Saturday, May 3, 2014

Trimix Diver and Advanced Cave with Staging IANTD

I completed my Trimx training with Scot 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. Which 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.







Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dive Master Michael Apke

^Six months hard work

Saint Richards Grammar School Chicago, IL Class of 1970 class Predictions

                      St Richards Grammar School Chicago, IL                          
              1970 Class Predictions
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 Mike Apke is now a technical engineer.
Eugene Baoulic is the owner of a famous night club
Zenon Balchunas is a professional soccer player .
Rhonda Barron was an artist and is now married and has twelve children.
Karen Bartosek is a first grade teacher.
Angelita Batara is the current ambassador for the Philippine
Embassy.
„             '                 ' 
Paul Bonderski is a professional hunter.
'Richard Bojko is a comedian (star attraction) at Eugenes night
Club
Kenneth Boyes is a goal tender for the La Kings
Daniel P. Brannan is now a naval officer (in the Navy)
Deborah Bukowski is a dancing instructor at one of Fred As-satire’s studios.
Jim Buttney is a cattle rancher and has his own plane.
Gloria Can© is now a world famous soprano singer.
Cathy Cardiilo is an elementary school teacher.
John Carli is now a veterinarian0
Teresa Carrillo is the "sole" owner of a Mexican Restaurant
Michael Cegielski is a popular cartoonist- for one of Chicago Largest newspapers.
Michele Cholewa is the owner of a horse ranch „
Kathleen Concannon is a professional dancer on Broadway.
David Conrad is the owner of a franchise restaurant .
Claudia Cyr is nationally famous.   She has her own morning talk show which is broadcast on radio and television.
Gerald D8Angel© is a goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks.
James Demiskis is now owner of the fourth largest supermarket and is in stiff competition with Sladek's Finer Foods"
Cathy Diviggiano is now an interior decorator.
Susan Donahue is a stewardess for T.W.A.

Cathy Dsielski is a nurse .
Kevin"Elstner is now director of the Army Marching Band and Drill Team
George Esposito is a professional soccer goal tender.
Robert Gagner is a flight controller for American Airlines.
Anna Garcia is a veterinarian
Joseph Gibbons is a top professional racing driver and is competing in the Indianapolis 500.
Cathy Givilanez is a poet
James Glyda is a cartoonist for Chicago Today.
Mary Glyda is a housewife and is raising a family.
Charles Gondek is a manufacturer of diesel engines.
Linda Gruehot is now making headlines0   She is now the first: girl to break the barriers and become the first girl to play baseball in the Major League.  
Mary Theresa Grygorcewicz is an assistant owner of a horse rancho
Glenn Hawkins is an architect and has designed some of Chicago newer buildings.
Kathy Headtke is an interior decorator and has furnished some Hawkins buildings.
Ricky Hiearo is an electrician who owns a trick store.
Walter Jakobezyk is a veterinarian for l0000 Labadors
Gary Jendryeaka is a hockey player and owner of Arbie's Beef.
Karen Jesse Is now q bank teller0
Corrine Kallsh is a veterinarian for a local animal hospital
Dennis Kanaverskis is a bartender of high quality, for Joe’s tavern
Karen Karac became a model for Cover Girl magazine.
Thomas Kash is now following his father’s footsteps and work-at the family service station.
Ray Kaszuba is a pilot for United Airlines
Louise Kempski is a beautician.
Jim Klimek is a musician and director of his own band.


RICH Kling is now a producer of his own show. “The Undersea World of Richard Kling”
Timothy Knowski is now center for the Chicago Bulls.
Karol Kowalczyki  is a professional soccer player on Zenons team.
Robert Lendecky is a basketball player for a Midwestern team.
Donna Leno is now a nurse at General Hospital.
Michael Lesniak is a proffessor at Yale University.
Cindy Lullo is married and raising three children.
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Bill McGrath owns a top rate liquor store in Beverly Hills9 Californiao
Gerald Malok is a pilot for United Airlines„
Carol Maks is a part-time dancer and model for Ingenue magazine

 Sharon Martinek is a secretary and works in the John Hancock Buildlag.
Karen Menoni is a champion figure skater
Kevin Mensik is a top notch auto mechanic at a gas station Archer and Tripp.
Thomas Milani is holder of the heavy weight wrestler championship

Jackie Miller is a secretary for the Johnson and Johnson Company o
Bob Miller is now a member of the Chicago Police Department
David Niels is a part-time drummer and professional ball player.
Cathy Olson is a nurse at Holy Cross Hospita.
Thomas Qriik Is an office clerk for a loop firm.
Mary Lou Pachla is an add designer for an advertising agency.
'Nancy Paroubek is a pedlatrition.
Chris Peca is a major league baseball player.
Jean Pesavento is a fashion model for Vogue magazine.
Carol Piotrowski is married and works as a data computer operator
Mark Piotrowski is a pharmacist and owner of his drug store.
Donald Pryzblowski is a bank teller downtown.

Frank Baublskls Is an airplane pilot and owns his own plane.
John Rolla is a hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks
Robert Rosa is a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs.
Alan Saele is a professional hockey player0
Tony Sanfilippo is  a counselor for young children and is also a member of a rock band.
Karen Schreiber is a professional model.
John Selio is a professional baseball player and a part-time comedian.
Gayle Seminara is a model for Vogue.
Daniel Skowron is the official sports announcer for all Sox games.
Celeste Skowronski was a professional model and is now a
Housewife.
Rich Skrobanski is a professional carpenter.
Mike Skupski is part owner of a night club on Rush Street.
Judy Smith is now married and living in the western suburbs
Of Chicago   She is also treasurer of the local P.T.A.
William Tarsa is a championship bowler.
Ennedy Toledo is a Journalist and feature story writer for one of Chicago’s top newspapers.
Philip VanGeertry was and still is the replacement for Ernie Banks on the Cubs team*
Thomas Vari is a pilot for Ozark Airlines„
Carmen Velazquez is the owner of her own palmistry parlor0
Theresa Sals is a writer for Chicago Today.
Kathy Wensel is a model for Cover Girl magazine and will be a bride in the near future.
Daniel Wolski is editor and chief of the Chicago Tribune.
Donald Wolski is now a business executive and works for his brother.
Craig Zamaolewicz is a judo expert and has his own studio where
he gives lessons.
Susan Zivolic will own a horse ranch in partnership with Michele  

Pat Zurawski is now married and is a practicing pediatrician.