An Educational Newsletter
So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text, where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things such as a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original The Morning Text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person; at the end of the week, the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every The Morning Text newsletter until the trial is complete and the official starts. If anyone did not receive The Morning Text from previous days, please notify me. I have run into many issues and I would like to resolve them. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
Not-So-Fun-Fact: unsafe water kills 200 children an hour. Approximately 75% of our earth is covered in water, and of that 75%, 97% is salty or otherwise undrinkable.
I hold an advanced scuba certification with NAUI. It’s been a while since I’ve gone diving, but I sure do love it. In scuba there is something called “inert gas narcosis” or more commonly “nitrogen narcosis.” At great partial depths, the gases that we breathe from our tank which is mostly nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide, become narcotic (in a sense). According to most people, narcosis can best be described as a state that produces a feeling similar to being “pleasantly drunk.” The first gas in our tanks that become narcotic is nitrogen, which is why it’s called nitrogen sickness. An affected person may become dizzy and receive an impaired sense of direction and vision. His or her motor skills may be slowed or otherwise handicapped. In addition, the diver will feel silly and have a difficult time making sense of his environment. To clarify, it’s not like the diver crosses a line underwater and suddenly becomes dangerously drunk (narced in scuba lingo). Instead, many divers follow the “martini rule.” As a general rule of thumb, the martini rule suggests that it’s like drinking one martini for every 30-60 feet you go down. Most divers experience true narcosis around 100 feet, some more experienced divers can sometimes go to 140 before seeing the affects. That being said, my former NAUI instructor, former Navy SEAL doesn’t see the affects until after 220 feet (mind you, recreational diving stops at 200). The deeper you go, the more intense it gets. I’ve been down 117 feet once in my life and I don’t recall feeling narced.
Now don’t think, “oh wow that sounds fun,” because it’s actually very dangerous. Narced divers have been known to make fatal mistakes while executing the dive, leave their groups and swim until they’re out of air, or even worse, completely remove their regulator and try to breathe in the water. Rather than being drunk, i think it’s as if you’ve been given a ton of pain pills or too many benzos (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin etc) and then handed a very dangerous situation in which you could lose your life.
Challenge of the Day: use the word “narced.” It can be used in any way you want, as long as it makes sense. Come back to me with a story in how you used it!
That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.
Have a wonderful day.
Written by Caleb Gibbons