Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Then came today. There were two pople in our group that were absolutely disasters in the water. Now remeber, with tip, I am paying $100 per trip to dive. On the first dive, I could not really enojoy myself because I was making sure another diver was going to live through the dive. She was using air (21% O2) and had her computer set at 50% 02. This will do two things to your computer: 1) think you are going to convulse because of your PO2 level 2) Give you way more bottom time than you actually have. Her dive buddy was on air and was using the exact same computer. He started to ascend 10-15 minutes before she did. I was curious so I went to check her computer. I knew she had flown by the No Decompression Limit so I stayed with her and had her ascend with me and made sure she did a 15 minute stop at 15-20 feet. She still had no clue what was going on, which confirms my point. Wasn't this the job of the dive master??? You would think so, but he was too busy attending to the other disaster in the water. We came up about 30 minutes before I was ready (bottom time and air comsuption).
The second dive should have been 80-90 minutes. We started our ascent at 50 minutes. The other disaster I mentioned before got in trouble for basically trying to ride a turtle. The divemaster told us 3 or 4 times we are in a protected marine park. We pay for the priveledge of diving in the area and are not to touch anything. However, this diver didn't seem to ever pay attention to any authority or any one else for that matter. I started my ascent with 2000psi (which I like to get to at least 800 before calling it quits). We were at the safety stop BECAUSE OF HER, and THEN SHE DESCENDS TO 45 FEET AGAIN TO LOOK AT A NURSE SHARK. So selfish and clueless.
So the dives were not relaxing and I kept my head on a swivel. I was not the divemaster, and they are certified divers and responsible for themselves, but being a responsible diver I knew it was my duty to help ensure safety.
"Hey Chad, aren't you in the middle of the divemaster class and want to become an instructor?" Yes!!! I love assisting divers that are struggling or want to learn. However, you get paid for that. I was paying $100 for a relaxing nice recreational dive. I don't mind helping out others for free that are willing to learn, but these two showed that they have no interest in improving their water skills.
So Aldora does their best to match up divers of like experience and skill. My first day,they didn't care of what I said, they wanted to see me in the water. It was a little frustrating. However, now I understand. People go into their office and feed them a bunch of B.S that no where close represents their water skills. So, rough diving day, but still receiving great service from Aldora.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Alphonse Mellot Sancerre “La Mousiere” 2006
Pairing for 3rd and 4th courses:
I can not describe how good this experience is. You have to go there and experience it for yourself. Sorry the pics suck, it is candle lit and took them with my phone.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
What She had:
Duck with blackcherry grappa sauce. I snuck a bite of this and it was also amazing. I will be getting this next time I go so I can enjoy an entire portion of it.
I brought a bottle of Westbrook Wine Farm, Fait Acompli, 2005. Since I was drinking alone I didn't want to spend money on a nice bottle only to drink two glasses. I enjoyed the Fait as always, and let the entire staff have the rest of the bottle (which they seemed to enjoy). It paired nicely with the Filet.
SAVE ROOM FOR THE HOME MADE TIRAMISU!!!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Then the quote of the day comes from my beloved puppy, Miles (pic here) (yes he can talk, and you have to read this with his voice):
"Ummm Dad, I know you were up til 4am working, but I hope you don't mind if I just lay here and play with my squeaky toy. I know its 7am, but its all good."