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Avalon’s connection to the history of scuba diving 35th Harbor Clean-Up to feature tribute to scuba's pioneers BY JON COUNCIL The Annual Avalon Harbor Clean-Up has reached its 35th year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20. Throughout those 35 years, ’ to the thousands of scuba divers and dedicated organizers who have participated in the environmental impacting cleanup, Avalon’s com- munity is vastly appreciative and grateful. To those same divers, they too owe a certain degree of thanks, to the adventurous spirited first gen— Watson From page 1 Dakar seems to be perpetually about 100,000 people behind in its infrastructure. The traffic is horrible and very little attention is paid to traffic laws. While there is extensive bus service, with lines crisscrossing the peninsula, the buses are uni- versally way too crowded and it’s not uncommon to have to wait two or three buses to find one that has enough room to squeeze aboard. It was on one of those buses that I made my first trip into the downtown area of Dakar to regis- ter for my French language classes at the Institut Francais. For the equivalent of about 30 cents, you get a one hour ride in an ancient bus, many'of which were abused» " for years and years someplace else before they came to Senegal (the emergency escape notices were written in English . 'I‘DE (Ill'l‘lllililll . lsnmnen Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinaIslander.com Editor Dixie Redfearn editor@thecatalinalslander.com Assistant Editor Charles Kelly General Manager Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinaIslander.com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinalslander.com Graphic Designer Christy Smith Multimedia Director Franco Te francote@communitymediaus.com 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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Contents Copyright © 2015 and Title Registered. Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. m PROUD MEMBER or THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER m PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION “4";rrraag;”rssrusi't§;‘bots" ' eration scuba pioneers who helped usher in a new era of underwater exploration along with newly devel- oped skill sets and equipment to make it all possible. As a tribute and thanks to all of the early scuba pioneers as well as this generation of harbor clean up participants, there will be a vintage dive gear exhibit on display next to the stage on Crescent Avenue dur— ing the Harbor Clean up event on Feb. 20. The exhibit features one of the largest private collections of vintage dive gear in the US. and includes some of Frank Sinatra’s gear, items that belonged to Jacques Cousteau, movie equipment from James Bond’s “Thunderball” along with some of I wasn’t even entirely sure how far I had to go or, more impor- tantly, where I was supposed to get off. It really didn’t matter anyway since I was mushed‘up against the spare tire dangling from a chain behind the driver and couldn’t re- ally see where we were going. My landlord had told me that the bus stop at which I needed to “dc-bus” would be the same stop that everyone else on the bus want— ed. Sure enough, somewhere in the madness of downtown Dakar, we came to a stop and the bus emptied out. So I followed suit. The stop happened to be near the Marche Sandaga, or the San— daga Market, one of several big marketplaces around town. I‘ try to avoid cliches like “You can find anything you want there,” but at Sandaga, it’s true. Spread out over several city blocks, the places that somehow qualifies as one of the modern wonders of the world as well as one of the ancient wonders of the world at the same time. Jacques Cousteau. Courtesy photo the rarest pieces of first generation scuba gear still in existence. The exhibit will be available to the pub- lic to view, photograph, ask ques— Not only are the goods for sale here from all over the world (from oranges to sunglasses to iPhones to barbecues), but they’re sold by people form everywhere and re- cent immigrants to Senegal from as far away as China are well rep— resented here. Don’t worry about finding your way around in this maelstrom of merchant madness, you will have plenty of people offering 'up their services to escort you around (and escort you to their own booth). Be forewarned, though, that even if you end up not buying anything, your self—appointed “guide” will still expect some form of payment for “helping” you. The best thing to do is just po- litely decline their help from the outset. If that doesn’t work (and it probably won’t) you can always pretend you don’t speak French or English or Spanish or any of Marche Sandaga is one. of those :sthe'rhalf dmeaianguagesmany of these folks speak. Like the nearby Marche Ker- mel, which tends to focus on meat and seafood (vegans might want to avoid this place), Marche Sandaga forA: Better Avalon www.ABeterAvalon.mm Have you seen our newest survey? AUTO, COM Contact Jim Simonds for a quote Cell: 818.399.7897 ENSIERANCE MERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURAN HEALTH INSURANCE-BENEFITS. ,, -‘ jims@arroyoins.com " SERVICES tions regarding it and to simply enjoy learning about scuba history. The display is set up as a gesture of gratitude to all those who do so much for the community of Avalon during the Harbor Clean up and to acknowledge those early pioneers in diving who created the equipment, dive practices, instruction models and scuba industry which helped make this annual underwater clean up event possible. Every diver today is essentially standing on the shoulders of those undersea pioneers who cut their teeth with the most rudimentary levels of equipment. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the groundbreaking efforts of scuba’s pioneers were substantial. It should is one of those places that predate history. Both Sandaga and Ker- mel were active marketplaces at the time of European contact more than 500 years ago and it’s diffi- cult to imagine that there was ever even a single day in the past 1,000 years where there wasn’t some- thing being bought-and sold here. PRAYER DAY I concluded my registration business at the Institute in prepa- ration for the beginning of classes on Monday and figured now was a good time to head out of the down- town area and back to the Casbah, my delightful condo I had rented in the northern part of town. One thing I hadn’t counted on, however, was that today was Fri- day and that means prayer day in the religion of Islam, which repre— sents about 90 percent of the popu- lation of Senegal. What this meant was that just as I was leaving the Institute to find my bus back home, the call to the faithful began blaring from loud— speakers around the city and the whole downtown area suddenly became packed with young Mos- DR. JARED YOUNG ER tact and Lasik e aluation longer eyelashes ‘ Cail 7714-5464020 For a Saturday Clinic appointment at: CIMC. ORANGE 0A5”: eggs caster be remembered that just as with any blossoming industry, that early on, the angle of the learning curve is, if nothing else, incrediblyimpressive. Southern California, including Catalina Island played unique roles with the pioneering community of scuba divers. Geographically, south- ern California is literally a divers wet dream. Coastal waters teem— ing with marine life and generally boasting moderately warm and clear conditions year round all had a magnetic effect on any would-be undersea explorers and drew them from all over the country to see what had been largely inaccessible to the average person prior to the early 19505. Dive, Page lem men headed to prayer in the city streets. At one point, I round- ed a corner and coming straight for me was a wall of young robed men (the women aren’t allowed to pray in public) with their prayer rugs in hand marching straight to— ward me. There wasn’t really anywhere else to go so I headed straight into the crowd like a salmon swim- ming upstream saying “perdon” here and “excuse moi” there. One by one, they began setting their prayer rugs down in the mid- dle of the street and before long the entire downtown area came to a standstill. All traffic stopped and the non-Moslems in their cars and taxis and delivery trucks sim- ply had to wait for a half an hour or so. In the meantime, in my quest to find the bus stop for my return trip home, I had gotten “fenced in,” as it were, in the middle of a sea of prayer rugs and their owners. Wisely surmising that it wouldn’t be kosher for me to step on someone’s‘pr-ayer rug, I simply had to start asking for permission to pass by each person, one by one. I wasn’t sure what the reac— tion would be, given that they were right in the middle of prayers and I was obviously not an adherent to their religion. But rather than impatience, I was greeted with apologies and toothy smiles as the pray—ers pulled up their rugs, giving me enough room to pass. My work for the day done, I found my way to the “Dakar Dem Dikk” bus stop (the name of oneifiof the local transportation agencies) and made my way home again'to plan for my weekend adventuresj-v. NEXT WEEK: ILE DE GOREE A .vi’... N". 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