Letter from California
This was just a simple e-mail message sent to the editors at Boomer Cafe to say happy holidyas. They liked it and published it as a full-fledged article. Go figure ....
Feeling like the holiday season brings an end to another year that makes you another year older? For Michael Petrie, whose writing has appeared from time to time on BoomerCafé, not a problem. He just shared this letter with us, which we decided to share with you, because this guy is just who we exist for: an active baby boomer who really knows how to do the holidays!
Just thought I’d share this with you. For my buddies and me, this past Wednesday was Big Wednesday — like the old surf movie of the same name. Goes to show that we Baby Boomers can still keep up with the kids … no matter how old and gray we may be getting, ha ha! What a day!
Two storms, one from Mexico and one from Washington state, converged here in Southern California on Wednesday to bring the most awesome waves to our beaches that I’ve ever seen! All sizes too, from monster 18 footers to nicely shaped 4 footers.
My buddies and I hit the sand, waxing our boards, as the sun rose to reveal a glorious, sunny, 75 degree morning. Doesn’t get much better than that for December. At sunrise the water was already crowded with fellow surfers, ranging in age from teenagers (lots) to twenty-somethings (mostly) to guys in their 50s (my camp). These waves offered the best surfing I’ve had in more than 20 years. I’m happy to report that us old dudes managed to hold our own pretty well against the younger crowd, giving credence to the popular T-shirts that read: OLD GUYS RULE!
After a morning of riding waves on my board, I decided to ride a few in my kayak. I think that was almost even more fun. Using the paddle for steerage, I could steer myself along the waves better to make the ride last longer. There wasn’t a breath of wind, or I would have concluded the day by sailing (my true passion). But the day was awesome! One of those days that make ya feel 25 again. However, now that it is a couple days later … trust me, I know I’m no longer 25. A few aches, pains, bruises, and sore muscles. But it was surely worth it. My kind of holiday season!!!