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SuitcasePimp
Feb 26, 2005



Ropes4u posted:

One upside to the current pandemic is that bonaire isnít crowded.

Are you on the island? The lack of cruise ships has been awesome, but the existential dread has been stressful. Flights are still coming in from the US against all logic, but will probably stop sometime this week. If/when poo poo really goes down here you're basically hosed if you have a bad response. The health system will be overwhelmed pretty much instantly, there's a handful of ICU suites and the hospital literally shares a building with a nursing home... recipe for disaster.
The European airlines have at least been flying empty planes here to get out the filthy Euros stuck here, and get residents back. The something special parking lot had a grand total of 1 car today, and he lives here. It's pretty eerie, and I bet it will get eerier in the coming days/weeks. It reminds of the Keys right before Irma came though.

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Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



SuitcasePimp posted:

Are you on the island? The lack of cruise ships has been awesome, but the existential dread has been stressful. Flights are still coming in from the US against all logic, but will probably stop sometime this week. If/when poo poo really goes down here you're basically hosed if you have a bad response. The health system will be overwhelmed pretty much instantly, there's a handful of ICU suites and the hospital literally shares a building with a nursing home... recipe for disaster.
The European airlines have at least been flying empty planes here to get out the filthy Euros stuck here, and get residents back. The something special parking lot had a grand total of 1 car today, and he lives here. It's pretty eerie, and I bet it will get eerier in the coming days/weeks. It reminds of the Keys right before Irma came though.

Yes we are on the island for the next two weeks. We have been told that outbound flights will continue to fly until we are all taken back to the states. My wife and I have visited the hospital a couple times over the last few years. I agree it will be a burden on them when the corona virus hits.

Colorado, our home state closed all ski resorts, and we were surprised we made it here at all.

Should be a nice couple of weeks of diving.
We almost bought a place here a few years ago, How do you like it here?

Squashy Nipples
Aug 18, 2007



I currently have a trip to Curacao planned for March 28th - April 4th.

Do you think they will still let me fly there?

I bought a JetBlue vacation package, so I can get all my points and money back, that's not an issue.
Honestly, I'm in denial about canceling. My girlfriend has bad asthma, so the Covid could kill her.

I've made the rather weak argument that by March 28th, there will be much more of it here then in Curacao.

Squashy Nipples
Aug 18, 2007



Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



I do no not know how reliable the information is but We were told flights here would be ending sometime this week.

To be honest I am debating if I was stupid for flying out of the country. At home I have access to everything i need to get along for a few months of quarantine while here I am basically hosed if I cannot pay with cash or credit card.

Squashy Nipples
Aug 18, 2007



Ropes4u posted:

To be honest I am debating if I was stupid for flying out of the country.

I hear that.

At least you went someplace without the virus, one of my idiot Facebook friends flew to loving SPAIN last week. For fun.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



Squashy Nipples posted:

I hear that.

At least you went someplace without the virus, one of my idiot Facebook friends flew to loving SPAIN last week. For fun.

It probably shouldnít have but that made me laugh...

SuitcasePimp
Feb 26, 2005



Squashy Nipples posted:

I currently have a trip to Curacao planned for March 28th - April 4th.

Do you think they will still let me fly there?

I bought a JetBlue vacation package, so I can get all my points and money back, that's not an issue.
Honestly, I'm in denial about canceling. My girlfriend has bad asthma, so the Covid could kill her.

I've made the rather weak argument that by March 28th, there will be much more of it here then in Curacao.

I highly doubt you will be able to fly to Curacao from the US. Even if they do, don't. You're going to be much better off being where you are unless you are in some kind of backwoods Deep South area with no services. At best you would be taking valuable resources from residents, and in the worst case you're going to be 1000 times better off in a more developed country. Aruba already announced NO non-residents would be admitted to their hospital for instance.

SuitcasePimp
Feb 26, 2005



Ropes4u posted:

I do no not know how reliable the information is but We were told flights here would be ending sometime this week.

To be honest I am debating if I was stupid for flying out of the country. At home I have access to everything i need to get along for a few months of quarantine while here I am basically hosed if I cannot pay with cash or credit card.

This is very reliable, as its going to happen today. Apparently the American flight coming in will be the last one. KLM and Tui (Dutch carriers) have been flying empty planes here to get people back that are already stuck on the island, but it isn't mandatory yet. There was a brief period over the weekend where residents stuck in NL were allowed to come back, but that has since changed. Things are going to get a lot worse in the US and here, but all things considered you're going to be way better off there. If your airline gives you the opportunity to go back early I would take it... in 2 weeks the option may not be there.

edit: just announced: http://bes-reporter.com/index.php/2...AlmgT1oSpc9E-u8

SuitcasePimp fucked around with this message at 16:49 on Mar 16, 2020

Squashy Nipples
Aug 18, 2007



Yeah, Curacao is reporting it's first confirmed case, and they found a dead tourist at the old Hilton.

That's means it's already everywhere on the island.

SuitcasePimp
Feb 26, 2005



Squashy Nipples posted:

Yeah, Curacao is reporting it's first confirmed case, and they found a dead tourist at the old Hilton.

That's means it's already everywhere on the island.

3 confirmed now: https://cw.usconsulate.gov/news-eve...19-information/

Seeing the same on the local news sites and FB groups. Its pretty much definitely here too... pretty much NO testing has happened from what I hear, and the "screening" prior to the cruise ban last week was just theater.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



SuitcasePimp posted:

3 confirmed now: https://cw.usconsulate.gov/news-eve...19-information/

Seeing the same on the local news sites and FB groups. Its pretty much definitely here too... pretty much NO testing has happened from what I hear, and the "screening" prior to the cruise ban last week was just theater.

Nobody ask us about our health when we arrived, we are healthy and havenít been around anyone sick in months. We live in a world with cheap easy travel and without the power of the Chinese government it is almost impossible to contain anything.

We slept most of the day and will start diving tomorrow. Having spent time in places I wasnít invited, or wanted, we will follow the suggestion of local authorities.

Our hosts children are also here visiting from Holland, I think they are planning on leaving later in the week.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


Life here on Koh Samui is at a standstill. P much all tourists have canceled their plans so all dive operators are in standby mode.

It really sucks too because conditions are getting way better, and Sail Rock is just

DeadlyMuffin
Jul 3, 2007




Trivia posted:

Life here on Koh Samui is at a standstill. P much all tourists have canceled their plans so all dive operators are in standby mode.

It really sucks too because conditions are getting way better, and Sail Rock is just

We're on mandatory shelter in place here. I was supposed to dive next weekend and my buddy is trying to make excuses about how it's okay, but I shouldn't.

If only solo diving wasn't a bad idea.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


Solo diving is A GREAT idea so long as there are fun divers nearby that you can use in an emergency :p

Squashy Nipples
Aug 18, 2007



DeadlyMuffin posted:

If only solo diving wasn't a bad idea.

Pffft. Depends on the dive plan. I have 19 logged solo dives, and I don't even have the cert for it.

I'd like to get that cert, though.


EDIT:
And when I go lobstering up here in New England with the South Shore Neptunes, it's every man for himself, so apart from getting in the water at the same time, that's essentially solo diving, anyway.

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

We were supposed to be landing in Grenada today but cancelled on Monday. This isnít a useful post but Iím just venting.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



let it mellow posted:

We were supposed to be landing in Grenada today but cancelled on Monday. This isnít a useful post but Iím just venting.

We are leaving Bonaire today. Our flight has been cancelled and rescheduled three times since the state department, and local consultant, suggested everyone leave. We have a place to stay if it goes to hell but itís probably best we all ride this out at home.

We have booked return trips for November and January..

Squashy Nipples
Aug 18, 2007



Yeah, I canceled my Curacao trip Tuesday night.

I have a friend who stuck around in Aruba a day too long, and now he might be stuck there.
Dude, they were evacuating the island, just GO TO THE loving AIRPORT.

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



Squashy Nipples posted:

Yeah, I canceled my Curacao trip Tuesday night.

I have a friend who stuck around in Aruba a day too long, and now he might be stuck there.
Dude, they were evacuating the island, just GO TO THE loving AIRPORT.

Atlanta looks great, the clerk at the hotel said they are only at 11% capacity.

Glad to be is the USA.

Ropes4u fucked around with this message at 00:48 on Mar 22, 2020

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

Glad you made it back and sorry you didnít get the full Bonaire trip

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



let it mellow posted:

Glad you made it back and sorry you didnít get the full Bonaire trip

Already booked trips for November and January, if the world isnít back to normal by then we are probably all going to be living in the Stone Age.

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

Ropes4u posted:

Already booked trips for November and January, if the world isnít back to normal by then we are probably all going to be living in the Stone Age.

Yeah, weíre gonna go nuts traveling later this year too. Still have a Belize trip in July booked.

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

Iím gonna dive in my pool and replace the drain grate

do I need a tank or weights for that? No

am I doing it anyway? Yes

e: not tonight but definitely soon. I might take a video of it

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


Hook yourself to the bottom, make yourself slightly positive, then take a weightless nap.

At 2 meters your air will last 3 hours.

Icon Of Sin
Dec 26, 2008




Please make sure your pump is a) off and b) has its circuit breaker/fuse turned off

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

The last two pieces of advice seem contradictory 😀

Icon Of Sin
Dec 26, 2008




So...the shop I used to work for closed permanently. We took a number of hard hits...multiple hurricanes whose names were retired, the owner having some medical issues then the Ďrona finished us off.

I havenít worked there for a while, but I stayed in touch with everyone. Itís the place I did all of my training, outside of my open water class. Thatís AOW->divemaster, plus working there as a DM for 2 years before heading on to CA and FL, plus all the random certs I picked up there over the years (heritage awareness diver, anyone?)

One of our instructors was one of the main excavators for the Queen Anneís Revenge, so as part of the heritage diver class we went up to the preservation lab to have a look at all the recovered artifacts from Blackbeardís ship. I think he only charged us the processing fee, dude was just really passionate about his projects and wanted an audience to share it with. All those cannon had to have been a pain to haul up, and theyíve pulled up 36 out of approximately 40 (last I checked).

I donít have much else to add, other than

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

Sucks dude

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Ramrod Hotshot
May 30, 2003



Long shot, but are any Florida goons interested in diving off of Venice this month for megalodon teeth on a chartered dive? Looking for a dive buddy.

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