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July 8th, 2004
02:58 pm


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My life is so dull.
My coworker Lippold just sauntered into the office with a week's growth of beard and one heck of a tale to tell. He'd been on a dive boat in the Bahamas. That's already pretty cool. But it gets a lot more interesting.

First of all, one of the other divers on the boat had a freak accident that he was lucky to survive. He was clearing his ears while swimming upwards (I don't dive, but I understand this is a no-no), and got an air embolism in his brain which paralyzed him. There's supposed to be a emergency helicopter service in the area, but it was already busy, so they had to take him by boat for hours to the nearest airport, where they could fly him back to the states. Lippold says that what happened to the guy is so unusual that there's like one previous documented case of it in the medical literature. After a couple of days in a decompression chamber, the guy is supposedly OK; Lippold says his doctor told him he could even dive again, as long as he quit smoking.

That's pretty exciting, but it gets better. Lippold says he expected the trip to be over after taking the victim back to the airport, but they went back to the reef. Lippold went snorkeling off, he says maybe a quarter mile from the boat, and he found a shipwreck. A previously undiscovered wreck, the HMS Southhampton, known to be in the area, but so hidden by the coral that it hadn't been found, even though the captain of the dive boat has been looking for it for 30 years. A wreck that, according to the records, may well have a significant amount of treasure on board. Lippold says he seriously considered blowing off coming back to his job to stay with the wreck, but ended up coming back.

To quote Tom Lehrer, "It's people like that who make you realize how little you've accomplished. It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years."

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Date:July 8th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ummm. Yeah.

Hanging out with tigers constitutes a dull life.

In comparison with finding sunken treasure, I suppose ...

Of course, if he came back to work when there was a significant chance that he could have shared in the results of the find had he stayed to help, then your co-worker may not be the trippingest transistor doped onto the substrate, either. (*grin*)
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Date:July 8th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
Lip is a very sharp guy. He's got a family to look out for, so he's not really free to do something as risky as pursuing sunken treasure (risks: don't know how much treasure is really there; it's technically illegal to collect it; if there is real treasure involved, it can attract the kind of people that will kill you and take it).
Date:July 8th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Agh, I just realized I'm finally the age Lehrer was when he said that...
Date:July 8th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
we all have someone we are boring compared to and someone we are absolutly insanely wild compared to.

I've never touched a tiger
I've haven't played music for more then one person since I was 10
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Date:July 9th, 2004 09:18 am (UTC)
To join the montra, I have done some pretty cool stuff but I have never had close contact with any big cat. I envy you that.
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