This is a short extract from a book on risk management that we hope to have finished next month.
I would guess that most dive instructors, especially those who teach technical programs, get regular requests from divers to explain how to “use” a pony bottle, how to configure it so it’s not in the way, and which size pony bottle is “right” for them.
I rarely write reviews of kit; however, I had an opportunity to dive two new sidemount harnesses last week. One a prototype of the HOG/EDGE SM system; the other the new SMS75 harness from Hollis. I wanted to share first impressions since my experience with the out-of-the-box usability of most SM rigs is one flavored with frustration and compromise. Both of these new offerings show some promise in my opinion, and both suited me and my style of diving well.
Quotes to remember:
“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” -J.G. Ballard
“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.” -Doris Lessing (my best friend’s favorite author)
Third day back from vacation, back in the sunny sun sun, and I have a plethora of bodily and other handicaps that have come to light. Let me make you a list: tendinitis, nerve impingement in the right middle deltoid, right SI joint syndrome, and the undulating unresolved conflicts that swirl in my head.
This vacation bubbled up all my suppressed disquietude. Now I am trying to sort through everything by… lying in bed, watching The Vampire Dairies marathon, and drinking a bit of bourbon. I can’t say it is helping me. I believe this behavior is called avoidance.
I also have a strong urge to be alone too. Another avoidance behavior.
Positive side: I had a great vacation!
Normally this isn’t a bad problem to have. It is detrimental when you do crossfit when you are not fully healed. My body had had enough and put up this wall of hurt to tell me that it is protecting essentials before I really damage things internally. I went to see Brian’s BodyWork and Chiropractic yesterday and it’s my SI joint. So thankful there are not muscle tears. This is my second visit at Brian’s place. The first was just R & D and he did extraordinary treatment for my tight hamstrings, gluts, and neck. This time, after brushing up on my anatomy I can visualize the symphonic unison of muscles and bones working together as his elbow palpated my sacrum and surrounding areas.
I’m in bed today blogging, reading up on SI joint system, studying for my massage therapy state exam, and eating waffles.
*Listening to the new Nine Inch Nails CD: Hesitation Marks while making waffles.