remembering this incident, Kris’s abusive comments and his threats. Kris frightened me. He did threaten my property when I asked him to leave me alone in the room.
Kris has a most impressive résumé. I think he WAS a very good cave instructor. At this point in his life he is going through a mental break down. Having no money, without his wife, a broken car and living in a tent. He is just being a burden to whoever will deal with him. I did not drive Kris back to Chicago. I was afraid of him and what he might do or say. Instead I paid a friend to drive him close.
  Kris also claimed I am trying to steel his empty suitcase that was left at my shop. I left it at his access. Kris Harrison from Sirius diving never came and got it.
Kris Harrison’s acts like he believes he is your instructor all the time. For Kris excuses shouldn’t be a lie. Lying why you’re not diving. Especially with Kris credentials. Great lakes diving is very hard and cold. I had 3 finger mittens for Kris a 7 mil hood, even better undergarment and a DUI 200 dry suit. Kris thought he knew better. He froze his ass off his only dive. He couldn’t get the deco tanks on without help in the water. He looked like a Great Lake rookie. I hope SDI/TDI have a warm water wreck c card. He sure is not a cold water wreck instructor. As a Great Lake shipwreck diver, we always take each other’s help. None of us can get dressed without it. The work starts with days of preparation. Kris was asked on Thursday to show up on Saturday. He did not listen to me his former student on what he needed. Kris said he started diving in ice cold water and knew what to do.

 I am embarrassed I am so gullible. Kris went off on me and is not fit to instruct at this point in time. He was only invited to dive the re-breather. I didn’t go along with his three days of excuses. I actually thought he may try and physically hurt me. To keep him at bay, I reminded him I would call the police if necessary. The last day he would call me names while asking me for a ride, which is hypocritical or just strange. A final thought. Why are all these bad things happening to Kris? Bad things usually happen to people when they are not doing the right thing

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