Thursday, April 22, 2010

Snorkeling with John

We snorkeled together three times. The first two times were good practice, but the water wasn't clear, because of storms. I had trouble with cramping in my calves, so we weren't in the water more than 30 minutes each time. The third time, the water was very clear. We stayed out for a total of two hours, with a rest break in the middle.

We saw many kinds of fish and crabs. I brought home some new coral and seaweed we found floating in the water and a hermit crab for our aquarium.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Praying: Citroen Berlingo

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We're considering purchasing a Citroen Berlingo. It is the same as a Peugeot Partner. They are assembled in Spain. Makes the price lower. Mechanics say it is best to get one from France.

Citroen Berlingo Multispace 2003-2010 Specs from Honest John
  • Engine: 1.4i: 0-60 14.2 seconds; top speed 94mph; combined economy 7.5 litres/100km (37.7mpg); CO2 emissions 176g/km.
  • Standard specification:- Variable ratio power steering, five three-point seatbelts; five adjustable head restraints; 60:40 bi-folding rear seats; rev counter; Multiplex wiring; colour coded cloth seat covers; drawer under drivers seat (not on our car...); rear floor cubbies; front door bins; ceiling nets (what are these?); auxiliary 12v socket; cupholders; remote central locking and immobiliser; automatic door locking above 6mph; speed sensitive wipers and radio volume(??); rear wiper activated by selecting reverse gear(??); driver’s airbag; front seatbelt pre-tensioners; acoustic floorpan to cut road noise.
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4,137 mm
    • Width:1,724 mm
    • Height: 1,810 – 1,819 mm
    • Luggage capacity (seats up): 624 litres
    • Luggage capacity (seats folded): 2,800 litres
    • Kerb weight: 1,204-1,311 kg
    • Braked Towing Capacity: 900-1,100 kg
Honest John likes them and found these minor disadvantages:
"Just two small criticisms: Drivers with big feet might find themselves pressing more than one pedal at once. And there's no automatic. But, hey, you can't have everything, even though Citroen gives you more for less than any other car maker."
Please pray that we would make a good decision.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Baptized new SCUBA outfit

Just got home from baptizing my new SCUBA outfit. It was exciting.

The wind died down today, after blowing up a storm yesterday. There were no white caps visible from the street, when we walked home from church. We thought we'd give it a try.

Not a good day at all for snorkeling. Better than yesterday, anyway. The sea was flat, except at the shore. The waves were big enough to body surf.

It took me a good 30 minutes to get everything ready and put on my body. So we felt it was OK just to take a quick swim in the cold Mediterranean Sea. There were about seven fisherman nearby. They seemed amused to see anyone get into the frigid water. My new cold water wetsuit is a 5mm thick class B Beuchat Moorea vest with hood and Farmer-John pants. It is made for diving in water that is 50° to 64°F or 10° to 18°C.

I was happy to stay warm and mostly dry. I was wearing diving socks and gloves as well as the hooded wetsuit. I walked backward in my fins into the waves. When the water got deep enough, I laid back into it and swam out about 60 meters/yards. The waves were very strong. The visibility was zero under water. Air temp was about 60°F/15°C and the water was much colder.

Since the view was zero, I rode a couple waves back into the shore. Sue was relieved to see me on solid ground. Before I got in the water, ☺ I told her to save me, if I got in trouble. As she watched me swim, she was trying to decide which clothes she would throw off and which she would keep wearing.

One thing about a good wetsuit is that they float you on the surface of the water, unless you wear ballast to weigh you down.

I don't like getting into the sea or ocean anymore without a wetsuit. Especially with the jellyfish and other wildlife we encounter.

Very little water got into my wetsuit. When I took it off, it seemed to be sweat. Now I'm praying for a sunny calm day off, when Sue and I both can put on our wet suits and go for a snorkel together. Want to join us?

I'm a CMAS 1 Star - Qualified open water diver since 2005, when we were refuges in Dakar, Senegal from the civil war in Cote d'Ivoire.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Blizzard in Tunisia

Joshua, in front of the Amen Bank in Sousse, Tunisia
This fog rolled in like a blizzard. We were laying on our backs, watching the Leonids meteor shower. Joshua saw a couple meteors. I saw a few.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Joshua on a quad

Joshua getting ready for our departure. He drove most of the hour.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mike in our kitchen

:-) A quick web cam photo to prove I'm real.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kuriat Islands, Tunisia

They are about 18 kilometers off the coast of Monastir, Tunisia.

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This is our pirate ship. I'm holding the camera about one inch above the surface of the water.

I'm in the water, behind our pirate ship.

Joshua is climbing down into the water. He was glad we didn't see any jelly fish in the water. We saw three large red jelly fish on the way there.

Something growing on a steel pole off the coast of Kuriat Island, Tunisia. I assume it is coral.

My favorite fish today. The stuff falling around him is some left over broiled fish from lunch. The workers assured me it was a waste of time to put cooked fish in the water, but it drew over 50 fish to me in minutes.

This is the clearest fish photo I took today.

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