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Posted on July 5 at 10:10 a.m.

I grew up skating in the 80s and 90s and the world was a totally different place then. Skateboarding was outlawed everywhere and myself and my friends - despite the fact that we were drug and alcohol free and just looking to have a good time riding our boards - were routinely hassled by cops, security guards and other representatives of authority. One Friday evening, I was sat on a curb and lectured by a cop for being out skateboarding, instead of at a party like a "normal" kid... seriously.

Anyways, the world today is totally different and now, as the father of two young boys who have avidly taken up skateboarding down at Skater's Point, I'm blown away by how much the skateboarding scene has changed. Sure, there are still young kids acting out - like the water balloon thing here - but in general, the overall scene at Skater's Point is incredible. EVERYONE there looks out for one another, the little kids cheer each other up when one of them falls, and the older guys set a very positive tone. It's nothing like skating was growing up, and far far better.

I agree with the sentiment that the solution here is more skateparks, not less. Skateboarding is huge and isn't going through boom/bust phases any more... it's here to stay. The facilities require little maintenance and obviously the skateboarders themselves care very much about them. Let's stop demonizing these people, there are many generations in the park these days and you're a fool if you think it's just a bunch of punk kids.

On City Beats Strategic Retreat in Struggle over Skater's Point

Posted on March 8 at 8:21 a.m.

Thank you so much Louise Hanson!!

I agree, a map would be most helpful. But just hearing the news is really great, thanks Indy :)

On 14,000 Gaviota Acres Permanently Preserved

Posted on January 9 at 6:59 a.m.

Wow, as an R/C hobbyist who went out of my way to support this shop, it's pretty insulting to be thrown under the bus by this guy as a big part of the reason for his shop closing. I guess I should have just gone ahead and ordered everything on the internet, since obviously my business was not only not valued, but is now blamed for the failure of this shop. Wow.

Myself and plenty of other R/C hobbyists made it a special point to patronize the shop, almost always paying a higher price than we could get elsewhere (online or at other hobby shops), specifically to support a local downtown business. And this despite the fact that we were frequently stymied by a lack of selection and lack of availability.

On Dave's Hobby Central Going out of Businesses

Posted on October 11 at 9:02 a.m.

Haters gonna hate... I have a feeling Eureka is going to be there for the long haul, like CPK next door. I found the food delicious, the Friday night ambience really fun, and overall the experience great. Yes - we waited for a table. Yes, some of the beer comes in different sizes. No - I am not a person overwhelmed by such trivialities when the overall experience is so fun and warm.

On Eureka! I Made It to Eureka!

Posted on October 3 at 10:36 a.m.

Definitely safer in the water with the sharks.

Since we're all speculating here, I'm guessing it was some kind of initiation.

On Gang Member Stabs East Beach Exerciser

Posted on August 15 at 11:01 a.m.

The sharks are always out there whether we happen to see them or not...

On Great White Shark Spotted Off Leadbetter Beach

Posted on March 19 at 5:33 a.m.

Etna you're way out of line and clearly haven't dealt with the aftermath of stroke - yet. How lucky for you. Why not try reading up about stroke treatment and how crucial it is to treat strokes as soon as possible after they happen - there's basically a two hour window. This prompt treatment is crucial to ensure the stroke victim's life AFTER the stroke is a worthwhile as possible.

On Cottage Helipad Meeting, Part Deux

Posted on February 13 at 9:35 a.m.

This is cool! Glad to see a company from Santa Barbara giving this a go. My uncle ran a container sales and rental business for years near Modesto. It's really cool to see people getting involved in the customization side of these. I wish Container Alliance the best of luck!

On Santa Barbara Business Gets Creative with Containers

Posted on January 20 at 9:07 a.m.

@sbconcerned I think the idea is more so that Portlanders can come vacation here for the summer (we need those dollars, right?).

And if you like SB, I don't see what you dislike about Portland? Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black.

On Nonstop Flights from Santa Barbara to Portland

Posted on October 19 at 1:49 p.m.

Wait, what's wrong with more mountain biking again? Are you familiar with the work of our local SB Mountain Trail Volunteers? A bunch of mountain bikers in that group who work hard to repair and improve area trails for the benefit of *all* users.

Any human use of wildlands creates an impact. The important thing is to manage and mitigate that impact. Prohibition of mountain biking is not a realistic accommodation.

On The Path Up and Down

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