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Posted on November 21 at 7:21 p.m.

@JohnLocke: C'mon, man- surely you jest. I mean, you DO get the joke in Nick's comment, right? Right? Am I right, or are you really that dunderheaded?

Regards,

jb

On Prelude to a Dog

Posted on November 14 at 11:28 a.m.

@John_Adams:

I'm honestly not sure if you're joking, but the answer is no, of course not: the otters have been here for millions of years, and the human population for less than twenty thousand.

Apologies if I'm missing the intended humor in your comment...

On Legalizing Sea Otters

Posted on November 1 at 12:11 p.m.

"Wind turbines would be visible from Jalama Beach Park to La Purisma Mission"

Your point being? Look- I was born in SB, and literally grew up at La Purisima Mission (my dad was a ranger, and I lived there until I was 18), and viewsheds are critically important for me. That said, I, for one, would rather take concrete, achievable steps to help decrease dependence on fossil fuels, than bicker forever around who is willing to look at turbines.

We all have to make choices, and this is one that makes a great deal of sense.

Your argument is flimsy to to the point of silliness, and you're engaging in the laziest form of "not in my backyard"-ism.

Regards,

jb

On Dude, Where's My Wind Farm?

Posted on October 23 at 7:11 p.m.

Eucalyptus is a horrendously destructive invasive species which has radically altered the ecosystem in California and elsewhere. Rather than trying to save these trees- which are, fundamentally, pests- let's let the bugs do their work, and then re-introduce native species in their place.

On Eucalyptus Woes

Posted on September 20 at 10:10 p.m.

While I hate to seem pedantic, and while SB is many things, one thing it certainly is not is "one of the climbing capitals of the world".

I'm not sure who fed Matt this remarkably spurious bit of misinformation, but really: Bishop, Boulder, Bend? All plausible. Chamonix, Squamish, Yosemite, Fontainebleau? Yep. SB? Not so much...

In fact, there has been relatively little development here since Steve Edwards put out the bouldering guide "Ocean's Eleven" over a decade ago. Sure, some of this is due to lack of a cohesive community, but most is down to the basic lack of solid rock.

While I hope that the advent of the gym spurs another cycle of exploration and development- who knows? there may be a boulder field of the scope quality of Hueco Tanks or Rocklands out there in the hills- SB remains at this point very much a marginal- albeit enjoyable and beautiful- climbing locale...

Regards,

jb

On Cliffhanging for All

Posted on September 20 at 9:59 p.m.

RIP, Tom. Pure Juice...

On Saying Goodbye to a Legend

Posted on September 11 at 7:53 a.m.

People can talk all they want about the "inevitability" of the end of good, small, independent bookstores owned by passionate book lovers, and it may be so- but it doesn't ease the sense of loss over the closure of Thrasher's.

I have never once gone in and not walked out with something great- and, usually, something far different than what I thought I was looking for, so superb is the selection there.

Efficiency, cost- important, sure, but the warm, human, nourishing experience of buying a book from Thrasher's is simply absent in downloading a volume to your iPad.

Thanks you, Barbara, and thanks to all the great bookstore owners- you're very much appreciated.

Regards,

Jeff Butler

On Thrasher Books to Close

Posted on August 23 at 5:47 p.m.

@fearbeneath: With a histrionic, overblown name like yours, and silly, dramatic headlines on your website such as, "Great White Sharks Invade Santa Barbara", you- and your organization- are as about as "fair and balanced" as Fox News- which is to say, not at all. Stop your nonsense and fear mongering, please. Ans cease and desist with the plugs for your website while you're at it.

On Santa Barbara's Summer of the Shark

Posted on July 20 at 8:43 a.m.

With all respect, I'm pretty confident that few would consider the Black Crowes to be either seminal or a psych-rock outfit. A great band, for sure, but not quite pysch-rock...

On Chris Robinson Gets Back to Basics with New Band

Posted on July 17 at 9:18 a.m.

Am I correct in reading that your buddy called SAR after you were a mere couple of hours late? Really? And this, after you apparently felt that the need to pursue your vision quest mitigated the your responsibility to operate within your personal comfort zone in the backcountry (i.e. in this case, traveling with a partner)? Wow, man- just wow. Since '71, huh?

On 39-mile Backpack Over Mission Pine Ridge

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