Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Extremely Depressing

I've been doing an awful lot of diving lately, yes even more than usual. I've been booked pretty much solid with Axe Murderer Tours, and most of the people who've been coming have stayed for several days, so it means multiple dives. I've already got 23 dives in for the month of July, that's a pretty ambitious pace for me, especially considering I've got a real job. This week, I've had a friend of mine from Hawaii here to attend some meetings, so we've been going out night diving. Of course as is always the case with me these days, I never hit the water without my camera, that's what the whole dive is about, capturing some cool pictures and bringing them back for you. Monday night we dove at the Grotto and had a great dive. Afterwards I set my camera in the back of the truck as I was getting my gear off. I think I must have forgotten to put it in the back seat of the truck when we took off, but it was still safely tucked in with all the dive gear in the back.

Don always likes going to Godfather's for a drink and some tacos or pansit after a dive, and of course being the good Axe Murderer Tour guide that I am, I join him so he has someone to talk to. After dropping Don off at his hotel and then getting home myself, I went to get my camera and it was gone. Someone stole it, they left my dive gear but took my camera. That's like stealing my left arm. I just bought this new camera recently and got a new Ikelite housing and strobe for it. I've been loving it, I was getting so much better quality pictures. And then some punk walks by and steals my $1,000 camera set up. Yes, I was forgetful, but does that give someone the right to take what isn't theirs just because they can? It's the punks and thieves like that one that are going to totally destroy this place. The few of us who are left who are willing to put up with all the political garbage and the constant power outages won't stick around very long if people are going to steal the things from us that make this place tolerable.

I've got some pictures from some of my recent dives, so I'll do a few more posts with them, but then that will most likely be the end of my blog for a while until I can save up to buy another camera. To say that I'm bummed and depressed about the whole thing wouldn't even begin to cover it. So I'll be hitting all the pawn shops that I can find seeing if someone has sold it to them.


Brad said...

Harry, that really sucks. Really, really sucks.

Especially figuring all the cameras you've GIVEN AWAY! Someone definitely earned some bad karma for stealing that.

Barry Wonenberg said...

Hi Harry, Sorry to hear about your camera, Brady is right that sucks!! May they burn.
Well, on another note, hey I'm doing great here in China,so far this really is a first class organization, I'm working hard and missing diving with you. Save some air for me!!

Anonymous said...

That sucks! I never knew there was crime in Saipan!

Put some voodoo on that thief.

Harry Blalock said...

Glad to hear things are going well for you in China Barry. I've missed having you join me on dives lately too. I spent about 10 minutes with a big spotted eagle ray on a night dive at the Grotto this week, you would have loved it! Good luck with the sculpture, but hurry back, we miss you!

bigsoxfan said...

That blows, Harry. How about posting a picture of your camera. Perhaps, one of the people who enjoy your pictures, might spot it. Hopefully, in the hands of the thief, but just maybe your karma will win the day.

Tamara said...

Bummers. I agree with bigsoxfan, you should post a picture of your camera incase anyone spots its and hand out flyers to the pawnshops.

Mike Ernest said...

Pretty low. Sorry for your loss. Man, that's low.

The Wandering Waterman said...

Just found your blog and at first I was like "Why is this dude depressed? He's done 23 dives in July!?!? What, he's been diving TOO MUCH?!?" Then I read the rest of the blog and saw that your camera was stolen and totally got it, and got bummed for you myself. Sorry to hear that, sucks when that happens. Hope you at least had it insured.

Karma will get them in the end. This sort of stuff seems to be on the uprise. For years, during night dives with students on Catalina Island, we would leave our personal belongings sitting on the wall while we explored the night-time depths and nobody ever messed with anything. This year, 3 months in a row, I've had students get their stuff stolen, one thief actually un-latching a student's dive box, going through his stuff, taking his dive coat, and then re-latching the case... I mean, that takes nerve, especially when you don't know if we're going to come up halfway through your thieving! It just sucks that we have to be paranoid on Catalina Island!

Hope you get your camera back, or chain the next one to your wrist!