Welcome to a Day with BA - Mac Meda too
"Yesterday is history - Tomorrow is a mystery - And today is a gift..."
One of the "things" I try to accomplish on my web pages, is to practice INCLUSION -BA[Maybe I'm still feeling sorry for myself 'cause I could never get tan and look like a real surfer - the only team I got to be a part of was Team Melanoma]More than one or two or three people [the pioneers] contributed to the rich La Jolla history of WindanSea, Mac Meda, The Pumphouse, The Red Mountain Inn, etc.
Likewise, more than one or two or three people have tales to tell about those days.
I guess it kind of bothers me that the one or two or three "Go To" La Jolla Historians, seem to consistently talk about the same people as if they [the pioneers] were the only ones who participated in all of the antics.
The Warden - 22 December 2006 - sent me a list of names to include in THE History Book - I guess I should make sure it is okay with her [The Warden] to submit the names to the public -
Speaking for myself - I can hardly wait to start naming names and taking notes!
"Thanks for posting all the pics.BA sez:
Earl Gildea - La Jolla '56 or '55 - is my dad and took the pic of Macpherson diving off the clam with the finger flying high...
These people were all young parents while this s**t was going down...my brother and I were lucky to get out alive with all those village knuckleheads raising us rascals."
The photo your dad took is in my top 10 - plus -BA
"village knuckleheads" what a classic description!
- AND - When I get a different host, I won't have to censor the language!
Thanks again for your email!
Way back, then, the mid fifties to the early sixties, the gulf between the WindanSea "Tribe"By the way - I censored this photo / letter because of an arrangement I have with the service who hosts my dribble - anyone who has been around me for more than a nano-second knows that I am very uncensored - but that's a different story, best told when I get a new host.
[I know, it's (Tribe) is way overused, but there is a wonderful simplicity there]and the Shores Tribe seemed as wide as The Grand Canyon [or so it appeared to me]
My goals as a Shores gremmie were:1. Long Term - become a good enough surfer to surf WindanSea without getting beat-up, stuffed into trash cans, etc.There was no way I was gonna EVER be one of them - they were way too cool, too tough, too rough - PLUS - my mother would never have allowed it!
2. Short Term - avoid the WindanSea guys [this was pretty difficult, 'cause La Jolla High School was 7 - 12 grade] at all costs, and most importantly, stay away, way away, from Butch, Tiny Brains, Macpherson, and Rakestraw.
I know that if things today, were as they were about 50 years ago, I would still be uncomfortable around the MacMeda Destruction Company crew -
BUT - I'll bet you that if Macpherson and Rakestraw could have gone back in time to Dodge City in the 1800's they would have fit right in.
I guess in the big picture, Macpherson and the rest of the early WindanSea / MacMeda crew were pioneers -
I, as a Shores gremmie was more like a settler.
Those guys [the pioneers] carved the trails and set the bar [and the bar tabs] very high -
I was lucky enough to be able to go down some of the trails they made - for that, I thank Mac and his band of merry pioneers.
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