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Posted on December 7 at 9:50 a.m.
"What about cavalierly weighing a citizen's "worth" in remaining life years... and rationing accordingly?
THAT'S change we need?"-------------------------------------
And just what is it that you think the HMOs and insurance companies are doing now ??
You might ask your friends if they have ever had a treatment rejected because it does not fit the conception of an HMO employee's bottom line....
On Chamber Quits Chamber
Posted on December 3 at 11:06 a.m.
I suppose it is partly a matter of time.
The Santa Barbara I grew to love in the 50s and 60s has in large part disappeared. In those days, there were real stores, catering to real people and their real needs, right on lower State Street! There were department stores like Sears, Clark's Tool Exchange, Frank's Rice Bowl, Casa Blanca, and many others, which have now been replaced by T-Shirt shops and beer-barf bars. On one of my last visits (to a jam session at the James Joyce), we were unable to tune our instruments there because the bar across the street featured "music" turned up so loudly that we could not hear our own instruments even with the door and windows closed. This, at 3 PM in the afternoon! I recall watching as a poor soul crawled out of the bar across State on his hand and knees, collapsed at the curb, and vomited into the gutter.
Lompoc may be quaint -- indeed, it does bring the film "Pleasantville" to mind at times -- and it's basic feel is 1958 Retro-tech. Yet there is a certain charm of "non-virtuallness" extant. There are some beautiful views and great places to eat -- no, I am not going to name them! I do not live in either venue at present, but visiting the town WC Field's chose as a film location (because it was founded as a temperance colony) is much more pleasant than the current melange titled Santa Barbara.
On second thought, anyone in SB reading this note please ignore it completely, and stay in your seaside paradise. You will have my most grateful thanks!
On A Lompoc Minister Pities Us
Posted on November 16 at 11:54 a.m.
They should think about reviving the menu that was offered by the long-defunct Plessa's Tavern -- truly wonderful cooking featuring their baked Pismo clams on the half shell au gratin. Man, I still mourn for that place every time I drive by Pismo.
On Five-Starring in Pismo Beach?
Posted on November 5 at 10:32 a.m.
I've forgotten the Chumash word for the stars, sprinkled among the sky people. Some of the Chumash may remember them, now that they have been permanently eliminated by the massive lighting of the casino which runs 24/7. This could be the beginning of a great new legend.
Also, where is the representation of the slot machine, the new god of the Chumash people?
On Within the Syuxtun Story Circle
Posted on August 15 at 12:40 p.m.
Great pics Ray!
This area needs to burn. In the meantime, the feds and the state stimulate the economy by using all those unnecessary air fire-fighting resources . . . taxpayer money literally up in smoke. It's a true "win-win" situation.
On Pano Provides Perspective
Posted on August 9 at 7:25 a.m.
" The area is the one remaining portion of the San Rafael Wilderness that escaped the Zaca Fire two summers ago."
It has been reported that SB County fire officials are seeking donations of dry sagebrush & other chaparral species since our recent fires have greatly depleted local supplies.
On Fire Breaks Out in La Brea Canyon
Posted on July 1 at 4:30 p.m.
Releve Unlimited is the same company who tried to establish a huge rock music festival on the same ranch a couple of months ago, but were turned down by the board of supervisors for obvious reasons: way too big, crowd control, etc.
Now, they're at it again: thar's gold in them there fans, and they aim to get a good chunk of it. Who gave them permission to do this? Certainly the local residents and neighbors were not consulted. Is this really legal? What happens if only 20,000 of the Great Unwashed show up on this narrow, winding, 2 lane country lane?30,000?, 50,000?There's a blimp hovering overhead already, the road is lined with TV trucks. Let the circus begin....
On Official Michael Jackson Party Announced
Posted on November 18 at 4:50 p.m.
Yes, it was "El Gaucho" - certainly a little more original than "Daily Nexus". Total student population was 3,000, parking fee was $5 a semester, and we could park where North Hall (is that now Girvetz Hall?) now stands.
Oh, most girls were insulted if you asked them for a date less than a week in advance.
Posted on November 14 at 7:22 a.m.
If this fire behaves simularly to the Coyote and Sycamore Canyon fires, expect it to lay low this morning, burn up into the mountains, then come back with a vengeance later in the afternoon and evening. Wind conditions are everything, as far as what the fire will do.
A true force of nature, and a fact of life, living in Southern California. We can only hope and pray there will not be any fatalities.
On Firefighters Say: Stop Using Your Water
Posted on November 8 at 12:49 p.m.
It's a _corporate chain_ for Christ's sake! Have you ever tried asking any of the sales staff a technical question?
Ah, for the good old days of Audio-Vision....
On Circuit City Closes Santa Barbara Store
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will celebrates its 11th annual benefit. ... Read More
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