Diving trip – P-dyk

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The trip that pushed me into tecnical diving was joining Oxygene and Patric of P-dyk on a weekend south of Ystad, diving on some fabulous wrecks. This is the full video of the... READ MORE

Book review: ”Turn that ship around” by David Marquet

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Spending the summer in Jamaica, I took the time to re-read David Marquets ”Turn that ship around”. Since it was quite sometime ago since I read it the first time, I had only a vague memory of an interesting read and a great and inspirational book on leadership. So lets say I was going into the book a second time with no more expectation than an interesting read. But I was royally surprised. In the 6-7 years since I last read it I have spent my working life more and more in the world of agile software and system development (using SCRUM and SAFe) and what I found was a sub-marine commander using the very core of the agile beliefs and principles to turn around a ship with serious problems. This second time around I simply could not put it down and it re-affirmed my beliefs that agile is not about methods but about principles.
If you are a leader or working in teams this is a must and if you just want a good read it is a strong recommendation!!

Red tape and frustration in Jamaica

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Making your way through the ins and outs of another country can be challenging. Since many years we have a strong connection to Jamaica and from time to time it becomes so blatantly obvious how a lack of services, red tape and even corruption can make absolutely anything grind to a halt.
Here”s the story. We have a house in Jamaica and one of the challenges is getting buying stuff to the house, especially when you are in Sweden as we are. Jamaica simply does not have the variety of ecommerce we are used to (in fact there is very little). So for instance, ordering cushions for your outdoor patio set is a bit of a challenge.
Having spent weeks (yes weeks) trying to find someone, anyone, in Jamaica we opted for buying it through wallmart and shipping it through myus.com. Said and done, we placed the order. The ordervalue came to about 200 USD.
Items where promptly shipped from US to Jamaica using myus.com (for the small cost of 150 USD).
Then – nothing. No information. I stsrted to look around and inquire with myus. And yes, it turns out the items are at fedex in Kingston.Waiting ”clearance”. And here’s where we the frustration level reaches new highs. At first they need confirmation of who they are delivering to. Phone calls and mails are done, where copies of ID cards etc are sent. Then again – nothing.
Then we call and mail again and now it turns out that we need to pay customs. OK. No surprise and not a big deal. Except they want 150 USD. For something which we bought for 200 USD. Being frustrated and tired by now (and wanting to have the frigging cushions) we just payed.
That was a week ago. No of items delivered so far? None. Zero.
Total cost so far: 500 USD (and counting)

Cold water diving make me smile

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15th of April and spring has juuust started here in Sweden. In the air that is. In the water its probably the coldest it has been all year. A nippy 2-3 degress C at 30 meters means that diving is not only dark (in Sweden, due to the particles in the water, it is usually pitch black when you approach 30 meters) but also so cold it chills you to your core. The only other thing thats made me this cold is riding a motorbike when it’s just a couple of degrees warm and raining.

So, today, standing at the shore, even though the sun is warming a little bit when I gze out over the water, I still have to steel my resolve to done the gear and head towards the shoreline. And once I release the air from the BCD and you dip your head fully into the bitter cold water, for second or two I have to fight the instinct to abort.

But I sink down to 3-4 meters and level out. All goes quiet. I look over at Magnus who is rock solid in the water some meters away. A circle with the light and we are off. And it’s just sooo good. And to so cold. At least thats what I tell myself. I’m smiling at least. Diving always makes me smile.

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