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Cabin Fever!

By: John Chandler

Date Posted: 2001-09-21

Typhoon mania can easily be translated into what may better be described as “Cabin Fever.” Three days of Typhoon Condition 1-C following at least two weekends of Sea Condition “Red” can really challenge an avid diver. I am not accustomed to spending lots of time locked inside a house. I prefer lots of time underwater. So what do divers do when faced with too much time on their hands? Here is a look at ten things divers might be found doing during a Typhoon.

#10. The last thing a diver wants to do during a Typhoon is watch a video from a buddy diving at Maeda Point last year. This is like watching someone eat when you are on a diet plus I realized my buddy needs to learn how to hold the camera steady. Got seasick watching his underwater video.

#9. The next to last thing a diver wants to do is put silicon on the zippers on all your wetsuits and dive skins. What a shock. They are all made from plastic now and don’t corrode. When did that happen? Guess I have been diving too much.

#8. On day two of the Typhoon a strange smell began to come from my dive gear. I figured it could be mildew from lack of use until my wife presented me with a shell that should have been returned to the ocean and now needs to be cleaned with a strong bleach to kill the smell. I found myself in the rain knocking on the back door asking to be let back in the house. (Felt like Fred Flintsone… Wilma!!)

#7. I was surprised and deeply hurt when I offered to show the slides and photographs taken on my last trip to Yap. The Landlubber decided she would rather watch reruns of the Oprah Winfrey show. Ouch, where is the love?

#6. The slide show was great, but I found how long it had been since the bulb in my slide projector had been changed. It blew out. Got a rude reminder of just how hot they get. Burned my fingers trying to change the bulb. Now I know why all my buddies have gone digital.

#5. Time to break out the “Shark Week” videos from last year’s recording of the Discovery Channel shows. It was great.

#4. My Landlubber sends me outside because of a thumping noise. I find that all my dive gear is being blown across and around my yard and down the street because the duct tape is no longer securing my “Dive Locker.” I looked like a kid during an Easter Egg Hunt. Landlubber laughs. (…..Wilma!!!)

#3. Then I found myself cleaning the leaves and grass out of your equipment for the first time this year. I soon realize that green stuff is growing on the air screen of my well-used regulator and affirm that I shall visit Jason at Torii SCUBA as soon as the typhoon ends.

#2. I get so bored without being able to dive I found myself spending hours of the INTERNET surfing dive sites and planning my next dream dive vacation to Papua New Guinea. Then I decided to learn more about PNG using my new electronic encyclopedia. I find out where Papua New Guinea is and quickly learn they still have real “headhunters!” Suddenly Ishigaki sounds just a bit better. Then I call Rich to make sure I get a seat on his next trip to Ishigaki. (090 8766 0868.)

#1. Finally, I realize the best thing to do during a Typhoon was to temporarily give up my thoughts of diving and join the family for their fifth game of Monopoly. So this is what quality time is?

Hope that you have handled all this Typhoon stuff better than me. I cannot remember when my dive equipment has been this clean. Please take it easy getting back in the water and be sure the conditions are as ready as you are! See you at the beach.

The FISH PIC BOX

This week’s FISH PIC is the Palette Surgeonfish (Paracnthurus hepatus). Photographed near Maeda Point this colorful reef fish was first identified to me by fellow diver Nancy Richmond. She maintains the real name of this fish is actually the “Bow-Tie fish” because its yellow tail reminds her of a beautiful fish suitably dressed for the reef I suppose. Hope you can get out to a reef this weekend and name a few fish for yourself.

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