/*23 Breaths: November 2013*/

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013

You can get anything you want


I have always liked me some freaks

although I was too young to fully participate in the 60's

I do find that I am a "student" of the era

The music is legend,

although depending on your personal musical history

that is debateable

as it should be.

(I missed the 60's music and "came to age" during the disco era,

I'm still bitter about that...)


The movies made during the 60's were also very interesting

from a sociological perspective,

as they reflect the changing tide of the era...

Here is a little something to watch

while the turkey cooks



You will be singing the title track for the next three days

PS.  Please don't go to the mall today, take a nice walk instead

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

You know how I went on

at length

about the rain over the next few days?

Well

as it turns out

The latest computer models show no rain

(or not much)



You don't need a weatherman

so rain or not

maybe offshore

but still flat



For all you on the road today, travel safe

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take 23


Kind of falling down on the job
here at 23B
Your one stop shop
on the internet
for news
weather
and sports ...

First the weather
...MOVING INLAND THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY. COASTAL STRATUS SHOULD RETURN FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING IN ADVANCE OF THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM. WHILE THE HEAVIER PRECIPITATION MAY REMAIN JUST OFF THE COAST... PRECIPITATION SHOULD GRADUALLY SPREAD INTO THE COASTAL WATERS INLAND TO THE MOUNTAINS LATE THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING. SHOWERS SHOULD DECREASE FRIDAY MORNING AND END FRIDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING. GENERAL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH INCH NEAR THE COAST TO ONE HALF TO ONE INCH IN THE MOUNTAINS WITH AMOUNTS GREATER TO THE NORTHWEST AND OVER THE COASTAL WATERS AND LESS TO THE SOUTHEAST. SNOW LEVELS WILL LOWER TO AROUND 6000 FEET WITH A FEW INCHES OF SNOWFALL ABOVE 6000 TO 6500 FEET WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS...MAINLY ABOVE 7000 FEET.

and next week there's another storm
rain in the Fall in SoCal
go figure

As least the rain and wind won't be messing up any swell...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A cold wet offshore wind

Those words don't normally go together in a sentence

At least in a description of the weather

around here

but as the current low pressure system moves East

the back side should get us

some off shore flow

and some rain

and snow in the higher elevations

Since I surf

in the vicinity of the local river mouth

(River Mouth is what they call the places in SoCal where treated and untreated sewage is unceremoniously dumped into the ocean "No Dumping Drains to Ocean", yes but it is the official plan to deal with storm run off...)

but I digress

to put it plainly

no surfy surfy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

long slow exhale



so we find ourselves

with the holidays

fast approaching

stacked up like dishes

on the Sunday morning

after the big party

Did you see Elwood

when he put the lap shade

on his head?

But before the frivolity,

begins in earnest

please take a moment

to ponder

to wonder in deep solitude

the many meanings of the season

the long slow exhale

that is the Fall

followed by the fully exhaled pause

that is the very heart

of Winter

Then Spring

the deep inhale

that starts the cycle

anew

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rain


I hesitate to call it rain
as it is somewhat of a insult to
real rain

but still

the marine layer was deep enough
to cause some
precipitation

and this morning
in the predawn darkness
everything is wet

and the cat is
upset

which is
perhaps
a truer
measurement

of it

but for me
the streetlights are out
and the cloud layer
brings a
welcome
quietness

to my morning
rambles

PS - some rain, perhaps real rain on the Wednesday night into Thursday and the weekend forecasts here in SoCal.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Another Birthday Celebration

Today, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya
(November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989).



Learn more here

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Clean up on the pool toy aisle

I can't stop watching this


Found it over at Surfmatters

Awesome video of Jason in the tube on his mat.

PG is having his Holiday Mat Sale

and all I can do is watch survalence video of some poor clerk who fell for the ole "Hey Ernie pull this inflation cord and see what happens" gag.

Classic

Friday, November 15, 2013

Clear, Dry and 89

the Fall

sort of usual
so far

although it's hard to tell
what usual is anymore

Areas of High
and Low pressure
playing
Hokee Pokee
over the Western States

so this means
Clear, Dry and
89 on Wednesday
then 66 and a chance
of rain on
Saturday

Perfect

I love
the Fall

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I still haven't figured it out



This Fall
has been the time
of the great
sunrise

or

sunsets,
if you aren't inclined
to get out of bed
at the appointed
hour

There is something to be said
for the comfort of
warm blankets and
the steady
rising and falling
of my spouses breath,
or is it that the cat?

(he snores like a band saw)

But what makes us
choose to give up all that
for a decidedly chilly
sunrise experience?

I have to say that since
I got the "new" wetsuit
I don't think about the water temp
as much when I'm in the water
good stuff

I still haven't figured out
how they turn limestone
into neoprene though

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy Birthday

One more piece of cake and I'm gonna pop











Monday, November 11, 2013

Apple and squash season

sort of a long one today
meet you at the end



It has been long enough since my last go out
not sure just how long
but my booties were dry
so yes,
too long.

I can't really say what motivated me
I was happily seven chapters into the latest Pynchon book
(very good BTW)
feet up, hot cup of tea at the ready
when suddenly I had that urge
tugging me shoreward.

Fall
which I have mentioned before
is really the best time of Summer

But different

The morning was cold
and I arrived at the beach
in a sweat shirt, Uggs and a hat
I had jeans on as well... get your minds out of the gutter

and the change into my wetsuit
was a tad chilly
the wind was off shore

as it turned out
that really didn't seem
to help the swell
out much

I love the Fall
perfect conditions
the water is still warm
and no swell

the walk up
to elevensies
was cut short

way too crowded
for this little
surf

so between
tower 15 and tower 13
at a spot I christened
fourteenies, I don't know why
I paddled out

The Omni with drop pontoons
came alive on a couple
of good ones

when the ride
is indistinguishable
from flying

because that's
what it is

flying

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Two-fer Tuesday



Yeah I know it's not Tuesday but Twofer-Thursday just didn't cut it...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This is it

Mattitude down shifting and redirecting 
getting ready for the inside section


This is the best time of the surfing year around these parts

The summer crowds are gone (replaced by the winter crowds sadly)

The northern Pacific wakes up 

and if you are lucky the water might still be warm

This is also the time of the offshore winds

that can groom any swell into a thing of beauty

and burn your house down 

if you are unlucky

Enjoy the Fall

This is it!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

two hours before sunrise


I have tried

Lord knows I've tried

but the cat

just doesn't "get"

this whole daylight savings time deal.

To be honest I don't care for it much myself

but since this has been the "good" change

and I theoretically get to sleep in a bit more

I won't break out my arsenal of reasons why

they need to leave the arbitrary time reference points

alone.

Be that as it may,

Mr. Vicious (Mr. V if you know him really well or have a tuna in hand)

he don't care.

If it was time to get up yesterday

two hours before sunrise

then today we get up

two hours before sunrise

Maybe if I could teach him how to read the clock...

Monday, November 4, 2013

It will never last ...


I am back amongst the living

I would like to thank all of you that reached out to me with your best wishes for a speedy recovery

Nothing serious

Just a cold virus 

and while the common cold

has decimated the population over the years

with the invention of chicken noodle soup

and antibiotics to fight any secondary infections

it's more a nuisance 

than anything else

I did miss Halloween and a decent swell 

on the plus side 

I have cut back on my

daily caffeine intake

substantially

It will never last ...

no thing ever does