Wednesday, September 20, 2017

El Dorado Park – Long Beach, California

El Dorado Park – Long Beach, California

Almost Like Being There

The El Dorado Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California is on the east side of the city adjacent to the large El Dorado Regional Park.

  • Hours of Operation:
  • Fall/Winter 7:00am-5:00pm Nov 1- Feb 28
  • Spring/Summer 7:00am-8:00pm Mar 1 – Oct 31

Photos by Stacey Kuhns


The park is bounded on the east by the 605 Freeway, on the north by the Long Beach Town Center shopping mall, and on the south by Stearns Street. Because of the barrier of the freeway and park between the neighborhood and the rest of Long Beach, as well as the barrier created by near Norwalk Blvd and the Coyote creek and the neighboring cities, the El Dorado Park neighborhood feels quite separate.

The regional park sits in a flood zone, and it protects residences from spillover from the neighboring San Gabriel River. Additional undeveloped land south of Willow street near the confluence of Coyote Creek and the San Gabriel River is held by Southern California Edison, and some designated to become part of the park's Nature Center.

The park was developed in 1968 after the land was sold to the City of Long Beach by the Bixby Family and was financed using bond money floated in the 1950s and 60s, and the varied topography comes from soil removed to construct the San Gabriel Freeway.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Better Homes and Gardens Floating Shelves Set

Better Homes and Gardens Floating Shelves Set

Two 14-inch Picture Ledges - Small and Lightweight


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Don McDaniel - Just Sayin

By My Buddy Don McDaniel

As I tentatively approach my FIRST 90 years here on planet earth my thoughts turn to what could have been versus what actually was and in retrospect I have absolutely no regrets, it's been one hell of a ride, and with God's blessings, it aint over yet.

I was born at an early age and along with 3 cousins I was "Brung Up" in the mountains of Northern California by an aunt and uncle who were firm believers in the old adage, "Spare The Rod, etc" My teen years were largely misspent, I was a total failure as a bull rider in the local rodeos, with a working knowledge of the dumb end of a shovel and a manure fork and the south end of a north bound cow, then during WW2 a few years as a government pack mule provocateur, a frugal life on the backstretch of various race tracks and horse farms and ultimately a beginning entry into the hallowed halls of horsemanship, fostered by a wonderful old school spade bit horseman

As wandered into legality I entered into a contract with the U S Navy, experienced the futility of the Korean "Pizz Up" then after several years of wasted efforts I gained my freedom and returned to my apprenticeship in the study of the noble equine and his use and functions.

At this point I was privileged to become acquainted with a variety of men and women with names like Mac, Jimmy, Barbara, Clyde, Red,John, and others who introduced the world to the function, beauty and wonders of the "Western Horse" I made every effort to join the ranks of these splendid horsemen and women and was rewarded with a mediocre career of training horses for wonderful customers and a gaggle of juveniles who I still call "My Kids" and who remain dear friends even after all these years.

Barn builder, equestrian center manager and consultant, horse show judge, actor, model, off road racer, cop, author, and several occupations that I hesitate to discuss and many other "Cow Plops" in the pasture of life that have led me to the edge of senility and a rapidly deteriorating carcass.

I've been horse-bit, mule kicked, bull stomped, robbed, lied to, run off with, bucked off, cussed and discussed, blessed and cursed, but ya know what?, I loved every damn minute of it. I've been lover, a fighter and a wild horse rider and I still think I can buck harder, kick higher and fart louder than any OLD horse in the corral.

As for my advice to anyone who is remotely interested I say, " Just Keep Spurring, Because If You Don't They'll Damn Sure Catch Up." Just Sayin

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Beach Babies - San Elijo State Beach

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia.

Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach offers swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Reef

Opa asked Reefy yesterday how old he was.  Reef Indy answered, "Still Three!"

Happy 4th Birthday Reef - You are awesome.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Okanagan Mom Opens Up About Losing Her Sons To Fentanyl

Okanagan Mom Opens Up About Losing Her Sons To Fentanyl

The story below is about a Facebook Friend of mine. It is posted on the KelownaNow Website - Please take a moment to read it . . . help save a life.

It's only been three months since Laurel Keating received a phone call about her son. It's the call no mother or father ever wants to receive and she's experienced it twice.

Her son, Corey passed away on Monday, May 22nd, 2017. During that May long weekend, six people in Kelowna died of an overdose from the same substance - cocaine laced with a deadly dose of fentanyl. Corey was one of the six.

“The coroner told me it was fentanyl and cocaine and said to me, 'If you don't have any more questions, Laurel, I have five other people I have to tell the same thing to,'" said Keating.

Without breaking confidentiality, the coroner told Keating that the ages of the people who died ranged between 20 and 50 years. Corey was 35.

Everyone knew him as fun, kind, pleasant and well-spoken. His mom and others who knew Corey thought he was doing well, that he had his life on track. He had a good job and a house where he and his high school sweat heart, Yvonne were raising their 13-year-old son, Jordan. He didn't smoke or drink. He’d been clean for two years, until he had one bad slip. 

Left to Right: Corey, Jordan and Yvonne.

"So Corey for the May Long weekend, he was all alone," said Keating. "Everybody left. I was gone, Yvonne and Jordan were gone, he was ditched. I think it just really got the better of him, his loneliness."

Keating was away with a friend in Arrow Lakes.

His girlfriend, Yvonne and his son Jordan were out of town camping.

His sister, Rebecca, lived in Toronto where she worked as a nurse.

Originally, Corey planned to camp with his younger brother, but his brother changed his mind at the last minute.

"God I didn't have any idea," said Keating. "I had no idea the state he was in."

Later, Corey's counselor told his family that she'd spent most of Friday with him because he was not doing well.

Corey had also reached to his sister Rebecca to ask for help getting out of Kelowna.

"Rebecca my daughter, she's a nurse. She said she was going to pay for him to get into a really good program on the Island somewhere," said Keating.

Rebecca tried to contact Corey again on Saturday, but couldn't get ahold of him. No one could.

She tried him on Sunday and still, there was no answer.

"I started texting him and calling and even posted on his Facebook which he hates, and said 'Cory this is an emergency. You need to call me right away or I'm going to get the police involved,'" said Keating.

On Monday, the police pinged his phone and found him at his house. He'd died earlier that morning and was found in the kitchen with a naloxone kit beside him.

"Well they said he was gone, and I freaked out," she said.

Keating's son, Adam, had also died of substance use prior to Corey but was in the hospital at the time. Because he was so far away, Keating was never able to properly say goodbye to her son, Adam, and was determined to do so with Corey.

Adam Keating and Corey Keating

"So we did go and I did see him," she said. "We couldn't touch him or anything, I couldn't hug him, I couldn't go near him. It was really hard."

The RCMP officer told Keating that Corey had given himself one dose of naloxone but it wasn't enough to bring him back.

"He had given himself one dose and was attempting to do the second when he obviously knew there was something not right with what he did or thought he was doing," she said. "But it wasn't enough. It was a fatal dose of fentanyl."

The BC Coroner Service also told Keating that Corey had no alcohol nor any prescription drugs in his system. It was cocaine with a lethal dose of fentanyl.

"I thought, 'That goddamn fentanyl.' I was in shock. I actually was in shock," she said.

Now, Keating wants to get the message out there - just how how deadly the drugs are right now - that any drug can be laced with fentanyl.

"It can happen to anybody. It's not going to happen to me because I don't do anything, I don't smoke pot, I don't do any pills, anything," she said.

"But there are people that recreationally use certain drugs that can be mixed with fentanyl. That needs to stop. If people are still doing recreational drugs once a month or year, stop."

According to Keating, Corey was extremely health-conscious. She also said he criticized people who did any drug right now because it was so risky.

"He was in the middle of the opiate crisis and said, 'Mom anyone that does anything like that is stupid.' But the addiction doesn't matter," she said. "It's the addict that thinks it's not going to happen to them, it does."

Keating saw Corey for the last time on May 13th and talked to him on the 17th.

"He told me his plan. He was going up to Alberta to get retrained for his job and get more money and just his plans with Yvonne and Jordan," said Keating.

Now that she's lost two sons to substance use, Keating is speaking out to try to get people's attention on the deadly issue of opioids.

"I don't want people to forget about these kids and people that have died," she said. "It's murder, the families are devastated, kids left as orphans."

After a few months, Keating is slowly getting back on her feet, but it's been an arduous struggle, she said.

"All of a sudden I realized it was the third week of July and I thought, 'This is ridiculous, I was supposed to do a lot of stuff and help people,'" she said. "I hadn't even cooked a meal and was just starting to think, 'Oh maybe I'm going to make some soup.'"

Talking to other people hasn't been easy either. She's around a lot of moms who want to share about their kids, but who are uncomfortable asking Keating about her kids.

"I get it. People don't know what to say to people like me who've lost my kids."

But Keating just wants to be acknowledged, she said.

"I still want to talk about my kid - my dreams and his dreams."

Recently, Keating connected with the Moms Stop The Harm group, which provides support for families who've lost a loved one to substance use.

Moms Stop the Harm

Thursday, August 31st marks International Overdose Awareness Day. In Kelowna, the Moms Stop the Harm group has events planned throughout the day, including a candle light vigil in honour of loved ones lost to the opioid crisis. The candle light vigil runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday, downtown Kelowna at the sails.

To learn more about the group in Kelowna, visit their webpage here.