Aug 01, 2006
Throw Your Money Into the Drink
Phil: Even if you didn't die the last time you went diving?
P: So the water is different, now. Air is different. Everything changed.
G: Right. So buy the gizmo or you'll die.
P: I hate equipment-intensive sports.
G: Scuba is equipment-intensive.
P: And you have to get up early in the morning?
Pictured: the "MP3 Digital Underwater Music System" by H2O Audio ($259.95 at Scuba.com). You must buy this gizmo or you will die.
This reminds me of something I once heard said about 12-meter yacht racing (what used to be the standard for the America's Cup): it was described as being like "standing in a cold shower, tearing up $100 bills."
Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Aug 1, 2006 5:26:31 PM
I forgot about the other scuba equipment practice: not only will you need the underwater MP3 player, you will need a back-up underwater MP3 player in case the first one fails. Plus you will need a special underwater container for the back-up so you can get to it in an emergency. Get those headphones tangled up and... well, you get the picture.
Posted by: Geoff | Aug 2, 2006 1:30:57 AM
Joe -- that really hurts. But I believe it.
I once did a exercise with some clients where we went over return-on-investment and the importance of choosing how you spend your time and money. To do the session, I handed each of them a dollar bill that represented their budget (100 pennies = 100%), and had them tear off little bits of the dollar as they described how they spent their money.
I have no idea if the exercise sank anything into their heads. It sank into mine, though. I spent $6 on that session.
Posted by: Phil | Aug 2, 2006 1:33:20 AM
Okay, I have to tell you that not having a "soundtrack" on a dive is like watching a silent movie.
If I don't have a little Enya, or Jean Michele Jarre or something equally spacey and ethereal, well, it doesn't really feel like a dive.
Am I accused of being a gadget geek by those who dive with me? Sure, but what's new. I get that topside, too.
Bottom line is that after the first thousand dives, you are going to want to add a soundtrack and I highly recommend this product.
Posted by: melinda herndon | Aug 15, 2006 9:01:54 PM