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My lack of techno geekiness knows no bounds.  I learned another frustrating lesson yesterday.  The media library on my blog was getting quite large so I thought I would delete some of the old weather related graphics.  I deleted one or two from the library and then checked the posts to see if the pictures still appeared.  They did.  So I figured the library was a place to temporarily store photos so they could be reused if desired.  Later in the day I brought up the site and TA-DA, the photos are gone.  Lesson learned, never, never delete entries from the media library.  Unfortunately they cannot be recovered.  Loading media is a process; take the photo, upload to iPhoto, edit, copy to the desk top, and seven clicks later the image is embedded in the post.  You can permanently delete the photos in two clicks.  Oh well.  It’s nowhere near as bad as the time I unintentionally reformatted a floppy disk (back in the DOS days) that had all of my tax records, scuba certification and student info.

TEARFUL

Captain Rich Beliveau departed the Florida Sea Base Saturday aboard the Schooner Sienna Belle amid well wishes, handshakes, hugs and tears.  There was a great turnout, especially considering that pirates seldom roll out of the bunk so early.  The scene made me think of the day when I depart aboard S/V Escape.  Instead of a sea of well wishers, I see a line of Monroe County Deputies standing on the dock, armed with shotguns, yelling, “And don’t come back!”

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Captain Rich was accompanied by a new friend and lifelong sailor, Wayne (from the River Dunes area) Captain Harvey Lawrence (owner of S/V Moonshadow), Captain Jon Strydom (aka African Jon and owner of S/V Foreign Affair) and former Florida Sea Base Divemaster Eric Swanfeldt.

The weather was pretty decent.  East winds at 15 knots should have put them on a beam reach.  There were some small, scattered showers on the radar between the Florida Sea Base and Miami.  At 17:25 Captain Rich sent me a text saying they were passing Miami.  They must have been flying!

PROGRAM

What a day!  It was perfect for the sailors and very decent for the divers.  The Coral Reef Sailing crews on shore leave had a GREAT day.  The divers had excellent visibility on the reef.  The sailors on the water had perfect conditions.  If any of our participants had a bad day is was their own fault.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

My dear daughter-in-law, Destiny, is celebrating a birthday today.  I’m not sure what my son can give her NEXT year.  This year she is getting a brand new house.  How do you top that?

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THANK YOU

Scuba Commissioner Captain Alex Bergstedt helped me remove the prop from S/V Escape yesterday and install a new (used) prop.  Some of you remember that Captain Mike Lucivero installed a new motor and gear box in Escape earlier this spring.  I did not have the proper size prop for the new engine RPM/gear ratio.  I looked around for a new prop and the only one I could find in stock was $1,200 plus shipping.  OUCH!  So I asked around and Captain Giuseppe Passanisi found a used one for $428.  Much better.  The new prop is HUGE compared to the former one.  I hope to get Escape off the dock this coming week for a sea trial.  I hope the prop works.  Captain Alex did a great job of tightening everything down.  It will be very challenging to remove it.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

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