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"Yesterday is History - Tomorrow is a Mystery - And Today is a Gift..."
Here's how the Wind**Sea Groms - just like juvenile Sea Lions [save the seals, nuke the stingrays] prepare to Ride The Wild Surf - way cool!BA
I feel pretty confident that the Wind**Sea Groms could make it in - safely - if their leashes broke -
Groms In Training
"Cathy Anderson, a Stockton, California native, received her BA in Theater Arts and her MA in Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State Unversity. She has 15 years experience in the fields of theater production, directing and acting. Cathy started at the Film Commission as an intern in 1986.I'm thinking - why not have at least 20 permanent "television series working and living in the San Diego region."
By her second year at the Commission, Cathy increased production dollars spent in the local economy for the print advertising division from less than a half million dollars to $3 million.
She was next appointed to head the television division and was responsible for bringing in the producer Stu Segall and his production company. The overall economic impact increased from $14 million to $30 million in one year under Cathy's supervision of the division.
In 1997, there were four permanent television series working and living in the San Diego region. Under Cathy's leadership, San Diego has become the third largest television production center in the United States."
Groms at Sea PMBA
The AM Circus at The Shores 1
The AM Circus at The Shores 2
The PM Circus at The Shores 3
Tyler [carrying his new Bessell Biscuit]
Joey's Death Defying Take-Off / Derrek Ho, err, JoeyBA's Liner Notes - PM in The Arena 1 Starring:
Friend of Boaz
Bells and Whistles for Newlyweds Bill and Sandy
Team SeagravesBA's Liner Notes - AM at LJ Shores Starring:
Randy Hill, err, Lind
John and LindaBA
Pouring Rain - Hail - This driver's gotta pass everybody in line - just to get stuck on the tracks - no law against stupidity!BA
Brazil Hottie sez: "Size does matter!"
Another White Wedding in The Arena
"Bill, With all of your complaining about food service on Superbowl Sunday, perhaps you would rather eat curb side, self serve. Cheers!"BA sez:
"Don Dude, I spent a lot of curb time at Maynard's - and it was usually AFTER I ate that 25 cent plate of whatever that stuff was, drank a pitcher or two of adult beverages, and got pushed around a bit by a few Iron Horsemen and / or Mongols!"BA
AM at The Shores - Starring: Ryan - Dale - Ricky - MarioBA
PM 1 in The Arena- Starring: Joey - Kayak Surfing 101 - Dicer Slicer John
PM 2 The Arena and a Shores Sunset - Starring: Joey - Almost an Andy on the Rocks
I check-out Matt's surfinside dot com, just to ensure that I didn't miss anything at places where I'm afraid to go -BA
Today, both north and south ends got it.
===========Speaking of both north and south ends, this afternoon at Circus Beach, La Jolla, CA:The GoodAM Shores
The Ugly [with running water, anyway]
The "Yeah Baby"
PM 1 The Circus 1
PM 2 The Circus 2
PM 3 The Circus 3
BA's Liner Notes for Today
Album 1 - Starring:BAFlipperAlbum 2 - Starring:T-OAlbum 3 - Starring:
E-MoDeborahAlbum 4 - Starring:Oh HarryAlbum 5 - Starring:JackieAlbum 6 - Starring:Green Rocks / Sand In - Sand Out
Models from Reef and Models from Utah
Stirnkorb's / Downey's Reef / Patricia's A1 - Starring:
SurfetteStirnkorb's / Downey's Reef / Patricia's A2 - Starring
Drainer at The ShoeHigh Drama at Downey's
Pete's Birthday Present
Team Clairmont - Starring Frontside Rail Grab Doug
Groms Gone Wild - Starring Matty and friends
AM La Jolla
The Arena 1BA
The Arena 2
The Arena 3
The Arena 4
The Shores AM
Another successful Valentine's Day in La Jolla -BA
Including a Go Inside, a Whale Ho, a Ho-Ho, and a Cluster Fin Ho-Ho-Ho.
I've had enough of trying to explain Contest Angst -BA's Liner Notes 2:
I'm not doing anything but rambling on about a bunch of crapola - lottsa words - no passion -
I guess it's simply that there are thousands of surfers now in San Diego -Some [surfers] want to competeThe number of surfing locations has not increased -
Most [surfers] just want to surf at their local spot and be left alone to do so
I've seen how stupid I must appear when I'm yelling at non-competitors in the lineup -
Over and out
More big shot interviews - this time conducted by News 8 Reporter Jeff and Photographer JoeBA
Unfortunately, I had to share the spotlight with Local Groms and Surfer John
High Surf Drama yesterday and Saturday, in addition to last weekend!BA
Surf contests on both weekends at The Shores - I'm not sure of all the details - BUT - lottsa reported problemas.
I gotta preface this note with:I plead guilty to the fact that I have been involved in attempts, both successful and failed, in trying to keep contest areas free of non-competitors.Anyway, let's think about where and when contests in So-Cal, specifically in San Diego County, are held. If I were hosting a contest, I'd look for:
I have been the one, with the bull horn on full volume, belittling non-competitors, calling them stupid names, begging and pleading with them [non-competitors] to please leave the contest zone.
- HOWEVER -
I never threatened them - I hope - with any sort of violence, I never assaulted / battered anyone, nor was I ever party to confronting / surrounding a non-competitor.
I am guilty of, perhaps, being a bit over protective of the kids in the water, maybe that's because I'm the father of three and the grandfather of one - Paige at 15 months -
I guess I'm guilty of being stupid in some of my rants towards non-competitors, but at least I was reasonably [in my opinion] non-combative.An available weekend- BUT -
Reasonably good / predictable surf
Areas for tents, judging stands, etc.
Etc. blah blah
Good surfing spots in San Diego, for the most part, are combined with piers, parking lots, restrooms, and local surfers who may only have the opportunity to surf on the weekends.
- SO -
Who gains from the contests if the contest has a commercial sponsor:
The contest winners - if there are $$ awards and photo incentivesWho loses from the contest:
The sponsors - who get tons of free publicity
The city - I think - gets some $$ for the permits, etc.Everyone, except the contestants, who wants to surf in the contest areaMore...
The police and lifeguards whose time is spent separating squabbling adults / kids
AM 1 Starring: Jo Phil & Scot Mark Scot Mikey Karl, err, John Derek E-RockBA
AM 2 Starring: Scot North Roseman's Sebi Frappy Death Drop Dale Derek Phil
PM 1 Starring: Matt [note that Matt don't need no stinkin' wetsuit - why - 'cause he's tuff - he's a Shores Guy]
LJ Shores AMBAThe $200,000.00, err, $20.00 WaveLJ Shores AMDrama - Starring ??
Surf Stars - Starring: Bob, Jenn, Jackie
The Arena PMSebi and Ryan - No Drama - Just Good Surfing [lousy photos]
Arenians:Tomorrow: More Big Shot TV Filming of BA Surfing - Look for our circus at a secret surf spot in a neighborhood near you -Sand-In
Album 1 Arena PMBA* Little Angels?Album 2 Arena PM* Eric Made This Cut-Back?Album 1 Arena AM
Album 2 Arena AM
Album AM [AM in The Arena]BA
Album 1 [PM in The Arena 1]
Album 2 [PM in The Arena 2]
Album 3 [PM in The Arena 3]
Album 4 [PM in The Arena 4]
Album 5 [PM in The Arena 5]
Album 6 [PM in The Arena 6]
Album 7 [PM in The Arena 7]
Forester Thom NEVER migrates from The Arena to The Shores - luckily for me, 'cause he catches way too many wavesBA
First tracks of 2007 - for me at least -
Album 1 [Sunrise at The Shores]BA
Album 2 [The Arena]
Album 3 [The Arena]
Album 4 [The Arena]
Album 5 [The Arena]
Album 6 [The Arena]
Album 7 [Sunset at The Arena]
More Highlights:Surf mom / Bird Rock business owner [Bird Rock Bikini] and ever vigilant Cecilia Filter, keeps a watchful eye on son Joey.
One of the most remarkable athletes, and all around good guy, [Surfer, Veledrome Bicycle Racer, Moto-Cross, and now a World, err, for his age group, California State Champ BMX Racer] I've ever known, Reed Mayne, is a proud surf dad now!
Treat your customers as if they [the customers] should be happy that they [the customers] are even allowed to enter the dive, much less spend $$ in the restaurant.BA
Just a couple of notes:1. I have been a card carrying member in the workplace since 1958 - paperboy for the San Diego Union was my first big shot job [213 houses on my morning route, La Jolla Shores]Getting back on point - I've lived in Bird Rock for the past two years -
2. I have spent about one half those years in high tech -
Customer service was not the apparent driving force to the employees behind the scenes - important - but not as important to most of the employees as speed to market with products.The other half of my career I've spent in consumer oriented jobs.Customer service and customer satisfaction were the ONLY issues.
Profits and long term business survival were driven by customer satisfaction and customer retention.
Sidenote One -- but rarely do I dine at the local places - I rarely dine anywhere except at home.
I managed TWO surfshops in Bird Rock.
One in the sixties "Dave McIntyre's Surf Scene," and one in the seventies "Gordon and Smith's Surf Scene."
I'm not a stranger to Bird Rock, nor am I unaware of how difficult it is to succeed in business in Bird Rock.
I've gone to Bully's a couple of times
- BUT -
I thought I would give one of the places that competes with Bully's a try.
- SO -
Friday evening I went to another "B" place - across the street and south of Bully's.
Service - marginal - and food - acceptable.
- BONUS -
The bar was showing a great surfing video by Jamie O'Brien - [jeeze can that guy (JOB) can surf - and it seems he's a pretty bright guy, too].
Now that I think about it, maybe the video was what made my visit okay.
- SO -
After surfing on Sunday morning, and not having a lot of time between my early morning surfing adventure at Hospit*ls, and a trip to my son's house later in the morning, I thought I'd go back to the other "B" [not Bully's] place.
- WHOA BABY -
It looked like the bar area was having a party for a bunch of young adults about my own kids' age - so Yuppie Noise, Cellphone Chatter and Babies Crying were not going to bother me.
I sat at the bar for a few minutes, until some guy who looked like the manager - maybe the owner - alerted me about the party - a party I'm sure they've known about for at least a few days.
- BUT -
It looked like they [the restaurant people] were totally unprepared for it [the party]
I said: "The noise, etc., ain't gonna bother me, I just want to wolf down an omelet, slug down an adult beverage and be on my way."
He shrugged his shoulders and walked away - I guess he told the rest of the workers that I was some sort of Old Guy Who Doesn't Rule, 'cause I sat at the bar for at least 10 more minutes - and - not one employee, including the big shot looking guy - said one word to me.
- SO -
I walked out - I'll never go back there again -Sidenote Two:
My advice to any managers of any service business - It's YOUR job - even if you're shorthanded - to make the customer feel welcome - at least that's my opinion - and I'll bet that my opinion is shared by more than just a few other managers.
Sidenote Three:All I can say is that it must be nice to have a service business and not have to offer service - with the "new rules" regarding service, even I might be able to: "...Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
My brother has been in the restaurant business since the 1960's
- additionally - all three of my sons cut their teeth in the restaurant business [The Chart House and Islands]
- AND -
[I probably should NOT speak for my brother or my sons]
- BUT -
I can pretty much guarantee you that they would not have given these guys [the restaurant guys] 5 minutes, much less the 15 or so that I lost.
Timmy should know better than to park his car anywhere around here - after all - it's a Locals Only Zone!
I didn't want to take the risk of getting trapped into being photo boy at the Shores contest today - so - early arrival at Kob's and, luckily for me, I wasn't another speed bump trapped on the inside!BA
There was a Baby Mow Sighting - a Baby Bonner Sighting - and of course - NO Baby Boomer Sightings
There was the obligatory battle of sizes - the clear winner: here's Johnny
Another clear winner - a mutant Harbor Seal -
First stop on Saturday morning - La Jolla Shores: Album 1 Album 2 Album 2.5 Album 3 Album 4 Album 4.5 Album 5BA
I wanted to get out of there and escape to the tranquility of Sternkorb's [I know I misspelled Kob's] but I hung around for a couple of heats -
These kids are only 16 - 18 years old and they surf better than I did, even in my wildest dreams when I was their age -
Plus - they are a lot nicer - or so it appears - than I ever was at their age [in fact nicer than I ever was / will be, at any age]
- AND - the next generation ain't too bad, either!
Second Stop: New Jersey Reef
Whoa Baby - a bit of a crowd - and lottsa high anxiety in the lineup - I figgered I wasn't man enough to join the Battle Royale, so I went down to Tommy Wolfe's and did just fine by myself and a couple of Pumphouse Gang members.
Then, a brief late afternoon Arena and Shores stop -WHOA - "Hey Matt, this ain't The Shores, and it certainly ain't warm enough [at least in my world] for your 0.5 mm skin toned wetsuit - comfortable, yes - warm...??
The month starts out with huge waves at The Shores -
Phil, Dan, and Mario check out the first wave, of the first set, on the first day of the month!
- AND -BA
Looking back -
BA's Liner Notes - Not a bad 40 days, or so, for:White Weddings
Wet Weddings [December] Wet Visitors [December]
Tequila Tree Harvesting
A potential Hostile Local was taking her first steps into Hostile Localism [December]
Tommy Wolfe is a dork Reef finally broke
A Croteau and friends
Hostile Locals - Models [wish they were Locals]
The Shores on New Year's Day
Broken Boards: John - Joey
Cape St. La Jolla
Big Shot TV Stuff
Welcome to The Lot [December]
Fish on The Rocks
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