/*23 Breaths: March 2012*/

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Biscuits and Warren Ellis


The weekend promises morning sprinkles and onshore winds along with the swell.

 Monday and Tuesday are forecast clear on offshore.

Who decides these things?

I'm having a couple of biscuits (two for me one for the dog) and then a run later.


After that I may enjoy a cup of coffee and finish off the book I picked up at the library yesterday.

I read half of it last night.

Good Stuff!

One more thing check out this wind map

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Real MacCoys


After discussing my shoe, foot, ankle situation at length this morning in the comments section of the shoes post I tried something different for today's run.

I went back to the New Balance MT110 minimalist shoes (4mm heal to toe drop).

I ran the normal distance but I did take the "trails" turn off.  There is a little more climbing and descending then the other route and it's also set back farther from the road so the scenery is nicer. More dirt less tarmac.

The minimalist shoes have no where to heal strike so you have to land on the midfoot and roll forward.

I also concentrated on taking smaller steps and running slow.

You can really feel that these shoes change your running.

The rest of the day was the usual, yoga in the morning and a mile or two walk at lunch.

I'm writing this part of the post after the run.

The real test will be tomorrow morning. 

If I'm not walking like Gramps in the Real MacCoys it's all good!   

Check out Gramps coming in thru the front door at 27 seconds into the clip.

This is what I looked like yesterday. 



So now it's tomorrow.

And while I do have a resemblance to the Gramps walk going on I would have to say the mods were a success!

I would like to thank Pickian, Robin and RAS  for their comments and suggestions.

Now on a more surf related note to end the week


... BUILDING SURF THIS WEEKEND PEAKING ON SUNDAY...

TWO LARGE OCEAN SWELLS WILL IMPACT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING ABOVE AVERAGE SURF... DIFFICULT SWIMMING CONDITIONS AND A HIGH RISK OF STRONG RIP CURRENTS. THE HIGHEST SURF WILL ARRIVE SUNDAY.

THE FIRST SWELL WILL BE AN 18 SECOND LONG PERIOD SOUTHERLY SWELL THAT WILL BUILD IN LATE THIS AFTERNOON. SURF WILL INCREASE TO 4 FEET LATE IN THE DAY AND CONTINUE TO BUILD TONIGHT AND SATURDAY WHEN SURF WILL RANGE FROM 5 TO 8 FEET AT ORANGE COUNTY BEACHES WITH SETS TO 12 FEET AT TIMES. A FEW BEACHES IN NORTHERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY COULD SEE SURF OF 4 TO 8 FEET.

THE SECOND SWELL... ORIGINATING FROM THE CENTRAL PACIFIC... WILL ARRIVE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. THIS WEST-NORTHWEST SWELL WILL BE QUITE LARGE... 12 TO 14 FEET IN THE OUTER COASTAL WATERS AND UP TO 10 FEET IN THE INNER COASTAL WATERS. THIS SWELL WILL COMBINE WITH THE FIRST SWELL TO BRING SURF OF 6 TO 10 FEET WITH SETS TO 12 FEET IN ORANGE AND SAN DIEGO COUNTIES SUNDAY INTO MONDAY MORNING. THE SWELL WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

shoes


You remember the old shoes?

A great pair, fit very well and felt good during the run too.

But

and it seems that there is always a but

plantar fasciitis seems to be rearing its ugly head and I thought that the concrete jungle I navigate to get to the running fields (I can't stand the thought of driving to a place to run) might be to blame.

So I got the new shoes


You remember the new shoes

same as the old shoes but more padding and more neon.

I like the new shoes

we still disagree about how much brightness a color should contain but what's a few lumens between friends?

So since my motto is "Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!" or perhaps "break'em in and up the mileage" I have forged ahead.

But I have been stocking up on ginger and every runners friend, ibuprofen.

Just to play it safe.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

San Diego Surf Film Festival


San Diego Surf Film Festival Trailer from misfit pictures on Vimeo.

Getting excited about the Festival here at 23B

All the details here at the site and the Dirty Hippy shares insights into the event as well

The dates of the event, May 11th -13th 2012 have already been declared local holidays in the city and county of San Diego.

Kids off school, government workers milling about.

It's going to be epic.

Better get you tickets and passes early

You know what happened at Woodstock

Monday, March 26, 2012

I won't be in today - re-post

Out of sorts over the weekend and this morning, nothing serious but it calls for a repost.
This one orignally ran on 01-11-11 or there abouts


So after a long dry spell SoCal finally gets some winter juice!

Waves started showing up on Friday and continued on thru the weekend

The swell or more correctly swells will actually continue on thru next weekend

Hurray!

But there is a disturbance in the Force in Surf City

It's Monday and you have to work!

You have responsibilities and commitments

That Hummer isn't gonna pay itself off

So with my super hearing I hear the following (a lot)

Help me Prana, I'm not an unemployeed slacker like you!

I've got work, Mon - Fri

What shall I do!

Oh, What shall I do!!

Well first stop using the word "shall", no one talks likes that.

And secondly, I've got you covered!

You call up your boss and in the grand tradition of workers everywhere you lie!

To help you out I have compiled a list of excuses that should get you a few days off this week.



1 - My pet goldfish passed away and it was his last wish was to be buried at sea
      If you work at PETA this is gonna work, trust me!

2 - The Doctor suggest that I need to visit the ocean “for the waters”
      If you boss is a Bogart fan, you are in.

3 - I got a bad case of 3 day leprosy
      By the time they get over the squeamish factor you're back
      (This really works good if you are planning a trip to Molokai.)

4 - Map Quest is down and I have forgotten how to get to the office
      If you are an unrepentant geek with a poor sense of direction this one has to work

5 - I use the abbreviated Mayan calendar and the world ends in 2010, so why bother
      If you boss has seen the movie or heard the buzz this one should work

6 - In my religion, the Aleutian Juice days are holy and the swells must be observed
      I'm sure the ACLU will back you up on this one.  Maybe Gloria Allred too.

7 - Did you not see my resume cover letter
      If you properly prepared your employer you wouldn't have to lie.
      Which of course is the best policy.

9 - I over dosed on Viagra over the weekend and I need to wait until the swelling goes down.
      Trust me, they don't want you in the office until the condition clears up

8 - There is a Star Trek / Star Wars marathon on and I’m not going anywhere! Make it so Number One!
      This works great, but if your boss is a Star Trek or Star Wars fan he or she will want to go with you.

9 - Prana Glider say I could have the day off!
      If this one works let me know.

So good luck and if you do get days off and you see me in the water, remember you owe me!


P.S.  If you have the good fortune to work in the "Surf Industry" this may not work as well. Everyone knows its good.  Could you imagine working for Surfline and trying this crap? Dude you would be so busted! The boss may even change his or her email greeting to say something like "Don't even dream about calling in sick this week!" But you never know. You maybe either completely screwed or it maybe a surf holiday at the discretion of the President and the VP of HR.
Let me know.
If you work for a surf company let us know the policy.
Completely anonymous of course!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Storm Watch

... PACIFIC STORM TO MOVE INLAND LATE SUNDAY THROUGH EARLY MONDAY...

battening down the hatches and making a big pot of chili

while waiting for the next Spring storm

makes me want to go sideways

PHOTO: ENGLISH 

*Today's Outcasts Tomorrow's Trendsetters?

I don't think so 

Today's Outcasts are Tomorrow's Outcasts

Today is today and Tomorrow it will be time to move on.

Not to say I'm  giving up my flippers any time soon.

But fifty years from now 

(well in fifty years I'll be dust)

but 25 years from now I'll probably still be buying mats from out of someones garage

handmade locally 

I'll probably be in the best third rate assisted care facility 

my kids can afford

and I plan on making a fuss if the nurse doesn't blow up my mat 

when it's time for my sponge bath  



*From a discussion on Facebook about a photo in the latest Surfer Magazine.

I'm not sure what the editors from Surfer meant, if anything, by showing someone going fast but "straight off" in the mat shot. Modern mats actually turn quite well. It's the latest "trend" among those crazy outcast surf matters. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Good Luck

A shot from the Spoon ReUnion post on the Bob McTavish website

A lot of great stuff over there check it out!

Once again we get this warning from the NWS

... PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY...

This is on a link from a page that says that locally we can expect only a 30 percent chance of rain.

Go figure

I have been looking at the swell forecast at well and the swell graph looks like an anaconda that swallowed a bowling ball.

Small followed by a sudden burst of SW swell followed by a sudden drop off and then more smallness.

If you are so inclined

(and I'm talking directly to all you Spring Breakers out there)

you may want to have your wits about you and your plans made come Monday.

Good Luck!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's amazing

Kissaki from Pearl Izumi - Neon colors are in this year.
I didn't like it the last three times that neon was IN and I will survive but if they try and bring back disco I'm going to the mattresses.

While my work schedule and acceptable surf conditions have not been synced up lately the running has been coming along nicely.

I am currently "plateaued" at a distance too short to mention. I'm also finding that while I can run Monday and I can run Tuesday I had better plan on sitting out Wednesday if I would like to still be ambulatory on Thursday. Since my body is demanding rest or "recovery" as it's refereed to in the vernacular, I have been shooting for an every other day run with yoga to stretch out on a daily basis.

A couple of things I have noticed along the way.

My body has been doing remarkably well but my mind however has managed to revolt on a daily basis.

(nothing new there really, "in my mind I'm already gone")

For some reason it's a struggle to get changed into my running gear and get out the door on some days.

The first couple of miles are fraught with thoughts of

"don't feel very well today"
"may have to cut the run short"
"maybe I should avoid the hills today"

but I've learned to just ignore these thoughts and run.

I've found that only after the first couple of miles should start to listen to mind
I listen to my lungs, my ankles, my feet and my legs right away.
Interestingly enough they are generally pretty quiet.

Another thing

My usual route includes some hills
(what constitutes a hill is a very subjective matter and right now these are hills)
Due to the active geology in Southern California the down hills that I bearly notice on the trip out turn into mountains that could require fixed ropes on the way back home.

It's amazing

... PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Remember my forgotten man



A great Busby Berkeley number from the Gold Diggers of 1933,

"a depression era war widow laments to the listener, her country, that by forgetting about her man, she is forgotten, too"

from the last "great depression" when those of you of a certain age or a history bend will remember basically the same stuff coming down the pipe as today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Springy

 So here we are, the spring equinox 
 Brisk air temps - It's 45 F as I write this
 Down right cold (it's all relative) water
A 4/3 is the new spring suit
I've sent off for some three fingered "lobster gloves"
 The tourist hordes will descend shortly (if not already) making us collectively pine for these days when although the conditions were not that great at least you could still find parking.
Springtime in Southern California

Miscellaneous shots from around the garden

Monday, March 19, 2012

Post Surf


The arrow in the x-ray above is pointing to the fluid build up in the sinus cavity due to sinus infection.

The result of surfing  in storm run off with a high bacteria content.

It should clear up in ten days or so without antibiotics and provided there is no re-exposure to the run off.

A neti pot can sometimes help re-leave the symptoms.

You can avoid the whole deal by staying out of the water for a few days.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The rain has stopped

but it's still dripping off the roofs

Little drops of mercury on all the plants.

Some how I thought that the most fun I could possibly have right now

would be to go out for a run.

That was until I turned the corner and the wind

(remember me?)

hits me face, arms, legs and hands

why are my hands so cold?

So as I limp along

looking like a graduate (with honors)

from the

Surf Sista School of Zombie Walking, Middle Aged Jogging and Cowbell Appreciation Society

it occurs to me that this is so much like meditation

it always seems like a good idea

until you do it

then your little voice spends

the next hour

going over all the reasons

real and unreal

why it's not

a good idea.

So I'm going to stop

immediately

as soon as I get back home

which is conveniently situated

only two miles away

***



Good Stuff!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

No picnics today


Nothing to do but read, drink tea and watch the grass grow.

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's Friday and it's wet

A couple of my favorite surf websites have new formats

Liquid Salt

There is always great stuff at liquid salt, take this randomly selected quote

"I had a brand new Scott Priess water housing and was floating on a Hodgeman raft. "

From talking story with Jeff Divine

If that doesn't make you want to surf over there and read the rest of the story, you're dead.

(can I have your fins?)

***

Matt Beard has reworked his site

Matt Beard Art

Which was very nice before and is now even nicer.

I bought a couple of pieces of his work at Sacred Craft last year and I admire them daily.

We are lucky that we have so many good artist those work reflect the beach and ocean scenes we love.

So surf over to Matt's new site pick a print, select a size and enjoy

***


I have been meaning to dive into TC Boyle's work for a while now but never could decide where to start.

A hot tip pointed me to this one.

It's my "safety book" in case I have read everything else in the book stash and I don't want to venture outside. (even as I write this I hear people yelling "get a nook!")

One last thing.

It's still dark out and it's already sprinkling.

Be careful driving this weekend

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The stormy weather will come in waves

This weather headline was almost enough to wake me up this morning

I read on

... LATE WINTER STORM TO IMPACT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND...

A COLD LATE WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

I have some books to read, some soup in the freezer, the garden is planted (sort of) and I really like the rain.

It's like an old friend that doesn't stop by the house enough to really catch up.

Specially this year

THE COLD FRONT AND HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION WILL ARRIVE SOMETIME EARLY SATURDAY OVER NORTHERN AREAS AND SPREAD SOUTH THROUGH THE DAY. WIDESPREAD MODERATE RAIN AND SNOW SHOULD END LATE SATURDAY NIGHT WITH PERIODS OF MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SHOWERS THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

I'm looking forward to this!

To the point where if it doesn't happen (like so many other times this year) I'll be inconsolable.

Which is pretty weird now that I write it down. I mean really

A little too much "wearing my rain gauge on my sleeve" to be really healthy I think.

But there was more

OTHER ACTIVITY: THERE IS ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WITH SMALL HAIL AS WELL AS WATERSPOUTS OVER THE COASTAL WATERS. THIS STORM COULD ALSO BRING HIGH SURF TO SOME BEACHES. THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO MOVE OUT OF THE AREA LATE MONDAY OR MONDAY NIGHT WITH FAIR WEATHER RETURNING BY TUESDAY.

PRECAUTIONS: THIS WEATHER COULD BE DEADLY FOR UNPREPARED CAMPERS OR HIKERS. AVOID TRAVEL IN THE MOUNTAINS IF POSSIBLE.

Lions and tigers and bear. Oh my!

I used to like to surf in the rain, back in the day, now rain washes so much toxic dust of the land that it's dangerous. Well if not dangerous then ill advised.



So this is the plan.  Reading some books, drinking some tea and watching the rain

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Running


A brief update on the ongoing running practice

First off, I haven't had so much fun in a while.

I know I said in an earlier post that I would never post split times, mileage and the rest of the metrics people obsess about. So I have added my times, mileage and weight loss together. Then added the digits in that number until I came up with one single digit.

5

There it is out in the open

I'm so proud. (my number was 6 just last week)

I have been studying the Internets for running lore and training tips. I have also asked as many questions of the runners I know as courtesy will allow. My findings are as follows.

Run

The more the better
(I can only say duh!)

Don't run too much as injury cuts back on the amount of running you can do in a week.
(Double duh)

Your shoes (if you decide on wearing any) should fit and be appropriate for the surface you run on.
(Haven't we all been there done that with fins, mats, and surfboards?)

Alternate your runs. Sometimes run fast for a short distance. Sometimes run slow for a longer distance.

Not so difficult and I'm having a blast.

Endorphins are my new favorite fins.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Come ride with Lance

I'm not entirely sure that stealing an hour of daylight from the dawn to give to the sunset is a good idea.

Actually it sounds like the plot of one of those sci fi novels with a guy in medieval armor on the cover. You know "Come ride with Lance as he does battle with his arch enemies the Golaxian Tribe in order to return the hour of daylight they stole from the dawn... will he be able to return the hour before his betrothed is sentenced to hang for the offense? Find out!"

Anyway it's dark outside

and I'm sitting here writing another 23B


Despite being under the weather last weekend

well there was really any weather to be under but you know what I mean

I manage to get to the library and get enough reading material to get me thru the week

and with some luck thru next weekend as well.

As you may know from previous posts I'm a big Gibson fan.

Good Sci Fi - no armor

And since you brought it up looks like a storm front moving in for the weekend.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I live in a world


I live in a world
 where the surf is always
 2-3 feet and from the south west

I live in a world
 where everyone drives a VW
 either a bug or a bus

I live in a world
 where all surfboards have the dimensions
 13" 19" 12" with the wide point is moved up one inch from center

I live in a world
 where the winds
 are always light and variable

I live in a world
 where gas is 23 cents a gallon
 and you get stamps with that

I live in a world
 where the enormous graphics on the front on my tee shirt
 are two little embroidered feet

I live in a world
 where when someone says that's sick
 you say, "Sorry, get well soon"

I live in a world
 where you can buy a shaped blank
 and glass it yourself

I live in a world
 where 4 friends can split a 2 bedroom for 100 bucks a month
 close to the beach

I live in a world
 where you had to get things done on Saturday
 because the stores are all closed on Sunday

I live in a world
 where TV has channels 2, 4, 5, 7 , 9, 11 and 13
 and after midnight those stations go off the air

I live in a world
 where I don't have a favorite video game
 which gives me dozens of hours to go outside and play

I live in a world
 where surfer are strong swimmers and can bodysurf
 because that's what you do when you lose your board

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Daylight Savings



Please leave my arbitrary time references alone.

Thank you

Friday, March 9, 2012

Full Moon

Some of you may have noticed that the moon is full


23Breaths will continue when the lunacy subsides.

*In the mean time the weather looks nice for the weekend (a least for Saturday) so enjoy the day, you deserve it. Don't worry about the howling, it's probably just the neighbors dog again.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

State Parking Pass

Photo by Steve Conti



Coming to a full and complete stop

I start to rummage thru my dashboard
Looking for
Something
I need to clean this car out someday

My hands foraging thru the flotsam and jetsam like a rodent on patrol
A faded old map folded into a post apocalyptic Origami animal of some kind
Some empty matchbooks, bits of twine, tin foil, a minor collection of sand toys
The cool sea shell (is that tar on it?)
The bumper sticker I never attached
McGovern in ’72?
I really need to clean this car out

Some crinkling sounds coming from the
Fast food wrappers
Did that just move?
Some pristine McDonald’s fries
I haven’t eaten there in ten years
How do they do that?

Eureka!

My state park pass!

Good morning Mr. Ranger Lady Sir
It’s time to check the surf
Now where is my coffee?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Slowly and not very far


I'm continuing to develop a running practice.

Slower than molasses and not very far either.

It's all part of my master plan.

I have reached out to several what are called Master runners in the community

For advice

(Totally blown away by how many surf BTW)

The best chunk of advise so far

"When I coach younger runners I try to make them understand that on one hand you have your training, hard running, fast running etc and on the other hand you have over training and injury. The object is to monitor the two. To get as much of the good training as your body can do without getting too much of what is in the other hand (over training and injury)"

So that's your advice to me?

"No", he said.

"For you training and injury are both in the same hand"

I have no idea what he means.

But it does give me something to think about as I run.

Slowly and not very far

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's time to walk around the garden

Spring like weather has me working to get the garden going for this year
 There is just no arguing with the apricot tree about the season
 buds like this make me get out in the garden and prepare the soil
 I bought a few of the Sun Gold tomatoes that I like so much.
 The persimmon is sprouting out too
 after a couple of good years we got no fruit off the tree last year
 The Fall persimmon foliage is still worth it though
 The collard greens are starting to go to flower
 the curly mustard greens are still looking good (I love them in chicken noodle soup)
This rather blurry photo is swiss chard maybe my favorite of the greens.

We worked two bags of horse manure into the garden over the weekend.

I generally prefer chicken manure but this being an election year, well lets just say you have to work with what you have the most of.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sale at 4th Gear Flyers

I just wanted to throw in a note here about what I think is the only known surf shop that rents surf mats

2 Mile Surf Shop in Bolinas, CA seems to have mats along with wetsuits and fins for rent.

Their selection looks to be the current cutting edge goods too.  If you are in the area stop in a let us know how it goes.


Just in time for spring Paul is having a sale at 4th Gear Flyers!

Read about the details Surfmatters

A great time to get a first mat (get a fatty) or to add to your inflatable quiver.

I've got a Fatty and a Standard, along with my Neu's but a 5GF  would round out the rotation quite nicely.

If you are new to mats get one, put in the car with your fins and the perfect day will find you.

***

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Another Dream sequence

Matt Beard making Huntington Pier look better than it ever does

Even though I rarely dream about surfing, last night I must have been due or maybe it was that the stitches don't come out for a week and I didn't have a chance of any water time.

The dream began as I swam out on the south side.  I grew up surfing the pier and when everything  comes together it can be epic. (On a regular basis though it's just a little better than the miles of beach break that surrounds it, but there's bleachers)  Anyway I'm swimming out on the south side into a surfscape with all the variables coming together. Large shifting peaks rising up and breaking way outside.  Almost to the end of the pier. Dark blue 8-10 foot A-frames. No wind because the waves looked like each one was cut from a single piece of dark blue glass. So I'm swimming out with my big yellow hand plane (did I mention that before?) no mat, no board but a hand plane.  I blame the daily hand plane porn from the guys at Enjoy. So I almost outside by now. The water is warm and when duck diving I go thru that thermocline that is so noticeable during the summer. I'm watching the other guys (there are only a few people out so you know it's a dream) get waves and I am catching a few. Nothing really amazing (who is scripting this dream?) but I'm just stoked to be in the water with the waves and watching everyone surf.

And then I woke up. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spray

Paddling out in off shore conditions often puts the wily surfer in the middle of this temporarily downpour.


Number 32 in the list of things non surfers never get to experience.

The sudden and what can only be described as torrential rain fall that occurs just behind a wave that has had it top blown off.

The swell peaks today and falls off dramatically over the weekend.

My advise to you it to skip school, work and any other "must do" activities and go surf.

If anyone asks just tell them "Prana said to pull in"*

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Offshore


I'm still feeling a little out of sorts so no big post today.

I checked the weather forecast this morning and they are calling for offshore winds Friday and through the weekend. Nice warm temperatures too.

Time to get your respective ducks in a row

The classic offshore wind picture