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Musings on the Coast

From the Rearview Mirror The off-year elections are finally over, thankfully. It made me distinctly nauseated. Before we leave, however, let me provide a little analysis. First, Laguna Beach Thank you Laguna Beach for being rational.   The winners were Toni Iseman, Kelly Boyd and...
Posted On 13 Nov 2014

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove....
Posted On 21 Oct 2014

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove....
Posted On 16 Oct 2014

Musings on the Coast

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation As lucky readers may remember, I took off all three months of summer. It was to be with my kids (ages 25, 21 and 19), here for an extended time as a group and probably the last time. They are in that stage of life when one accelerates into...
Posted On 04 Sep 2014

Surprising Observations From Down Under

I visited Australia recently to see my daughter, Gabrielle, 21, near the end of her college semester abroad. With me is my girlfriend, Kim Bowen, who grew up in London but moved to Sydney at 23 and was appointed fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Australia. Heady stuff,...
Posted On 12 Jun 2014

Attack of the Drones

The pace of technological change is accelerating.   We know that.  There is too much money to be won.  Some 21-year old kid in Irvine just sold a virtual reality headset invention for $2 billion. It is the same everywhere, not just the Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, but also the...
Posted On 18 Apr 2014

Musings on the Coast

Where Newport Got It Right If you have not yet seen the new Newport Beach Civic Center, go.  It is a delight.  More, it is a statement: this is the new Newport Beach, a place where giant international companies like Pimco call home. It is sophisticated and modern. The center...
Posted On 21 Mar 2014

Driving While Black

The evening before the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, I dined with my friend William.  We met in the bleachers at our sons’ high school games. He is about 45, medium build and black.  If I were politically correct, I would use the term African-American, but I am not....
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Swayed by an Outdated Stereotype

One of the most unsettling things about Orange County is we tend to believe our own bad PR.  We tend to believe we are “the sticks.” We are backward. The most intelligent, well-educated, successful people do not live here. They live in New York, London, Paris, Silicon Valley,...
Posted On 09 Jan 2014

Musings on the Coast

The Coming Revolution In Education Lately, it has become fashionable to bash the value of a college education.   This is because recent graduates cannot get jobs.  There aren’t many jobs and the unemployment rate for newly minted graduates in the U.S. is about 20%.   We are...
Posted On 27 Nov 2013

Musings on the Coast: Arrogance

  This is a true story about arrogance. Specifically, mine. It begins with kayaking. I go almost every day, venturing from one of the coves in north Laguna.  My usual route takes me north along the coast. I paddle to Emerald Bay and sometimes Irvine Cove.  From there, I race...
Posted On 03 Nov 2013

Musings on the Coast: A Kayak Meditation

This summer I really got into kayaking.  Scratch that, I always have loved kayaking, but this summer I got into it as a balm.  I had had many tense days, marked by tense situations, and I would jam home from work, run to the beach, pull out the kayak and pump into the horizon....
Posted On 14 Sep 2013

Musing on the Coast: Why Not an Entry With Pizzaz?

Since nearly everyone I know is weighing in on the proposed new village entrance, so will I. But first a note on my qualifications: I am a property developer.  I know how to build parking structures and I know about soil problems.  My opinion about such matters is educated. I am...
Posted On 23 Aug 2013

Musings on the Coast: The Midnight Surfer

I keep having a dream I am on a body board and surfing the airwaves high above Laguna. I’ve been a surfer all my life and understand ocean waves.  The best are thin, steep ones that break in a collapsing line you skim across at great speed.   The worst are thick crunchers that...
Posted On 25 Jul 2013

Musings on the Coast: Neutrality In America

America is a place of turmoil.  While I was growing up in Newport Beach, there were TV stories of fire hoses spraying black people and race riots in Los Angeles. Then there was war in a place called Vietnam and my parents worried I would be called up and killed. None of it was...
Posted On 03 Jul 2013