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Aug 01, 2006

Throw Your Money Into the Drink

031715_big_1 Geoff:  The thing about scuba diving is that every time you turn around, they tell you that you need to buy some new $200 gizmo or you'll die.

Phil:  Even if you didn't die the last time you went diving?

G:    Right. 

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?

G:    Right.

P:   Enjoy.

Pictured:  the "MP3 Digital Underwater Music System" by H2O Audio ($259.95 at Scuba.com).  You must buy this gizmo or you will die.

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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