Chili cook-off a judge’s point of view.
As a cook whenever I cook chili, a roast, or whatever meal I decide to cook, I cook it the way I want it. That is the way I eat it. If I don’t like it I won’t eat it. As a judge for Newton County Christmas for Kids chili cook-off, I don’t get to make the chili. I get to sample your chili. The chili that you make the way you like. The last few years of the chili cook-off we’ve had some delicious, delicious chili and one batch of chili that dissolved our cups, interesting. Continue reading
Blah blah blah blah. Something something something That didn’t work in high school, I don’t think my favorite blogger will like it either. For those of you out there that read Nicole’s Blog, you know she has a small cadre of mini bloggers around her that write the most wonderful and exciting stories for her to post. There are times when she decides to do a blog a day and she will ask for our assistance.
Sometimes she will have to remind us a time or two or twenty. She is always afraid she is hounding us too hard. But we all love her and don’t mind writing a blog or blogs for her. Sometimes she just needs to use that cattle prod on us. Sometimes we forget. And other times we forget what we were writing about.
I try to read every blog she posts as soon as I see they are posted. Continue reading
In March of 2019, our team Newton County Rescue and Recovery (NCRR) was called to Beaver Lake to assist the Benton and Washington County dive teams in searching for and recovering a couple of people that had drowned. The water temperature was around 45 degrees for the dives we did. The visibility was less than perfect, we could actually see as far as the INSiDE of our dive masks. Well, I am kidding but not by much, our visibility ran from none to about 3 ft at best.
Not the best conditions for diving. How do we prepare for that kind of diving you may ask. Continue reading
Dive Every Month
Diving every month…..why would anyone living in the Midwest dive every month? In the words of Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, “I’ll tell you – I don’t know. But it’s a tradition…”
I was certified to dive in July 2003, then dove in Beaver Lake in August and Hawaii in September. Beaver Lake again the rest of the year. New Years Day 2004, again in Beaver. Then a trip to Cozumel and more Beaver Lake dives.
Next thing I know it is New Year’s Day 2005 and I have not gone a month without diving. Now I am thinking if I can make it to Memorial Day, then I will have dove every month (23) since getting certified, and warm weather dives are easy to do.
The Safari Hunt, known to some of us “experienced divers, as the Gorilla Hunt,” is approaching very quickly………. You need to make sure you get your tanks filled BEFORE you head to the lake, Wednesday or Thursday is the best options to get this done.
As most of you know, your friends at Extreme Sports Scuba, put on a wonderful event every June, now known as “The Safari Hunt”. Your favorite Instructors, Assistant Instructors, and Dive Masters go to hide various stuffed animal in Beaver Lake for you to find. There are marvelous prizes for those lucky divers that find one of these animals. Sadly, however, not all of the stuffed animals are found, well, not found that day.
And so the story begins….
Where do I (you) dive in Southwest Missouri? The ocean isn’t anywhere around… Ah, a question we’re asked frequently. The answer: There are numerous places to dive if you live here in the Ozarks and Southwest Missouri.
Where to dive in Southwest Missouri
First of all, we have numerous cricks (creeks for you more uppity folks), where you can find the lost treasures of the canoe people. When they inevitably tip over and dump their treasures to the bottom of the crick. You’re sure to find glasses, wallets, cell phones (and many phones still work), keys, and other personal items are just there for the diving. Be careful and don’t dive in anywhere you are not trained and skilled to dive.
BE SAFE SO YOU CAN DIVE TOMORROW!
July 2003 I got my first introduction Into the world of SCUBA diving. Mask on, check. Breathy thingy, Check. Depth, 15 foot, I really don’t know, I didn’t check the gauges. Wasn’t really even sure you needed to check gauges. Water temperature warm. But at 15 feet in a lake my first time experiencing diving, I decided I was done. SCUBA diving was not for me.
Later that evening my daughter was getting her introduction to SCUBA diving. Hers was in the swimming pool at Big Bobber resort in Shell Knob. Danielle loved it. She was at the bottom that pool for over an hour, having the time of her life. After that, there was a brief discussion with my wife. I was informed one of us was going to dive with Danielle and it was not going to be her. Using my deductive powers of reasoning I figured out if it wasn’t going to be my wife, then it looked like I was going to learn to SCUBA dive.
Bon dia, pasa un bon dia
Good Morning, have a good day. This is the way we started our days in Curaçao…..the Papiamento greeting for the ABC islands.
Papiamento??? Papiamento is a combination of 5 languages: Spanish, Portuguese, African, Dutch and Arawak Indian and has evolved much over the years into its own language, spoken on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Saint Eustatius. Our friends on Curaçao and the other islands speak, read, and write English, Spanish, Dutch, Paliamento, and many also speak French and German. I have problems with English. Continue reading
Why should we cancel or abort a dive?
This past Monday, January 1st of the New Year 2018, our dive club at Extreme Sports Scuba did NOT have our annual Polar Bear Dive. On the 27 of December, a decision was made to cancel the dive club dives for the day due to the predicted stupidly cold weather, wind chills if the minus teens. The decision was made for the safety of the divers as well as those that were going to be “smarter” and just watch Diver Dan and his fellow cold water divers.
The correct decision was made for the dive, it was to be way too cold for just your average fun recreational diving. For the safety of divers and onlookers, the outing was canceled. (It will be back in 2019, so don’t worry.)
Now, what are some of the reason you would abort a dive or dive trip? There are several reasons:
One reason already discussed is the weather. Storms, cold, excessive heat, or too windy if you are boat diving. You don’t want to do anything that will keep you from doing a dive another time. Your shore dive should be aborted if the waves/surf are strong enough to possibly cause you injury entering or exiting the water. We canceled a shore dive in Cozumel because there was no way to exit safely with the 3-5 ft surf breaking on the rocks and around the dock.