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bigz posted 06-21-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for bigz  
Next time you have a bad day at work...think of this guy. Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana. He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs.

Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to The X, 103.2 on your FM dial in Ft Wayne IN, who was sponsoring a "worst job experience" contest. Needless to say, she won.

Hi Sue,
Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all.

Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: we have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose.

Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi. Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that! he, along with 5 other divers, were all laughing hysterically.

Needless to say I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make 3 agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling 35 minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet.

As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber.

The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for 2 days because my butt hole was swollen shut.

So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish attached to your butt.

Now repeat to yourself, "I love my job, I love my job, I love my job..."

I truly love my jobbbbbbbbbbbbbb

triblet posted 06-23-2002 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Urban legend. OLD Urban Legend.

It WAS funny the first time.

Chuck, the Diver.

bigz posted 06-24-2002 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
To each his own version heh heh --- one can make up there own mind --- and Chucky a few of us do know how to use search engines --- chuckle TZ
Wreckdiver posted 06-24-2002 10:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wreckdiver  Send Email to Wreckdiver     
I have gotten some pretty nasty stings (like a bee) from some small guy you could barely see in the water, diving in the Atlantic.
Thatís the best thing about the Great Lakes, nothing can stick you, prick you, or take a bite out of you! We have to have some consolation for 38-degree water in August!
triblet posted 06-24-2002 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
While POSSIBLE, this particular story turns out
to be urban legend. That fact that it was
possible is part of what made it funny.


Wreckdiver posted 06-24-2002 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Wreckdiver  Send Email to Wreckdiver     
I agree! I don't think that nothing would be alive (assuming they donít have a good strainer) after getting heated to the high temperatures they use in those hot water systems. I understand it is much more normal to have the skin scalded off your body by not adjusting the valve right.
It just reminded me of getting nailed on my exposed neck, while decompressing off North Carolina once.
Chap posted 06-24-2002 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Def: Nematocyst- A minute stinging organ in various coelenterates, as jellyfish, that when stimulated ejects a coiled tube that chemically paralyzes its victim.

The jellyfish does not need to be alive or even whole to inflict a sting with its spring loaded harpoons. The Nematocysts can remain "loaded" even if the jellyfish is all busted up. Happens in the surf around here all the time. Your usually stung by jellyfish parts brushing against your body. Adolf's Meat Tenderizer was a staple in my surf/beach bag to neutralize the sting. Don't know about the survival rate of a nemtocyst in heated water.
Saw a show about those divers, amazing.

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