For anyone who’s interested in reading the senseless ramblings of a self-important nobody, here they are.
I am an experienced free diver, having made numerous dives on the Corpus Christi side of the gulf, with the crazy one-legged cajun who got me started spear fishing. After a few years of free diving, I decided to take the next step, and got certified in scuba diving, and realized that I had to start calling myself a novice diver again (I’ve managed 3 dives since certifying due to work/money). So I found myself looking for like minded people online, being stuck in the middle of the country, I knew I wouldn’t have much luck finding a local group, I did luck out and find an amazing LDS (The Dive Shop - kcdiveshop.com) run by a group of the coolest divers I have ever met. So short version, I waste a few hours, get lucky and stumble upon DiveBuddy.com! AND THE SKIES PARTED AND A CHOIR OF ANGLES HERALDED..... well not really but, after finding web sites for every other freaking state in the union except Kansas it kind of felt like it. So, I click a little button here, fill in a few blanks there and BAM! I am now a member of one of the coolest sites on the web. Now, fast forward several months, here I am again killing time and brain cells looking at all the web has to offer, and up pops an add for Reef Drift........So I think to myself "hmmm looks interesting might be another site where I can meet divers and make new friends." I should have tossed my computer out the window right then. But I didn’t, foolishly, I signed up, and things just got worse. I finally got a confirmation e-mail 3 months after I signed up, telling me I needed to go to some other site from this link and set it as my default hompage, and I did. Here is the part of the story where it goes from rated g to rated xxx for use of language. I changed my default home page, something DiveBuddy.com DOES NOT REQUIRE, and what do I get for all my trouble and head aches? A really cool picture with some pop-ups on it containing factual information about the fish/reef/area in the picture. Ok, kinda cool, but it’s not a photo taken by a member, Hey it changes everyday, but you can’t add any of your photos to it. Oh look, there’s a comment section, but.....I can’t leave a comment, because none of the buttons work. So I think I’ll call it a night and try again tomorrow, this is after all just the beta version right? Next day comes, I go and check again, GUESS WHAT? Nothing works still, and now my anti-virus software is telling me there has been an unathourized registery change by the same site that I was told to use as my homepage. You know what I found? That if you remove all that crap, and go back to DiveBuddy.com, it still works, just the way it’s supposed to. The moral of this rant? For my time and networking site, DiveBuddy.com is going to be the best all around, it’s like Match.com, just for divers. Because if you do hookup with someone, you already know that both of you are looking for the same thing, and at the end of it, you’ll both be soaking wet, worn out and grinning from ear to ear.
And yes, Greg rocks, but did not pay/bribe me to write this.