The dead of winter finds me enjoying 70 plus degree
afternoons after 40 something degree nights.
A whole year’s wardrobe worn in just 24 hours. Down fill for the pre dawn chill, Polar Tec
for the mornings, and cotton for the warmth of the afternoon then as the sun
begins it’s downward arc the whole thing reverses. In Southern
California you never get to put everything away.
I’m basking like a lizard on a rock in the warmth of the early
sun enjoying the last cup of the sunrise pot of tea. The morning’s chores
completed and the afternoons not as yet quite defined.
I know I really should bathe the dog but she knows this and
always outsmarts me by looking like she is so enjoying her mid day nap, knowing
full well that I am a sucker for a good nap and will let her sleep.
This time of the year, north of the equator we should all intentionally take a moment, even if it’s only one breath and appreciate that we are likely
to make it. I have mindfully listened to
the old stories and I’ve come to appreciate that it was not always so. Children
coming back to school after the winter recess often meant that school chums,
often whole family units had succumbed to the diseases we now regularly dismiss
with a dose of aspirin or antibiotics.
It’s a deeply ingrained appreciation and respect for the
challenges of another winter. Not that we would be able to take advantage of
the after Christmas sales or even the next good spring swells. But every creature’s
deepest desire lay down and for the most part silently locked away in their DNA
is to make just one more trip around the sun.
you have spare time(perhaps too much), access to a computer and an internet connection
even it's at work, school or the local library
You may spend a fair bit of the time riding waves and the local beaches on an inflatable nylon bag created expressly for that purpose by a master craftsman with years of experience in the design and fabrication of these surf craft.
At this point, if you surf on a pillowcase filled with air you swiped from a siblings bed this morning feel free to allow yourself a smug smile.
The rest are just a bunch of lucky ducks
Enjoy the holidays!
My proofreader, editor / script consultant is at home today "waiting for an important package" so all errors, spelling issues, grammatical infractions etc are entirely my own and shouldn't reflect, from that standpoint, on the whole 23B organization.
PPS - If things come together surf and weather wise next week there might still be a mat meet. In the mean time so surf.
by the decree of the sun gods and the universe in general
it has been decided to
tilt the earth back the other way!
the days are going to start getting longer in the norther hemisphere
and shorter in the southern hemisphere starting today
Nothing to get worried about
in OZ and locals of a southerly persuasion you still have summer
I hope it's a good one!
Up here we are just starting winter
and perhaps a little more NW swell
so we have a ways to go
before things are noticeably warmer
being the only consistent thing in this life
Might I suggest a good book to pass the time?
If you haven't read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings
you need to get down to the library and get started
It's a bit of a read
perfect to read during a long winters night
(although I had brought along the Hobbit on a trip to Bali in 74 and things worked out)
I understand the books were so good they are going to film the whole thing
one more thing
Here's just a hint, an inkling, a smidgen of what we can expect to see from the folks at Misfit Pictures at the upcoming San Diego Surf Film Festival or SDSFF if you prefer
(maybe knowing that is the biggest gift in itself)
Surfing is an experience maybe a lifestyle but not a product
(you can't buy a set wave from The Queen)
I suppose there is some stuff required
(I ALWAYS get email from naked body surfers who will argue the point and then send pictures)
but we tend to get more and more and more stuff,
(especially here in the land of plenty)
some of the stuff never get used, a waste of the materials and energy that went into the manufacturing process and lots of this stuff ends up in a landfill.
(I'm not buying that's a thoughtful gift for your great, great, great, great, great grandchildren who might be cultural anthropologists)
So what do you need?
(do peaks come in a ten pack with a side of off shore winds?)
More importantly during the gift giving season, what do you need that someone can buy you?
Grandma is more likely to pick up the pop out from the offshore sweatshop than the custom board from your local shaper.
(It had all those pretty plastic flowers and it came with matching shirt and trunks dearie)
(If grandma is jiggy with it and knows your local shaper (happy birthday wishes go out to Gary Hanel BTW) then goody for you and your obviously outstanding genetic lineage. Grandma may have even gotten handplanes for all the grand kids this year.)
Ok so where does that leave us?
(wax on wax off)
I had a standing order for surf wax for all gift giving occasions for years
(If you see me at the beach, ask me, I have some)
(hopefully the humor of a mat rider with a huge stash of wax is not lost on you)
An anon commenter just yesterday said that judging from my blog all matters must be from the UK.
OK so that secret is out of the bag.
For anyone whose mental, physical, financial or spiritual well being has been harmed by this disclosure
I am truly sorry.
Since this blog often looks like something devoted to backyard gardening I'm kinda stoked, spilling the EU mat secret brings me right up to the tip top of the inflatable water craft secret dissemination pyramid. Watch out Wiki Leaks!
A mat rider somewhere in the UK
In US Socal weather news
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.
DEPARTING UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE WILL BEING SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS
FOR THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE 4500 FEET THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON WITH
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE COASTAL WATERS THROUGH EARLY THIS
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.
FOR LATE MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM FROM
THE NORTH IS EXPECTED TO BRING GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS TO
INLAND AREAS WITH A CHANCE FOR SNOW SHOWERS IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE
5000 TO 5500 FEET.
FOR WEDNESDAY INTO THE WEEKEND...PERIODS OF GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST
WINDS ARE POSSIBLE FOR INLAND AREAS.
So water your garden and if you are traveling to the EU in general I understand that surf mats travel well.
I not a big fan of most of the hundreds and hundreds of surf publications out there these days
Partly because I'm long past the target demographic they shoot for.
And of course there is that "only once in a blue moon" shot of a mat, a hand plane or just someone body surfing photo policy. (if you don't advertise here we don't run your picture) I understand the approach from a business point of view but as a stoked surfer it makes no sense at all and quite literally leaves me wanting more. Thank goodness for the Surfers Journal and the thousands of bloggers out there that keep the stoke alive.
Another reason the current Action Sport Retailer cataloges are basically unreadable is that I grew up reading SURFER.
I had an older brother that took up the sport not long after our family moved to Huntington Beach in 1960. A big part of being in the tribe at the time was reading SURFER, along with Levi's, a white t-shirt, huaraches and a Pendlelton. I'll leave out the weird hair requirement because one it was weird and two I have never fully understood it. Although it would be a few years before I got my own board we were in the water whenever we could. Funny thing everyone used to body surf. If you were captured by the allure of the ocean then the next step was renting a mat from one of the stands during the summer. !! After the stands closed you used a crudely shaped piece of plywood as a Paipo / body board while you saved you paper route money for a surfboard. I still have splinters from being almost cut in half by those suckers, but I digress.
SURFER magazine and by that I mean John Severson and his band of editors, photographers, artists, writers and well surfers keep the stoke torch burning all those times we couldn't get a ride to the beach, in school or the surf was just plain old flat as a pancake.
Not only did he keep the stoke alive but during the late sixties he and his magazine took a very anti Vietnam war stance. This no doubt cost him thousands in advertising and cancelled subscriptions. The magazine continued to be a good read, was full of stoke and had a social conscience for many years.
That's more or less how many emails load up in my main email box in a week.
I know because I haven't looked at them for seven days (still haven't actually).
This of course doesn't count Facebook, Twitter, general web browsing, and everything at work.
This time of year can be overwhelming so I am cutting back on the stimulation where I can.
I still have a job (thankfully) where I stare at the screen for 8-10 hours a day and try to make sense of what I am seeing. They would be very upset if I neglected the email accounts there so I am still getting my daily quota.
But something had to be done.
The Holiday Roar of TV, newspapers, the internet not to mention the people in the stores who I'm sure, would happily pummel you for that "Tickle me Emo" you're carrying.
It was truly "harshing my mellow"
and I hate when that happens.
So I am limiting my stimulation for a while, where I can.
I have answered a few emails and will continue to post on 23B.
But I need some rest if I am going to make it through the holidays and into the new year.
... COLD STORM FROM THE NORTHWEST FOR MONDAY AND TUESDAY...
A COLD STORM SYSTEM FROM THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SOUTHWARD JUST OFF THE WEST COAST... REACHING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY. THE STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY INLAND ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NORTHERN BAJA MONDAY AND TUESDAY BRINGING SHOWERS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER TO AROUND 4000 FEET. ALONG AND WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS... RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM ONE HALF TO ONE INCH WITH AMOUNTS OF ONE QUARTER INCH OR LESS IN THE DESERTS. SNOWFALL OF SEVERAL INCHES IS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE 6000 FEET WITH LESSER AMOUNTS DOWN TO AROUND 4000 FEET.
So as the planet
Breathes in the cold dry air
breathes out the warm moist air
... WET AND WINTRY WEATHER TO RETURN NEXT WEEK... .
A PATTERN CHANGE WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK... SUCH THAT A COUPLE OF COLD PACIFIC STORMS MAY TAKE AIM AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR LATE SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY AND THEN AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY. THIS MEANS THAT THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR WET AND WINTRY WEATHER TO RETURN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AS EARLY AS SUNDAY NIGHT.
As much as I like the offshore winds
The rest of the it
the cold nights
and the out of control wild fires
are less to my liking
not that nature cares in the least
So as the pattern changes
as well approaching the
or the Summer Solstice
let's take a moment
that things change
Nice looking single fin this guy has but when there are BIG chucks of ice on the beach I would have to pass
Came down with a cold overnight.
My wife promised me her chicken noodle soup for dinner which has never failed to fix me up.
Not a hard recipe and one you can eat for a lifetime.
If you want go vegetarian just skip the chicken and add some firm Tofu.
If pressed I could probably make it myself although I always defer to my wife's superior cooking skills.
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
2 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 quarts chicken broth or canned low-sodium broth
1 quart cold water,
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups egg noodles
Heat the oil in a brothpot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes.
Add the chicken to the pot and pour in the broth. Add enough cold water to cover the ingredients by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off the foam that rises to the surface.
Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is very tender, about 1 hour.
Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and add back to the pot.
Add the noodles and let them cook until soft.
Grate the ginger into your bowl (about a half teaspoon per bowl)
Chop the raw mustard greens and add them to the bowl (as much as you want)
Scoop the soup in to the bowl.
Give thanks for the chicken who gave his or her all for this soup as well as expressing gratitude for the rest of the ingredients.
The soup will cook the greens which add a lovely peppery taste to the soup
The ginger works as an antiviral agent and is tasty too!
(G-Man, no word on how this works on the back, but it can't hurt)