Saturday, February 26, 2011

getting ready for the tube rescue race

in the rip to take the lead of the race!!


Go Daddy!!

Daddy's winning the whole race!!
He's catching the fastest rip!! way out ahead...Go DADDY.. GO DADDY!

Ive gotta find that rip past all those challenging waves....

it was another great day at the races in our beautiful Pacific back yard.... we all were practicing the course warming up in the ocean swimming, board paddling, rowboating and the ski paddling ( on the surf kayaks) hours before the race started.. there was a friendly enthusiasm and excitement among all the club competitors from up and down the 36 kilometers of gorgeous beaches!

swimming to the right and taking that winning wave!

it is the Gold Coast Titles this weekend... the masters (old people) surf events were today and the junior events will be tomorrow...
I came in 2nd in the surf swim for the 50-54 age group ( I missed the cutoffs for my age group since my birthday was two months too late)  and 3rd in the tube rescue race
The surf has been such a great metaphor for finding the best plan for life's perfect race...
!


we have a limited time to beat our competitors in the race of life..

while 20 or so racers lined up and sprinted directly into the sea
I had a plan to sprint past the red inflatable IRB boat, just a little to the right of the rip...
when I take that rip it will jet stream past all the challenging waves my opponents had to face...
i was wushed past all of them
and for the longest time I was ahead of everyone taking the river of flowing water rushing out to sea...
and the path was there...if I had swam back towards my home, I would have possibly taken that winning wave!
instead I came back the other way to see the far faster swimmer pass by me just before he ended up coasting into victory....
I took a wave but I was tired ,
so it tumbled me instead of catching it and coasting to victory (at least in my age group)
 my competitors took
so I came in second in my age group (50-54)
and 4th overall!
beating many locally famous surf swimmers of the coast...
ahh the congrats from my  colleagues of the club...
was giving me those warm fuzzies I used to have when I won in the team sports of my youthful past...
ahh sweetness..

Thursday, February 24, 2011

day before the Gold Coast titles... Ill be in 4 surf events, the Tube rescue race, the surf swim race around the buoys past the breaking waves, and 2 relays...

in the meantime , across the ocean in our seriously declining empire:
The Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia reports that a shocking question was asked at a town hall event held by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) on Tuesday. According to the article, an audience member asked the congressman, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"
Broun's press secretary, Jessica Morris, confirmed that the question was indeed, who is going to shoot Obama? "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on," she said.However, rather than confronting the questioner or condemning the question, Broun instead acknowledged "frustration" with Obama, according to the Banner-Herald. The paper reports that Broun responded to the stunning inquiry as follows:

"The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare."

can u believe this is happening in what was once a good place to live? Instead of admonishing this idiot for asking the question, he almost condones this criminal behavior!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

it's become a class war with republi cons attempting to destroy unions in many states!

The Republican party is continuing to attempt reducing wages and limiting the freedoms (especially economic freedom) of the working middle class...the difference between the  rich and endangered middle has become a wide chasm..people will be pushed and walked over until they reach the breaking point...this breaking point has arrived in many countries of the middle east and Africa.. it is beginning to happen in the former economic power of the United States.. we are at the breaking point where the line has been crossed and we won't take it anymore!

(from Huffpo)

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.


A source tells The Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.


The House came into session twice this morning, with only three of the 40 Democrats present. Those were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans don’t do anything official without quorum.
With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.
House Speaker Brian Bosma said he did not know yet whether he would ask the Indiana State Police to compel the lawmakers to attend, if they can be found.


Today’s fight was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation. It’s become the latest in what is becoming a national fight over Republican attempts to eliminate or limit collective bargaining.


Gov. Mitch Daniels had warned his party late last year against pursuing so-called “right to work” legislation. While he agreed with it philosophically, he said it was a big issue that needed a state-wide debate and noted no Republican had run on this in the November election.


But now that his party is pursuing it, Daniels has not spoken against it. He has so far issued no statement, has held no news conference and has not been interviewed by any Indiana reporters in the Statehouse. Daniels did do a radio interview Monday with National Public Radio in which he discussed the labor fight which has caused a government stalemate in Wisconsin — where Senate Democrats have fled to Illinois to prevent a vote on a bill that limits collective bargaining --a now, apparently, his state.


Today, the union members who have filled the Statehouse — an estimated 4,000 according to the Indiana State Police — held a rally, chanting such things as “Ditch Mitch” and “Save Our Families,” which he must have heard as he worked in his nearby Statehouse office.


Union supporters say the bill which has sparked the protests, House Bill 1468 such a measure would weaken bargaining power because companies under collective bargaining agreements would no longer have to hire union members. Supporters, including the state's Chamber of Commerce, say it would makes Indiana more appealing to business and will bring jobs to the state.


Tim Kilbourne, a plow truck mechanic for the city of Indianapolis, said he and other workers would keep coming to the Statehouse until legislators kill the bill.




"All these bills here is to kill the worker," he said.


House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, “has taken a page out of the Wisconsin Senate playbook apparently” by keeping his caucus in hiding, Bosma said. “They are shirking the job that they were hired to do.”


In Wisconsin, Senate Democrats have fled to Illinois to deny Republicans the quorum they need to pass legislation limiting collective bargaining for many public employees.


Asked at what point he would call in the Indiana State Police to attempt to round up the Democrats, Bosma said: “We’ll see how the day goes.”


Bosma said he spoke to Daniels and said the governor is “very supportive of our position to come in and try to do our work. He was not pleased that the Democrats weren’t here to do their work. And like me is just waiting to see how the course of the day proceeds.”


Austin told reporters that “it doesn’t matter where they (Democrats) are at this point. What matters is that they’re trying to figure out a way to save the state from this radical agenda.”


Asked if they were in the state, Austin said only: “They’re working hard.”


Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said it’s not important where the Democrat lawmakers are.


“This is a principled fight,” Parker said.
What’s important, he said, is that they are standing up to an agenda they believe will cut wages for Indiana workers, both in unions and those who do not belong to unions. They’ll return, he said, when they drop the bills Democrats see as an “assault on the middle class.”


Bosma, though, said Republicans are “counting on common sense and a sense of responsibility to prevail and that they would get back here and do the job that they were elected to do."


The last time a prolonged walk-out happened in the Indiana legislature was in the mid-1990s, when Republicans were in control and tried to draw new legislative district maps, eliminating a district that likely would have been a Democrat one, in the middle of the decade. Democrats won that standoff, staying away several days until Republicans dropped the plan.
No joke: Ex-mayor's name too suggestive for Ind. center
Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation
Indiana's fight is latest round in a multistate political war
Standoff: House Democrats kill labor legislation for now


Tully: Walkout spurs Daniels to switch from grinder to kinder

and on another more positive in regards to helping our classes become friendlier to each other:
A retail store billing itself as "the Wal-Mart of weed" will open its doors in Sacramento tomorrow, the Sacramento Bee reports.



The 10,000-square-foot weGrow outlet, advertised as a one-stop shop for legal growers seeking supplies and training, claims the honor of being the industry's first-ever national franchise. Look for outposts of the self-proclaimed "first honest hydro store," which started as a solo warehouse operation in Oakland last year, to sprout up in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and even New Jersey in the coming months.

The Ganja Galleria doesn't sell any actual pot--it just sells supplies, provides classes, and offers an on-site doctor to help customers choose their favorite strain.


According to the Bee, the store's founder chose its opening location strategically. And he has no qualms being forthcoming about its purpose:


"I just thought it was a statement to have something close to the state Capitol," said Dhar Mann, who founded the original iGrow in January 2010. "It's a statement of how progressive the industry has become. We're all about coming out of the shadows."


With California, 14 other states and the District of Columbia legalizing marijuana for medical use, the hydroponics industry is exploding. But, unlike weGrow, most hydroponics outlets avoid any mention of marijuana, billing themselves only as generic suppliers for people growing anything from peppers to rosemary.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

" I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less(what) gray hair or a flatter belly.
i had to read this essay that steve crowmac might have wrote(?) and put in my own italics with my personality(?)
 As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie,(that extra TIM Tam when my wife gets those infamous chocholate cookies)
or for not making my bed (or change the sheets), or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avantégarde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.
yeh, im messy, a slob and I certainly am extravagant about this holiday(? that will eventually have to be work)
but just the idea of living on the beach..!!


I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon (Alene and my mom, Ailsa); before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
(although Mom was 76 , she was still young and vibrant..our family disintegrated after her passing and i hardly saw my brother, his kids and our extended family in Oz)

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon?
(and my honey let me sleep in this morning instead of working out with Stu and the life guards)
 I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.(yes i do that to much!)


I will walk the beach in a swim suit (budgy smugglers is the Aussie term of endearment for speedos) that is stretched over a bulging body,(but ive lost 9 kilos since ive arrived and could be getting that 6 pack)
 and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set (and generation x neighbors) on millionair's beach
this bloke must be a beach bum like me ...i run and duck dive thru the waves briefly believing im just gettin younger and stronger

They, too, will get old.


I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.


Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? (i remember the poor peace corp lunatic's poor dog getting hit, the dog got better...shame about her owner)

 But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.


I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my  (what)hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.


how do u like my budgy smugglers??

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.

(i just go out and go for  a swim!!)
I've even earned the right to be wrong. (yes, even in okiehoma)

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become (im no sean connery but some think i might still have it). I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
( u could regret ur circumstance as i felt sorry for this poor english prince who had to go live the rest of his life in Coburg, Germany and end up adopting Hitler as his leader.. he could never could have his happy idyllic life with the royal family of Queen Victoria)


MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!

Crowmac, who wr0te this?? It's great!
 I wonder about how I might grow old gracefully(?)
I realize that I have a few things that I really enjoy...
One enjoyment I have discovered in my second half is the thrill of swimming in the ever changing ocean with a good bunch of blokes...
we swam last night as the storm hit us around 5pm... there were 5 of us.. it was a sense of camaraderie that I havent experienced since being captain of my tennis team in the Okie Zone
or the feeling of being on a team is that warm fuzzy feeling i've been missing for so long...
just being at home in my surf, with the handicap race
just outside in my backyard view..

I'd like my martini  shaken, not stirred
ON ANOTHER NOTE FAR AWAY IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE:

From: Randy Ford Subject: Fox News and NWYC To: "Randy Ford"
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 11:41 AM

Dear National Write Your Congressman Member,

As a member of NWYC I wanted to extend a special invitation to you to appear on Fox News as part of a focus group with Dr Frank Luntz. You may have seen Frank perform one of his many dial sessions about current political issues around the Country. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, ABC news, Good Morning America and many others. As a small business owner or someone who works for a business in Wisconsin, you have been selected by Gary Blum, our representative in your area, as someone who is passionate about the current political situation in Madison and Washington DC and would enjoy sharing your opinions with other Wisc. Residents.

This will be a live TV show that will appear on the Sean Hannity program tomorrow night.

Again, this is a special invitation extended to you as a member of National Write Your Congressman. There are limited spots available so a prompt reply is appreciated.

You will be compensated $100 for your time and would need to be in Madison from 7:00- 9:30 PM Wed. night.

(WOW... A 100$ from Faux news to say how unions are bad!!)

If you are interested in appearing on the program let me know immediately and I will put you in contact with the Fox staff.

Thanks for considering this and for being a member of NWYC.

Randy Ford President/COO National Write Your Congressman www.nwyc.com


and the following has been what's happening to our country since the great actor , Ronnie Reagan, followed the great script for the downfall of our once great economy:
Starve the beast
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Part of a series of articles on
United States

Bush tax cuts · Starve the beast

"Starving the beast" is a fiscal-political strategy of some American conservatives to create or increase existing budget deficits via tax cuts to force future reductions in the size of government. The term "beast" refers to the government and the programs it funds, particularly social programs such as welfare, Social Security, Medicare and public schools.

The tax cuts of former US President George W. Bush's administration, still in place, are an example. He said in 2001 "so we have the tax relief plan [...] that now provides a new kind -- a fiscal straightjacket for Congress. And that's good for the taxpayers, and it's incredibly positive news if you're worried about a federal government that has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past eight years and it has been."

Former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin expressly advocates the policy: "please [Congress], starve the beast, don't perpetuate the problem, don't fund the largesse, we need to cut taxes."[5] U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, states "you should never have to offset the cost of a deliberate decision to reduce tax rates on Americans."[6]

 History:
Prior to being elected as the President, then-candidate Ronald Reagan foreshadowed the strategy during the 1980 US Presidential debates, saying "John Anderson tells us that first we've got to reduce spending before we can reduce taxes. Well, if you've got a kid that's extravagant, you can lecture him all you want to about his extravagance. Or you can cut his allowance and achieve the same end much quicker."[7] It appears the earliest use of the term "starving the beast" to refer to the political-fiscal strategy was in a Wall Street Journal article in 1985 where the reporter quoted an unnamed Reagan staffer. [8]

 Analysis: economic, academic, and "think tank"Some empirical evidence shows that Starve the Beast may be counterproductive, with lower taxes actually corresponding to higher spending. An October 2007 study by Christina D. Romer and David H. Romer of the National Bureau of Economic Research found: "[...] no support for the hypothesis that tax cuts restrain government spending; indeed, [the findings] suggest that tax cuts may actually increase spending. The results also indicate that the main effect of tax cuts on the government budget is to induce subsequent legislated tax increases."[9]
William Niskanen, chairman emeritus of the libertarian Cato Institute, criticized “starve the beast.” If deficits finance 20% of government spending, then citizens perceive government services as discounted. Services that are popular at 20% off the listed price would be less popular at full price. He hypothesized that higher revenues could constrain spending, and found strong statistical support for that conjecture based on data from 1981 to 2005.[10][11] Another Cato researcher, Michael New, tested Niskanen’s model in different time periods and using a more restrictive definition of spending (non-defense discretionary spending) and arrived at a similar conclusion.[12]

Professor Leonard E. Berman of Syracuse University testified to a U.S. Senate committee in July 2010 that: "My guess is that if President Bush had announced a new war surtax to pay for Iraq or an increase in the Medicare payroll tax rate to pay for the prescription drug benefit, both initiatives would have been less popular. Given that the prescription drug benefit only passed Congress by one vote after an extraordinary amount of arm-twisting, it seems unlikely that it would have passed at all if accompanied by a tax increase. Starve the beast doesn’t work."[13]

Economist Bruce Bartlett called Starve the Beast "the most pernicious fiscal doctrine in history."[14]
[edit] Political commentaryA well-known proponent of the strategy is activist Grover Norquist who famously said "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."[15][16] Vice-President Dick Cheney said "Reagan proved deficits don't matter" as then-Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill warned of financial dangers presented by them ahead, according to O'Neill. [17]

Economist Paul Krugman summarized the strategy in February 2010: "Rather than proposing unpopular spending cuts, Republicans would push through popular tax cuts, with the deliberate intention of worsening the government’s fiscal position. Spending cuts could then be sold as a necessity rather than a choice, the only way to eliminate an unsustainable budget deficit." He wrote that the "...beast is starving, as planned..." and that "Republicans insist that the deficit must be eliminated, but they’re not willing either to raise taxes or to support cuts in any major government programs. And they’re not willing to participate in serious bipartisan discussions, either, because that might force them to explain their plan — and there isn’t any plan, except to regain power."[18]

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The fall of the working middle class.....

Psycho lady showing how she strangles the working class:
" i strangle anybody  with these hands who refuses to do as i say...the masses should work for slave wages
and any meetings will be squashed!
 it is really sad what is happening to the middle class in the States,,,
we are like lobsters gently placed in warm comfortable waters while the powers that be gradually increase the temperatures until we are boiled into oblivion...the top 1% are controlling most wealth and power in our human pecking order... the difference between us and the very wealthy will continue to increase
as people try to control limited commodities for our survival and way of life

it will finally come to a head when the working class will finally revolt ...it happened in Egypt and is happening in many countries in the middle east and the world... when people say they have had enough
and will no longer be controlled by these corporations and corrupt governments
we will finally say enough!
necessity to survive is the mother of invention
 and our creative ways  will help us survive!

MADISON, Wis. — Sarah Palin says union members protesting Wisconsin Republicans' plan to help balance the state's budget by cutting collective bargaining rights are taking up "the wrong fight at the wrong time."

Palin weighed in on the debate in a Friday night posting on her Facebook page but didn't indicate whether she would join weekend conservative counter-protests organized by groups including the Tea Party Patriots and Americans for Prosperity.
In the posting addressed to "union brothers and sisters," Palin says Wisconsin taxpayers shouldn't be asked to pay for benefits "that are not sustainable." She says "real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice." (umm what sacrifices (??) have u made crazy lady?)
BABY POWER

Running along the beach of a brave new world!!
New Republican Gov. Scott Walker insists the concessions he's seeking from public workers are necessary to deal with Wisconsin's projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall and to avoid layoffs.

Friday, February 18, 2011

As For Us...


Hey Garvald! It appears as though you have found the true meaning of inner peace; your son running free style on the beach and you with the late summer tan. I trust your beautiful wife is enjoying life in the garden as well.
I wish it were true for us. The snow disappeared two days ago, and we’ve seen the sun, a seemingly rare commodity here in the Midwest. But the Iowa caucuses are on the horizon and shadowy figures are stirring up the sheep. Crooked fingers are pointing in the direction of the usual suspects, and nothing that is wholesome or good is safe. Woe be unto the unions, Planned Parenthood, educators, honesty and integrity. Puppets belonging to corporate America and the very rich are dirty dancing in spiked shoes on the well being of the middle class, and the sheep are readying themselves for the alter.
Other than this, things are going okay. Keep in touch. CrowMac

Thanks, Crowmac, for your heartfelt post!  It is a scary world Colin is inheriting... gone are the good republican leaders who really cared about the people... gone are those days of caring...



in the meantime, Im swimming in the surf race again tomorrow morning and then a carnival of events for next weekend with the Gold Coast titles...I don't believe these kind of corporate puppets would be allowed in Australia! The middle working class is still very strong!



wish i was a kid again on the beach!!

who would of thought id be out here in sub paradise while I was toiling away teaching angry students??
who would have thought Id be a father??...that possibility always intrigued and eluded me...until my biological clock started ticking away...realizing our own mortality and after my Dad leaving...
the chance to start out new in a new land...
who wudda thought??



who wudda thought Id taking my son for swimming lessons  in the surf everyday!!

 I like the pics that this new camera takes but its hard figuring it out...
its a full moon on the beach and its so gosh darn moonmerizing..shimmering over the Pacific that I have to share with an irate neighbor and another young neighbor who resent sharing their yard...but its communal so Im gonna enjoy the light of the moon while my son sleeeps and my honey has a night out at a concert with a friend.. my good deed for the day...
I had a barbecue in our yard this early avo before the others came back...we had fish and I brought it down to our little beach tent on the beach ...colin had a long nap on the beach....
he has changed my life so much!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The findings aren’t likely to surprise anyone who is married. It can be pretty tough to escape the blues when your spouses is down or depressed, (as we discussed recently on the blog.) However, the study sheds light for couples and for health-care and mental-health professionals on how one partner’s well-being might shape the other partner’s health over time. It also could help couples understand what is happening when they hit the emotional skids.


Researchers on the study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, gathered self-reported happiness ratings from 178 couples at seven-year intervals over as long as 35 years, then compared them with random pairs of men and women in the same sample who weren’t married to each other. The ratings were based on participants’ responses to a request to rate their life so far on a five-point scale ranging from “very happy” to “very unhappy.”
Researchers found “sizeable spousal similarities both in reports of happiness and in how happiness changed over time,” says the study, by Christiane A. Hoppmann, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and others.

from Huffpo
http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2011/03/03/are-you-only-as-happy-as-your-spouse/

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

nice post, steve!

" I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avantégarde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!
"
Crowmac, Did u write this?? It's great!

here are some more pics of life in OZ!
I was chatting with my good friend, Neil, last night and we must have  had a couple liters of inexpensive tasty fruity wine (called Koolibah!)...
drinking it like we would be chugging down 4x beers!
 looking at the surf ... and reminising...
we are both going through a lot
as fathers...

u have a dream and when it happens...


if I swim just a little faster, Ill win the handicap swim race at Mermaid Beach!!

who would ever think I would  be a daddy on my favorite beach??


I could go into detail...but instead Ill just show some photos of where we are now!!

Monday, February 14, 2011


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could somebody get me a pillow instead of this frickin helmet??


Saturday, February 12, 2011

winning the handicap surf swim race!!

is that Daddy taking the winning wave??
I was chatting with my good friend who's been a  veteran lifeguard for well over 3 decades about the perfect surf race...He had written an essay about making everything right for that winning race...
and believe it or not today was the most perfect day to win that race that ive been dreaming of for years!!... finally figuring  the strategy!!   ... i will go into more detail as i let my wife know if she wants to go to church with  some other veterans of the surf club...
what a place.!! (especially on Sunday!)..i think she's getting it that you cant find a better place... at least in our lifetime!!
ive took some pics of our beach tent while my honey relaxes in our little living room right at the edge of the rising tide!!

ill write in more detail about the winning race lata mates!!