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California Dreamin’

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse near Half Moon Bay

You can probably tell by the last few posts that my mind is several hundred miles from the Arizona desert. In particular I am thinking today of our trip to the northern coast of California that we took a couple of years ago. I can remember this day like it was yesterday. It was so cool that I had to wear a sweatshirt. In August!

I am thinking that two years is way too much time in between trips so…I’m lobbying for something up the Oregon coast. I read once about a guided tour hunting for fossils along a beach somewhere. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Do you know how some days you’re the windshield and others you’re the bug? Well, today I felt like the bug. I don’t know how fast the car that hit me was going, but they were definitely breaking the speed limit. SPLAT! That’s how my day went. As if that wasn’t bad enough, someone kept smacking me with the windshield wipers! But, tomorrow is another day, and thinking back to this trip makes me feel better.

A few observations I made today:

  1. It must be an election year. Everyone thinks they have something important to say (or know someone who does) and is convinced I want to hear it.
  2. When Neil Armstrong got frustrated because something didn’t work, did he say “They can send me to the moon, but they can’t make this simple thing work”?
  3. It must be an election year because I’m starting to hear all the same promises I heard 4 years ago.
  4. If something gets ruined in the wash it will be your favorite pair of shorts.
  5. If it only rains for 5 minutes a day it will be when you walk from your car to the office. And forgot your umbrella.
  6. A bad day on the water is better than a good day at work.
  7. It must be an election year.

Fantastic Weekend

Ah….there is nothing quite as relaxing as spending a weekend with good friends. It’s even better if there is an ocean nearby! After arriving in the valley on Saturday, we drove through the canyon and enjoyed a nice Sunday brunch in Malibu. After we finished eating, we had a little time to walk along the beach. We really enjoyed our visit. Our friends were great hosts, and we are already looking forward to seeing them again soon.

Fun In The Sun

In the early 1900’s the film industry began to shift operations from the east coast to California. This was in part a backlash against the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC, also known as the Edison Trust). From 1909 on, The MPCC pooled their resources, and legally monopolized the growing American film industry, specifically in New York and on the East Coast. Their main goal, to stifle up-and-coming independent film makers, was accomplished by hiring lawyers and strong men to enforce their restrictions. They raised admission prices, limited censorship by cooperating with regulatory bodies, and prevented film stock from getting into the hands of non-members.

Although Thomas Edison conceived the modern motion picture camera it was actually designed by an employee, William K.L. Dickson. In fact, there are quite a few inventions for which Edison has been given undeserved credit, and some people still get quite upset by that.

In reality, it was merely sunshine and the diversity of topographies that lured filmmakers from New York and New Jersey to southern California. In the early days of the film industry, producers shot on outdoor stages in natural light, rather than utilizing electric light, so that dependable sunshine was a must. Southern California’s mixture of seascapes, mountains, desert, and other topographies in a relatively limited area was also a plus.

It’s not unusual to see location shoots as you stroll along the beach. I’m always amazed by the sheer number of people it takes to make a movie or TV show.

I am headed to the coast this weekend to visit some good friends and looking forward to some cooler weather.


“Logic will get you from A to B.

Imagination will take you everywhere.”

~ Albert Einstein