Posted by admin at April 26th, 2008

Yesterday in Solana Beach, a retired veterinarian was attacked and fatally killed by an alleged great white shark.  While my sympathies go out to the family and friends of one of Solana Beach’s native sons, I think we need to remember that when we go in the water we are entering an ecosystem that, yes, has predators.  These predators eat things and if Homo Erectus is thrashing in the shark’s backyard….well….it’s just the chance you take.

The cry from observers and the ubiquitous press is “Hunt the shark down and kill it!”.  It’s just like out of “Jaws”.  The villagers with their boats take to the high seas to rid their once happy little hamlet of this intruder.  I disagree with this approach.

As one who takes to the sea quite often, I have  a very deep respect and understanding of the biome known as la mer.  I look at it this way.  The ocean is allowing me to be there.  Waiting between sets with LD,  the boards, the wet suits and flippers forces you to contemplate the vastness of its reach.  This epiphany humbles me.    I know the risks.  I know what’s out there.  Lord knows creatures have swam by my feet millions of times.

The E-Ticket ride on the great Pacific comes with a price.  Will I be out there again in June? Absoultely.

Rest well, Dr. Martin.

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Posted by admin at April 21st, 2008

Can’t seem to shake this bronchial thing I’ve got going on.  Been hacking up my lungs all weekend.  LD is even getting concerned.  I’ll call the HealthRus and see if I can get an appointment.

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Posted by admin at April 17th, 2008

The mythical hen was on to something. Picture this.

While driving home on 15-s, I noticed two red tailed hawks engaged in aerial combat. The focus of their battle soon became apparent as the remains of an unknown rodent splatted on my windshield. The Land of Make Believe soon turned to reality as I realized the mutilated head of Peter Cottontail did a Jackson Pollack on my car.

You don’t get this stuff on Animal Planet!

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Posted by admin at April 13th, 2008

What a show!

Had an outstanding experience last night. As many of you know, I sing with the SDMC and last night was our spring concert at the Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego.

This old boy still gets a big kick out of performing on a huge stage. When that curtain went up, it looked like the audience went up into the sky. WOW! I had so much fun performing last night. I LOVE IT!

I won’t go into any details as I’m still trying to take it all in from last night but I had a great time. LD and I attended the reception at the US Grant and had tad bit too much in the drinkie department.

Our show featured the cool stylings of one American Idol star named Frenchie Davis. She was a DIVA extraordinaire. We chatted a bit at the reception afterwards and she’s warm and funny and very charming. And….I GOT HER AUTOGRAPH! (squeal).

I’ll try and give more details later. ‘Til then, I’m going to laze around the place with LD and Diego.

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Posted by admin at April 1st, 2008

This weekend I was at the WGI West Power Regional and saw the SCV. Their show this season features stark colors of red, black and white. The performers were costumed in period pieces from the 40′s with hair and make up to match. The boys were quite dashing in the “Cary Grant” style and the beautiful women looked like Hollywood glamour girls reminicent of Carol Lombard and the like.

The movement was fantastic. They use body and breath quite a bit to motivate them through phrases and the training and technique was quite sound. They were quite free in their body presence and could throw themselves around that floor with ease and agility. Their equipment book was very strong as well. But for my pick, it was SCV all the way. I’m still trying to figure out who is the singer in the soundtrack. Enjoy!

Final pose.At the beginning of the show.Weight sharing…

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