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Tennis Anyone

Tennis Anyone

My neck hurts. I’ve been watching the back and forth volley regarding resurfacing the tennis courts. The baseline-to-baseline action has been fast and furious. Many Laguna spectators have given up altogether and have switched to the lawn bowling action in Heisler Park.  “Much easier on my neck muscles,” reports a disavowed tennis spectator.  A few, […]

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Start Yellen

Start Yellen

Don’t be confused Indy readers.  This column remains Pet Peeves, although the title suggests I’m encroaching on the column Taking Stock.  I would never traipse on a fellow writer’s turf.  You can take my bitcoins to the bank and then buy drugs at your earliest convenience. I swear to you on the Winklevoss twins’ lives […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Christmas Past By Mark D. Crantz The holidays can be a time of mixed feelings. It’s a joyous time of year for retailers and not so much for the rest of us, who are in a frenzy to make each retailer happier than the next. This year my wife’s secret Santa, which she doesn’t keep […]

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Pet Peeves Holiday Traditions

Pet Peeves Holiday Traditions

  Many people think that Christmas has become more complex and too commercial.  I have to say nay to those Scrooges. Tiny Tim will still have a bountiful Christmas even if he has a dickens of a time enrolling in HealthCare.gov. No young demographic wants to deal with provider availability, deductibles, and copays when there […]

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Pet Peeves: Citizen Fathom

Pet Peeves: Citizen Fathom

I now feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.  Up until now, I was on the naughty list. Then ‘lo and behold,’ my wife presented me with two tickets to the Sunday performance of “Citizen Twain,” presented by the Laguna Playhouse. Now I have no choice this year, “Every kiss begins with Kay.” My wife […]

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Pet Peeves: Watch Your Step

Pet Peeves: Watch Your Step

Laguna Art Museum has embarked on an exciting new project that redefines art inspired by nature.  I believe this new approach will strike a chord with residents. Jim Denevan is a land artist whose work elevates making sand angels by creating huge circles, squares and other shapes that go on for miles on the beach.  […]

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Pet Peeves: Catch ‘Fallen Angels’

Pet Peeves: Catch ‘Fallen Angels’

Laguna Playhouse is finishing up a production of Noel Coward’s “Fallen Angels.”  The cast did a superb job with this classic farce originally written in 1925.  You know good material from bad when the humor resonates 88 years later.  This is the case with “Fallen Angels,” unlike “Pet Peeves,” where the reader prefers after 88 […]

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Pet Peeves: Plein Air, Plain Sight

Pet Peeves: Plein Air, Plain Sight

  Back when I was a small boy and before I became a small man, my Mother would say, “Why don’t you go outside and get some fresh air?”  This was Mom code for, “You are driving me nuts, and if you don’t leave soon, I can’t be held accountable for a spanking that will […]

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Pet Peeves: Birthday Suit

Pet Peeves: Birthday Suit

Mark D. Crantz 2100 Ocean Way Laguna Beach, CA  92651 847.570.9411 I have a secret that I can’t live with.  I’m a senior citizen and I do nude male modeling.  I never intended to tell anybody, but you know the cat is out of the bag. I need to get in front of the publicity […]

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Pet Peeves: Change in the Ear

Pet Peeves: Change in the Ear

Laguna Beach was founded as an artist colony.  I took an art aptitude test once. I had to draw a horse, people and a floral arrangement. As a child I was always in a hurry.  To save time I put two stick figures inside a horse and placed a red hat with flowers on it.  […]

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Pet Peeves: Home Alone

Pet Peeves: Home Alone

Laguna Beach is a great place to vacation. There are exceptions. My wife sometimes leaves town to get a vacation away from me.  She tells me the kid in me requires a break from time to time. In a way, it’s an honor that she trusts the kid in me to hold down the fort […]

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Pet Peeves: Working Holiday

Pet Peeves: Working Holiday

Laguna Beach is a great place to vacation. Three to 4 million visitors come annually to get a reprieve from their every day lives and work. But there are always one or two visitors who bring their work with them. We just had one such visitor.  His occupation was bank robbery. You could tell he […]

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Pet Peeves: Tantalizing Tuesdays

Pet Peeves: Tantalizing Tuesdays

Laguna Beach is a gastronomical delight.  But then, gastronomical is a word that doesn’t go down right.  You could choke on any one of those five syllables.  Let’s say instead, Laguna Beach has good places to eat.  Much yummy-er.  Put away the tums.  Laguna Beach is a tummy ache free belt. Locals love their restaurants […]

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Pet Peeves: Historical Open-Treetise

Pet Peeves: Historical Open-Treetise

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach is a special place because it is made up.  Yes, you read this correctly.  Laguna Beach is not real in a collective sense.  Laguna Beach is only real in the singular mind of each resident.  Your perception is the only reality that counts.  No, not really.  I don’t […]

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Pet Peeves: Water Wise

Pet Peeves: Water Wise

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach is good for walks on the beach. CSI found my footprints and I’m reporting to you readers while on the run. Apparently, waves do not wash away all footprints. I don’t like being a fugitive, but what’s worse is imagining the end. That’s when CSI’s David Caruso snatches […]