April 26, 2009

The Father, The Sunset, And The Holy Coast

Filed under: Uncategorized — geoff @ 9:22 pm


Good morning and greetings, NBA playoff fans. Once every few years, a gorgeous sunrise paints the skies of Monterey Bay but does not end up on the pages of this website known as Sunrise Santa Cruz. This non-harmonic convergence is usually due to few factors, among them my karma, my trouble with Algebra 1 and those damn Somali pirates.

That being said, for some reason the big guy in the sky had me oversleep (6:15) last Tuesday, and when I woke up the sky was glowing like the Alabama Crimson Tide. Or in the words of Kid Rock,”Singing sweet home Alabama all summer long.” Big, reddish-orange billowing clouds filled the sky as I looked on in shock and awe and then semi-disbelief. The sunrise was peaking as if Timothy Leary had just walked in the room, so I tuned in, turned on and then dropped out. It was a spectacular event as even Moses would have been impressed as the the surf at Cowell’s Beach must have looked like the Red Sea.

So now it’s few days later and my leg was still a little sore from kicking myself. So I thought, how do I make it up to the dedicated readers of this blog, who depend on this site to see the best of what appears in the central coast skies? There was only one thing to do, so I stopped waterboarding myself and began to search for Mr. Peabody, Sherman and the Wayback Machine. (This previous reference will only be understood by fans of the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show folks broadcast in the late 50′s and early 60′s.)

When that quest proved unsuccesful, it was time to hit the photo archives and fortunately, they are as full as Bernie Madoff’s cell is with hate mail letters. For today’s photo fest we are venturing back to late December, 2008 to check out this previously unseen sunset. The place was the most Natural of Bridges and the sky was poised to light up like fans at Cheech and Chong concert. As the twilight show was about to begin, I flashed on Mick Jagger’s take on the sky. “Hey. You. Get off of my clouds. Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd.” And I replied, “Sorry, Mick. But on a night like this, wild horses couldn’t drag me away.”

This spectacular December sky was followed by a gorgeous red sunrise the following morning, which was in the same league as the one that I missed on Tuesday. So as it all comes full circle, one must wonder, what did I learn from this whole experience? In the words of Mr. Edwin Starr, when asked the question “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.”

On to the late night experience. “And as the economy lags, the Army is getting more and more selective now. The Army announced this week they will no longer accept drug addicts and felons. But the good news is there’s always Congress, the NFL, and show business. Nieman Marcus announced they’re selling a diamond-studded dog collar for $3.2 million. Well, finally, it’s nice to see one big company that’s not out of touch with mainstream America. More bad economic news. Southwest Airlines announced they lost $91 million in the first quarter. Now they say they’re going to have to start cutting back. Cutting back? Have you ever flown Southwest, huh? What, are they taking the glass out of the windows?” –Jay Leno

“Next month in Toronto, Canada, former President George W. Bush will debate former President Bill Clinton. The question of the debate — is it worse to lie to your wife or lie to the entire country? And former President George W. Bush said today he does not remember seeing any of those torture memos. But to be fair, to Bush, any memo on his desk was torture. “I’m not readin’ that.” During an interview with The New York Post, Rudy Giuliani said that he is against gay marriage. He feels marriage should be between a man, a woman, the other woman, and the other woman he met after that.” –Jay Leno

“The Justice Department says they want to make an example of this Somali pirate guy. And I thought, really? In terms of making an example, I don’t think you can do much better than shooting the other three guys in the head. “But Dick Cheney is now criticizing President Obama, and he’s saying that his recent actions around the world are ‘disturbing’ and ‘not helpful.’ Yeah, yeah, things were so much better when Cheney was president, weren’t they?” –David Letterman “Even Dick Cheney was into Earth Day. Did you see what he said today? He called for the use of only recycled water when waterboarding prisoners.” –Jay Leno

“President Obama has kind of a happier outlook on torture. He says instead of waterboarding terrorists, he’s going to put them in dunk tanks.” –David Letterman “Happy Earth Day to everyone. President Obama celebrated Earth Day by flying his enormous plane to Iowa today to visit a wind power plant. There was a huge crowd on hand to greet him, partly to hear him talk about the importance of reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and partly to show their kids what a black person looks like.” –Jimmy Kimmel “Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, once two of the most powerful men in this country, are now suffering from Balzheimer’s disease. Why didn’t I see it before? Balzheimer’s is a terrible illness that attacks the memory and gives its victims the balls to attack others for things they themselves made a career of. There is no known cure” –Jon Stewart

So that’s today’s prodigal sunset. And since I took a few showers in April next week’s blog will be bringing us some May flowers. So enjoy the week and remember to be grateful for the simple things. Like TiVo. And speaking of which, I love those firehouse boys on FX’s “Rescue Me.” The characters are sensational, and the dialogue, written by creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan, is simply brilliant. So remember, defense is desire and we love full court pressure. Aloha, mahalo and later, Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald fans.


  1. I love being the first to comment!

    Upper right hand corner picture is so beautiful.
    will you send me the pdf if you have a moment?

    The political humor at the end makes me laugh out loud- and this is stuff I would have NO idea existed, if it weren’t for you.

    Thank goodness for you.


    Comment by Wendi — April 27, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  2. I love being the second to comment.
    Classic Rock references coupled with Natasha and Boris. Only at Sunrise Santa Cruz.

    Comment by Jerry Hoffman — April 27, 2009 @ 10:55 am

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