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Pet Peeves

Need for Speed I got caught speeding in Nebraska. I blame Laguna Beach. Here’s what happened. I was passing the exit for Kearney. This exit is just west of the better-known Lincoln exit. Lincoln is the home of the University of Nebraska and Johnny Carson. Both are icons and...

Wisdom Workout

An Elegant Mind Since the holiday season is upon us, the demands on your time and energy will most likely increase. Since you have no control over the season in general, we might as well take a few moments to do a reality check on your current state of mind to give you the best...

Taking Stock

Money And Holidays Stocks continue their pattern of meandering without sustained trends. An uptrend developed after the summer slump and then came under pressure in the absence of any compelling news events. Anxieties stemming from violence here and abroad plague us all, leaving...

Musings on the Coast

My Winter Vacation We missed our scheduled flight to Dublin from Heathrow, so had to wait three hours for the next one, all the while suffering from the night before. It was an insane wedding at a mansion venue 90 minutes north of London. My girlfriend Kim Bowen danced until 6:30...
Posted On 04 Dec 2015

Pet Peeves

Christmas Tree Caper I didn’t get the message. I showed up the Sunday after Thanksgiving with grandkids in tow for the tree lighting ceremony at the Montage. “Pop-Pop, where’s the tree?” which is a great question coming from the grandkid who up until then could only ask why this...

Taking Stock

Here Comes Santa Claus Holiday shopping got off to a mixed start. Traffic was weak at Gap, Old Navy and Chico’s and up at TJX (TJX-$70), the global leader in off-price apparel and home fashions. Costco (COST-$165) stock is trading near all-time highs as same-store sales were up...

Pet Peeves

GoPro Alert Last week was my birthday. My grandkids sent me presents. I have two sets of three grandkids each from my two daughters. The Wisconsin set sent me a GoPro. The Chicago set sent me a Life Alert bracelet. Now, I’m all set for that Laguna skateboard park. Build it and I...

The Slant

Dana Point Answers Laguna’s Problems Parking, congestion, safety issues, lack of sidewalks, short term rentals…. Laguna has growing pains in adjusting to the seemingly increasing invasive tourist population. We are used to hibernating in summer to avoid it all. We spend lots of...

Guest column

“My Cat Wants to Eat Me for Thanksgiving Dinner” “Research shows that house cats have personality characteristics most similar to lions and would eat their owner if they were able.” Hilarious. Has this guy ever lived with a cat? Is he indulging in L.S.D. or possible cat nip? Wow,...

Taking Stock

The Bipolar Stock Market  Stocks fluctuate in the short-term largely in response to psychological or emotional reactions to events affecting companies or the economy. Lately, nervous investors and traders have overdone this, driving the stock market into a bipolar disorder. This...

The Kibitzer

Popping the Bubble Laguna has the power to make us forget our earthly problems. The green belt, blue belt and radiant sun enveloping them form a delirious cocoon of seduction – the so-called bubble that makes us unselfconsciously oblivious to the world around us. Some call it...
Posted On 19 Nov 2015

Village Matters

Giant in Distress Whoo..whoo, whoo…I heard the repeated haunting calls of owls early this morning. They were coming from the giant Torrey pine tree across the street from our house. Today they seemed to be asking, “How..how how much longer will we have this sheltered lookout...

Guest Column

Thanksgiving with Two Students By James Utt   When I was young and healthy, the only doctor I came in contact with was Doc Martens and his classic work boots, which I wore when I was trying to affect a rugged look. Now that I am four score and eight, I seem to have more...

Pet Peeves

Frogman I went to the laser light show hosted by the Laguna Art Museum. I was standing on the surf line at Main Beach. I was awash in a green laser when a funny looking little kid pointed at me and yelled, “Look, Kermit the frog. Wow, he looks younger on TV. What happened ...

The Kibitzer

Congestion Suggestion Last week my friend and colleague David Hanson of that cross-town paper quoted me saying I was down on the City Council because they weren’t doing anything. Well I did tell him that, but I thought it was a private conversation. Like I don’t already have...
Posted On 12 Nov 2015