Swimpruf LLC
Adventures: underwater, topside, and in the armchair.
Created 11 Aug 2020
  • The Year of the Cat
    18 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, 2021 stepped up, cracked its neck side to side and said, “hold my beer.” No doubt you’ll read (or listen to) many end of year laments and reflections, a...
  • A Lange Time Ago
    10 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    I tend to mark the beginning of my freelance writing career as around 2008 when I started moonlighting for Gear Patrol, while still spending my days doing marketing for a small translation agency. But...
  • Take it on the Chin
    01 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Jimmy Chin repping Panerai (image: Panerai) A few years ago, I was at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado as the guest of a certain Swiss watch brand. A sort of Olympics for extreme outdoor spo...
  • Thankful
    26 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Every year for the past few, Gishani and I have spent Thanksgiving at my parents’ house. Nowadays, Mom makes the turkey and we tackle the sides. This year was a little bit different. I made myself a s...
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue (Inland) Sea
    19 Nov 2021 • 9 min read
    Note: This is not a watch review. If you want specs and details about the new Deepstar II, visit Hodinkee or other fine watch publications. For more of my, and James Stacey’s, thoughts on the watch, c...
  • Bring Out the Good China
    12 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    I can remember growing up, come holidays like Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas, as the big meal was being prepared and the house was starting to smell good, Johnny Mathis was crooning on the turntab...
  • Costume Drama
    05 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Watches, for me, have always been about a mood, an image, and emotion. That goes back to my first Seiko that made me feel a little bit more adventurous and capable than I was as an introverted high sc...
  • A Chat With "Her Deepness"
    30 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Here's a bit of bonus content for you, my subscribers. In early October, I sat down, across a Zoom connection, with one of my heroes, Dr. Sylvia Earle, aka, “Her Deepness,” as part of a story for the ...
  • A Feeling of Connection
    29 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    I recently read an article on a popular watch blog (you know the one), entitled, “Living with the Apple Watch Series 7” and, while I have no quibbles with the theme or content of the review, it made m...
  • Letter to a New Diver
    22 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Back in April, I wrote about becoming a “civilian,” stepping out of comfort zones to take up (or revisit) a hobby that pulls you in, all wide eyed and ignorant: “…film processing, Land Rover repair, m...
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