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Opinion—Getting stoned without spending a penny

Opinion

Seen in a store window at The Pike in downtown Long Beach, California, at 7:00 a.m. on 12/3/18.

Naughty or nice

Due to recreational weed, I got stoned on second-hand smoke while walking around The Pike and taking pictures.

We don’t allow people to walk around in public drinking recreational alcohol, so why do we let them walk around in public smoking recreational weed? Anywhere they want.

In California, cigarette/cigar/pipe smokers are required to stay 20′ away from building entrances, and some buildings require a greater distance. Either there is no such requirement for recreational weed smokers, or no one—Not buildings. Not the police. No one—is enforcing the law.

Are recreational weed smokers not considered “smokers” under the law? I know how these legal things work.

Could I wind up in jail because I’m stumbling around in public seemingly drunk but simply stoned on second-hand recreational weed smoke?

I’m thinking that recreational weed smokers need a few more regulations, perhaps a combination of alcohol and smoking laws, such as no recreational weed smoking in public, or driving under the influence of recreational weed….

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Santa Catalina Island — The City of Avalon, California

Frank Castaldini, real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in San Francisco, CaliforniaThis post is dedicated to Frank Castaldini, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in San Francisco, California. I have known Frank for several years through a real estate professional networking site and highly recommend him for anyone buying or selling a home in the San Francisco area. If he can’t help you in your specific locale, I know he can refer you to someone (almost) as good as he is.

Dedications are my way of trying to provide a little extra Google juice for people I have come to know and respect over the years.

Out & About San Diego

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

My birthday to myself last Sunday was a trip to Santa Catalina Island, a place that I’ve wanted to go for about 18 years, since the day I arrived in San Diego and saw pictures of it. Now through May 1, if you have a birthday, you can ride the Catalina Express to and from Santa Catalina Island from Dana Point, Long Beach, or the Port of San Pedro in Los Angeles — FREE! The caveat is that you have to depart on your birthday, but you can return anytime.

Following are my best eight pictures of the City and Port of Avalon, a little enclave of about 3,300 people.

The first two pictures are of the Avalon Casino, the signature building in Avalon. I think it used to be a casino in its early days but it is a theater and a theatre now:

Avalon Casino on Santa Catalina Island

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

Avalon Casino on Santa Catalina Island

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

When leaving the boat dock, this building towers over you from the cliffs above:

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island

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I thought it was going to be the most spectacular house on the island when it is finished, but in zooming in on it using the computer, I think it’s going to be a public lookout point. Might have to go back!

I think this condominium complex is where 75% of the Avalon population lives:

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island

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We found a very nice restaurant at The Landing to have my birthday meal. The first picture above of the Avalon Casino was taken from the restaurant.

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island

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From the restaurant we could see lots of parasailers:

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island

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Tuna fishing was once a big industry on the Island. This picture is of the Tuna Club, one of the first buildings on the Island, was also taken from the restaurant we ate at:

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island

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It was a dreary gray morning when we left Long Beach, and even an hour later when we arrived in Avalon. As the day wore on, the clouds broke up and disappeared, the sun came out, and Avalon turned magical, looking like something out of Europe.

Avalon on Santa Catalina Island

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Church in downtown Long Beach

The City of Long Beach, California

Sally and David Hanson, real estate agents witih Keller Williams in southeast WisconsinThis post is dedicated to Sally & David Hanson, real estate agents with Keller Williams in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I have known Sally & David for several years through a real estate professional networking site and highly recommend them for anyone needing real estate services in southeast Wisconsin. If they can’t help you with your specific needs, I’m sure they will be able to refer you to someone (almost) as good as they are.

Dedications are my way of trying to provide a little extra Google juice for people I have come to know and respect over the years.

Out & About San Diego

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

Here are some pictures of the City of Long Beach from my trip there and to Santa Catalina Island this past Sunday.

Hotel in downtown Long BeachHotel in downtown Long Beach, California

Hotel in downtown Long Beach, California

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Church in downtown Long BeachChurch in downtown Long Beach

Church in downtown Long Beach

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Building in downtown Long BeachDowntown Long Beach

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The view of the Catalina Express dock as we were leaving for the IslandLeaving the Catalina Express dock in Long Beach

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Aquarium of the Pacific in Long BeachAquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California

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I have visited over a hundred aquariums in the United States, as well as a couple in Canada. Aquarium of the Pacific ranks #5 in my Top 10. If you ever get to Long Beach, don’t miss it.

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 Long Beach from our Catalina Express boat, the Islander ExpressLong Beach from the Islander Express

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Long Beach from the Islander Express

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Long Beach from the Islander Express

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Long Beach from the Islander Express

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