FESTIVAL of the WHALES CONCERT

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FIRST OC OUTDOOR CONCERT for 2014

Sunday 12-5pm March 9, on the beach at Dana Point Harbor.
Triple Header, 3 bands:

  • 12-1 pm Small World
  • 1:30-3 pm  Keston & The Rhythm Killers
  • 3:30-5 pm Wild Child Doors Tribute band

All three bands play on a floating stage at Baby Beach, Dana Point Harbor.
Bring your lawn chair, sun screen & bare feet and dance in the sand, wade in the water or sit back and listen to the music. BBQ & adult beverages for sale.
Weather should be sunny & warm plus it’s the first day of Daylight Savings.
Parking- Suggest dropping chairs and friends at the beach with a designated driver parking the car along Dana Point Harbor Drive. Limited smaller lots and street parking with larger lot at the corner of Park Lantern and Harbor Drive just off PCH.

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SUMMER RETURNS WITH 7 PM SUNSETS

Daylight Savings March 9, 2014 San Clemente

MARCH 9, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGINS

Long Summer Days are coming back putting an end to the dark winter with night time temperatures that sometimes plummet into the low 60′s and even 50′s in Southern California.

On March 9, Daylight Savings kicks in and the sun will stay in the sky until almost 7:00 PM.  Sunsets past 8 PM return June 8, and remain through July 19, and won’t dip below 7 PM until September 14.  Enjoy another Endless Summer.

Time to make a 2014 Summer Outdoor Concert Schedule.

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February 6, 2014 · 7:00 am

NFL SUNDAY AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

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January 2014 Playoffs have been the best.  This Sunday features the top four NFL teams vying to meet in Super Bowl XLVIII (48) on February 2, 2014.

FOOTBALL’S BEST QB’S FACE OFF

Arguably two of the game’s greatest quarterbacks will face off at 12 PM (PST) in Denver for the AFC titlePeyton Manning broke NFL records this year and has the advantage of a better offense than New England and home field advantage.  But Tom Brady has the better record of 10-4 against Manning, the better coach (Bill Belichick) and in my opinion the psychological edge over Peyton.

Despite Manning’s comparable field generalship & experience as well having a stronger arm, Peyton has not fared as well at playoff time.  This is a double edged psychological advantage- Brady’s confidence to win when it counts in the big games and Manning’s self doubt based on experience.  That’s what makes this particular game so interesting.  PREDICTION: 34-31 BRONCOS.

The second game features the NFC’s two powerhouse teams in Seattle at 3:30 PM (PST).  Two exciting young quarterbacks who can run as well as throw face off in Seattle as the Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49′ers.

Coln Kaepernick vs. Russel Wilson should be another faceoff of two of the most exciting QB’s leading two of the toughest defensive teams in the NFL.  Seattle’s got the home field advantage with the noisiest fans in football but the 49’ers are on a tear.  PREDICTION: SAN FRANCISCO.

I may join some friends at the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in Orange to watch the games.

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Mark Irwin Defeats Jerret Jeter

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Mark Irwin in red trunks vs. Jerret Jeter in black trunks

December 13, 2013, South Coast Martial Arts/Boxing Center, Costa Mesa.

Mark came away as the winner over Jerret Jeter of DG Boxing in Long BeachMark trains at UFC Gym in Aliso Viejo.

These are action packed matches between guys who come into the ring in top physical condition and go at it full speed for three rounds.

The Southern California Association of Boxing pairs the contenders based on experience. It was Mark’s fourth amateur fight and his opponent’s ninth and they appeared evenly matched.  Jerret Jeter was tough inside and was able to land some hard combinations with both hands.  Midway through the first round Jeter threw a quick left that connected solidly to Mark’s jaw knocking him back on his heels.  Mark, however, trains with and trades punches with bigger and more experienced ranked sparing partners and was able to absorb Jeter’s punches in stride.

Mark’s style might be termed “relentless” giving neither fighter time to catch their breath.  It appeared that Mark displayed superior boxing skills, particularly with his combinations.  At times he was able to put his opponent on the defensive where Jeter would cover up while taking body and head shots.  Both boxers displayed talent and aggressiveness but in the end Mark showed a bit more movement and speed allowing him to land more punches.

Mark has studied Muay Thai and currently practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is an instructor teaching individual and group boxing lessons at UFC Gym, Aliso Viejo where he trains.  He is also a college student working toward a degree in kinesiology.

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January 14, 2014 · 4:15 pm

NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

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Here’s the playoff schedule and my personal armchair expert picks for who will win in each of the playoff games and ultimately what teams will meet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014

The Wild-Card Round begins this weekend.

AFC

The first game will be Kansas City against Indianapolis.  This is a toss-up but regardless of the outcome don’t expect either of them to beat Tom Brady the following weekend in Foxborough.

I’m predicting Philip Rivers and the Chargers will beat the Bengals in Cincinnati but that Peyton Manning and the Broncos beat the Chargers in Denver the following week.  This makes for a terrific quarterback showdown on January 19, with Brady facing off against Manning for the AFC Championship.  Expect the Broncos to represent the AFC on Super Bowl Sunday.

NFC

Drew Brees and the Saints will beat the Eagles at home while Aaron Rogers and the Packers beat San Francisco at Green Bay.  The following week the Saints will be stopped in Seattle.  The Green Bay vs. Panthers is a tough call but the outcome won’t ultimately matter because neither the Panthers nor Green Bay can beat Seattle who will represent the NFC on Super Bowl Sunday.

SUPERBOWL

If the games unfold as predicted we’ll see the amazing Peyton Manning face off against Russell Wilson.  Peyton may be the best QB on the field on February 2, but the Seahawks will prove to be too much for the Broncos.  Super Bowl XLVIII winner: Seattle Seahawks.

POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE OUTCOMES

The playoffs this year have a very strong group of contenders any of which have the talent to roll through the playoffs and ultimately win the Super Bowl.

I’m an ex-fan of the unpredictable and unreliable San Diego Chargers but they do have the talent, momentum and fire power to forge through the playoffs unbeaten. The Saints, Eagles, 49’ers and Packers also have the potential to show up on Feb 2.  My wish, however, is for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

What’s your pick?

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DAY OF THE DEAD OLVERA STREET NOV. 02

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DAY OF THE DEAD NOV 2, 2013

If you haven’t been to Olvera Street’s Day of the Dead celebration in Los Angeles, check it out.

This Saturday is the finale of the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead that celebrates the remembrance of family and friends who have died.  It’s a colorful and festive event with music, dancers and sipping on margaritas in and outdoor café. 

MetroLink Train takes you from OC to Union Station in Los Angeles that’s across the street from the festivities.  China Town is a few blocks away if you are up for a double header.

$10 METROLINK WEEKEND PASS (Amtrak cost more)

The train leaves and returns from a dozen OC stops from San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton and Buena Park.   http://www.metrolinktrains.com/schedules/line/name/Orange%20County/service_id/1152.html

Last year’s event was a lot of fun and I’m planning to go again this Saturday.  Photos & video from Day of the Dead 2012.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olvera-Street/122321044457734

PS-  The train pass is good for the weekend so you could travel to Cape Cod Village in Oceanside on Sunday!

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Weekend Event South OC

RICKS CAFE- Stuff to Do OC

Fri 10/11 8:30 Midnight   Whiskey Band Cooks Corner   (biker bar) Trabuco Can.
Sat 10/12 10:00-5:00 Silerado Country   Fair, cowboy attire Silverado Fairgrounds Silverado
Sat 10/12 8:30 Rocktangle (John   Townsend’s band) Mugs Away (dive bar) Laguna Niguel
Sun 10/13 8:00-3:00 Octoberwood, Woody   car show Lantern Bay Park Dana Point
Sun 10/13 10:00-5:00 Silerado Country Fair, cowboy attire Silverado Fairgrounds Silverado
Sun 10/13 4:00 Band on the Bayou,   CCR Tribute Stillwater Dana Point
Sun 10/13 4:30-8:30 Hollywood Blonde   & BBQ Pierce Street Annex Costa Mesa

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