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WeissCrax: It’s a ruff life

SCL WeissCrax: It’s a ruff life

WeissCrax author Randy Weiss checked out Santa Claus Lane to find some writing inspiration.

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A best friend no doubt: Cooper is always up for a trip to the beach.

It’s Deadline Day for my Presidiosports.com sportz column …. and “I’ve got nothin’” to quote my golfing friend, Matt Keenan – a one-handicapper who usually does “have something”.

Me? I’m in serious trouble….

Can’t imagine how embarrassing it would be getting fired from a volunteer writing gig!

All my esteemed literary colleagues – especially those Montecito Journal ‘funny guys’– Jim Alexander and Ernie Witham, would likely laugh their you-know-whats off – and that’s alotta laughing!

So, I gotta work some magic here but first, it’s off to the beach – the only way to start a day right.

And it seems like Cooper, my four-year-old Golden Retriever, already knows. As soon as I slip on my running shorts – he bolts for the front door. His tail wagging like crazy!

Once in the car, it’s Peet’s Coffee (for me) and a jelly donut (we share) to unleash the hopefully-potent creative writing juices.

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En route to Santa Claus Lane – (aka The World’s Best Beach) a funny thing — summer happens!

WHOA!!

Not the marine layer stuff. Or the record-sizzling September heat.

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Rick Rew tends to his garden at SCL

No, ‘real summer’ – a warm, beautiful, sunny day, starting with clear skies at dawn.

And not bad for October & Columbus Day Weekend…

Upon arrival, there’s Rick Rew, a Navy vet and his dog, Cheesecake, by The Peace Tree that graces the beach entrance. We get a quick tour. Incredible!! They generously donate a few hours daily, planting, clearing the underbrush and transforming these gardens. Check it out for yourself sometime………

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HEY, IT’S ME, COOPS. I’M TAKING OVER, HERE…

IT’S NOW AFTER 8PM AND ‘MR. WEISSCRAX’ IS NOW FAST ASLEEP ON THE COUCH.

Oops, that’s better…sorry about the capital letters – my paw hit the CAPS LOCK key.

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Cooper in action

I heard him say something about playing golf late this afternoon and then stopping at Harry’s Plaza for an adult beverage.

What wuz he thinking? And with a deadline?! Hello??

Guess that explains everything here…

Well, he left his laptop on. It’s lying on the floor. Thought best to lend him a paw …

Anyway, the Stick Fetch was sooo awesome!

Had a blast, like always!

It was early – not even 8AM. Nobody else around – which is all right by me.

It’s like a surfer finding the perfect spot – awesome scenery, great waves & no-crowds.

There ‘ain’t nuttin’ more better’ than chasing after sticks in the water!

LOVE THOSE STICKS!! LOVE THAT OCEAN!!

(Hey, I also love that shift key now…)

It all starts with finding the best equipment.

I’m talking THE STICK.

And ‘the bigger, the better’ – as a far as I’m concerned!

Today – good news: a nice size stick (Psst: It’s even bigger than ‘Cheesecake.’)

There are decent waves and only a few joggers and stand-up paddlers in sight.

PERFECTO!!

I go over the waves.

I go through the waves

Whatever it takes!

Then, I surf the waves coming back in…

COWABUNGA!!

I sometimes hear people marvel at my ability…

They say – “WOW! YOUR DOG IS AMAZING!!”

And The Boss always sez back: “He’s an animal.”

He’s so funny!

I think I could fetch forever…

But, after 8,721 times – his arm finally tires.

Overall — an incredible morning! And while my best friend later played some golf – I slept all afternoon!

Or working “Homeland Security” as he calls it.

Anyway, I better wrap this up and email ‘this puppy’ in so he can make his publication deadline.

Can’t imagine the surprised look on his mug when he sees this on-line!!

Hey – I’m happy to help out — what are best friends for? (Note-to-self: He’s OK, too).

Gotta run!! I wanna read Lakey Peterson’s surf column (my fave, actually) before he wakes up!

Ciao, Coops

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A stand-up-paddle boarder comes in for a closer look at this unusual marine mammal.

  • ke

    That’s awesome that Rick Rew takes the time to tend to and “beautify” the area. I’ll have to check it out some time. Fun article! ; )