Archive for December, 2005

Five minutes at the gym

24-hour Fitness Center on Lemon Street, Anaheim
This morning

Five minutes at the gym

24-hour Fitness Center on Lemon Street, Anaheim
This morning

Care for OC Kids…

It’s funny what you don’t see in the news. Sometimes it’s things that actually affect your life! (Yes, I know, who Paris Hilton is having sex with this week is urgent but bear with me…)

Today, the OC Board of Supervisors passed a measure, championed by Supervisor Lou Correa, that should provide some basic health insurance coverage to some of the county’s poorest children.

Okay, now, before you start dropping in your comments, calling me a (gasp) “Liberal”, let me finish. This plan won’t cost the county a penny and, doesn’t even come close to helping all the uninsured children.

I can’t fathom where “Leave No Child Behind” and being “Pro-Life” ends and where the idea that we cannot afford to invest in the health of our children, our future, begins – I won’t try to tackle that one. But coming from a poor family myself, I can empathize with those kids and think much more can be done. Where are our priorities when something like this is actually gutted to insure fewer kids? During this time of year, especially, it surely must provide pause and reflection on where we are headed as a society.

On the upside, though, a few of our county’s children will get some care. That’s a good thing.

… now, to find out who Paris Hilton is shtupping…

SNOW!

Driving out of my office today, I looked up at the local mountains and noticed…. (drumroll, please)… snow! Yes, folks, apparently, it snowed last night – at least, just enough to top the mountains. Now… if only there was enough snow to snowboard… (Sorry my picture sucks)
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Orange County Atheists December Meeting

atheism.jpgThis month’s Orange County Atheists meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 7:15 PM at BJ’s Brewhouse and Restaurant, 24032 El Toro Road in Laguna Hills.

If you consider yourself an atheist, an agnostic, a freethinker, a humanist, or are just curious, check out this month’s event. We always welcome new members, will give you a name tag, and want to hear what you have to say! More info is available at the Orange County Atheists website.

Photo No No

I just got back from the Port of Long Beach where I taking pictures for my photography class. After a few minutes there, some police rolled by and I was detained for taking photographs. Supposedly, since 9/11, you

Christmas schizophrenia…

I think it started the other night, as Vicky and I sat out on our porch. We’d just barbequed in December and Vicky said, “I need to buy some icicle lights.”

So far. So good. Nothing terribly abnormal. Right?

Of course, it’s abnormal! And it struck me this morning like a header with one of those freeway walls that have trees etched in them! (Which, in itself, is pretty damned abnormal!) It’s December! And every Christmas tradition, cartoon, movie, television special, and everything else seems to suggest that this should be the time for sleigh bells and winter wonderlands and… white stuff that falls from the sky. No, not dandruff… not radioactive fallout… some other thing.

And there were were: Barbequing!

Icicle lights? In Orange County?

But we see them every year! Right along side the fake snowmen and the fake reindeer. Am I the only one who thinks this is just plain weird?

We need our own, temperate (weather-wise, I mean), warmer traditions. Why not trade that pine in for a palm? Get rid of those reindeer and put Santa in a Beemer… this is Orange County, after all. And for crying out loud, let’s get rid of those icicle lights and put up something more California appropriate! (What would that be? Little Corona Lights? With a neon lime?)

Come on, Orange County. Let’s hear some suggestions to make Christmas look like it belongs in our home town!

Huntington Beach Snowflake Lighting

Well Sunday night myself and my girlfriend went down to Main St. in Huntington Beach to catch the annual lighting of the snowflakes and the parade. She pretty much had to drag me out of the house I am a Scrooge this time of year. But I had a really good time and enjoyed how Surf City USA brought in the end of the year festivities. We walked down the middle of the road and all of the restaurants and bars had food to try and the shops were all open but it really didn’t seem crowded. It was like everyone was enjoying their families and each other. Next to Duke’s there were a couple of Woodies parked there to show off.

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These cars are beautiful and I would love to have one of my own. (Hints for anyone looking to buy me a present)
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Vote…Again!

votebutton.gifRemember folks, if you’re in the 48th congressional district (including the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest and Tustin, and portions of Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Santa Ana), today’s the day to vote in the 48th Congressional District Election to replace Chris Cox.

Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM – you can click here to find your polling place. After the polls close, you can view up to the minute results at the Registrar’s web site.

Make your voice heard!

Dawn Patrol

Saturday morning I headed out to the beach early for some surfing and was treated to a spectacular morning. I arrived at Bolsa Chica State Beach around 6am, took a few photos, hopped on my board and continued my efforts — with some success that day — to surf. The water was a bit cooler than last week

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