Paul/Marriard and I considered arranging a "starburst" move by our group (like when the Blue Angels flight team all separate on cue and go off in different directions) for her on one of our dives. We had a good laugh thinking about it but decided she wouldn't be able to handle it, so didn't do it. It was hard enough on her when just one or two of us would go off on our own. You excelled at that, Doc!
DSAO -- and remember the good times (even having fun with the issues)
I'm just here between dives unloading nitrogen, refilling tanks, and talking with buddies.
LOL. I remember the briefing we received on the Nimrod Explorer. We were all looking at each other and suppressing grins. I'm pretty sure Larry exceeded the depth limit by a factor of 2 on the first dive. At least they just threw up the white flag and stowed the leashes without too much fuss.
Oh, I love the "starburst" idea. We should have done it.
Getting my ascent rate just right.
Living where visibility sucks.
Not being able to stay down undefinitely (I can snorkel forever - I want to do that at any depth)
1. Favorite dive sites screwed up forever by dock construction for cruise ships. I realize it sounds cliche but, really, cruise ships are literally like bulls in china closets - what they don't break, they shit on.
2. Hassles of TSA and airlines.
3. 2 week dive vacation trips that seem to pass by in 2 minutes.
Aha! Good for you. I miss the Customs pier, a very happy place to dive in its day...it's been shaved clean of coral now (a few years ago...perhaps there's been some regrowth).