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Football Takes Another Hit

August 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, Long Beach

Long Beach Poly has one of Southern California’s top prep football programs. The school has won 19 regional championships at the top level of competition and has sent more than 60 players to the NFL and hundreds to college football. But this year Long Beach Poly does not have enough kids out for football to […]

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Winter Clothes? Yes, Really

April 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Long Beach, Olympics, Travel

I’ve never really had winter clothes. Because I always lived in places that either were temperate or Just Plain Hot. Long Beach, then the Inland Empire, then Abu Dhabi. But here in Europe, in France, we can go weeks (!) without a single minute in the 60-degree (Fahrenheit) range in December, January, February. Granted, it’s […]

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Long Beach State: MLB’s No. 1 Feeder Program

April 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Long Beach

So says the sports media department at my alma mater, which currently is ranked No. 11 in the nation by the NCAA. That’s a pretty prominent spot for a program which often struggles to separate itself from the NCAA masses. In any sport. By the calculations of the PR guys there, Long Beach State baseball […]

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My Childhood Chum: The Scourge of Wine Pretensions

February 8th, 2017 · 1 Comment · France, Long Beach

Let’s get right to it. A recent example from the irreverent/spiky/pissed-off/influential wine blog of my childhood friend Ron Washam: There are too many f***ing wineries. Why do we need so many wineries? Really. All of you who are planning to start a winery some day, or your own label, DON’T! You’re not that good at […]

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Winter Solstice? Happy to See It … Now

December 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Long Beach, UAE

For the past seven years, I dreaded the winter solstice. Now, however, I am happy to see it, considering what it represents.

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Going to the Movies in California

July 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Long Beach, Travel, UAE

Most major movies made in Hollywood make their way to the UAE, sometimes opening on the same day as they do in the U.S. But certain movies … Well, you can’t really plan on seeing them in Abu Dhabi. Which is why we spent two of the past three evenings in Southern California theaters. The […]

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Water from the Skies!

July 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Long Beach, tourism, Travel

A lesson on how bad the drought has been in the “Golden (tilting towards brown) State”. It rained here today, and Californians were more joyful, verging on giddy, in reacting to it than are Emiratis, for whom rain is even more rare. We were on Fletcher Avenue, behind Griffith Park in Los Angeles, when we […]

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Back in SoCal

July 2nd, 2015 · 2 Comments · Long Beach, Travel

Day 1 in the Southern California visit and it seems like it always did, except more so. More people, more cars, more money needed to go grocery shopping. Looking at four lanes of traffic at a standstill on the southbound 5, and it’s not even noon, and it is hard to imagine I dealt with […]

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San Bernardino: Broken City?

June 14th, 2015 · 7 Comments · Long Beach, The Sun

I was not born in San Bernardino. I didn’t go to school there. I lived inside the city limits only a few years. Pretty sure I won’t die there. But I worked there as a journalist for more than three decades, and during that stretch of time I felt like I knew the city pretty […]

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Jerry Tarkanian, Long Beach State Coach

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Basketball, Long Beach, NBA, Sports Journalism, UCLA

Jerry Tarkanian died today at the age of 84, and the volume of pieces written about him by sports journalists has been impressive. Nearly all of it, however, focuses on his time at UNLV, which certainly was interesting, and lasted 19 seasons. For me, however, he will always be the coach who put Long Beach […]

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