I had some work to do today and instead of driving to the coffee shop by my house, I decided to take the beach cruiser. I also took the scenic route along the beach. This is common practice in Santa Cruz. If you live anywhere near a stretch of beach, an experience outside the house typically involves taking a look, whether it’s on the way or not.
The Perplexing Pigeon
Our local pigeon patrol looks for problematic birds on West Cliff Dr.
I was riding the cruiser along West Cliff Dr. when a pigeon swooped in, landed up ahead to my left and proceeded to slow hop right into the path of the bulky front tire of my oncoming bike. I slammed on the brakes and skidded to halt just a couple inches from the bird. It did not move, just looked up at me like I was the idiot in the situation.
I went around him.
Nearly rolling through this bird and making it one with the pavement, through no real fault of my own, reminded me of a similar experience, also on West Cliff, in nearly the exact same spot. In this instance, however, the bird was a human and the beach cruiser was a Toyota.
Walt, the new printing press at Bookshop Santa Cruz can print books from its database and have a nicely bound copy in your hand in five to 10 minutes.
The cost is $5 plus 4.5 cents per page, which works out to about the standard cost of a new book ($14 for a 200 page book). They do offer discounts for bulk orders so you can also bring in your PDF of the great American novel and they’ll print copies of that too.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and advertises their talks (rather accurately, in my opinion) as “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”
Our Santa Cruz version of TED Talks, TEDx Santa Cruz, hosted a live viewing of the webcast for the TED Global 2012 conference in June at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History . Having a TED webcast viewing at the MAH is to me what Disneyland is to a small child.
Being a lover of art and history, the anticipation of this event sent me into a thorough, geeked out tizzy that made my nerd antennae hum at full virginity.
Each speaker deserves a blog post of their own but I’m going to share my take on the two talks that stood out the most to me, one from each session I attended. Both of them left me thinking about the world a little differently afterward.
I ran into these two guys playing on Pacific Ave. while I was grabbing lunch during the Ted Global conference viewing at the Museum of Art and History on June 28. Read my blog post about the speakers and ideas here.
The two musicians are part of a local teenage jazz quintet called “Barney and the Dinosaurs”.
One of my favorite things about Santa Cruz is the geographic diversity and the incredible scenery that it provides. It’s nice to be able to go from the ocean to the middle of the forest within an hour on a beautiful day. There’s not many places that give you that kind of access. It is one of my favorite things about Santa Cruz and I absolutely love it. But it got me thinking, what is the worst part of Santa Cruz?