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Musings on the Coast: Who Got Worked?

Musings on the Coast: Who Got Worked?

The thing about conservative Republicans is they are great haters.  They are great at standing up to the foe, declaring war, wagging it with savagery and then stomping all over their slain opponent. Democrats parse it to death. Is he really such a bad guy? Doesn’t some of what he says make sense? Is it […]

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Musings on the Coast: Homeostasis

Musings on the Coast: Homeostasis

  Homeostasis  “…is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition…”  The planet Earth is a classic homeostatic system. It tends toward stability, which in scientific terms is called “stasis.”  It also is a host, which by definition means it tolerates, is a home to […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Next Generation’s Woodstock Two of my three kids attended the Coachella Music Festival this year, and the third would have too, but she was in college in London.   In one earlier year, she got away with pretending to need to be in So Cal during the time of the festival, and then—oops—as long as […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Ranters   When I first thought about this column, I wanted it to be a rant about my seemingly endless Facebook friends who have gone off their rockers in rants of their own or send me endless email rants.  And all with the particularly vicious purity of true believers. But I cannot work myself […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Revisiting Seaward Road  It is funny what you remember about growing up.   For me, it was all about Seaward Road, which is in Corona Highlands in southern Corona del Mar.   Specifically, it was the flat part about two-thirds of the way to the top.  My family had a house there. The house was split-level, with […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Reawakening   Laguna Beach used to be a gay Mecca.   We had our own goodly district of gay bars, restaurants and clubs.  Then time and local demographics changed that and now the Mecca has moved.  It went mostly to Palm Springs.   Palm Spring’s reached its height of pre-gay notoriety between 1950-70, when actors […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Tour of Duty: Personal and Political   Last Sunday at Newport Harbor yacht club, about 25 of us gathered to board the Soluna, my brother’s 52” motorboat and spread ashes at sea. They were of my former wife’s father, Les.  Like my own father, Les had suffered the torments of a long, lingering diabetes death. […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Risks of Ignorance It happened early last summer.  An overweight tourist almost drowned.  He had been ocean kayaking near Seal Rock off Crescent Bay in north Laguna and flipped.  He was with a similar guy in rented kayaks.  They had removed their lifejackets.   I was in my own kayak about 100 yards away […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Code Words   I was at CdM High School during the 1960s race riots in America.   There were almost nightly scenes of black people on TV being fire-hosed. Or attack dogs set on them.  Or being beaten by police with batons, arrested, put on buses to jail.  Or soldiers would guard them as they attempted […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Concrete Foreman   My father was a construction contractor and I worked on his jobsites from the time I was 8.   So from my earliest years, I knew Vic Vaca.  He was my dad’s concrete foreman. By God, he was a specimen.  I did not know that then.   All I knew was Vic worked […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

My father was one of seven kids from Kansas. During the Great Depression, he got married and the next day took the freights West. There he eventually joined the Coast Guard and at the end of WW II ended up in Newport Beach. He did well in real estate and luckier yet, did not lose it back during one of the many down cycles.

He and Mom lived full and good lives, and their kids, we four plus one foster brother, still are going strong. Our foster brother, Gary, came from a broken family and joined us at the age of 16.

At Christmas, I no longer am sure who my whole family is. Yes, I know it includes my brothers and sisters and their offspring and their offspring too. But it is more than that. My former wife lives near me in Laguna and our children navigate between us in a manner that works for all concerned. During holidays it can be tricky, but we all accommodate one another and go to the same music recitals together.

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

  Beyond Posh First, the disclosure:  I am a personal mess.  My clothes are of no discernable style.  My shoes are scruffy and sometimes do not match.  My hair is uncombed.  My home in Laguna is a mish-mash of styles, junk, discarded objects never thrown away, paintings that belong on some other wall, chairs with […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Beyond Posh First, the disclosure:  I am a personal mess.  My clothes are of no discernable style.  My shoes are scruffy and sometimes do not match.  My hair is uncombed.  My home in Laguna is a mish-mash of styles, junk, discarded objects never thrown away, paintings that belong on some other wall, chairs with battered […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Arts School Survives Early Setbacks   A high school music teacher named Ralph Opacic founded the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in 1987.  By the late 1990s, it had some 400 students and was at an excess school site in Los Alamitos. When the local school district needed the site and kicked […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Homecoming   My second daughter Garbrielle, 19, went off to her first year of college in August. She is at Lewis & Clark in Portland, not that far away, but it feels like forever. We knew we would miss her terribly and we did. But she called often and told us all about her […]