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Coasting Along with Deb Wong

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Dave Olson January 25, 2014 at 08:01 am
It's time to start a push for coast-side residents to have passes to go out on the bluff. WeRead More suffer through the traffic, we should get something for it! There aren't enough of us to cause the problems they are worried about... I ended up watching for a while from up in the El Granada hills, with binoculars and taking point and shoot pictures with the optical zoom. With the haze and distance, not much!
Deb Wong January 25, 2014 at 08:56 am
After reading this story, I was contacted by a member of one of the more prominent HMB families,Read More with an offer to get us photographer's passes for the contest. Several others have mentioned that since we donate photos to the HMB Chamber of commerce & many local publications & businesses, we should not have to be chased off the bluff as we were. We may take our friend up on the offer, but I am still not pleased with the part where all others are prevented from viewing this contest LIVE. In all other places where surfing contests are held, there are no restrictions. The whole idea of surfing the ways involves freedom, and the rules are the antithesis of that philosophy. I spoke with several surfers about it when hanging the Mavericks show at CAL a few days ago, and they fully agreed with me. Yes, the land is part of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - since 2011 - but it is also part of the Coastal Trail, which is public access. There are no restrictions on how many can access those bluffs any other day of the year. One of the rangers told me that it is a decision of the Sheriff's Dept. I almost felt like taking a sign up to the bluffs which reads: "OCCUPY THE BLUFFS" yesterday. Far too many experiences are being taken over on account of the bottom line - profits. Anyway, that's my 2 cents on the subject.
David Vespremi January 29, 2014 at 11:18 am
Residents of Seal Cove have always been permitted, but our neighborhood is not set up to accommodateRead More the volume of traffic from non-residents that this event generates - especially with our main street (Ocean Blvd) still being closed. A compromise would be to utilize the parking lot set up for public access that is adjacent to Pillar Ridge and hike up, and perhaps only restrict ingress/egress from the Seal Cove side.
The kids filled a bucket with leaves, rocks and other debris.
Christa Bigue (Editor) December 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm
I had a car washing business with my sister. For $1 we'd wash my neighbor's cars. We went door toRead More door. For 50 cents more we'd detail the tire rims or Armor All the inside!
Katheryn Weaver December 29, 2013 at 07:29 am
So we did a lot of things to earn extra money besides our allowance that we got for household choresRead More . Babysitting, mowing lawns, washing cars , just to name a few ... Back in the day a $5.00 bill was a big deal and was not spent lightly . Tons of decisions were made on how far that pretty $5.00 would stretch !
Sue Pemberton August 17, 2013 at 08:05 am
Thanks, Deb!! I haven't been down to Surfer's but they are probably following bait, which is veryRead More close to shore. That means we're probably gonna see them a lot more until the bait moves offshore or they move along. I'll go down to Surfers and check it out.
Deb Wong August 17, 2013 at 08:19 am
Thank you, Sue, for the education - we are always learning! Makes it a lot more understandable. :)
Terry Tenzing August 18, 2013 at 07:33 am
Thank you for pointing out this beautiful happenstance of nature... Last night there were six sealRead More heads peaking out of the surf just off shore! And just beyond the initial raft of pelicans thousands of Sooty Searwaters migrating. It is not usual that they come so close to shore to be seen so easily with the naked eye.
Photo of Bob Breen by Michael A Wong  - 2009
Jenna Kinghorn June 30, 2013 at 02:33 pm
What wonderful photos of Bob, thank you for sharing them!
Christa Bigue (Editor) July 1, 2013 at 06:36 pm
Thanks Deb. I remember first meeting Bob there about five years ago ... he was pushing the veryRead More wheel barrel you have photographed here. What a friendly person and so dedicated. He will be missed. Thanks for sharing his story with our readers.
Part of the walking tour of downtown HMB
Deb Wong June 21, 2013 at 08:41 am
Hi Christa - those are good examples! I can't buy good walking shoes online, and there are noRead More places on the coast or Pacifica which offer good walking shoes or sporting goods.
Coco June 23, 2013 at 09:28 pm
As a resident of HMB for only 1 year, (formerly of LV, NV, 24 hour town of plenty) my humble opinionRead More is that one has to give up some city "finery" to keep the small town atmosphere. The attraction of this area is the simplicity of life at the beach. I do not believe the area could support a shoe store or camera shop. Any tourist needs can be met at one of the local shops. There are stores just 15-30 miles away that sell anything your heart desires...I LOVE HMB and its bucolic beauty.
Cheri McKeithan Parr June 27, 2013 at 09:21 am
I'm glad to hear of the new toy store as kids birthdays always seem to creep up on me. Of courseRead More our go to is Ink Spell for a gift card for reading and a toy. For a bookstore, Ink Spell has lots of items from art supplies to kids toys to home decore. The other surprising store is the ACE hardware - I've found lots of art supplies, woodcraft tools, Calligraphy pens, cleaning tools, plants and garden and even body lotions and holiday decorations. As you can see I'm a big fan of one stop shopping! I agree with Christa that a all purpose sporting goods shop would be terrific. For now, our local Freecycle list is a great source of used surf suits, boards, etc. and I find that Craigslist usually has sporting goods as well. But then we're back to the dreaded drive "over the hill". That being said, I love the coastside and am happy to leave the big box stores and strip malls elsewhere!
(Photo by Deb Wong)
Dee June 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm
I'd name my boat Dee-Light. Thanks for a fun read!
Deb Wong June 4, 2013 at 02:34 pm
Thanks for reading this column, Georgia, Christa, & Dee! My boat would of course beRead More "WongWay" - I even used the name in one of my artworks, a boat ridden by Elvis & Marilyn....
Christa Bigue (Editor) June 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm
WongWay cracks me up!
Yard sale signs everywhere!
tutorowevelyn June 5, 2013 at 04:42 pm
How do you advertise for these sales? When is the citywide sale for Half Moon Bay?
Deb Wong June 5, 2013 at 06:07 pm
It has been 4 years since I attended a Citywide Garage sale in HMB, so when I did some research, IRead More found that they called off the one in 2011, and I have found no info about any others. You can advertise on Patch about your yard sale. I used to read the Review and the Pacifica Tribune for sales, also Craigslist. Here is a link to another way to find & post for local yard sales: http://gsalr.com/garage-sales-pacifica-ca.html
Barbara's Fish Trap is a well-known landmark on the coast. (Photo by Deb Wong)
richard bash May 29, 2013 at 08:57 am
You are one great and I might ad PROLIFIC writer! The entertaining and informative style keeps meRead More where we all are now and how much we do love here and there!
Deb Wong May 29, 2013 at 09:44 am
THANK YOU for reading this, Rich! I probably should have done one for Pacifica, too....
Some folks walk the dog; others roll the dog. (Photo by Deb Wong).
Randie Marlow May 23, 2013 at 01:15 pm
Nice article Deb. Thanks for the mention for Bernie & I :)
Deb Wong May 23, 2013 at 01:19 pm
Thanks, Randie - the column would not have been complete without you & Bernie!
George's Toggery
Randy Weber May 25, 2013 at 11:50 am
How about the The Swedish Place right next door to where Joe's Restaurant is located now? IRead More remember having some delicious crepes there a very long time ago!
Nancy Beeson-Hurley May 25, 2013 at 07:06 pm
Yes like Randy I miss the swedish place ! Back in the early 80s they had the best dinner around .IRead More also miss the Distillery as it was in the early 80s.Fine dining ,white tablecloths,professional staff and you really felt you had "dined out " .It was not "casual " ,it was an evening .
richard bash May 29, 2013 at 08:48 am
Hazel's on the old (wooden)princeton pier,Princeton Inn(sunday morning brunch(1'st dateRead More -Michele),Mary's Montara sandwichshop(spike herb's) ,dream bars from El Granada bakery,downstairs sat. night rock n roll-reggae@ Frank Torres!Nice in Wa. state but back in the good ole days nothing beat our secret coast(Montara to Purisma!)
The Robin Campbell Band Rocked the Block!
Dee May 19, 2013 at 01:41 pm
Great wrap up to a fun local event. Thanks for sharing all of your photos. I love those roast beefRead More sandwiches!!
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