Sunday, May 17, 2009
In a mans life, one can maybe count on one hand tops the opportunity to meet a true living legend. When one thinks of the great thinkers, the humanitarians, the artists, the visionaries-one must embrace the opportunity to meet with a voice of the generation or that certain someone who embodies the it factor that can only be calculated with the symbol known as pi to take in the true universal significance. This weekend however was not one of them. On a side note, me and my son did meet Huell Houser. I couldnt help but joke that Huell probably could have brought the camera crew and got a 30 minute episode out of what is one of 104 Wescom Credit Unions in California....with my second my used joke with the people in line that Huell was secretly recording a pilot episode for his new show idea called "California's Golden Banks."
Check out some of Huell's hall of fame moments.....and please don't ask me to explain what it is about Huell that makes an interesting watch. You either "get it" or you don't. And if you do "get it" you either actually enjoy it and somehow think Huell is groundbreaking and someone who is actually considered someone in Top 1000 on the "who's who" list or in my case-purely, unequivocally the a ultra abundant kitsch factor....and when I say kitsch I mean kitsch to the 10degree....kitsch to to the 10th degree topped with some top of chocolate liquid that freezes on contact when it comes into contact with any sub 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If Kitsch could be measured by the amount of tissue damage done to the rough of your mouth after masticating an entire box of Peanut Butter Capn Crunch-Huell would be 2 boxes.
So with that in mind....Huell is tissue damage to the rough of your mouth would not be this....
But most certainly at a minimum would, without question....be this.
Anyhow....many golden Huell moments can be found via YouTube and cut and paste.
Any what may be my personal fave....
Couldnt find it on Youtube, but my favorite episode is probably where Huell starts doing an episode on historic Seal Beach and finds his 30 minute episode diverted slightly when he happens upon a guy on a bench who has a parrot on his shoulder whereas Huell decides to spend 20 minutes of a 30 minute episode asking the guy about his bird and his coffee he happens to be drinking-now thats what I call a true example of California's Gold.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Spent the majority of the weekend camping at San Clemente State Beach. For camping newbies-its doesn't get any easier then camping here. The Bathrooms and showers are relatively clean and you can see the small food market/liquor store from some campsites. You can hear the sound of the freeway which kind of blows the whole thing but may seem soothing to the complete city slicker.
There are some great sites closer to the ocean where the freeway is less pronounced and the ocean sound louder-but these are indeed the prime sites and one must work the Reserve America website for all its worth to get one of these gems.
The Beach is in very close proximity but word of warning in that its a semi steep trail to get down. You can see San Clemente Pier from the beach and I would estimate from the camp beach to the pier maybe a 15-20 minute walk-30 with a 6 year old and a 2 year old.
Believe it or not-as a lifelong OCer this was my first visit to SC Pier and I loved it. It reminded me of the golden days of Huntington when the pier was wooden and was open 24 hours a day. There was an oyster bar right at the base of the pier that was calling out to me like a newborn calling out for mothers milk but it was 10am in the morning and with kids in tow didnt think I could muster killing an hour on the pier and the justify another hour for me to order oysters and beer. I glanced at the Happy Hour menu though and something tells me I may be back sans kids....heck maybe sans wife if I can find someone who wants dollar oyster shooters.
Ill post some pics soon but all in all its a great place to camp for complete camping newbies, an incredibly tame place to camp for those used to actually roughing it, and a dream come true for hardcore seafood loving drunks with money and time to stagger back from piers eateries and bars.