Tuesday, August 26, 2008
A recent article in the LA Times states that surfboard fees for airlines are going up to as much as $300 per board. This is not the Aloha Spirit we were looking for. For a long time travelers have not been charged for golf clubs, which probably weigh heavier than surfboards, so what gives? I believe that it's unfair singling out of the surf culture, which large corporate air carriers do not understand and/or don't care if they piss off, hence exploiting their unfair monopoly. Golf travelers (aka affluent salesmen) they do understand and do want their business. Solution: rent a board or buy then sell one on your trip (it would be much as it would cost to check it). Also, sometimes upon return, the foreign airlines personnel will not charge extra for your board (if you're nice). Or grease a sky cap, those guys can pull off anything!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Since the late 19th Century, Man has been playing tennis, chasing that yellow fuzzy ball in the sky. A very civil sport, for example, one has a score of "love" not zero. Lack of recent popularity
has made it more affordable. Rackets can be found at Target for around $25, very civil indeed.
My personal favorite way to play is mixed doubles ;) Have a Bombay Sapphire and tonic, afterwards.
It's this Post's Perfect Post Leisure Activity Beverage!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Watched a sweet documentary called "Surfwise" the other night. It tells the story of the famed Paskowitz's, who've been dubbed "The First Family of Surfing". Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz is a Stanford educated doctor, who gave up conventional life to raise his 9 (yes NINE!) children in a camper van on the beach, teaching them to surf instead of sending them to school. It's pretaay amazing in my opinion. Judge for yourself if Doc is preacher, genius, looney, idol or prophet. The family is now notorious and also runs a surf school in So Cal.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Back in Lost Angeles, CB was kind enough to invite me to see Glenn Campbell at The Troubador last night. "I'm still here." he said as he took the stage. Mr. Campbell played some of his old hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman", but he also played new covers off his new album from Travis and U2. Glenn also wailed on guitar for a delighted packed house, which included John Corbett aka Aidan Shaw from Sex in the City.
When in San Diego, A-dub treated us to a family recipe called The Tower of Tuna, the perfect meal for a warm summer evening. Basically, you take a cup fill it with a layer of rice, a chopped mixture of avacado, onions, peppers and cilantro and top it off with raw tuna "cooked" with lime juice. Flip the cup over and wahla! Tower of Tuna. Thanks, A-dub.
Monday, August 18, 2008
When headed to Man-Diego from Lost Angeles CA, I highly reccomend taking Man-Trak's Surfliner. Starting at the Union Station, you cruise the Pacific coastal towns and beaches, going right by famous surf spots, like Lower Trestles (closer than a car gets), plus they sell booze on the train. There were plen-tee of travelers embibing. Also, when it comes to a Life of Leisure, I am all business, so why not pay the $14 to "upgrade" to Business Class. Look how many free snacks and wine you get! The airlines could take note from Amtrak (although the TV didn't work).
Befor shooting the pier, one needs to fuel up, so get-your-grub-on with some Lobster Benedict at The Blue Parrot http://blueparrotbarandgrill.com/ in Ocean Beach. It's what you need. Wash it down with one of their "Man-mosas" or "Man-grias", both served in a pint glass.