Thursday, March 28, 2013

Another OPS video...

*Other People Sailing

I'll be in the garden planting potatoes.

So, as Rocky used to say, "And now here's something we hope you'll really like."

Racing a Lido 14 in Alamitos Bay (Fleet 6 Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, California):

Fleet 6 will hold the next "Lido Twilights" race on April 04, 2013.

Until, next sweet sailing.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nell and Paul rip it Lido 14 style

From the Balboa Yacht Club's Harry Wood Memorial Regatta last year.   "Watch CT native Nell show the locals how to do it Lido style. Will Paul be able to keep up with Nell ? Does Paul trust Nell to not sideswipe the Ferry on a collision course ?"

This year's Harry Wood Memorial Regatta will be held this Sunday.  Be careful out there and have fun!

Until next, sweet sailing.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Diane Rubio - Bluesette

Diane Rubio is a multi-talented musician who was classically trained, but has branched out into jazz and Hawaiian contemporary themes as well.  She has a degree in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (alma mater of my "ichiban" daughter, the RN, by the way).

Diane has studied cello with Joan Jeanrenaud of the Kronos Quartet; I-Bei Lin of Trio Xia; and Gregory Dubay, principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.

Here she is on ukulele (I did mention she is multi-talented) with her rendition of - what else? - Bluesette:


Until next,  sweet sailing.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Everyone Knows

It's Windy!


After cold and sometimes rainy days, last weekend brought beautiful weather: calm winds, clear skies and a high of 25°C (77 F).   Perfect for viewing the ume (Japanese plum) blossoms on the thousands of trees in Mito City's Kairakuen (Japan's first public gardens, built by the 9th Lord of Mito, Nariaki Tokugawa, in 1841).   Everyone else in the region evidently thought so too, as it was the most crowded that we'd ever seen it. 

Two Ume Taishi (Plum Ambassadors) - Risa-san on the left and Mari-san on the right - entertain Lord Pandabonium  at the Ume Matsuri (plum festival) last Sunday.   There are ten women selected each year to be Ume Taishi who promote the plum festival.  After I thanked them in Japanese, Mari-san surprised me by saying, in excellent English, "Thank you very much, have a nice day".
That night, the temperature plunged to a low of 2°C (36 F) and the following days it was back to winter temperatures.  It's warming up again, and today (Wednesday) was around 20°C (68 F) but WINDY.   "How windy was it?", you might ask.  How about 56 kph?  That's about 30 knots or 35 mph.  As the fields in our neighborhood have been recently harvested and ploughed, we have clouds of dirt blasting us relentlessly.   Looks like it will last (blast?) through tomorrow.

So, while things are warming up, we'll still have to wait until we get the right mix of temperature, wind and absence of rain before venturing back on the lake.  Hopefully it will be soon.

And speaking of "windy", I am reminded of the great song by The Association in 1967.   Here is Astrud Gilberto's rendition (1968), which has a wonderful trombone part.  I don't know who played it, but I do know that Astrud had some greats working with her back in those days, such as Urbie Green and Bob Brookmeyer.  Enjoy...

Until next, sweet sailing.

You can read all about this year's  Ume Matsuri  on my Pacific Islander blog.  

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Bluesbop (Jason Keene) is an awesome jazz musician who plays bass and harmonica. He has recently been touring with The Kyle Gass Band out of Los Angeles, California (Pandabonium's home city).

This video features paintings by his dad, making it even more cool.

Bluesbop has lots of other great tunes and even technical videos posted on YouTube. Great stuff in the tradition of Toots Thielmans, with a new twist.

Until next, sweet sailing.