Walking Topper: The Trail to Paris

Molly May enjoys walking almost as much as Topper. On any given day, the 25-year-old Cal Poly graduate can be found hiking along the trails that blanket Cerro San Luis, the mountain directly overlooking Highway 101 and the city of San Luis Obispo. Molly has walked the mountain regularly for the past eight years, theContinue reading “Walking Topper: The Trail to Paris”

Someone to Watch Over Me

Bruce doesn’t smoke. Doesn’t drink. Doesn’t swear. Never has. Never will. He married his high school sweetheart. They’re still together. They’ll always be together. He was a high school track star. Made some great football plays, too. Corn is his idea of a vegetable.. Cheese only on his pizza, please. His musical tastes run MantovaniContinue reading “Someone to Watch Over Me”

The House of Yesterday

By Jack Smith Editor’s Note: Today’s guest essay was written by Morro Bay writer Jack Smith. Enjoy. Sometimes it seems like yesterday, and sometimes it seems a million years ago that my dad moved our family to Morro Bay after retiring from a twenty year Air Force career. I will always be grateful to myContinue reading “The House of Yesterday”

Our Man in Blue

His name was Daniel Fraembs. He was fatally shot last Saturday night, a single bullet right through the eye, Gang-related the police theorize. An 18-year-old suspect has already been taken into custody. Another senseless, numbing act of urban violence. Police officer Daniel Fraembs was killed down in Pomona, the first member of law enforcement toContinue reading “Our Man in Blue”

Have Truck, Will Travel

Feeling lonely? Trying to make new friends? Want to get out of the house more? Forget those classified ads. Skip the local bar scene. Go ahead–drop out of Loser Anonymous. Buy a new pickup truck. Trust me–you’re never, ever, be alone again. Brothers and Sisters, I offer a seven-year testimonial. That’s how long I’ve ownedContinue reading “Have Truck, Will Travel”

Dear David…

I have been spending a lot of time lately working at home in my study. (OK, OK — the study is actually just the spare bedroom with a piece of wood across two filing cabinets for a desk, piles of unorganized papers everywhere, and the litter box in the closet. Even Hemingway had to startContinue reading “Dear David…”

Letterman in L.A.

Two minutes to air. David Letterman wanders out on stage to warm up the audience. We need it. The temperature inside Stage 36 at CBS Television City has been set at 58 degrees. Johnny Carson apparently started that tradition——the colder the audience, the more responsive the audience goes the perverse thinking. But the reaction fromContinue reading “Letterman in L.A.”

1 Out of 350

In a perfect world, this would be an easy story to tell. After all, Lori Atwater is a young woman of considerable talent and achievement. Bright. Articulate. Hardworking. Playing a major role in the shaping of our community. As the information coordinator for the city of San Luis Obispo, Lori’s directly responsible for getting theContinue reading “1 Out of 350”

Sally and Kristin

By all account, she was a young woman with a future. She went off to college, a good Midwestern private school. Joined a sorority. Made friends easily. Studied hard, but not too hard. Partied hard, but within reason. She wasn’t my best student, but she tried. After graduation, she landed a job doing marketing forContinue reading “Sally and Kristin”