Lunch with an artist on Balboa Pier.

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This is the time of year when the locals have claimed their land in no tourists (well, very few tourists).

Most every day I would take my bike and ride along the beach, from the Wedge to Balboa Pier, to Newport Pier and/or to Huntington Beach Pier. It was heavenly even when there were lingering clouds.

On my last day in Newport Beach, I had lunch with an artist. We went to junior high school and high school way back in the day. Eve and I met up on Balboa Island and we each brought a bike sitting on a rack on the back of our cars. It was a perfect day: warm with a bit of a breeze. We took our bikes on the ferry and then we rode over to the Wedge.

The Wedge was breaking (very intermittently) several days before when I first arrived in Corona del Mar. The lifeguards were trying to keep the tourists away from the water.  Not much action while Eve and I were there. (photo is from an online collection).

As I was riding and driving around, I saw signs that were promoting Marshall Duffield, the electric boat guy (Duffy boats), for city council! I first met him when I was dating a guy at Newport Harbor High. He was a very wild child, as most of his friends were. But today his boats are going (and floating) strong and he has been advocating for the harbor and marine-based businesses.

One major impression that has been in my head...when Eve and I were having lunch outdoors in such a beautiful setting, four semi-adult/kids were at a table nearby, and each was staring into their phone, with no clue of what was happening around them.

Dear Lord, please do something to wake them up and let them see what glorious wonders are surrounding them.


Live richly, marilyn


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