December 11, 2008

Birth, Wind & Fire

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — geoff @ 9:13 pm


Good morning and greetings, music lovers. Today (December 12th) is my birthday. It is also the birthday of my longtime friend and former radio partner, Jerry Hoffman, as we both share the 12/12 experience with Frank Sinatra, Bob Barker and the Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts. ” Lord, I was born a rambling man.” I’m not going to share with you how old I am but put it this way-I would kill to be 26, 36 or 46. Or as I recently told a reporter from Sports Illustrated for Kids about my basketball playing, “I’ve got a great future behind me.”

They say it is better to give than receive (except in football, where it is better to receive than to kickoff.) Thus, being such a giver, on this day where I popped out of my mother’s womb backwards I thought I would give to the cyber audience a look at my favorite December sunrise. Thoughts of my early childhood harken me back to an old Rodney Dangerfield line, “My mother never breast fed me. She said she liked me as a friend.”

This Lighthouse Point experience took place back on December 8, 2006. What made it so interesting was that there had been a big swell the day before which created a rather large pool of water by the steps at Its Beach. So in shot number two which shows the reflection of the lighthouse, 362 days of the year this sand would be as dry as my midday martini. But the pool created some tremendous reflection action that you rarely see. The fifth shot is looking west at sunrise so as the sky is exploding with clouds to the east it is going pink to the west. In all my sunrise adventures I’ve never seen a brighter sky to the west. I hadn’t seen that much pink since I went to Mervyns and became lost and disoriented in the young girl’s clothing department.

For today’s final photo I moved on to Steamer Lane to shoot the sun coming up over Monterey Bay. All in all, a tremendously inspiring morning on the photographic front. “World class” sunrises like this really showcase the magnificence and spectacular beauty of Santa Cruz.

On to the joke of the week, this courtesy of my son Jason and the late, great Milton Berle. . A rabbi and a priest were at a picnic. As they rode in one of the boats on the lake, the rabbi stood up, stepped out of the boat and walked over the water to the nearest stretch of land. Astonished, the priest decided to see if he could duplicate this miraculous feat. He stepped out of the boat and immediately sank but luckily managed to swim to shore. As he dried off, the rabbi walked over and said, “If you’re a nice guy, next time I’ll show you where the rocks are.”

And in honor of the birthday here’s one more from Uncle Miltie. To improve his virility, an older man went to Europe and had an implant of monkey glands. In time and after many attempts, his wife became pregnant and ultimately went into labor. After an endless wait in the reception room, the father was thrilled to see the doctor appear. “Congratulations,” the doctor said. “You’re the father of a fine baby.” “Is it a boy or a girl?” “We don’t know yet. It won’t climb down from the chandelier!”

That’s our show for the week. I would write more but I have to go strangle the guy who coined the phrase, “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.” I also want to send birthday wishes out to my good friend Carol Conta, who celebrates her special day tomorrow. Rumor has it last night’s sunset was phenomenal-unfortunately, yours truly was at a basketball tournament  in Los Gatos.  So enjoy the sky, have a fabulous sports weekend and we’ll catch you at midfield. Aloha, mahalo and later, Dwyane Wade fans.


  1. Happy Birthday and thanks for another fabulous year of Sunrise Santa Cruz. And who needs to get better, when you’re already a stud…

    Comment by Brad — December 12, 2008 @ 7:48 am

  2. Birthday boy,

    It’s an honor to share the date with you. I’ll be checking in at 12:12 from the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola at Whistler. The historic launch of the world record breaking linking of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains is on our day. How perfect bro! U R the greatest!!

    Comment by Jerry Hoffman — December 12, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  3. I still remember that night when we closed the Fillmore East down. You and Duane were really smokin’. As per the breast feeding, I think your mother would have quoted George Costanza talking about commitment during a break-up, “it’s not you, it’s me.” At least, you’ve had some hand all these years. Finally, to quote the esteemed Indiana Jones regarding chronological ages, “it’s not the years, it’s the mileage.” Happy Birthday, keep sending out those blasts! And not to worry, I would only rank that sunset on the same level as Marissa Miller’s shot in the Sports Illustrated Bathing Suit Issue with the spray-painted bikini.

    Comment by Greg Allman — December 12, 2008 @ 10:55 am

  4. Happy Birthday Geoff!
    Love the Mervyns line. I can’t believe they went out of business.
    Thanks for the wit and humor and fabulous photographs.
    In those areas, you’re only getting better with age!

    Comment by Wendi — December 12, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  5. Baby, you’re the greatest!

    Comment by NBA — December 12, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

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