Love your site, love your book. My collaborator and I (who
co-edited DUMB ANGEL #4: ALL SUMMER LONG) have put up a new blog
about Balboa. Here's the link:
I hope you enjoy it, and maybe spread the word around town.
I'm looking for someone who posted on the Mavsurfer.com forum and
used this site as his 'home webpage'. They stated that they knew
Bobby Batuga from the resataurant "Tips" in Valencia.
I am searching for info in this regard, as it was my haunt, my
father's haunt and my granfathers haunt.
Please disregard if this is unrelated to you.
I need some information immediately and hopefully you can help me.
I need to know the exact location of Bill Ireland's, aka The Bamboo
room, the Doll House on Central aka Main St. and The Blue Room
which would be around the 1940's to 1950's. Please help me with
this information, I will appreciate it greatly.
I used to work at Orange Julius, back in the
days when Norma Anderson (Mr. A's beautiful wife) would hire any
kid with a mohawk and a hunger for making minimum wage. Commuting
every day across the ferry is a memory no acid flashback will ever
erase. Thank you Balboa!
Chuck N. Reilly
Jim, I visit the site frequently on the cams.
Tonight I happened to check out the ferry. Lo and behold look what
I caught. Note the sun is setting behind the camera but it is
reflecting in that building in Fashion Island and then bouncing
back onto the bay. What a great cam!!!
Neat website. What got me here???? Thumbnail
sketch answer...I watched a Discovery Channel show about the
sinking of the Lusitania and saw that there was a Vanderbilt aboard
who perished. I Googled him and then read about his son, George
Washington Vanderbilt and it mentioned that he was a yachtman and
owned the "Pioneer." I couldn't believe it was the same "Pioneer"
that I used to see in the Turning Basin, along with the "Goodwill"
- in days gone by, and sure enough, your website gave me the answer
that yes - it was the same "Pioneer," and is now a Windjammer
Cruise Yacht! Enjoy the beach everyone...I live in Ohio now and it
is a LONG way from your gorgeous harbor!!
Joy (Yvonne) here, from across the street. Just wanted to say I
appreciate you as a good neighbor, and somehow just wanted to relay
that to you. Wanted to send you Michael's resume so you know a
little more about him. He says you are so friendly to him, and it
means a lot. He travels between here and LA and is hard to miss,
as he is the blackman, who is hard to miss over here. He's such an
interesting guy, heart of gold; wants to run for President (he
makes me smile on this one, as he is so serious) and he details
cars for a living. If you have an email where I can send his
resume about running for Secretary of State, on the Republican
ticket, and he got a quarter of a million votes; it's interesting.
So anyway, lifes' too short, not to step out of character
sometimes, and just plain say thank you, for being such a good
I love your website! God Bless You ! Many people should
be nice like You :):)!!!!
Jim: last night on TCM television network I saw
movie with Buster Keaton called "college" it was made in 1927. It
had a sequence where Buster Keaton was racing in crew skulls in
It was interesting because you could see the pavilion clearly, but
the houses were sparse and sometimes you could see from the bay all
the way to the ocean I checked on Google and its available on
Maintenance supervisor 2nd shift
We will be in Balboa on the 29th of July for the day. I saw on the
calendar "FLIGHT OF THE LAZERS" but don't know what that is. Can
you fill me in? We are going to the US OPEN OF SURFING that morning
and need to know if we need to leave there in time to see it.