Welcome to a Day with BA
"Yesterday is history - Tomorrow is a mystery - And today is a gift..."
Day One: <13 Jan 07> - Production MeetingI'm STILL trying to figger out WHY I was included in the program -
Day Two: <14 Jan 07> - New Yorkers and New York weather visit Blac*'s
Day Three: <15 Jan 07> - Producer Dan's and Producer Lauren's heads are gonna asplode after being with BA for more than 8 hours
Day Four: <16 Jan 07> - Joe Roper repairs the dings in Producer Dan's and Producer Lauren's brains
It was a great experience for me!! - But - The experience for the production company...??BA
Seriously, I want to thank Voom TV's Dan, Lauren and the rest of their professional crew for putting up with me for as long as they did, and I want to especially thank Jen James and The San Diego Surf Ladies for including me in their adventure!
It was an honor and pleasure.
Album 1 Album 2BA
Double Top Secret La Jolla Reef PM : Album 1 Album 2 Album 3BA
Top Secret La Jolla Reef AM
Top Secret La Jolla Surfing: Album 1 Album 2BA
Album One Album Two of TwoBA
Photo Album One Album Two Album Three Album Four Album Five Album Six of SixBA
No surprises today, almost a 6' high tide in the morning, good for The ShawsBA
Going to a -0.5 low tide in the afternoon, good for The Arena
New York Danny and World Traveler Ian Go Wild at The Shores
Groms Go Wild in the Arena
A cast of thousands, including:BAMarianne
Hang Ten Ronny
The locals - as always - are hostileBA
The waves - as always - are terrible
The water - as always - is polluted
- AND -
BA's photos - as always - continue to lower the bar for out of focus / underexposed photos - Album One - Album Two
By the way - I took 400 photos today - of those almost 300 were underexposed and deleted - including about 125 photos of Grom Ian - sorry Ian.
There is no way I had the time to go thru all the photos - there are a couple of cool go-behinds - Go Brad - Go Jake - buried in one of the albums - maybe I'll look for them [the photos] some day??
1. Regarding the harvesting of the Tequila Trees:I'm sure I'll be accused of additional crimes against Nature, Village Idiots, Harbor Seals, and Sacred Surf Spots - I'll try to apologize BEFORE the accusations pour in.
I don't know who did it2. Regarding the cold weather:
I didn't publish photos of the perp[s]
Producers Dan and Lauren DID NOT bring the weather with them from New York City [wherever that is]3. Regarding the Bl*ck*s Adventure:Yeah, we did bring a circus to Bl**k's but we were not the first to do so, nor will we be the last4. Regarding La Jolla:For me, there is The Good Coastal LJ [excluding Seal Crapola Pool] and the Bad Rest of LJ
Early morning and late afternoons are wonderful in La Jolla, if one appreciates the ocean, good surfing and relatively minimal crowds
If one is looking for crowds, zero parking, and "It Takes a Village" of idiots, go to "The Village" for a quick lunch - Good Luck -
I avoid two La Jolla areas [The Village, Seal Crapola Pool] as if they were the the epicenter of the plague.
I wanted Producer Dan and Producer to meet a few surf stars.BAThey [Dan and Lauren] interviewed me and Al at The Shores - we hardly qualify -- AND THEN -
They met Jen and some members of The San Diego Surf Ladies - now we're finally talking surf stars
They almost met Josh Hall at The Shores - that would have been a significant star sighting -
Then they met Brian, the manager of Rusty's Board Shop at The Shores - bona fide surf star -
They went to Joe Roper's Ding Repair - The TV Crew met Joe Roper, JoJo Roper, and David Dupont - the Three Musketeers of Surf Stardom!
BA's Big Adventure with the crew from voom.tvBA
"VOOM HD Networks brings extraordinary high definition experiences into your home everyday, with a lineup of 15 HD channels that offers something for everyone"I was a bit nervous about the whole gig - it is very difficult for one as shy and verbally challenged as I am - to actually have ANYTHING of ANY interest to say in front of the camera.
Producer Dan, Producer Lauren, Big Shot Video Guy Chris, and Big Shot Audio Guy Darren were all very nice to me, and by the end of the 25th hour of interviews they were telling me, err, demanding that I wrap it up / shut up.
After my interview at The Shores, the only one left standing in the cold, to interview, was Al
I showed the TV guys my old house - My grandparents bought the house in 1953 or 54 and my mom sold it [the house] in 1982 to Bill Williams.
Now: 8321 El Paseo Grande
Then: Looking East 1955 Photo Looking Northwest 1955 Photo Looking Southwest 1961 Photo
We went from The Shores to Rusty's Board Shop where I attempted to buy a new board, but Brian insisted that I pay for the board before I could leave the shop with it.
After The Shores, it was off to Wind**Sea.
I shredded Ratland for them and then CB and I were interviewed under The Shack regarding some Wind**Sea and Shack history -
They couldn't have picked a better pair - I know very little about The Shack - CB actually knows much more about it than I do - but he [CB] ain't gonna pass as an Arena Surfer.
Naturally, only after the interviews, did I go to a store and see what is meant by HD Television - OUCH - I should have put a paper bag over my head, and duct taped my gut in for the filming -
Now I know what is meant by a face and body ready for radio, not HD TV!
14 Jan 07: 6:00 AM - NoonBA
The Ring of Fire La Jolla Shores - air temperature 27 degrees - today's adventure begins With:Fire Ringer Mike CroteauThen La Jolla Shores
Fire Ringers John Slavin and Jen Smith
The Portal to Arctic Tundra Beach
Jen and Tony are ready to skin it when they surf
Producer Lauren and Producer Dan get the show on the road
The Mushroom House
Lottsa dangers here - probably best not to EVER surf here
JR re-creates a famous scene
The waves got better - BA got lucky
We survived and made it out alive
Then to The Arena One and Arena Two
Jack Cassidy Album - 1 wave 3,265.098 photos [From North of Dana Point to Scripps Pier]
More Photos of this morning -
13 Jan 07 PMBA and Jen meet Produce Dan and Producer Lauren in the big city's Emerald Plaza.This evening starts another "BA's Big Adventure"
"Let us guess:
BA1. You're getting fitted with one of those GPS ankle bracelets - we heard that you violated one of your parole conditions -
2. Your photo's gonna be on one of those milk cartons you made famous a few years ago?"
Not even close!
The big shot TV [Dish Network] guys are in town to spend a few days with me and a few other SPECIAL people -
Apparently the producers want to air a program about people who are passionate about LIFE - both real and imagined.
Anyway, the highlight of my adventure will be to jump out of a helicopter and go surfing - I've studied the videos of the pros doing it - It Taj can do, I can do it!
This just may be my last entry - who knows - maybe I'll come back around in 300,000,000 years like the comet I photo-ed last night:
The Birds [This is a species of shore bird which NEVER leaves the wet sand - unless, apparently, they have been displaced by Global Warming or Global Cooling - they have NEVER before been seen on the bluffs or in parking lots]BA
Tragedy in The Arena - another broken board - naw - that ain't the tragedy!
Joey does not have a license to harvest Arena Eel Grass [AEG]
Harbor Seals from the Seal Crapola Pool migrate monthly to graze on the AEG and ANY unlicensed harvesting - regardless of harvesting methods - can lead to incarceration, a $10,000,000.00 fine, or both!
Save the sharks - nuke the seals!
Why the La Jolla Shores Town Council - in a private meeting - passed the Northern Baja / Southern California Yacht Harbor Initiative:BAFor years, politicians, north and south of the border, have been joining forces with the rich and famous - who also happen to be yacht owners.
The goal - establish a series of safe harbors between So Cal and Cabo - in order to eliminate situations as in the photo below.
The first in a series of new harbors was Dana Point - Next will be Ponto - Followed by La Jolla and then into Baja.
I'm not sure of the Ponto boundaries, but La Jolla's breakwater and protected area is shown on this map - the breakwater / jetty will run from La Jolla Cove up to the parking lot just south of Scripps Pier.
Lottsa Photos - almost all the same as yesterday - please don't strain your orbs - please don't look at today's photosBACape St. La Jolla - The Arena One - The Arena Two
The action today was hot and furious at South Roseman's, Jenny Hill's, Ratland, and Outside Fin BreakerBA
Notables in the line-up's morass - no, I didn't mean morons - included:
This Guy, and That Guy, and Him, and The Other Guy, and This Grom, and That Grom.
Anyway - I outdid myself today - close to 400 really bad photos - I suggest, in fact I'm begging you - don't look at the photos - and don't waste your time and my bandwidth telling me the photos suck -
Patrick was taking photos too - maybe he got some good ones of you!
I got a big shot TV gig coming up, I ain't gonna waste my time attempting to explain nothing to nobody!
Arena One - Arena Two
Oh yeah, I almost forgot - for you English Majors, and wannabe Spell Checkers - I've got this question:How in the h*ll can I misspell the words that I coin?Jeeze, the Altzimeyer's is really starting to affect me - I almost forgot to mention this:
- I don't even know what I mean when I use them -
CB is holding one of the rare, and, thankfully, very dead, pelagic versions of the Candirú Fish -
A discovery like this is an indication of two things:1. Global Warming - created by George Bush and aided by Al Gore's continuous political flights in his private 747 - is causing these fish to leave their homes in the Amazon
2. Once one learns about the Candirú, one can see how Candirú Fish extraction could be very painful - better leave the wetsuits on at all times, even if the water becomes 80 degrees or more!
I'll work on more written dribble for today - later - someday -BA
A pitching like this -
May cause this -The Bracker / Miller Tag Team dominated as always
But - a kid with Johnny Noris' pedigree, surfs on anyway
Ryan displaying death-defying bravery on a backside bomb at Robertson'sRand Hogan was looking for the nose-piece for his pickle fork stick
Kyle ripped Robertson's then gave a Turtles Demo
Aaron Rotgans and Junior Boz Man dueled in the sun
Some Amazon Parrots were looking for Jimmy Buffett
La Jolla's air space was violated by one of the balloons that escaped the Macy's Parade in New York- Just kidding -The actual reason for the balloon's visit was to refill BA with more hot air
Doctor Karl proved once again that one does not have to be a Grom Gone Wild to backdoor Ratland
The Shores - as always had a warm fire - and lottsa willing participants to spin yarns on why they won't surf today - except for a few of the very brave:
BABlue Man Gary just returned from a Central American casino tour
John Paul caught the longest ride ever captured by pixels
I'm starting to recover from my Shock and Awe Attack caused by the Agave de-forestation efforts - my recovery was accelerated by:BAThe new Human Slingshot, err, Hammock Annex added to The Shack - I wonder if the La Jolla Historical Society approves?Oh yeah, I got so distracted I almost forgot to go surfing at Tommy Wolfe is a dork Reef
A few nubile models running around
The opportunity to snap a few photos of the models for FREE - much to the chagrin of the big shot photo eddies who were paying the models big $$
Oh yeah, dos, CB please call off your thugs!
I told you I'd pay you for the 1962 San Marino High School Annual I bought on E-Bay - as soon as I sell my 1962 La Jolla High School Annual.
I have been waiting for almost a year to tap into the adult beverage that is stored in the stalk of the Agave PlantAM La Jolla Shores
The photos I took last summer of the Agave in full bloom gave an indication of the amount of beverage the plants held -
- BUT -
When I arrived at the Penalty Box tonight, and looked south, to my shock and awe - the stalks were down - apparently harvested by a rogue band of do-gooders who belong to The Anti-Saloon League and in cahoots with those who still support the Eighteenth Amendment.
What was once that is now this - my world - once again - has been turned on its head.
The huge waves arrived - as predicted - and the local chargers were there - as expected - to meet the challenge[s ]BA
New York Danny
Big Shot Engineer Donny
New Style Guy Blue Board
Old Style Guy Larry
My dental fun, apparently, is far from complete - so - on the way to Point Loma's Painless Phil the Tattoo Artist, err, Oral Surgeon, I stopped by The Arena, took some grainy and out of focus photos showing:BA
Grom Ian and a couple of his grom [Jake] [Warren??] and not grom [Emery] [Zac] friends getting some good waves -
The danger and the drama caused by leaving backpacks on the rocks:
You gotta chase the flying rats, err the birds- And -
But if you turn your back - they return - and may fly away with something valuable?
Why I'm gonna become a rockclimber:
"Chicks dig me 'cause I surf, err rockclimb.com"
I got interviewed this evening by some hot shot writer from a big shot Adults Only Publication - I can't remember the name[s]BA
- SO -
I said that I:Was the first one to surf Bl*ck'sMost importantly -
Was the first one to surf La Jolla Shores
Was the first one to surf Bi* Ro*k, Wind**Sea, Sim*ons, and The Pip*line
Made Greg Noll's Striped Surf Trunks
Copyrighted the Hang Ten logo
Discovered every surf spot in Baja and El Salvador
Formulated Epoxy Resin, and made the first looms to weave fiberglass
Invented the Twin Fin, Thruster, and Quad Fin Surfboards
Invented the Strauch Cheater Five
Gave Ron Stoner surf photography lessons
Grew the first Balsa Wood Trees and made the first Balsa Wood Surfboard
Was the first tow-in surfer at Todos and Mavericks
Invented the Booger Board
Invented the surf leash
Designed the first Tribal Band Tattoo for 25 year old beginning surfers
Discovered the Neoprene Tree and made the first wetsuit
Patented the formula for surf wax
Printed the first surf mag
Created - along with Geoge Bush - Global Warming
Made the first Pre, and After Surfing, Seal Skin Boots from La Jolla's Harbor Seals
- AND -I invented the World Wide Web so surf kooks could sit around and dream about places they'll never visit.
AM Photos - PM PhotosBA
By the way - as I was walking thru the rocks, a couple of my friends were returning from Bla**'s - the report was that the waves were - as always - not very good.I borrowed one of John's cameras to take the above photo of him, his ladder, and his bazooka, err, telephoto.
I said: "If you see Slavin headed this way, tell him the waves are as always - terrible - and not to waste his time and energy."
Later, when I saw John on the beach, he said my warning about the wave quality and that he oughta turn back, only made him more determined to complete his task!
The surf being too big, too small - too mushy, too hollow -As long are there are guys like Slavin running around - I'll NEVER allow myself to fall into the Depths of Depravity, err, Poor Me like some of you have!
The tide's too high, too low, too full -
You got the wrong board -
You've got the wrong wax, no wax, dirty wax -
You've brought the wrong wetsuit, a wet wetsuit -
You got no lease, wrong leash -
The water's too cold, too warm, too polluted -
The wind's wrong - or you're waiting for the wind to shift
There are too many kooks in the water -
There are too many WindanSea guys in the water -
You're waiting for your friends to show up -
Waaaaaaaaaaaaa - ad nauseam
1. If you don't surf - don't start -BA
2. If you do surf, I'm begging you, please don't surf around me!
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