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emcbride81
06-05-2009, 23:43
Ok, a bunch of us met up in November of last year at Mt. Storm. We dove, grilled out, and had a great time. We have talked about doing it again this summer when it was warmer. I am thinking we need to plan the next MADD get together soon. Maybe July or August?

Sundays are usually good for me, but I could find a Saturday somewhere.

Let's hear about it!

Lone Wolf
06-06-2009, 20:40
I'm in, just let me know when, and what to bring!! Of coarse, I will be in scottish attire.:smiley20:

baywatch106
06-06-2009, 23:18
sounds like fun

emcbride81
06-07-2009, 01:14
I'm in, just let me know when, and what to bring!! Of coarse, I will be in scottish attire.:smiley20:


We would expect nothing else, Sexy Legs! :smiley2:

mocepts
06-07-2009, 09:00
You know the wife and I are in. Sundays are fine by us.

scubajane
06-07-2009, 14:46
HEY, where were you (anyone) yesterday (Saturday)???? There were 6 divers...Mike and Ray from Morgantown. Bryan and Rich from Washington, pa and then Hubby and me from Monessen.
Ahhh so good to be underwater again!!!
Two towers up and running. twice as many windmills. air temp was 88....it was 99 degrees on my dashboard. water was 75 at the surface and 72 at the 90 ft platform. vis was an amazing 10 ft. We left a snack for you in the microwave. it should be ready when you get there. and a new treat.... see if you can find it. oh we also hung 2 new buoys, one at each of the 25 ft platforms. the only buoy left was at the 50 ft. :(
we would love to meet up with you guys at picnic time. sundays are close to impossible for us. so I would prefer a saturday. but then again We have a few out of state weddings so. pick your own date and If we're available we'll be there.
Oh we did find "Thing One" nice touch....the zip tie around his neck =)

WV Diver
06-07-2009, 19:00
I will be glad to supply the burger again if we can make it. Barring any unforeseen circumstances we should be able to do any Sunday given a little notice. So pick a date so we can get it on our calendar.

Kokomo is doing her Rescue Class at Summersville Lake the weekend of 28 June.

emcbride81
06-08-2009, 15:39
Ok, why don't we shoot for the 18th or 19th of July. I will see if I can get that saturday off, and that was scubajane can try to meet us if she can.

scubajane
06-12-2009, 21:19
I'm looking at July 18 and it looks like a go for me..... Hubby will be there too!!!!

has anyone found the newest addition to Mt. storm?????

baywatch106
06-12-2009, 23:06
I have to work.

emcbride81
06-12-2009, 23:52
scubajane....how do the rest of the weekends look for you. I would like to get baywatch in if possible!

scubajane
06-13-2009, 08:22
we are planing to dive there next weekend (6/20)
we can't dive on the 27th.
july 4 is a slim possibility.
july 11 we can't.
july 25 looks ok
thanks for trying to work out a great time so everyone can be there!!!

baywatch106
06-13-2009, 08:26
I'm off july 25th.

emcbride81
06-13-2009, 11:02
Ok then, how does July 25 sound for everyone else?

scubajane
06-13-2009, 13:46
sounds great to me!!!
burgers for us
hotdogs for the catfish ;)

mocepts
06-13-2009, 16:40
:smiley20::smiley20:

:chickendance:

WV Diver
06-14-2009, 06:53
We're in for the 25th.

baywatch106
06-14-2009, 08:53
I just got my wife to sign up for her OW class. The local scuba shop ran a special where you pay 75.00 for your book and cert card and then you buy a gift certificate for 250. for his shop and that's all yo pay to get your c card. He will waive the gear rental too.

emcbride81
06-14-2009, 22:37
I just got my wife to sign up for her OW class. The local scuba shop ran a special where you pay 75.00 for your book and cert card and then you buy a gift certificate for 250. for his shop and that's all yo pay to get your c card. He will waive the gear rental too.


cool, will she be certified by the 25th? she could dive the warm Storm waters!

baywatch106
06-15-2009, 23:43
No. Her checkout dives are in august.

Lone Wolf
06-16-2009, 08:56
Were in, barring something unforseen. Just let us know what to bring.

emcbride81
06-16-2009, 15:37
Were in, barring something unforseen. Just let us know what to bring.

I was thinking some Skullsplitter and Haggis would be appropriate from you! :smiley20:

scubajane
06-16-2009, 15:41
what's the menu?? burgers and then we just pick something to go with them? I pick dessert!! oh wait.....I'm supposed to share, right?? OK I'll bring 2 desserts :)

mocepts
06-16-2009, 16:07
I can bring a grill again. And any food / sides we may need. Just let me know.

emcbride81
06-16-2009, 20:02
I will compile a list and put it out. I will keep track of who's bringing what. My wife and I might actually be camping either that night or the Friday before. We will be at the Abrams campground just down the road if anyone wants to pitch a tent and burn some marshmellows.

thagar
06-17-2009, 13:49
I might be able to make it. I don't think I have anything planned.

mselizann
06-17-2009, 21:45
We might be able to make it too....

emcbride81
06-17-2009, 22:28
cool...it sounds like we may have a decent size group!

baywatch106
06-18-2009, 06:55
So what is the body count right now? Should be at least 2 for me.

scubajane
06-18-2009, 17:11
scubajane and hubby for a running total of 4

mocepts
06-18-2009, 17:16
Wife & I = 6

emcbride81
06-18-2009, 18:29
Wife and I make 8...unless you count my multiple personalities...12

WV Diver
06-19-2009, 07:10
Count us in, that's 10.

Anyone diving the Storm tomorrow? I think we will be there early.

scubajane
06-19-2009, 19:40
we were going until life got in the way. a friend ended up in the ER and the weather looks like it's going to stink and the yard keeps telling us to go weed it.....Boo Hoo... maybe soon

baywatch106
06-23-2009, 09:20
Anyone bringing children?

mocepts
06-23-2009, 10:32
Anyone bringing children?

Hopefully my 16yr old.

baywatch106
06-26-2009, 11:46
So what's the proposed time of meeting for everyone,where at?
Any ideas on what people need to bring? I wish I could take my truck but I can't take it that far.

mocepts
06-26-2009, 12:40
So what's the proposed time of meeting for everyone,where at?
Any ideas on what people need to bring? I wish I could take my truck but I can't take it that far.

Wife and I will probably be there between 8 - 8:30ish, but we only live about 50mins away. We always meet up in the parking lot by the dam, and we'll just set up everything right there. As we get closer, I believe Eric will be gathering the lists of what people are bringing, and then let everyone know what is still needed. That's how we did it last fall, and it worked out pretty well.

Lone Wolf
06-26-2009, 16:26
We will be there, that's 12.

baywatch106
06-27-2009, 21:51
Anybody not have a buddy? I believe I won't have a buddy with me, so does anyone want a buddy or a third wheel?

mocepts
06-28-2009, 08:36
Anybody not have a buddy? I believe I won't have a buddy with me, so does anyone want a buddy or a third wheel?

We'll all be your buddy. Don't worry, there will be plenty of us there, so buddies won't be a problem.

baywatch106
06-28-2009, 20:55
Talked today to a friend and him and his wife may come along. He was there back in march.

thagar
07-01-2009, 19:11
Does anyone live near Columbia/Ellicott City I might be able to hitch a ride with? I don't know if my buddy is going to be able to make it.

baywatch106
07-02-2009, 23:32
Got to love being a PA state employee! They want you to come to work even though they don't know when the budget will get passed so they cant say when you will get paid.

mselizann
07-03-2009, 07:00
Got to love being a PA state employee! They want you to come to work even though they don't know when the budget will get passed so they cant say when you will get paid.

yes- I am a state employee too

bigfishK9
07-03-2009, 22:00
I plan on being there...

Just got back from Myrtle Beach...not happy with Express Watersports at all, but that will be another posting.

mselizann
07-03-2009, 22:46
I will compile a list and put it out. I will keep track of who's bringing what. My wife and I might actually be camping either that night or the Friday before. We will be at the Abrams campground just down the road if anyone wants to pitch a tent and burn some marshmellows.
us too! we stayed there a few weeks ago and loved it.....definately Saturday night, possibly Friday....

scubajane
07-04-2009, 10:57
Got to love being a PA state employee! They want you to come to work even though they don't know when the budget will get passed so they cant say when you will get paid.

yes- I am a state employee too

Is that what they call 'job security' ?? :)

scubajane
07-04-2009, 11:17
Mt. Storm report

We dove Fri July 3rd.
2 stacks running
air temp 63
water temp 79
misting rain, cool breeze. enough to make us shiver when out of the water
viz 10 - 15 ft
snacks are still cooking in the microwave
we placed a new treat. so now there are 2 new treats. see if you can find them.

both 25 ft platforms need some work.
there are legs off both of them. all the parts are there they just need to be reattached. platforms are still stable for now.

anybody know a good mechanic for the Honda that's down there?? it needs some work too. :smiley36:

We're really looking forward to July 25 and finally putting a face to all these avatars.

WV Diver
07-04-2009, 14:32
We state employees are poor but secure..............I think, maybe. :smiley9:

emcbride81
07-04-2009, 15:46
I will compile a list and put it out. I will keep track of who's bringing what. My wife and I might actually be camping either that night or the Friday before. We will be at the Abrams campground just down the road if anyone wants to pitch a tent and burn some marshmellows.
us too! we stayed there a few weeks ago and loved it.....definately Saturday night, possibly Friday....

We have decided to camp Saturday night, so maybe we will see you there!

thagar
07-08-2009, 13:59
Anyone know the guy that has the portable DS that goes to Mt. Storm? I usually get my tanks from my Dive buddy, but I don't think he will be able to make it on the 25th. Also anyone live near Columbia, MD that wants to car pool?

mselizann
07-08-2009, 14:06
no - but you can use one of our tanks if you want...........just give us $5 to have it filled when we get home. We have 6! (scuba-shopaholics)

mocepts
07-08-2009, 18:24
Anyone know the guy that has the portable DS that goes to Mt. Storm? I usually get my tanks from my Dive buddy, but I don't think he will be able to make it on the 25th. Also anyone live near Columbia, MD that wants to car pool?

He's called Scubaventure (http://www.scubaventure.com/), but according to his calendar, he ain't gonna be there. I already checked. I was hoping too. I might have to rent a few extras fro the weekend.

baywatch106
07-14-2009, 08:18
Wow! Just saw my july 24th paycheck on the computer at work. Im getting paid for 1 day and shorted for 9. Thanks PA budget!

mselizann
07-14-2009, 14:13
Wow! Just saw my july 24th paycheck on the computer at work. Im getting paid for 1 day and shorted for 9. Thanks PA budget!
mm-hmm- we're on the same pay schedule. You didn't know what it would be before you looked at it? I've known for quite a while....

scubajane
07-14-2009, 18:08
wow that really stinks!! soooo if you dive every day that you don't get paid..... how does that sound?

mselizann
07-14-2009, 20:03
ahhh- the credit union is taking care of us, and we will get paid eventually- no worries

baywatch106
07-15-2009, 02:17
I spoke to my local Credit union today and tomorrow I'm going to fill oit papers for a loan till the budget is passed.

baywatch106
07-15-2009, 02:18
Anyone bringing AC power?

WV Diver
07-19-2009, 07:19
How many are we up to Eric? Have you been keeping up? And that's 25 July right?

scubajane
07-19-2009, 16:37
I'm not Eric :o) but I think we're at about 17 - 20. I hope the weather is clear. we dove yesterday (7/18) water was 82 degrees but air was 62 and windy. choppy surface. good to dive anyway!!

emcbride81
07-20-2009, 20:55
Forecast is calling for scattered thunderstorms all weekend at Mt Storm...do we still wanna try this?

Lone Wolf
07-20-2009, 21:03
Forecast is calling for scattered thunderstorms all weekend at Mt Storm...do we still wanna try this?
Just have everyone bring their ez ups and we will be ok!!I can bring 2 if needed.

Gags
07-20-2009, 21:15
If you can stand 2 more Divers my son and I will try to pop up for a mudd
dive. I might have to drag him kicking and screaming. Imagine him getting all spoiled over clear water, Colorful Fish & coral, Tarpon, barracuda, Them
pesky Eagle Rays... I told him before his first night dive in Bonaire "If you have dove at Mt Storm its the same as a night dive here except all the colorful fish, and your light shines a "bit" further out" So Relax.

scubajane
07-20-2009, 21:38
Forecast is calling for scattered thunderstorms all weekend at Mt Storm...do we still wanna try this?

of course!! weather predicted today will change by the weekend. and we're going to be wet anyway. we just need the ez up to protect the food.:smiley36:

scubajane
07-20-2009, 21:41
If you can stand 2 more Divers my son and I will try to pop up for a mudd
dive. I might have to drag him kicking and screaming. Imagine him getting all spoiled over clear water, Colorful Fish & coral, Tarpon, barracuda, Them
pesky Eagle Rays... I told him before his first night dive in Bonaire "If you have dove at Mt Storm its the same as a night dive here except all the colorful fish, and your light shines a "bit" further out" So Relax.


glad to have you join us!! under water is good!! it is not necessary to be able to see. that's what a dive light is for. by the way we had a dive called in florida because vis dropped to 30 ft.

baywatch106
07-20-2009, 23:11
Isn't there any coral or rays in Mt. Storm?
What is the biggest fish at the storm?

mocepts
07-21-2009, 06:17
Isn't there any coral or rays in Mt. Storm?
What is the biggest fish at the storm?

Sorry, no coral or rays. :smiley36: There are plenty of big catfish, but the biggest fish I have seen have been the carp. Growing up, I always heard stories of catfish big as a man up there, but I have yet to see anything close to that.

True story though, me and a buddy were fishing off a wave runner up there, and I actually hooked something that pulled us across the water a little ways before my line broke. Could have just been a diver though. I never saw it.:smilie39:

emcbride81
07-21-2009, 11:28
Isn't there any coral or rays in Mt. Storm?
What is the biggest fish at the storm?

Sorry, no coral or rays. :smiley36: There are plenty of big catfish, but the biggest fish I have seen have been the carp. Growing up, I always heard stories of catfish big as a man up there, but I have yet to see anything close to that.

True story though, me and a buddy were fishing off a wave runner up there, and I actually hooked something that pulled us across the water a little ways before my line broke. Could have just been a diver though. I never saw it.:smilie39:

nice!!!!

Kokomo
07-21-2009, 19:27
We'll be there and may have 2 extra people with us, too!!
This will be Saturday the 25th, right??

scubajane
07-22-2009, 00:35
We'll be there and may have 2 extra people with us, too!!
This will be Saturday the 25th, right??
that's right, and please bring your trophy husband :smiley36: so it looks like we have about 20 people. hooray!!!!!

baywatch106
07-22-2009, 07:01
The weather that I saw now called for 20 percent showers and it looks better than a couple of days ago.

scubajane
07-22-2009, 17:45
Isn't there any coral or rays in Mt. Storm?
What is the biggest fish at the storm?


they are all there but they work for Captain Kirk and they are cloaked.


sorry, long day, I needed some levity, i guess i got stupidity instead....:smiley11:

mselizann
07-23-2009, 21:09
lol
ok -we are getting packed up- we will be to Abram's Creek by early afternoon- look for us- our names are Elizabeth and Pat- I have short, light blond hair, and DH shaves his head.......
see yeah there!

emcbride81
07-24-2009, 18:58
alrighty, gettin excited! I won't be able to camp tho and I will be solo, my wife can't make it :( See u there!

baywatch106
07-25-2009, 20:20
If anyone lost a mask at the cookout, let me know a description and we can get it back to you.

WV Diver
07-26-2009, 07:32
Had a great day and I will post pics, if not here than, on FB.

Kokomo
07-26-2009, 07:36
Yes....a great day! It was great meeting everyone!

scubajane
07-26-2009, 08:07
We had a great time!!! good diving, good food and good weather. air temp around 80, water temp 86.
I am glad to be able to put faces to all of you. I met wvdiver ( he is the reason I am even ON scubatoys. He told me about it about 2 years ago) I met kokomo ( trophy wife of wvdiver :) ) , emcbride,(thanks for getting the ball rolling) mocepts (the most excellent burger chef, and his bride that calls herself 'the wife') I met Lone Wolf ( he is not so alone I met his wife she makes a grast peach cobbler!!) I met bigfishk9( he really is a BIG fish. he towers over me) I met Gags and , little gags (the next Jacques Cousteau). Baywatch... I know you were there but I didn't put a face to your name....so many people to meet and so few working brain cells in my head. When wvdiver puts up a pic of the group I'll figure out who I missed. ah yes we also met mselizann and spouse. we actually camped with them friday night. (so nice of you 2 to visit us at our site!! and we look forward to visiting you at the aquarium in pittsburgh,)
There were also many other divers that had never even heard of scubatoys. Soo for next picnic t shirts and business cards???
Our Mount Storm dive stamp was a hit!! We had that made because more than half of our dives have been at storm.:smiley36: we love Mt storm.
Thanks to all of you who helped make this picnic so much fun!!
Scubajane AKA Nancy

emcbride81
07-26-2009, 08:35
I concur with Kokomo and Jane, that was a blast! We had a much better turn out than last year...I still can't understand why people didn't want to go to Storm in November!! :) It was good meeting some of the new faces and seeing some of the familiar ones. We certainly have a good group of people (and dogs) here in the MADD forum. Anyone that is posting their pics on FB please, if you don't mind, shoot me a friend request (Eric McBride, Washington DC)

mselizann
07-26-2009, 12:43
I agree! Good divers and good dogs! I really wanted to dog-nap the Katie dog.....
We are on the long drive back to Erie..........we were rained out a bit this morning, but everything's ok!
Nancy- thanks for the salad! We ate some with dinner last night....
If anyone is on FB, but not friends w/me yet- please add me
Elizabeth Sul-Celline

Lone Wolf
07-26-2009, 16:07
I agree! Good divers and good dogs! I really wanted to dog-nap the Katie dog.....
We are on the long drive back to Erie..........we were rained out a bit this morning, but everything's ok!
Nancy- thanks for the salad! We ate some with dinner last night....
If anyone is on FB, but not friends w/me yet- please add me
Elizabeth Sul-Celline

It was a great day, fun meeting people from the forums. And the food was great. Katie really had fun to, but no dog napping allowed. She's my baby!!

WV Diver
07-26-2009, 17:19
I found Elizabeth on FB really easy but not you Eric. :smiley19: You may want to do a search on me.

So here are a few pics there are more on my FB.

WV Diver
07-26-2009, 17:37
So many of the pics just don't want to upload through this media. Hope you all have FB accounts.

Needless to say, the event was a big success. Thanks to Eric for his initial enthusiasm in getting the ball rolling for this 2nd annual MAD Diver Cookout. I hope it continues and grows for many years to come.

I think I speak for Kokomo when I say we so enjoyed the company of all those that came and especially that of Katie and Tango. It's the animal lover in me. Thanks to all who brought all those wonderful dishes and a special thanks goes out to Mocepts for being the cook. Great job.

I know I will see many of you several times before the next get together and some not until but as the days pass we can remember the day we shared at the Storm and the wonderful company and great diving that only Darkwater Divers have come to know.

Safe dives to all.........................till we meet again.

Kokomo
07-26-2009, 20:19
I concur with Kokomo and Jane, that was a blast! We had a much better turn out than last year...I still can't understand why people didn't want to go to Storm in November!! :) It was good meeting some of the new faces and seeing some of the familiar ones. We certainly have a good group of people (and dogs) here in the MADD forum. Anyone that is posting their pics on FB please, if you don't mind, shoot me a friend request (Eric McBride, Washington DC)

Couldn't find you on FB, Eric. Look fror me...Debra Stark Everhart

Gags
07-29-2009, 18:04
I just wanted say my son and I enjoyed meeting, sharing a meal, & diving with all of you. Can't wait to do it again!!!

mocepts if your going to Bonaire in Aug, I can't remember if you were. I have some Guilders for you too take back. Might be enough for a beer in me?


GAGS

Semper Fi

baywatch106
07-30-2009, 01:14
Did anyone leave or lose a mask there? If so let me know what it is. I have someones.

scubajane
07-30-2009, 07:56
I left my pink disk and yellow rope. I tie it to a tree and throw the disk into the water for balance on entry and exit.

WV Diver
07-30-2009, 17:23
Oh, so you are the one who puts that out. I always wondered.

scubajane
07-31-2009, 06:42
yup that's me. I learned that tip from a friend with ms. she is very unsteady and needs the extra support. I'm just cautious. the entry at storm is rugged and my legs seem to be getting shorter. a little rope for balance is very helpful especially for exiting the water. I really hate the idea of crushing my gear on the rocks.

GFD113
08-08-2009, 14:37
That snak would happen to have been chicken liver would it?

GFD113
08-08-2009, 14:47
He was there the 11th and 12th.

scubajane
08-09-2009, 14:43
yup chicken liver in the microwave!!! were you careful on the 50 ft platform?? there is a warning there. did you see it??