Monday, December 15, 2014


Let It Blow, Let It Blow

Well, faithful reader, Friday was supposed to have been the final WORD of the 2014 Fall season, as the last of the final exams come in and we brace for holiday hoopla. But before the WORD could be enticed into a final spate of journalistic “wisdom,” a pretty big storm hit us here on the Northern California coast—maybe you heard about it?—and everything went out: power, Internet, landlines, cells. And the WORD.

All but one of the 17 commercial crab boats that call our harbor home got out of the way beforehand, except for the oldest and slowest—Surf Rider (I kid you not)—which bounced on 15-foot and bigger waves plowing up from the south directly into the Pier. (Pix here.) Winds up to 50 knots, the Weather Service said, and a fair amount of rain, trees down, flooding. The usual thing. It was pretty exciting.

Anyway, the point is that the WORD didn’t get out ahead of the storm, and the white-coated boys came over the weekend to haul him off to St. Mumbles for the holidays. So I’ll just have to rely on inspiration and this gap in my media ethics exams to wish you and yours blissful, restful, safe and happy holidays. We’ll be back after New Year’s. 

Until then, to quote Tiny Ted, “Dog bless us, every one.”

Editorial Comment: Ho, Ho and also the very most Ho.

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Trinidad Fishermen’s Memorial, Christmas Morning 2011 

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