St Magnus - Burma

St Magnus

I made a huge mistake when I got back from the Dominican Republic. The last few days before I left I was really busy and did not have time to get a haircut... I knew it was risky but I went to my barber when I got home any way. What happened was that she turned me in to St Magnus with a white halo around my head at my hair line! Being no saint I figured that I had to fix this quick and my options was not that many:
1) applying "tan in a can" every day
2) "Equator spray" treatment at the beauty salong
3) several hours in a solarium
4) go diving somewhere topical with big sharks
I analyzed the problem carefully and decided to create tournament ladder and flip a coin to find the best solution. It only took me three tries ((and I had to disqualify 3) for cheating)) before I had a fair winner.

On my second dive day in Burma at North Twin being down at 30m, Nong and the rest of the group was more or less on the edge of the viability to my left when I heard her bang the tank and point to her left. She kept pointing out in the dark but there was no chance that I could see what was out there and I have a rule (just as most other living things down there), I rather swim away from noisy dive-guides banging their tank than towards them... So I had a look to my right and then I saw "her" cruising towards me, she was big and bulky with large pectorals and she had a great posse of cobias and pilot's. I was not sure what she was, but I was sure that she was not one of the usual reef sharks... Nong banged her tank again and I gave her a quick look, she was still pointing to her left and now beginning to get pissed over that I was ignoring her. I signaled shark and pointed ahead and to my right, Nong took a quick look and then turned around starting to bang her tank again, but now pointing and swimming in my direction. After the dive Nong told me that it was a bull-shark that she scared away from me... ((Well without Nong I would not have known what it was, but then on the other hand I might have had a picture...))

A few days later we where at a dive spot called shark-cave, together with burma banks and black-rock this cave+tunnel is probably one of the most famous dive-sites in Burma. Shark-cave has got it's name from the massive numbers of sharks, a rumor says that there has been at least 15 gray-reefs in there at one time and the tunnel is not that big...
I had been fiddling around with my camera and torch at the entrance of the tunnel and the rest of the group was long gone. I was here two years ago and I know that off the big tunnel down to the right there was a smaller tunnel/cave with lobsters and occasional sleeping nurse-sharks. So as I'm closing in to the smaller entrance I'm suddenly caught in a the current and sucked in with alarming speed! I held my hands out bouncing of a few rocks and then finally aiming in to a larger rock with some encrusting yellow sponge to soften the impact. I managed to hold on and then I though: "how the hell I'm going to get back out against the current"? But just then I could feel current slowing down, realizing it was not current, it was swell! This meaning that in a few seconds it would be just as strong, only going in the other direction! I was getting prepared to get more or less shout out of the narrow hole, but I must have been lucky, I just got a gentle push and then I was back in the larger tunnel.... Looking down on my hands I realized that I had more fingers bleeding than not and as I swam further in to the big tunnel I thought: "two bleeding hands at a place called shark-cave, maybe this is not the best idea of the day?..." ((My second thought was: "any safe sex in the near future will have to include rubber gloves"... (apparently guys thinks about sex every third second even when in a dark cave at 25m depth with two bleeding hands...) )).

I have to end this with a hotel-room story... I spent almost a minute searching my bed table lamp for a switch without any luck. Starting to get a little frustrated I checked the contact (I knew there was power in the socket, I had already used it to charge a set of batteries), then I feel the light-bulb and as I'm getting my hand out of the lampshade I bumped it and the lamp light up! It was actually so that on bump one on the shade turned the light on fully, while bump two and three dimmed it down in two steps and on bump four it turned off, cool!
(( In the same hotel room there was a large (empty, green) fridge with a sign: "Please don't defrost fridge using knife or screw." My first thought was: "So it's ok to use a base-ball bat or a sledge-hammer?" ((well, at least my first non sex related thought, the message did contain the word screw...)) ))

I'm not sure what to do next so I'm open to any suggestions when it comes to diving, work or other interesting activities...

Take care,
// Magnus;

PS, yes there are a St Magnus, there are even an St Magnus festival!, and yes I should rather use Myanmar than Burma DS
Expeditions: Asia, Burma, 2005

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