To March with Penguins

The journey of a lifetime often begins with a single step. For me, the journey began with eleven words, spoken by our friend Jan over dinner last August in Nipomo. “You’re going to hate me for this,” she announced, the hesitancy clear in her voice. “I’m going to Antarctica.” Antarctica. Jan had said the magicContinue reading “To March with Penguins”

Waiting on Mary Street

They’re building in Nipomo. Commercial buildings. Not too many towns can make that boast in these economic tough times, but construction continues along Tefft Street. Things are going up fast and the Mary Street project should open this summer. Many of the tenants have already been announced; no Macy’s or Target among them. Instead we’veContinue reading “Waiting on Mary Street”

The Most Beautiful Woman

Here’s a lesson for aspiring writers. If you come up with a good idea, jot it down and file it away somewhere. If you write a story or a poem or a screenplay and it doesn’t initially sell, file it away. You never know when you might be able to use it. Case in pointContinue reading “The Most Beautiful Woman”

Catalina Calling

The email arrived today from some friends in San Luis Obispo. They had just returned from their first visit to Santa Catalina Island and wanted to thank me for all my suggestions. “We had the best time ever!” the email gushed as my friends ticked off the various places in Avalon they had visited duringContinue reading “Catalina Calling”

A Dream Comes True

Editor’s Note: “Mean Mike” Veron was a true character of the Central Coast, the first non-Cal Poly friend I made after arriving in San Luis Obispo in 1987. Mike was a psych tech at Atascadero State Hospital and fledging standup comedian. From 1982 until his death from cancer in 1998, Mike tried just about anythingContinue reading “A Dream Comes True”

The Icarus of District 3

The text came in at 6:04 tonight, just as I was beginning the final hour of my radio show. “Unconfirmed report that Adam Hill is dead.” I spent the next 15 minutes multi-tasking; continuing a conversation about the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima with my guest, while actively scanning local news sites for something, anything. ConfirmationContinue reading “The Icarus of District 3”

The King of Chorro Street

The 1300 block of Chorro Street sits along the fringe of downtown San Luis Obispo. Ten separate buildings occupy the block, almost all of them older houses. They are houses that used to be homes, places where people returned to at night, places where people ate their meals, raised their kids, and contemplated life onContinue reading “The King of Chorro Street”

Simon, Stay

I took Simon out to Los Osos on a Monday. His weight had dropped. He had stopped eating his dry food. The back legs were collapsing almost daily. Not good signs for a dog who had only recently turned ten. But I wasn’t too worried. Dr. Knighton knew his stuff. Simon had been in goodContinue reading “Simon, Stay”

Boom, She’s Gone

Barbara Boom has decided to trade in the SLO Life for a Rocky Mountain High, so by the time you read this, she should be safely established at her new place in Denver. Barbara called San Luis Obispo home for the last twenty years. She wasn’t trying to move away. It just happened. During aContinue reading “Boom, She’s Gone”