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by fmerkel
Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Damp Feet
Replies: 7
Views: 587

Re: Damp Feet

Marine supply over at Fisherman's Terminal has a great supply of wool and synthetic sox, from thin to humongously thick. I prefer the 'rough' texture of old style wool-mayabe with a little poly thrown in. They bite the inside of the boot better and slip around a lot less. Fleece is nice, but it's sl...
by fmerkel
Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:52 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dry suit Gloves
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Dry suit Gloves

I tried both open and closed methods. Hands are pretty bony-they don't squeeze all that well. So I just dive with intact wrist seal to any recreational depth and it's been fine. When I did try using an open wrist I noticed when I put my hand up, air moved in to it. But mostly we dive with our hands ...
by fmerkel
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Three Tree N. night dive W/ Scuba Scott!
Replies: 26
Views: 1130

Re: Three Tree N. night dive W/ Scuba Scott!

Hmm, was last time I was there, right at the entrance by the gate. Been there a long while. Admittedly it's been awhile (fall sometime?) since I looked.
Fritz
by fmerkel
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Diving Jan 24th
Replies: 21
Views: 516

Re: Diving Jan 24th

DIW is going to be a zoo. Wasn't. Very quiet. No wind, actually warmer by the water than inland (frost at my house that AM). Only 4 divers in our group there and 2 more showed up as we were leaving. Pleasant N. current, 15' viz. 8 wolfies and ~7GPO-big 'uns'. Even Titlow only had 2 divers while we ...
by fmerkel
Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Three Tree N. night dive W/ Scuba Scott!
Replies: 26
Views: 1130

Re: Three Tree N. night dive W/ Scuba Scott!

So, what's the night dive status, really? Seems there has always been a sign saying you couldn't do night dive (park closed after dark kind of thing] Rumor was that a local put it up to discourage 'riff raf'. Whether divers are in that category depends on your perspective. But the locals really DID ...
by fmerkel
Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:53 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Undergarment thickness
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: Undergarment thickness

Warmth is all over the map but in general I'd say in the winter around here you can't dress too warm most of the time. If you are a warm person you may get by with less. I'm skinny, do well in cold air when active like skiing, and do poorly in the Sound (mostly inactive). I wear 4 (yes 4) thin layer...
by fmerkel
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

If you go to this site:
http://kingcountyferries.org/default.aspx?ID=15

Then scroll down a bit in the left window the material showing the proposed dock, work time frame, etc. is available for download. This was handed out at the meeting last night.

Fritz
by fmerkel
Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

Thanks for the report Bob. In all I saw 5 Marker Buoys, 1 Emerald Sea (Bob), 2 Seahorses, 1 other Aquarium member (Joyce and I overlap there), and the 5th-D owner Mark T. (couldn't spell his last name if I had to). I think this was in keeping with the proportion of W. Seattle residents present. I th...
by fmerkel
Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

Mike would not likely discourage participation in any activity that pertains to supporting the diver environment. I agree that his comments were more to make sure people didn't get the impression that access was at risk. I've tried to be clear that this is not the case and still encourage people to ...
by fmerkel
Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

Is this a CRITICAL meeting? No. No need of anyone to dump important personal activities for this. The one 9 years ago was. That only happened after about half a dozen of us harassed Parks and the City council a bunch. Took months of work to get that meeting. OTOH it is a good place to get your polit...
by fmerkel
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

Chris is right, I am being a bit snippy. OTOH what I see after a lot of effort over a lot of years is some divers taking any excuse at all of actually doing some work for the community at large. Divers do make the effort to show up for a night dive at Seacrest. Why is it so hard to show up around th...
by fmerkel
Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

Gad, SCUBA is littered with political wimps. I appreciate that Mike R. DID take the time to call. Sadly, I did not. This IS an omission on my part. OTOH, I'm gonna pull a tad of rank here as I was doing this long before Mike came on board. I DID say this is NOT an attempt to take Seacrest away from ...
by fmerkel
Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Sudafed and diving
Replies: 34
Views: 2864

Re: Sudafed and diving

The internet is an amazing place. You really can learn an incredible amount here. OTOH it's a bit like being in a library where every other book is the 'Enquirer Magazine'. You have to have good filters. Good filters only come with a lot of experience and a lot of discretionary research. There is a ...
by fmerkel
Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Sudafed and diving
Replies: 34
Views: 2864

Re: Sudafed and diving

An undeserved hit is just that, undeserved. OTC cold medication likely had nothing to do with it. Instead of speculating on what DAN says it's worthwhile to read what DAN says: Pseudoephedrine & Enriched-Air Diving? http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/article.asp?articleid=51 DAN ...
by fmerkel
Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock
Replies: 32
Views: 2188

Re: Upcoming meeting concerning Seacrest ferry dock

Well, it appears there was a server SNAFU and I and my posting was wiped out of existence... Oh well. So, again, near as I can recall. First-this is NOT just a meeting for WSA. This is a meeting for as MANY divers as possible. The City NEEDS to know that we WILL be included in the planning process g...