Light/Breezes

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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Friday, March 2, 2012

THE WEEKENDER :) A CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND

IT'S GOOD!
      MAKING THE CASE-A COLLECTION OF SCENES
           A coffee patio-mid morning.  An 80+ man is saying he
thinks marijuana should be legalized, not that he wants to smoke it, but he would use food based pot to ease back pain.
"Oh yea, I agree," says another octogenarian. "It would help with prison overcrowding and save the state a lot of money."
           A lunch table conversation.  "The karaoke was so bad last night it wasn't even laughable.  Usually it is a hoot."
           A television newscast.  "Here you see the sheriff rehearsing his Elvis moves.  He's one of the stars of the annual Phyllis Madonna fashion show."   
           Earlier in that newscast. "It's just going to be an awesome weekend.  Temperature in the mid 70's and nothing but blue sky. Awesome.  Get outside and enjoy it."
           Columnist John Brannon in THE CAMBRIAN-"...it was a convention of clouds, of light, the sea and a crescent moon hanging low in the western sky."
            Oh, I could go on, but the point is not to gloat, rather to find that link between well being, nature and being here.
When we saw this play on TV, it provoked a sense of pride
and a chuckle.
     Betty White is a great case in point. People here stay active, longer and that is good for you. I know that we are more active than we were in the mid-west, because it is easier. Weather makes a big difference. (By the way a couple of those scenes were shot just miles from where I sit.)
     And I have noticed people are more playful-that too is good for you.  What's the point of being a grump, as though
carrying the weight of the world on yours shoulders
will A) help you or B) make it any better?
     Last year San Luis Obispo, our county seat, was
named the happiest city in the US. It is true.  People here are friendly, happy and playful. Case(s) in point-The Friday Lunch Flash Mob. Today Jeannie brought toys.
 DAY BOOK
SCENES OF PLAY
 BTW-I'm comparing camera quality.  This was shot with my digital.  The 
scene above, similar to this, was shot with an iPhone.  Do you detect differences in quality?
 Not only beautiful, but good for you as well.
 Big kids at play.



       I used to laugh at all those California jokes.
Maybe now, I am one, but this place is truly a state of mind.
       It's got to be the sunshine. And maybe the molecular impact of the Pacific and all that fresh air. And maybe becasue out here almost anything goes-- it's cool.  No, it's more than that. As they say "it's all good!"
       Here's to a little California in your weekend.
       See you down the trail.

13 comments:

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    1. John-
      Thanks brother! My dad came to California in 23 but returned to the mid-west when his father became ill. I think I have a genetic predisposition to get the clan back out here.

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  2. Tom,
    Yes, a very clear difference in the two cameras: one of them shows more water on the beach. (Chust choking).
    As a former New Yorker, Georgian, D.C.'ite, Pennsylvanian, and Floridian, I vote for...California...and particularly the Central Coast. But, sshhh, don't tell anyone.
    ---SK Figler

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    1. I guess we can pull in the welcome mat.

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  3. I couldn't see a bit of difference in the cameras.

    Yes, enjoy California while you can. The San Andreas is just getting ready! :)

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  4. Oh and also...I fail to get the significance of the toys but those burgers look fabulous!

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    1. Bruce-
      See Jeannie's explanation below.
      All of the sandwich and salads are great! A reason we keep going back.

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  5. You got yourself a bad case of the Californias. I was born there and didn't think about it much, but you're making me remember a lot of the good stuff. Maybe I should go home for a visit.

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    1. Pick a time when the weather is as wonderful as the last couple of days!

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  6. Jeanhcpa@aol.comMarch 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Why toys? They were more "masculine" centerpieces. Last week, our resident Sicilian asked why all the flash lunch mob centerpieces were flowers, candelabra, feminine "stuff". Why not more centerpieces for real men? So.......in deference to his request, we did centerpieces of tanks, planes, big vehicles with giant tires, truck/trailer rigs (things guys like to play with). And......because we couldn't find any play guns, substituted filled water pistols which were actually used by this "over fifty crowd" This group hasn't outgrown it's playfulness - thank goodness! J

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  7. Jeannie-Thanks for the explanation. I would expect nothing less from our "social director." I hope Bruce feels as though he got an answer!! :)

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  8. Am there in mind and spirit....now to just get my body that way...
    LOVE your pics and posts--
    peace~

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