Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Snorkel test

Indecision remains the theme of my life at the moment. Shouldn't I be relaxing? The good news is that the sun is back again. One of Ban's boats broke down so it was insanely crowded and uncomfortable here for a while but now a new, bigger boat has come to replace it. I've also got my Nitrox (enriched air) and Deep Diver (up to 40m) specialties signed off and going through. Today was also my 100th dive!
Apparentely it's tradition to do #100 as a naked dive but I spared the rest of the boat from that kind of trauma. I know of only 1 person here that actually did it so they can't really complain too much that I skipped out. I still get a fair amount of hassle about skipping my "snorkel test" though. For those that don't know, it is diver tradition that upon completion of your Divemaster course you do the snorkel test. It involves wearing a mask with a snorkel leading to a funnel into which is poured a very unhealthy amount of randomly mixed highly alcoholic beverages (and sometimes a few other very nasty surprises). The new DM then drinks until choking, puking or successfully downing the concoction. I've seen all three possible results and none are pretty. The rest of the night is then spent in wild celebration, usually with the person wasted and passed out well before everyone else. At Ban's there are a lot of DMTs so they usually group the snorkel tests together and some of the DMs have started organizing it along frat lines with competitive drinking games and challenges for the new DMs in warm-up for the test. Some are pretty funny but generally it all just reinforces my belief that people are all generally sick and sadistic beings enjoying the abuse of others.
I'm currently operating on the belief that I will leave here in the middle of August and am actively searching for a new plan, most likely involving some sort of training for work of some sort.... How vague is that?


At 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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By the way, the Cairo fireworks bomber is finally returning home :)

At 9:00 PM , Blogger Ju_B said...

hey Amon, any chance you'll be in BK this weekend or next? would be good fun to meet u in person after following ur travel adventures.


At 11:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, now it is mid august...... where oh where are you tonight, why did they leave you there all alone, you walked the world over and suddenly found that Phhhllllbbbbtttppppp!!! they were gone. ( blatantly plagurized from a Hee Haw song).

Big Bear


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