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Beach, Biker Bar, Bar Mitzvah, a Magical Trifecta

August 3, 2016 3 Comments

woodie

woodie

Yogananda's surfers

Yogananda’s surfers

Yogananda's koi

Yogananda’s koi

I am pumped, gentle readers. I am embarking on a road trip to one of my favorite destinations on earth. I love Cardiff-by- the-Sea, California. This suburb of Encinitas has everything I want in a destination…..beautiful beach, a classic biker dive bar with great rock and roll ( right across the street from the beach), and many good friends who live in the area of North County San Diego.

The Kraken

The Kraken

At home in Tucson I rarely go out and night and have not been out dancing for ages.  The music at the Kraken usually suits me to a T, and there is no need to choose a partner in order to dance.  It is not that kind of bar.  It is a bar for locals, bikers, and everyone who wants to preserve 1975 for eternity…..my kind of place.  I have found an Airbnb accommodation that has everything I every hoped for in an accommodation. I can park ( this is a very big deal in this neighborhood) and walk 5 blocks to the beach and/or the Kraken and walk right back up the hill to go home. I will have a balcony with an ocean view ( pretty excited about that aspect).

The big event of the weekend is a Bar Mitzvah celebration for my good friend’s son, Ben Levy. After the service we will go to a trampoline park in Vista for the party.  This will be the best Bar Mitzvah party I have attended…I know already.  I am really into trampolines, and not that into your typical after Bar Mitzvah party. I have attended my share, but never been offered a chance to trampoline.  Go Benny, what a great decision!!!!!!!  I will be very happy to share your special trope and tramp day with you and the family.  California, here I come!

Virgin of Guadalupe Surfin Safari

December 11, 2012

mosaic on underpass

mosaic on underpass

I was lucky enough to see the surfing virgin in person during her brief stay on an underpass in Encintas, CA.  She was perfect there, just a few blocks from Moonlight Beach.  She was removed and I think she went to LA to a collection.  There was a great uproar to save the art work, but alas she was taken from the site. Tomorrow is the 12 Dec, Virgin of Guadalupe day.  I know all her fans at the beach wish she still had a shrine they could see every day in Encinitas.

Surfing Virg

Surfing Virg

During the protest the Kook at Cardiff was dressed in her image to show solidarity.  If you enjoy costuming and are not familiar with the Kook, you can check his calendar here.

Kook 2013

Kook 2013

Jon Thomas

November 17, 2012 3 Comments

Jon Thomas

Jon at Carlsbad

I was introduced to Jon Thomas by my friend Cathy Murakami, generally considered to be the pickiest woman on the earth.  I, for one, will go try something based on her recommendations because I hardly ever meet anyone with standards as high as my own.  Jon practices his healing arts at Cat’s studio in Encinitas, Synergy Systems.  I really enjoyed my session last month.  It left me feeling super balanced and energized.  I learned his style of Tui Na is distinct because he learned it from his father in law, a famous Tai Chi master from Shanghai. It is a very funny combination because Jon’s soft West Virginia accent and  his very unassuming calm presence reveal neither the recently retired Marine, nor the Asian powerhouse of healing he really is.  Once you get to know him it all makes sense. He is fully embedded in his wife’s family as a regular kind of Chinese guy.

My treatment yesterday was in my room right on the beach, which was not too shabby.  I also was able to tune in better to the way the system works by talking while he worked.  Ligaments are the focus of this work. To balance and restore life energy ( aka chi) to the body, the ligaments are carefully worked and compared to each other.  During the time he worked I was able to feel amazing changes by noticing where he was touching me.  This time at the end of the session I felt super great, and woke up today feeling wonderful too.  He works on people to cure problems, but in my own case feeling good  to feeling incredibly good also can be his cup of tea.  I am already wondering if I can fit one more treatment into my weekend visit.   If I lived out here I would see him regularly.  He, in my opinion, rules, and I haven’t even gotten to the Tai Chi master part yet.

The Yoga Coast of California

October 15, 2012

Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas

I am visiting the super highly charged driving world of So Cal. Here it seems to me that all my friends are driving at least half of their waking hours. I am a Tucsonan, and almost a non driver when I am at home. I can bike to almost everything I like to do, and a typical month of milage amounts to less than 150 miles total. I have been in Encinitas for 5 days and have done more driving than I do in a regular month at home. I knew the gas prices had been raised. I knew they did not establish any more parking places for me at the beaches. I knew I would become irritated with all the traffic and the never ending search for parking space. Why did I decide to enter this zone? I consider this zone to be the very best place to drive, ironically.  The access to the beach is the obvious excitement, but by no means the only reason to visit and drive to the many attractions.

The natural food lifestyle and vegetarian ,organic, all pure, eco-enhanced products abound.  I laughed when I observed a big sign advising that the hot dog on a stick stand had two vegetarian options, veggie dog, and cheese on a stick.  Gluten free everything is everywhere, at elevated prices.  Surf equipment, beach styles, brew pubs, and hip action sports programs are all over the place.  I do look at the ‘fornians as lotus eaters, but enjoy coming out to chomp a few lotus myself.  The casual and the sporty people mingle with little distinction in style between the super affluent and the full time surfers.  In fact, it seems like the common  goal is to become affluent so one can afford to live here and surf every day.  Little formality and a taste for the well designed, the gourmet, and the latest of everything defines the coastal lifestyle.  This is not a good place to try to assess people’s wealth or status based on the way they dress.  Dressing for success here is likely to be baggies and a very rad board.

The concentration of so many of the best yoga teachers in Encinitas is not an accident.  Paramahansa Yogananda built a temple on a cliff overlooking the sea here in 1937. His hermitage was a gift from a devotee who acquired the property for the purpose.  The building was on the side of a cliff and eventually sustained damage that was too costly to repair, and had to be demolished.  Today the center and meditation gardens are extensive, but the buildings are safely set away from the stunning view the first hermitage possessed.  The Self Realization Fellowship continues to be a thriving center bringing visitors from all over the world to study or simply enjoy the gardens.  I always spend a few minutes and a few dollars in the book and gift store there.  The selection of books, art, and clothing  is outstanding and the free stuff from the teachings is also available in English and Spanish.  You don’t have to be a yogi to appreciate the history and the impact the swami had, and still has in this area.

Yogananda’s first hermitage

swami’s view

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