On Capitola Beach – Bi-Coastal Blogging

This is a region of contradictions. While Silicon Valley, just over the mountains, may be a hollow shell of its previous splendor, life goes on as usual in Capitola and Santa Cruz. Tourists browse, locals sun themselves, and children still play in the surf.

surfgirl46Bill Shaffer, my writer friend, and I sauntered down the beach at Capitola with no particular goal in mind and all the time in the world to enjoy ourselves. We took pictures, enjoyed the sea air, and discussed our plans for developing our writing skills and getting published.
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Wending our way through clusters of sunbathers, we noticed a few who stood out from the others, not so much because of their lack of tan, but by their attitudes. Regular sunbathers are lazily indolent, these seemed to be somewhat wary of garnering attention.

One young man, in particular, drew our attention. He was dressed in non-descript shorts and a tee-shirt, but his expensive haircut and commanding looks caught our eye. When he saw us eyeing him, he gave off the unmistakeable hang-dog look of an out-of-work executive and turned to avoided our glances.

It is tough to be unemployed in the midst of plenty. Unlike the lower tier performers in Hollywood who have adapted to being unemployed 80% of the time, most of our unemployed Silicon Valley players still have to work out a game plan that lets them shift gears and adapt to life without a corporate credit card.

Having been on the beach a few times myself, I find it a good place to regroup and revitalize my purposes after a business or personal downturn. I hope it does the same for the unemployed people I saw there.

If nothing else, you can watch teenagers play the age-old game of discovering who they are going to be.Cal-Dreaming.JPG
It sure brought back memories…

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0 Responses to On Capitola Beach – Bi-Coastal Blogging

  1. oldcatman says:

    Wow! Before I hit the continue reading button, I envisioned
    the walk way along the beach at Capitola–and bam! You had the shot! Since I grew up in San Jose, Santa Cruz, Capitola and the
    old Cement Boat are vivid memories–I have a photo of the
    old ship on the wall above my desk. When I was a wee child, my folks would rent a cabin 4 blocks up from the Capitola beach!
    Thanks for rekindling old memories!

  2. Bill says:

    Dave, mon ami! You are right, I have to go digital in my photography! Now I’ve got to wait until some 30 other shots are taken, then wait till they get developed, and wonder who all these people are… and where they are!

    Loved your blog entry commemorating our walk along the coast, and here’s to many more in such great weather!


  3. Carrie says:

    This is wonderful. It’s like free travel…I can read and not worry about being well enough to get there myself.

    Off to see if you’ve made a photo album of more pics of your trip (I checked the other day and couldn’t find any??) 🙂

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