Sunday, July 26, 2009

Watching Waves and Daily Pilot Raves


Recapping some events that occurred before my sweet wife and I took off for a much-needed relaxing weekend away...

THURSDAY WEDGE RECON

Thursday we grabbed a couple sandwiches and scooted down to The Wedge to see if the promised big waves
had materialized. A couple hundred souls stood around the base of the jetty, hoping for some bone-busting boomers, but none of the really big ones had yet occurred. The surf was mild - sets of 4-6 feet - and the high tide at noon brought the water up over the berm, much to the surprise of some photographers.

GILE ON THE JOB

Channel 2 and 9 reporter Michele Gile, shown here intereviewing a Newport Beach Lifeguard Captain, was on hand to get some early c
omments for their 2 p.m. newscast.

SAD NEWS LATER
We found out later that one unfortunate 50 year-old body surfer from Lawndale lost his life as the unpredictable waves
smashed him against the rocks. His story was all over the Los Angeles television news ever since.

MEET THE EDITORS

That evening we attended the "meet, greet and eat" event sponsored by the Daily Pilot. Executive Editor Brady Rhoades and outgoing City Editor Paul Anderson were on hand to answer questions fired at them by a couple dozen loyal readers. You can read Rhoades' blog
about the event HERE and Anderson's HERE.

GOOD FOLKS, GOOD FOOD

This was a terrific event, with serious questions posed to the editors. The Egans and Gluecks, local activists and occasional Daily Pilot contributors, were among those enjoying the terrific food served up by the good folks at The Newport Rib Company.

ROB DICKSON JUGGLING EVENTS

Frequent writer and participant on the Daily Pilot blog, Rob Dickson, showed up with his fiance and managed to get in a couple comments before departing early for a prior commitment.

FOLEY FIELDS FACEBOOK QUESTIONS

Ubiquitous Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Katrina Foley made the event, too, and fielded questions from her Facebook Friends and relayed them to Rhoades and Anderson. I'm convinced that Foley is actually triplets, and that she actually can be in three places at once!

GOOD EVENT - WE NEED MORE OF THEM

In my opinion, this event was a rousing success. For me it was bittersweet, though. I finally got the chance to meet Paul Anderson face-to-face at a time when he's about to depart for his new job as Bureau Chief for City News Service's Orange County bureau in Santa Ana. I hope Rhoades finds a way to perpetuate this series, to help him and his editorial staff stay in touch with the community.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Rob Dickson said...

Geoff, thanks - it was a great event, and I would have liked to have been able to stay longer. We did stay until 7:30, so we were able to hear quite a bit.

The Daily Pilot is vital to our community, and it appears that they are committed to sticking around and covering "real" news, as well as sports and lifestyle issues.

It will be a tough loss for the Pilot when Paul moves to City News Service, and his shoes will be nearly impossible to fill.

7/27/2009 10:45:00 AM  

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