Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Tomorrow is that big day of love…are you ready to enjoy?

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I have a confession. I have purchased no chocolates…ordered no roses…bought no jewelry. I also never sat down several weeks back, planning something special…like a trip to somewhere exotic…or even a nice dinner at an upscale restaurant with a view…perhaps a cruise on the bay with a chilled bottle of Veuve on ice…a show of some sort…nope, nothing!

It’s probably one of the reasons I don’t have a Valentine.

Sure, I have my 7-year-old granddaughter Kate. But does that really qualify as a Valentine?

Plus, let’s be honest, she’d rather hand out her paper Valentines, hand-signed in pencil, at school; and, in return, hopefully get a couple of boxes of what we used to call Sweethearts, not to be confused with Sweet Tarts. Remember, we all loved them!

They’d say things like “Be Mine”…”You’re Cute”…”Hug Me”…and, if you were really lucky, you’d get one that said, “I Love You.”

Forget a sugar-high…an “I Love You” Sweetheart-heart would have you floating through the school hallways between classes…or so I’m told.

I’d get “Hey Pal”….“Hey Buddy”…“You’re Good Friend”….“You’re Okay”…“I Like You”…you know the ones. I remember getting a bigger heart in elementary school saying, “Don’t Even Think About Talking To Me”…or so it seemed.

Oh well, here’s the good news!

Next month when all you guys are getting the credit card bills for those diamond studs…the over-the-top dinner, that once-in-a-lifetime trip, etc., I won’t have that I remind you.

So there.

Nope, I’ll just smile and send off the usual alimony payments and go play some golf…alone, of course.

Johnson, party of one, on the first tee.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Several months back, I was invited along with City Council member Lauren Kleiman to be a judge in the annual pie tasting event at a Corona del Mar Residents Association (CdMRA) community gathering. Now, we don’t do any quid pro quo here at Stu News Newport, but you also don’t want to risk an invite to return for year two…or three.

With that, the Corona del Mar Residents Association will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday (Feb. 15) at 7:30 a.m. at OASIS Senior Center.

Corona del Mar Farmers Market owner Rick Heil will share the market’s history and plans for its upcoming reboot in the coming year.

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Courtesy of CdMRA

Corona del Mar Farmers Market owner Rick Heil will be guest speaker at upcoming CdMRA meeting

In addition to Heil as guest speaker, Mayor Will O’Neill and Councilmember Kleiman will provide reports on current city business and NBPD staff will share an update on public safety and introduce the new NBPD alert app “Newport Notified.”

All Corona del Mar residents are invited to attend this event. RSVPs are requested, so please visit CdMRA.org and register no later than 12 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 14).

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There’s an exciting new sailing event coming to Newport Beach this weekend. It’s called the California Dreamin’ Match Racing Series, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 17-18).

California Dreamin’ is a youth series of high-level competition featuring top racing talent competing at four stops over a period of time along the California coast. Racing event hosts include the San Diego Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club, Long Beach Yacht Club, in addition to the BYC.

Each club plays host to its unique leg of the competition, providing a diverse and dynamic experience for both participants and spectators.

This weekend’s racing will use four matching GovCup 21s recently retired from use for the Governor’s Cup, the prestigious worldwide youth match racing regatta also hosted by the BYC.

One local to keep an eye on this weekend is BYC skipper Siena Nichols, who finished third in the first stop of the California Dreamin’ Series in January at San Diego Yacht Club. Her crew includes Maddie Nichols, Eddie Kliem and Lili Brennan.

Competition will be outside of the bay.

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Nominations are now open for Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley’s 3rd Annual Women Making a Difference Awards. This year, Supervisor Foley is seeking nominations of women who “transform our legal community and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.”

If you know someone who fits that description and they live or work in the 5th District in Orange County, reach out to https://bit.ly/KF-WMD-2024 and nominate them.

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