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Posted on September 23 at 8 a.m.
@ Bill Clausen and NoletaLady:
Thank you for the kind words regarding my ode to a Santa Barbara that existed when I was young and that is long gone now. I have seen the comments from a few angry folks that think I'm a crybaby for pointing out the changes, but I am really just grateful that I was there then and got live it.
As I mention in my song, I WAS sorry to see Santa taken down from Santa Claus Lane, but I guess that's what they call "progress".Thanks also to everyone who took time to listen to my little song. If you have any power to get it "out there", I will be most thankful.http://youtu.be/41NijsSu_6I
On The High Price of Renting in Paradise
Posted on September 22 at 6:24 p.m.
Here's a song about renting in the SB.http://youtu.be/41NijsSu_6I
Posted on August 30 at 1:13 p.m.
He's gonna get some red snapper in the poky.
On Crustacean Thief on the Hook for Jail Time
Posted on August 30 at 1:10 p.m.
The whole property should have never been built and is as welcome as a turd in the punch bowl.
Hydrex should pay until it hurts like poison.
On Poisonous Bird Food?
Posted on August 22 at 2:39 p.m.
I knew her in the late 1960's from Summerland. What a nice person.
On Obituary for Catherine Bowes Babine
Posted on May 2 at 7:22 a.m.
God bless you, man. Hang in there. You are making a positive difference. Trust me on this one.
On Craig Rudholm's Redemption
Posted on April 8 at 9:38 a.m.
Newcomers should keep their mouths shut and their ears open. The rules are in place so that everyone can keep the meeting place without getting evicted. Some people think the rules do not apply to them-I know this because I was once one of them! But to hit an old-timer in the face? At a meeting? Just not cool at all.
On Man Sentenced to Eight Years for Punching Elderly Victim
Posted on February 18 at 11:16 a.m.
Good Lord-this is really the passing of an era in Santa Barbara. This one goes all the way back to Bonnie Langley and “Pop” Leland, all on State Street.
I remember going into Fancy Music on State Street with Ken Thackwell and Neil Taylor (both gone now)l and buying Traynor amps and a Traynor sound system for our band, Noah’s Natural Rhythm. Richard and Bob made an interesting team. And both of them were super nice folks as well. RIP
On Obituary for Richard "Bubbles" Richardson
Posted on February 14 at 11 a.m.
Thanks for sharing this. I lost my mom to cigarettes (and the booze) yet I continued to smoke. When actor Yule Brenner died of lung cancer it was big news. His anti-smoking commercial came out AFTER he had passed begging people not to smoke. I distinctly remember watching the ad and having a Marlboro in my fingers. The ad was so shocking that I immediately put out the cigarette-and didn’t light another one-for about twenty minutes. This August 10th will be 25 years smoke-free.
On Hooked on Nicotine
Posted on February 14 at 8:43 a.m.
Someone made the point the dog in question was well-behaved and not a problem at all.
This misses the point that the rules of using this particular facility are that dogs are NOT allowed on the premises. Newcomers are often unhappy with rules and don’t believe they should have to follow any rules which they personally don’t approve of. They are still too young in their recovery to think of anyone or anything but themselves. They are often unaware of how their actions can jeopardize others; such as not being allowed to continue using a meeting hall because rules have been ignored. Then there are others who don’t understand the AA program and profess that there really ARE no rules. I once witnessed a young man who was new to recovery walk naked through the meeting hall on his bellybutton birthday. You should have seen how upset the “AA has no rules” crowd became. Some of them dialed 911 and others said that the thoughtless act brought back molestation issues! They sure wanted to see rules THAT day! Lol
And as to hitting someone in a meeting? In over 26 years I have only seen it once. A newcomer with a history of violence didn’t like not being called on to share at the Alano and took a swing at the leader. He was lucky to leave unhurt and alive. I have personal knowledge that there are regular attending members who carry protection. Mr. Hothead should be happy he is getting jail time and not a box.
On Man to be Sentenced for Punching Elderly Victim