Good morning and greetings, Halloween fans. It’s been just over a week now, that because of my commitment to New York Yankee baseball and the fact that my photo karma was in the shop, that I missed shooting an amazing Saturday night sunset that had walkers, joggers and acrobats along West Cliff Drive stopping in their tracks to stare at the western sky. Because of this miscommunciation between my mind and digital spirit, or in the words of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, “Communication Breakdown”, I was forced to ask myself, “How can I make this photo slighting up to my loyal, dedicated and a non-paying readers of Sunrise Santa Cruz?”
This was to be a somewhat daunting task, much like my taking the SAT’s, when they wanted to know which answer was most correct. Since there was very little chance of me going back into the time tunnel and capturing that Saturday night special, I knew I would have to hit the archives. Now with sunrises, sunsets and the NBA, the best action takes place after November. October, which brings us the snack size festival of Milky Ways, pure joy and Almond Joys, is a warmup month, when the clouds return and give us a preview of what is to come. You could call it a cumulus appetizer, a preseason taste to get us going before the big guns come in. Something along the lines of Ed Sullivan’s, “We’ve got a really big sheewww (show) for you tonight.”
So, much like Ponce de Leon, Vasco de Nunez Balboa and Rocky Balboa, I dove into the archives to explore Octobers of the past, not to discover Puerto Rico, the Pacific Ocean or the movie sequel, but instead to proclaim some of my favorite shots from the tenth month of our lunar year.
Our first two Octoberfests, or October’s best, are sunrises from Lighthouse Point with the reflection upon the sands of Its Beach. With then move south to Steamer’s Lane as these two pelicans, having just come from breakfast at the wharf, flew into my stream of Canon consciousness. We then head northwest up the cliff to Natural Bridges, where the clouds were throwing a going-away party for these pelicans as they lifted off the rock. They said they didn’t know where they were going but they would know it when they got there. Or to quote Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners, “We’re going bowling, Norton, but we’re not going bowling.”
We finish up our pictorial circus with double dip from the Bridges. We start off the dessert portion with an sun-drenched orange sherbert before finishing off the night with a red sky and sand experience that brings back memories of the lovely Ann Margaret in “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Or was that “Carnal Knowledge?”
I’m hoping that this variety pack of October highlights will help heal my wounded SLR psyche, as I hate missing anything spectacular! People, who need people, always say to me, “Don’t worry, the sun will set again.” Well, that may be true, but it won’t be like it was that evening. Like fingerprints, the baseball playoffs and my bar mitzvah, every sunset brings its own three-act performance, and this play always closes down after opening night. So yes, there will be more and rest assured, if I’m not inside a gymnasium watching my son play basketball or at an ashram burning incense and peppermints, then yours truly will be out there looking out for your better interests. And you can take that to the hoop, the bank and your local Elks or Rotary club.
On to the late night follies. “It was announced last night that President Obama wants to send $250 checks to over 57 million American seniors. The bad news is that he’s going to send them $10 at a time on their birthday.” –Jimmy Fallon “President Obama today agreed to commit an additional 40,000 troops to help fight Fox News. “President Obama was in New Orleans visiting the victims of Katrina yesterday. And he took questions from the audience. And one person asked him: ‘What do you think about the Big Easy?’ and he said, ‘Oh, I just call it ‘Nobel Peace Prize.’” –Jay Leno
“Yesterday in Louisiana, a judge denied an interracial couple a marriage license because he felt, I quote, their children would later suffer in life from being interracial. Like when they become president or win the Masters or get an Oscar. “And according to USA Today, car sales are now at a 20-year low. Well, sure, it’s hard to steal a car when the owner’s living in it.” –Jay Leno “The Dow Jones on Thursday rose past the 10,000 mark for first time in over a year. ‘Hooray!’ shouted 15 million unemployed Americans watching CNN in their pajamas in the middle of the day.” –Seth Meyers
So that’s our last blast for October, 2009. Coming up on Tuesday is the start of a new NBA season, which means, as of today, the Golden State Warriors are still in the playoff hunt. And congratulations to the Yankees for knocking off the Angels and advancing to the World Series, which with any luck, will be over before I start stuffing my Thanksgiving turkey. So thanks for coming along for the ride and remember to try and not sweat the small stuff. And be grateful for the things you have, like your health, family and friends and TiVo. We’ll catch you at home plate. Aloha, mahalo and later, Andy Pettite fans.