April 05, 2006

Adventure Courses Coming out of my Butt

It's true. I've got the stretch marks to prove it. Tonight, for instance, Sonja and I will have our third "confined water dive" for our SCUBA open-water certification course. It's pretty fun, but swimming around for three hours in a heavily chlorinated pool after thirty 1st graders all pee in it does tend to irritate the skin/eyes/nose/stomach. Although, to be honest, I actually contributed to the pee-content of the pool during our last dive. It's been a long time since I've peed in a swimming pool, and I can tell you that the experience is every bit as wonderful as I remember from childhood.

Here's what I look like when I go SCUBA diving while wearing a very masculine-looking mask. Unfortunately, the Alaska Sealife Center (who is sponsoring this course) doesn't have any pink masks, so I have to wear some girly black ones. I'm also a lot more muscular than I was when that picture was taken, so I make a much more dashing figure in my wetsuit nowadays. Just ask Sonja. However, since the open-water diving we'll be doing here in Seward involves swimming around in water that's only 38 degrees Fahrenheit, I'll have to cover my manly physique with a big, bulky drysuit. I suppose it's a good thing, though, since I noticed one of my instructors was getting jealous of my rock-hard abs and massive pecs. Probably better not to make your dive instructor cry right before a big dive, eh?

The other adventure course I'll be participating in this weekend is my Wilderness First Responder re-certification. I'll be travelling to Talkeetna and staying at the Roadhouse for the weekend while I spend my days treating all sorts of gruisome, albeit pretend, injuries.

That means I'll be in a non-posting mode until Monday, so don't expect any updates over the weekend. I'll hopefully have lots of cool fake blood and compound fracture pictures to share when I get back, though, so be sure to check back next week.


sonja said...

What the heck. It's April 6th and those dang eggs you have on the sidebar haven't hatched yet! And I've been so patiently waiting!!!!

kippur said...

your eggs suck paul