** My kids (back when they were still kids) watched Ghostbusters non-stop for 10 years. I can (and do) quote dialog for any occasion. They are re-releasing the picture in theaters and I can't wait ... It's time for a repost! ** It's time for another round of "What's the best surf car!"
Some of you may think that in these times, a 1959 Cadillac may not be the best option.
Given the current state of the environment and that petroleum based transportation may soon be on the decline.
That's precisely why this thing is going to makes a perfect base of operations!
Show up at the beach with siren and lights flashing, and just park it for the summer.
You and a ton of your close personal friends can live in the back, with plenty of room for long boards, short board, SUP's, kayaks, body boards and anything else you might require.
Mats would get lost in the cavernous interior of ECTO1 so take special care where you stash them.
Also remember to bring your bike for any short trips you may want to take as this beauty in not on the Sierra Clubs list of cars getting a decent MPG rating.
While this is not the most off road worthy car you can still take over any of the more urban surf centers the coast has to offer.
The Ghostbuster proton packs are sure to mellow out the most wild locals.
I would suggest using one to torch the lifeguard tower soon after arriving at the beach.
That will resolve any issues with the county about that silly law against riding mats at Malibu!
Make up a story about the ghosts haunting the tower and you will be sure to get an invitation to some of the more interesting New Age parties at the Colony that season.
Forty years ago I had the good fortune to spend a month on Bali, just after these guys left the island. An American expat had a board Gerry and Rory had left behind.
At Uluwatu, when you lost your board it goes straight in to the cliff face. I had brought tape, resin and catalyst on the trip as leashes were relatively new and not all that reliable. It was a nice board but it took all the resin I had to make it water tight.
I charged the guy 100 bucks and in 74 that was a lot of dings!
This is a post from a while back
About the cold
So as you sweat and swelter thru today
Remember the Winter
Hot and Cold
It's winter time in the northern hemisphere.
It’s cold outside. It’s windy the surf is getting worse and I’m putting on a cold still wet wetsuit
I wrote that last winter.
I didn't date that comment in my journal
Probably around January.
Booties and the legs of your full suit never seem to dry completely
from one go out to the next
for about three months
"Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and wood, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary"
Henry David Thoreau
Even though I live in sunny Southern California winter sea temps are in the mid 50's and when you add the wind chill factor it’s a tad chilly for me.
You when you look at the conditions our northern brothers and sisters deal with on a regular basis I am the first to admit I have it easy and warm.
The point is, we all have a relationship with the cold.
Do you ignore it? Hide from it? Complain? Joke about it?
It doesn't seem to matter how cold. It's relative cold.
If it was 20 degrees out, I wouldn't leave the house.
But in the same temperatures, the Nova Scotia surf crew would be skipping to the beach, in shorts.
(OK maybe skipping is an over dramatization but you get the idea)
The point being that it is all in your head.
One of very few things you actually have some control of (exercising that control is another thing).
Think about that the next time you are in the parking lot putting on a damp full suit and wet smelly booties.
In Nature: A Martin Luther King Tribute
*"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green
tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."*