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Thursday, October 23, 2003

  Surf conditions on October 19th, 2003

This pic is from sunday at Mavericks, which is about 30 miles up the coast from the beach I surf at (4 Mile). Mavericks has the biggest waves on this coast that I know of. 4 Mile was about half this size, but for a guy raised on close-out beach breaks in NJ, it was plenty big enough on this day. No wonder my arms still hurt! (admittedly I went out 5 days running - tuesday was perfect, no wind, 3ft overhead conditions, perfect sets - I had a blast - and conquered a lot of fear - and forgot most of my troubles)

I had a bunch of chores planned for this week, but the waves wait for no man, especially one that had missed every swell between 1980 and 2002 because he was working too hard.

I'd spent the last three weeks moving back into my house and prepping my spare room for a potential renter, so I wasn't too bothered that Neptune swept across my mundane tasks with such a glorious swell... until yesterday. I had planned out yesterday carefully (A-K was plenty surprised!) but I got two callbacks in a row about jobs that ate into my errand running schedule, so I piled them into today. Today I got hit by so many unplanned things at once I'm surprised I managed to accomplish anything at all. I got the errands run that I'd planned to run yesterday done, but little else, and now I have to pile into tomorrow what I'd planned to pile into today, and I already had tomorrow packed.

I worked out what I was going to do on the way home from SJ at 9PM - still hoping to surf mavericks (for the first time) on the way up to SF for dinner with "She who will not be blogged" but when I got home I'd got an email with an interview schedule from 2-5 in SF which makes a 6PM dinner unlikely - ok, move to 7..... While it would great fun to show up for an interview still crusted over with salt and smelling of wetsuit rubber, heck, maybe still in the wetsuit, dripping- I think I'll pass.

I have to remember that there will be another swell. And another. And another. Fall is my favorite time of year. If you go out at dawn there's plenmty of time to make it to work by 10

Notes to self: pack 5gallons of water, scrape surf wax away from business suit - vacuum up sand - maybe sit near a beach with some reference materials in hand for a while. Put roof racks back on car. Feed cat. place ad in craigslist. find door that fits or some soundproofing that works on it, write down ccosts of door coversion, place ad the local paper = network. Charge up Ipaq. find business suit. Set timer for 6:4- AM. Gas in car. Locks. Finish rental ad... sure wish there was an efficent bussing to train system. I am sore tempted to take a laptop with me to kind of catch up with the pluggin issues I'm sure to get a call on, sleep with book....


 
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