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An Orange County Autumn Day

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Days like this I am amazed that the rest of the country is preparing for winter.  They are bundling up against the wind and the cold.   Yet here we are, enjoying a gorgeous Saturday at Crystal Cove.

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We may not get the fall foliage that so many do but I have to appreciate this time of year at the beach. The crowds are gone and you are left with stretches of beach to yourself.

All you hear are the waves. All you smell is the ocean. Life is so good.

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I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

An Open Letter

Dear Fall Weather,

What made you leave?  I want you back.

I don’t know what I did wrong, but just tell me what you want me to do and I’ll do it.

You see, it was such a wonderful time we had together.  I was able to break out some pants and long sleeved shirts!  I wore something on my feet called socks!  It was truly magical.

But now you’re gone, and I’m back to the same old clothes I seem to wear 80% of the time.  I need change, fall weather, and only you can give it to me.

So please think about it.  We’re great together, and you know it.

Sincerely,

A Lifelong SoCal Resident

Yay, Fall is Here … Kinda

As you probably know I grew up back east, but what you probably don’t know is that I absolutely LOVE autumn. I love seeing the leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. I love that exquisite can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it scent that fills the air, which is crisp and cool and a nice contrast to the subtle warmth of the sun. I love breaking out my turtlenecks, wool sweaters and jackets. I love that with fall comes football season and tailgating. I love getting the season’s first snowfall. Of the four seasons it is by far my favorite.

My new version of autumn/fall. The sun setting over Dana Point Harbor

My new version of autumn/fall. The sun setting over Dana Point Harbor

Obviously living in Orange County many of these things don’t occur. We may only have two seasons, as a lot of people like to say … summer and not summer. However, it doesn’t take away from the best part of experiencing all four seasons as they do in other parts of the country. In my opinion, the best part of the seasons changing is the anticipation of the change regardless if it is traditional or not. And in my case, wearing a whole different wardrobe. I’m a sucker for any kind of black turtleneck sweater.

I’m totally digging the cooler weather we’re experiencing this week. While we don’t have trees bursting with vibrant colors and it’s not quite turtleneck sweater weather yet it is light sweater weather and  the air is crisp and cool. I can live with that.

So, OC Metbloggers, what is your favorite season? Do you share my affinity for black turtleneck sweaters?

OC Beerfest: Sweaty, Beery Fun

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As many of you know, the Orange County Beer Festival was held yesterday at Irvine Lake. As promised there were lots of breweries, lots of beer to drink and plenty of heat.

Since it was so hot – the thermometer in my car showed 100 degrees – I was shocked at how many people had on jeans, closed-toe shoes and dark shirts. However, most people seemed to be aware we were in the middle of a heat wave and dressed as such. Thankfully there was shade to be had and the vendors that happened to be in the shade produced a crowd.

Our purpose was to try beers we’d not had before. I sampled 14, but did not entirely drink them all. Some were just too heavy for such a hot summer day. I tried to stick to lights, wheats, whites, etc. plus that’s what I tend to prefer. Although, one of my favorites was none of those, exactly. MateVeza an organic beer with caffeine.

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ICME: Speaking Of Fires……..

As I was passing over the 5 tonight I saw this……..
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This picture was taken above the “Orange Crush” where the 5, 57, 22 and 55 (kinda) all meet. That’s right…..the fire in L.A. the San Gabriel Valley is so large, you can see the flames from Orange County.

As Gina said, we know what you’re going through. Stay safe folks!
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Can It Get Any Hotter?

The answer to that question is yes, it can and will get hotter tomorrow. Crap.

The OC Register says “the county smashed a heat record today, and the National Weather Service says that it’s likely to be 1-2 degrees hotter on Friday.“ Stay cool people and stay out of the ocean, Laguna Beach Lifeguards would ”prefer you wait for another day to get into the ocean“. I guess you’re better off in the pool – sheesh!

Where Did the Gloom Come From?

Is it just me, or is it sort of creepy out there right now?

I thought at first there was a fire, the way the sunlight was being filtered into my house, but no mention of a fire anywhere that I can find.

Instead just this weird, soupy crap that so does not belong here in the middle of August.

UPDATE: All right, apparently there are two wildfires, one in Santa Cruz and one in Santa Barbara (that I thought, erroneously, was put out) so the smoke drifting this way might be part of the reason.

 

I’m scared.  Hold me.

Marine Layer vs. Fog … that is the question

So, why is called a marine layer and not fog in Southern California? I’ve been wondering why ever since I’ve moved here 4.5 years ago. I realize the definition of marine is “of or pertaining to the sea.” However, wouldn’t that also be applicable to San Francisco? Granted SF sits on a bay, not the ocean, it is ocean water though.

Yes, I’m being serious when I ask this question. Yes, I drive people nuts with my “only you would wonder that.”

Throw a girl a bone.

This was the best photo I could find, of mine, that kinda represents a marine layer.

This was the best photo I could find, of mine, that kinda represents a marine layer.

Big Waves Coming To Orange County Beaches This Weekend

Thanks to a storm in Tahiti, this weekend will be a great time for surfers. South facing beaches in LA and Orange Counties are expected to have 8-10 foot swells. This translates to LARGE waves. In some spots, the surf will be well overhead (approx 6+ feet). This weekend is the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. You can bet these guys and gals will take full advantage of this swell. If you’e never seen pro surfers shred it up in person before, this would be a great weekend to do so.

If you’re not a surfer however, this may be a crap weekend to be at the beach. Sure the temperatures will be high, but the lifeguards will most likely be keeping people out of the water as best as they can. With large waves comes strong rip currents. Weaker swimmers can easily get knocked over by a wave and then sucked out to sea very quickly. The lifeguards will have their hands full this weekend.

I’m Loving the Gloom

If I remember correctly, last June was scorching hot. I hate scorching hot.

And yes, I know that I probably live in the wrong geographical area for someone that doesn’t really like heat, but hey, I was born here.

So, count me out amongst the complainers. Give me clouds and cool breezes any day of the week.

And yes, even a bit of drizzle.

I’ve got a perma-tan from living here all my life, I don’t need to worry about the state of my tan lines.

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