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December 26, 2006

What Santa brought

Well, Santa apparently knows that I am an avid diver and reader.

I am forever searching for new diving and scuba related books. So I received "Basic Decompression - Theory and Applications" by Bruce R. Wienke, "Submerged - Adventures of America's Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team" by Daniel Lenihan, "Hiding on the Bottom - Mid Life Misadventures Down East" by James Rosemond, and "Mastering Rebreathers" by Jeffrey E. Bozanic. I also got the entire United States Navy Diving Manual on a simple unadorned CD.

And I got a very cool black Scubapro sweatshirt. It'll come in handy on my morning runs until, hopefully soon, I can wear it after dives. I also received a handy angler/diver combination tool with more functions than a Swiss army knife (I know, I was born there). And yet more diving gear: a compact and incredibly high tech-looking LED dive light. I cannot wait to go on another night dive! And I didn't know Monopoly sets came in an Underwater World Edition. Yeah! To remind me of the gator that swam above us in the Manatee Springs State Park Catfish sink, I got an alligator Christmas ornament. It arrived, well protected, in a small gear bag.

I also received another, early, Christmas present in the form of a very complimentary email from the author of one of my favorite diving books. Yes, Shadow Diver author Robert Kurson sent me the following on December 16:


Dear Mr. Blickenstorfer,

I can't thank you enough, not just for the kind words, but for the
extraordinary review you wrote. It's one of the sharpest reviews I've ever
received, and it's very nicely written, to boot! I'm truly honored, sir, and
I'm taking the liberty of passing along the review to John Chatterton and
Richie Kohler. I just spoke to John this morning and know he'd love to read
it (if he hasn't already).

In the meantime, please forgive the lateness of my reply - I just completed
work on a new manuscript and had lost myself in it for some weeks.

I hope you're having a very happy holiday season. And thanks again for
connecting to exactly what I believed was most important in the Shadow
Divers story.

Best,

Rob

Posted by conradb212 at December 26, 2006 11:03 PM

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