November 16, 2008

The Moon, The Sun And The Holy Coast

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Good morning and greetings, NFL fans. We’ve had a beautiful week of weather here on the central coast, with clear skies and unseasonably warm weather. The thermometer hit 86 on Saturday and that was followed by a Super Sunday. Not bad for a mid-November weekend. We’re talking Donna Summer weather in the late fall. George Carlin, in his weatherman days as Al Sleet, would have said “these conditions were due to a Canadian low, which is not to be confused with a Mexican high.” In fact, it was so hot on Saturday that I saw a dog chasing a cat-and they were walking.

This week also featured a full slate of lunar action here on the coast. Ideally, when the full moon is rising, or there’s a bad moon on the rise, I like to head down to Steamer Lane to experience the lunar moment. Today’s blue moon is from this past Wednesday. I was driving along Delaware Avenue when I saw the moon shrouded by the red clouds. Nothing like shooting a full moon rising between the telephone lines. And then a cow pole vaulted over the moon.

The sunset is from the previous Wednesday along West Cliff Drive. There haven’t been many clouds in the sky to bring on the necessary drama for the dusk delights but Saturday night’s sunset was just gorgeous. It was low tide and there was a exotic red glow in the sky as the sun dipped into the Pacific. I hadn’t seen that kind of glow in the sky since my first Grateful Dead concert and I was indoors at the time. Sunshine, daydream.

Another incredible week for the world’s crashing economy. I just can’t seem to catch a break. While I waiting for a package from DHL, I received a gift card from Circuit City and American Express offered to extend my line of credit. It’s such an incredibly stressful time for so many people. But at least those bailout packages are working.

On the subject of our faltering economy, courtesy of Jay Leno, here’s how bad the economy is. China had to cut back on the amount of lead they’re putting in our kid’s toys. Exxon-Mobil had to lay off 25 congressman. And parents in Beverly Hills are being forced to raise their own kids. And speaking of kids, Jewish children are asking their parents about Hanukah. The parents told them, “Ask Santa.”

That’s it for the Monday experience. As I write this Southern California is on fire as hurricane force Santa Ana winds over the weekend drove these blazes wild, destroying people’s homes and the sacred memories that go along with them. Just a devastating scene for all those Laker fans in SoCal. So try to be grateful for the little things, like Eli Manning and the New York Giants having a record of 9-1 through week 10 of the NFL season. So enjoy the warm skies, the autumn breeze and we’ll catch you across the middle. Aloha and later, Brian Williams fans.


  1. My first GD concert was outdoors at Roosevelt Stadium. Yours?

    Love love love the moon shots – I’m glad the folks at Sunrise Santa Cruz throw in a little variety to keep the blog appetite craving more!

    Comment by NBA — November 17, 2008 @ 8:20 am

  2. Could this be the start of a new website – MoonriseSantaCruz? Yes, variety is the spice of life. Also liked the economy jokes; if only the rest of the story wasn’t so tragic. Well, at least we have the Giants and how about those resurgent New York Knickerbockers…

    Comment by Brad — November 17, 2008 @ 9:05 am

  3. Aim for the moon and even if you don’t make it, you’ll still end up in the stars.

    Comment by Warren Moon — November 17, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  4. never been to a grateful dead concert…
    Thanks for passing on the Jay Leno jokes. Funny.
    And thanks for the full moon shot.
    I actually saw it myself, up here in Marin County.
    I just leave it to you, to do the morning run.

    Comment by Wendi — November 17, 2008 @ 10:32 am

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