Monthly Archives: September 2008

Post Debate

I’d have to call it a draw… McCain people will say he won and Obama people will say he won.

I do wish Obama would have been a little more hard-hitting but I know he’s trying to keep on the higher road and play nice, but he really could have pressed the fact that McCain is basically 4 more years of the same terrible leadership we have now.

At least we got to hear their real differences on foreign policy. I have to agree with Obama that we’re so darned focused on Iraq that we have tunnel vision. Afghanistan and Pakistan are where Al Quaida is hiding out and we need to expand our efforts there. Bin Ladin has still yet to be found, thank you Mr Bush!

I do have to say that McCain looked like an ignorant bully when he stuck to his guns about not talking with Iran or our other perceived enemies. C’mon dude, this is the 21st century! It’s no longer ‘might-makes-right’ and ‘good fences make good neighbors’. Whether you like it or not we’re all intertwined… we can’t just cut off these people. We’re tied to all these countries now be it through their oil, their nuclear weapons, our economies, etc. Telling them to ‘talk to the hand’ is stupid and childish and won’t get anything accomplished.

I’d rate it 55%-45% to Obama – but I am biased. 🙂

I hope Biden can walk the fine line this Thursday with Palin. I think all he has to do is let her put her foot in her mouth…

Tonight’s Debate

I’m glad to hear, (as of this afternoon), that the presidential debate is now on for tonight – can’t wait to see McCain get his butt whipped!

Cool Hawaiian Seat Covers On Sale

Just found a great sale over at a new site we like:

They have a weekly sale they post to their blog and this week they’re having a special on a pair of their Blue Hibiscus Hawaiian print seat covers.

Hey, for $40 you can make your car seats look like new!

Another Round of Fun South Swell

Forgot to set my alarm so I didn’t get up and out until 7am and in the water by 7:20am… surfed Barracuda’s again in Seal Beach… not as much size or shape as last week but still fun. Supposedly it’s still coming up so hopefully tomorrow will be even better, (and I will remember to set my alarm tonight!).

September South Swells!

So I heard from all the guys that I missed a good week of surf last week when I was fishing up in Mammoth. That’s OK, I thought to myself, there will be more waves……

Well, this week we have had solid back-to-back south swells since Monday!! I do have to say that we’ve also had south winds and onshore flow all week so the condiriotns haven’t been ideal. In fact Monday and Tuesday I headed down to Seal Beach early only to turn around and go back to bed.  😦

But yesterday and today the winds backed off enough to get in a couple of fun sessions. Still bumpy and overcast but when the sets came in it didn’t seem to matter.

Surfed at Barracuda’s Wednesday and Thursday – with yesterday being the better day, (more size and less crowd), but today was still definitley fun!

Just trunked it with a rash guard, (it was a tad chilly since it was foggy with no sun – but the water is warm), and caught my share when the shoulder to head high sets rolled in. It was a bit inconsistent with the wait being about 15-20 minutes between sets. This can actually work to keep the crowds low since most guys pull up, take a loo, then drive away when they don’t see anything.  😛

Fly Fishing in Mammoth Rocked!

Good Monday morning!

Spent last week fly fishing in Mammoth, CA, (up the the Southern Sierras), and just have to post that I had an awesome time!!

Despite the fact that our car broke down about 25 miles south of Mammoth, we lucked out that AAA got us to a  mechanic in town that was actually open on Labor Day, (the day we made the 6 hour drive up), and that he rented cars!

We dropped the car and grabbed a rental just in time to check into our condo and make some dinner.

Tuesday morning, (Day 2), we were up bright and early to meet our guide, Josh, who works at the Troutfitter. We jumped in his truck and headed out to the Ownes River where he kept us on the trout all 5 hours we were with him… nothing like having a guide to equip you, put you on the fish, untangle your line and re-tie your flies!!

The next day, (Day 3), we headed back to another section of the Ownes by oursleves, but armed with everything Josh showed us the day before and found our own little section of the river loaded with fish. It was a little tricky but we did get some of them to bite. Lost a few flies in the process, (I casted across the river and into the bushes several times!), but we were better at tying our lines by the end of the day.

Later that evening we headed up to Lake George with our spin rods and lazily cast some lures as the sun set… no bites but it was beautiful!

Also on Day 3 we found out we needed a serpentine belt for the car and it would take another day to get the part but we were happy to learn it was nothing major or expensive – WHEW!

Day 4, Thursday, we headed down to the world famous Hot Creek. WOW – was it tough to fish this year!!! The water was low and the weeds were super thick in the river – providing lots of hiding places for the fish and lots of lost flies for us! We did manage to pull out a couple of those smart trout, but missed  setting the hook on quite a few bites.  😦

Later we picked up the car and happily paid the $150 it cost to replace the belt. After we were back in our own vehicle we headed up the 395 to Lee Vining for a late lunch at the famous Tioga Pass Mobil station… yes, a gas station! Apparently some famous chef from Los Angeles got tired of the rat race and bought the gas station/diner and now feeds hungry travelers heading to and from Yosemite and Mammoth at his Whoa Nellie Deli. We got the fish tacos and the lobster taquitos… I do have to say for the price, ($12 per plate), it didn’t live up to all the hype. Both dishes were very bland… actually the best part were the black beans, they actually had some flavor.

Again in the evening we took our spin rods up to Lake Mamie and Lake Mary for some relaxing casting and sunset watching… and we had BEAR SIGHTING!!! We parked near the overspill between Lake Mamie and Lake Mary and just as we were about to get out and walk down to the edge of the water about 30 yards away, a mama bear followed by a cub came walking up along the water’s edge!! Very cool! We waited a few minutes as we watched them enter the woods and then we headed down to put our lines in the water… no bites but again it was beautiful!

Friday, (Day 5), we got up early and packed the car, ate some food at the Breakfast Club and headed back home to LA… actually beat the traffic and got home by 2pm… pooped and happy!!!

I do have to put a plug in here for the Stay Dry Shirts / Kore Dry Shirts I got over at Beach Trading and Buy Rash Guards. These UV protective shirts kept me from getting sunburned and the waterproof material was great for grabbing and un-hooking those trout, (it’s all catch a release fishing), while keeping my shirt dry!

Card Shark Accessory

If you’re a surfer and a card shark, (like me), you’re gonna want to get one of these cool card shark car emblems for you car or truck

If you head over to this blog first, you can pick up a coupon that get you an additional 5% off so you may want to pick up a couple while you’re shopping. ;-p