Home Sweet Home….San Clemente

If I could live anywhere it would be San Clemente, California!   http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&gbv=2&q=del%20mar%20san%20clemente&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=20309l39667l0l42866l24l24l2l1l1l0l259l3365l0.14.7l21l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1280&bih=552&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=il  San Clemente known as “Spanish City by the Sea” is a small town located at the southern part of Orange County…what you call The OC and is the mid-point between LA and San Diego…roughly 50 miles from each. The town is located on the ocean and for the most part the west side of I-5. The landscape is hilly and somewhat dessert with beautiful homes that over look the ocean. It’s an artsy community with a surf vibe. San Clemente has some of the best surf in Southern California…either at the pier or just south in San Onofre or SanO for the locals. The weather here averages 70 and doesn’t dip below mid 50’s..in fact December’s average is 64 and probably the coldest month.

SanO is home to the famed Trestles Surf Break…Trestles consists of…from north to south; Cottons Point (Cottons), Upper Trestles (Upppers), Lower Trestles (Lowers), Middle Trestles (Middles) and The Church (Church).

Lowers is consistently the best break, they hold an ASP event there each yearhttp://www.aspworldtour.com/ . Uppers isn’t as consistent, but can provide a longer ride.  Cottons Point was the home of Richard Nixon and was known as The Western White House. Consistently, Trestles is some of the best surfing in Southern California…why it will always be my heaven on earth.

Other notable breaks in San Clemente are Old Mans at SanO, State, Calafia, T-Street (always a great ride), The Pier (North and South), North Beach and then just south of North Beach is 204. Just north of San Clemente is Doheny (DoHo). Doheny is great for beginning surfers and long boarders. Between SanO and San Clemente there are over 15 surf breaks…you could never get tired with that.

Another reason I love this area…the people. They are friendly….beautiful and most often happy! I’ve never met a stranger there. San Clemente also sits just north of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton…also has some great surf breaks, if you can sneak on… but could be dangerous….Armed Marines!!!!!! If you ever visit here, you have to check out Goody’s…my home away from home bar.  https://timhon.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/theres-a-piper-in-every-town/ Kyle and Lisa are great and have always made me feel at home. Oh ya…Tina…what can I say…Beautiful!!!! 🙂 Del Mar St. runs from the city’s center to the beach (pier) and is home to many boutiques, restaurants,  and surf shops, something for everyone.

If for some reason I win the lottery, San Clemente will be known by my friends as The West Coast CSYC!!!!!!!http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Croghan-Street-Yacht-Club-CSYC/102164196505000

Tim

By Tim

I Went To Church…The Walls Did Not Crumble And The Steeple Still Stands

I know what you’re thinking…those of you who know me….Tim want to church??? The church did not crumble around him?? There were no injuries for lightning bolts that went array and striking unsuspecting bystanders??? How could this be? Is the world coming to an end did God suddenly look the other way did he go in disguise? All these may or may not be answered as you read on…

I know this is a shocker…I’m usually on the other side of this…church. To say that I am not a religious person would be an understatement. In fact, I’ve pretty much gone the other way when its come to the 10 Commandments…even the really bad ones. Not that I’m proud of that, but know you know why I was surprised and somewhat elated that I did not receive a lightning bolt to the back side as I crossed the threshold. I want with a friend and his family, I wanted to say that his family is my friend as well but don’t know how to say that and make sense…other than they are.  What made me decide to finally go…after all he had asked me several times before. I don’t really have an answer. Maybe I was feeling a little vulnerable maybe I was looking for something or maybe I was bored. I like to think it was because my friend and his family are some of the greatest people I know and maybe spending a little time with them would rub off on me…god knows I need it 🙂 The funny thing here is that I sat through it all and listened…that’s a pretty hard thing to do…hold my attention for that long. Usually that takes beer or nakedness! Something that was nowhere to be found in church. I know…I have a pretty short attention span, if you’re not entertaining me, I’ll lose interest. So to say that I paid attention must have been entertaining on some level.

To start off they had entertainment…that is correct…a band! There was the usual stand sit stand sit. Absent was the kneeling the knee and back pain from the wooden or the poorly padded kneeling boards. There was no wine no bread…they had chicken and coffee!!!!! potato salad, hot dogs and cookies!!! Now of those of you who know me…you know that even my enemies could coax me with cookies!!!!

2nd….I was overdressed! I know…how could you (I) overdress for Church???? I don’t even own church appropriate clothing…so I thought. I simply wore cargo pants and a buttoned dress shirt. Most were dressed in jeans dress shirt and tennis shoes of casual shoes. Ether way this was not the traditional church experience that I was accustom to in the past. There was no alter no robes no over-sized bible no pew to sit in….it was theater style seating! If not for the prescience of a single cross, the stage resembled more a concert venue than a church.

After the band (with 4 guitars, drum-set, keyboard, 4 to 5 vocalist and a choir) played, they did finally get around to a preacher or minister…not sure what you call them out-side of the Catholic church….either way there was a message.  It was a message of hope…I understood it, but still not really for me….maybe one day. I did however enjoy it. It wasn’t presented in a way that made you feel like if you don’t do this you’re going to hell. It was more like…this is what we believe and what we do and feel. If you don’t, that’s okay…hopefully you will someday. If not, we’re still here for you.

Either way if you’re looking for something different something without all the rigid traditions of a traditional church…something with Chicken… there are alternatives!

http://www.gracecom.net/

Tim

By Tim