Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

He's Still With Us

Yesterday, while driving in the City of Angels, I stopped at a light behind a Dodge van with a sticker on the right rear window that said "The Point San Onofre." A moment later, an old Volkswagen Camper pulled up next to it and the two men inside shouted at the driver of the Dodge van "There is no Point at SanO!" The driver waived back through his open window with that friendly one finger gesture oft seen in days gone by at San Onofre. I know that somewhere up high, Tubesteak smiled.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Homemade Sea Salt

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Nobody yelled "Fore!" at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee. The 2-pound leopard shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a bird then dropped on San Juan Hills Golf Club, Melissa McCormack, director of club operations, said Thursday. No one was teeing up when the shark fell Monday afternoon, although some golfers had just left the area, she said.

A course marshal, who makes sure players maintain an appropriate pace, saw something moving around on the tee and went to investigate. He found the shark bleeding with puncture wounds, where it seems the bird had held it in its grasp. The marshal put the shark in his golf cart and drove it back to the clubhouse. "He went above and beyond," McCormack said.

The marshal, McCormack and employee Bryan Stizer wanted to help the small shark, so they stuck it in a bucket of water. Then somebody remembered it wasn't a fresh water animal, so they stirred up some "homemade sea water" using sea salt from the kitchen, she said. "We knew we had to get it to the ocean as fast as possible," McCormack said.
She grabbed a photo of the shark before Stizer headed to the sea. "When Brian put it in the water, it didn't move," she said, "but then it flipped and took off."

It's the first time anyone could remember a shark falling from the sky at the golf course. "We have your typical coyotes, skunks and the occasional mountain lion, but nothing like a shark," McCormack said.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Murmuration: a flock of starlings

It takes a couple of moments to get past the girls mugging for the camera to get to the video of the murmuration.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tubesteak Passed Peacefully Wednesday

Words are inadequate to express the depth of this loss. My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family, and to all who knew him. OC Register story.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fear Strikes

Walked into a South Orange County bar the other day, took one look at these characters turned around and walked out. What would you have done?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

California State Parks Director Resigns Amid Scandal

"State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned Friday and her second in command has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years. The department kept the money hidden even as it carried out the unprecedented closure of 70 parks to satisfy state budget cuts. The money could also have prevented drastic cutbacks in hours, staffing and services that have stricken nearly every park in the state." The Sacramento Bee reports that the moves come in the wake of a scandal, revealed by The Sacramento Bee on Sunday, in which a deputy director at State Parks carried out a secret vacation buyout program for employees at department headquarters last year. That buyout cost the state more than $271,000. The Bee began inquiring about rumors of a surplus when it learned about the buyout, and submitted a Public Records Act request for the fund data on Wednesday. The secret $54 million was not reported to the State Finance Departmentas required."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Only Fifty Years Behind Barney Wilkes

The interview is in French, but the video tells the story. It reminds me of the ingenuity behind Barney Wilkes' six-wheel-drive amphibious bus.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

2 Men, 1 Woman, And A Goat Ain't Natural

As quoted in the Orange County Register, a goat herder surfing at San Onofre yesterday says his goat is a natural at surfing. News flash: Your goat ain't a "natural" at surfing if it takes two people to hold it on a surfboard while you catch and ride a two inch wave . . . next to it . . . on a separate surfboard.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Shorecliffs Teacher Faces 4th Sex Accusation

A fourth possible victim has come forward in the case against Shorecliffs Middle School math teacher Richard Rack, 50, who faces accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with several middle school students, officials said Friday. Rack, who was arrested June 6 on suspicion of acting inappropriately with girls younger than 14, was arrested again Thursday for allegedly having sex with a third girl. He had been under investigation since November and was placed on administrative leave by the school Dec. 1, said Orange County Sheriff’s officials. The latest accuser contacted authorities “after news reports were coming out about Richard Rack,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. “She mentioned she was a victim while she attended Shorecliffs Middle School a couple of years ago.” The student no longer attends Shorecliffs, but is still being classified as a “14 and under” case. She was being interviewed by investigators Friday and no further details were provided. Rack was in custody at Theo Lacy jail in Orange with bail set at $1 million, officials said. The allegations arising from Jane Doe No. 1 were that Rack commented on a current student's figure, peeked down her blouse, hugged and kissed her on the forehead and asked her to wear lower-cut shirts, law enforcement officials have said. Jane Doe No. 2, also a current student, alleges that Rack asked that she send nude photos of herself, which she did. Jane Doe No. 3, a girl who has since left Shorecliffs, allegedly maintained a sexual affair with two years. The details of what may have happened between Jane Doe No. 4 and Rack have not been publicized. Authorities urge anyone with information or tips in the case to call 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or submit tips online at

Sunday, June 10, 2012


"The sun got in my eyes"...   "Yeah, that's it, "hic" the sun got in my eyes!"

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I'm Coming To My Paddle Out As A Helicopter

Now that's a way to make an entrance at your memorial service, stuffed and turned into a radio controlled helicopter. Story here.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

He's No Leonard Turner

Leonard could not fill the shoes of this man. Krusty Peter found somewhere on the lost coast of Northern California.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

San Onofre Rocks Spontaneously Combust (Again)

A San Clemente woman suffered severe burns when rocks that she had picked up at San Onofre State Beach burst into flames in the pocket of her cargo shorts last weekend, according to a report from The Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times, and KABC Channel 7 News, among countless other newpapers and television stations. Stay tuned, this story is going to spread like wild fire around the glode.

The 43-year-old San Clemente woman, who was not identified, was visiting the beach last Saturday with her family, and had collected seven colored rocks, Orange County fire officials said.

The woman had second- and third-degree burns on her legs, and her husband was burned on his hands as he tried to help her, fire officials said.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Previously Classified Documents Unveil Fire Dangers At San Onofre

SAN CLEMENTE (CBS-  Previously classified documents along with other evidence uncovered in an exclusive CBS2 investigation point to hidden fire dangers at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

Grace Van Thillo says “it’s an accident waiting to happen.”

SONGS continues to be in violation of critical decades-old fire safety standards. You have to prevent fires in reactors or you can have a meltdown and you have to create significant separation between your backup and your primary cabling,” Hirsch said, adding that “The reactor in back of us [SONGS] still hasn’t done that.”

We’ve obtained a previously classified report which shows one worker “deliberately failed to conduct required fire protection surveillances and falsified fire watch logs.”
And the report says it went on for five years between the dates of April 2001 and December 2006.

SONGS leads the nation in the number of safety complaints filed by its own employees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

One prior employee told his managers back in 1999 about another fire risk – circuit breakers that could allow critical wiring connected to emergency pumps to overheat and catch fire. He says his supervisors ignored his concerns for years so he went to the NRC. Last year, the NRC agreed the circuit breakers did not provide adequate protection and Edison agreed to change them by the end of the year.

Nuclear experts Dan Hirsch’s assessment: “It’s a form of Russian roulette. It’s a form of tossing dice.”

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tubesteak's Health

Is Tube okay? I saw headlines that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been closed down for the last three months because they found that Tubesteak was showing signs of unusual wear ("Unusual Wear Of Tube Shuts Down Nuclear Reactor"). I didn't even know Tube was working at the nuclear plant. Apparently Tube's job is to carry radioactive water to and from the nuclear reactors.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) won't let San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) restart the nuclear reactor until they figure out what's causing Tubesteak's condition (San Onofre To Remain Closed Until Problem With Tube Solved). I thought maybe that someone had overreacted or that maybe Tubesteak just needed a little rest and would be up and around soon, but then the Washington Post's headline caught my eye -- "Additional Tube Wear Found At Troubled San Onofre Nuclear Plant On California Coast." This is obviously worse than I thought.

How much wear and tear can one man take? Why didn't they hire someone to help Tube carry all that radioactive water when they expanded the number of reactors from one to three? Unusual wear? He's doing the work of at least three men. What did they expect? The thought of our beloved Tubesteak running from reactor to reactor carrying all that radioactive water, until he collapses from exhaustion, is weighing heavy on my heart. Look at the picture. That is just one of the reactor pools that Tube has to change the water in, bucket by bucket, every day.
I've lost Tube's phone number. Can anyone who can reach him check to see how he is? Have they done an MRI? EKG? Some blood tests?

Monday, April 23, 2012

What Where?

Who knows where this is and the importance it has in the history of surfing? Extra points if you can name the person standing in the doorway.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bathroom #4 Locals

Here we have "Poopdick Pappy" also known as "Wiskbroom Johnny" a regular at bathroom #4. Johnny hails from Hermosa Beach and lives on ricecakes and applesauce. He, like Leonard Turner likes to bum food but unlike Leonard he does not mooch beer. he is an avid surfer and prefers the slow mushy rollers of San Onofre rather than the world class waves near his home. Someday he will own a motorhome that absolutely no one will ever step foot in. Oops. He already does. No one has ever seen the inside of his motorhome, NO ONE. My guess is it is full of body parts or illicit drugs or perhaps a small arsenal. Stop by bathroom #4 sometime and enjoy a visit with this weeks 'Bathroom #4 Local' Poopdick Pappy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Park Pass

April 30th - $125
May 1st and beyond - $195

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

R.I.P. Dick Mobley

Yet another bites the dust.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab

Feb. 9
For immediate release.
OWN The Oprah Winfrey Network

Dr. Dru announced this season's lineup today. The cast will include: among others R.P. McMurphy and "Biff" D. Tweaker. This episode will focus on the meth addicts and their whacky behavioral quirks. Watch as "Biff" the gardener and McMurphy almost get into fisticuffs over a missing "stash". You will watch in horror as Nurse Ratchet uses a taser on the two addicts to break up the fight. Next weeks episode we find "Biff" on a work release program and is caught with a crack pipe behind bathroom #4.

Check local listings for dates and times.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012


What do these people think they are doing? This madness has to end!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

Six Degrees of Radiation

It's all about the connections to SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station), in the news this week because of leaking more radiation into the atmosphere, and a shutdown for other defects.

A house inspired by the domes of the San Onofre nuclear generators is for sale. It's most recent owner is Huell Howser, who featured San Onofre in more than one episode of his TV travel show.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Feb 1, 2012 San Clemente
A California man walking his small dog off-leash was arrested after a park ranger used her stun gun on him.
The San Clemente Times reports that Dedier Le Bouff was walking his small dog south of dogpatch. For years, the park has been a refuge for owners who let their dogs run off-leash. However, all state parks have on-leash laws.
"It was really scary," said Biff McTweaker, who said he witnessed the incident as he and his life partner were walking their own dogs. "I just felt so bad for him."
The unnamed park ranger reportedly confronted Le Bouff about his dog. Le Bouff, who said he wasn't carrying his wallet at the time, allegedly gave a false name. The ranger asked him to remain at the scene but Le Bouff instead attempted to leave before he was shot in the back with the taser.
McTweaker said Le Bouff had repeatedly asked the ranger why he was being detained. "He just tried to walk away. She never gave him a reason," McTweaker said.
After Le Bouff left the scene, the ranger "pursued him a little bit and she did deploy her" electric-shock weapon, said state parks spokesman Michael Story.
"That did stop him."
Le Bouff was then arrested on suspicion of failing to obey a lawful order, having a dog off-leash and knowingly providing false information, Story said. He was later released.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Future is Now

Who? Where?

Whomever correctly identifies the surfer and the location wins a prize.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Way Back

Give me a Rusty Peter over a Stoopid Leonard any day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RIP Igggy

Harold Ige, one of the best shapers of all time, has passed away when he was testing new 18ft SUP prototypes with Randy Naish. Suddenly, Harold collapsed and left us.

"I was about 50 yards behind, when I watched him collapse into the water. I got there as fast as I could. Kai Santos saw the pilikia and swam out with fins and together we tried to resuscitate Harold", explains Naish.

Ige was quickly taken to the beach and everyone tried to bring him back, but it was not possible. "I've never felt so helpless! I did all I could, we did all we could. I'm sorry. I'll never forget this day even if I want to. The surfing world lost an icon, a legend, and a friend to many, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a mentor", he adds.

Harold "Iggy" Ige was enjoying SUP in the waters off Lanikai, in Oahu, Hawaii. The cause of the death is supposed to be heart attack.

The 71-year-old surfer was a very humble surfer and human being. He started to shape his own boards. After the high school graduation, in 1960, he moved to Southern California and worked for another legend, Greg Noll, and Dale Velzy, soon after.

Harold Ige also worked for Dewey Weber and kicked off his own surf brand "Iggy", in Oahu. In 1979, he founded Naish with Robbie and never left this wave riding family. Ige, an old school shaper, was an authentic craftsman. He was very much respect in the Hawaiian islands.

"Back in the 70's, people used to say: 'when you shape a board, you put your soul into it' or some spiritual stuff like that. I kinda laughed but, when you shape, you do get really tired. It's so much more work than machine shaping, not only because it's hard labor but because you put all out. When you say shaping, it's not just shaping using the planer. You touch it, listen to the way it's cutting- I have to hear and feel it, otherwise I can't tell the details. Maybe you put mana into the board by hand shaping. That’s why you get exhausted", Harold Ige once explained.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Kook Magnets Arrive

Oh boy. New fire rings! That's right folks. A truckload of new fire rings for the beach has arrived. More stuff for the state to not maintain, and the kooks to fill up with crap.

Moon Phase