Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

 

Thanks mom for being there for all of us kids, even when I probably didn’t deserve it

This weekend is Mother’s Day. Why do we celebrate? Because she is the one that is always there…or should be. When we’re young we know we can run to her when we fall and skin our knee because she will make “it” feel better. When we stay home from school sick, maybe even throwing up in the toilet, she’s the one that is rubbing our back saying it’ll be okay…I’m here for you.

When we got a bad haircut and didn’t want to go to school, or worse yet, when a zit emerged making us feel like we’d become the butt of everyone’s jokes at school, mom was there with comfort.

Mothers are simply the best!

Some of us were certainly luckier than others along this road in life. Mom for me meant a nicely prepared breakfast every morning…cooked in three shifts: one for my dad who would rise and be out of the house early; round two for the three older kids before we went off to school and finally, another serving for the two younger sisters. Afterwards, when I did leave for school, I left with a bagged lunch, made fresh each morning, always including a sandwich, chips, a piece of fruit and a little dessert.

And guess what, when we arrived home from school, and/or sports, the kitchen counters were always filled with racks of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or the many other treats she’d always surprise us with.

Friends used to want to come to our house with us because they knew what was waiting there. In fact, one friend felt so comfortable that he’d walk into our kitchen, take a few cookies, grab the milk out of the fridge and pour himself a glass of milk to wash it down.

But that’s what my mom wanted…to make all of us kids feel proud of the home we lived in.

Did I mention, too, that somehow/some way, the entire house magically cleaned itself and our beds were made when were off at school?

It didn’t stop there, she also made dinner EVERY night…and it was always good, no, great…including a more formal sit-down affair each and every Sunday.

There were other things – I remember when I got my first paper route (yes, I’ve been in this business a long time), guess who would rise and shine on those cold, early rainy mornings to drive the car while I threw papers? Right.

The person who would drop everything she was doing to drive me to the golf course every day and pick me up later when it became dark? You got it.

My mom loved us no matter what. All five of us. Sure, there were times when she showed her disappointment, but only because she knew we could do better.

And trust me, I gave her every opportunity to give up on a kid and only love the others; fortunately, she never did.

And all she really asked for in return, or so it seemed, was for her weekly trip to the beauty parlor.

My mom is still with us…94 next month. She’s certainly not what she used to be, but she’s still a person that always smiles and loves in the only way she’s capable of now, while fully engulfed in a battle that Alzheimer’s seems to be winning.

Still, you should all be so lucky!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom this weekend, and to all the others out there that make their kid’s lives better, no matter what!

Let’s make sure we all show them our thanks!

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Last Friday, Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released a statement following the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board’s approval of $8,297,548 for electrification of the Balboa Island Ferry and the installation of a supporting charging infrastructure.

“Today’s vote by the South Coast Air Quality Management District brings us one step closer towards saving the Balboa Island Ferry,” said Supervisor Foley. “(The Ferry) serves as critical transportation infrastructure that provides pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers with affordable and accessible transportation to and from Balboa Island. The Ferry also reduces the vehicle miles traveled by 4.2 million annually, already reflecting its important role in our community to reduce carbon emissions.

“I thank the South Coast AQMD and the California Air Resources Board for moving quickly to secure this funding for the Ferry. I look forward to one day joining the community on the first trip on the zero-emission ferries once we get this done.”

In 2022, the Balboa Ferry carried approximately 1.5 million passengers and 350,000 cars. However, the Balboa Island Ferry was at risk of closure due to state law that requires all short-run ferries in California to transition to zero-emission operation by December 31, 2025.

The funding will replace or repower three diesel ferries with three ZE electric ferries with a sufficient bank of batteries to provide electricity to the motors for 16-hour operational shifts and install four chargers at the Balboa Island ferry dock to charge (them).

Kudos to Supervisor Foley who wrote a letter to CARB in October of 2023 requesting funding for Ferry electrification and an extension to comply with the December 31, 2025 deadline.

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Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will be a day the community has been waiting for. It’ll be the grand opening and dedication ceremony of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Headquarters at 901 E. Oceanfront.

Coincidence? I don’t think so! The 2024 Junior Lifeguard program, the 40th in its history, will begin the following week on June 18 running through August 1. There will be the 9 a.m.-12 p.m. morning session and the 1-4 p.m. afternoon session.

And remember, there’s always an opportunity to donate to the Junior Lifeguard Scholarship Fund that allows opportunities for the underserved youth to participate. Go here to take part.

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And, you almost can’t use lifeguards in a sentence in and around Newport Beach without adding in the words “Ben Carlson.”

Just a reminder along that front, ARBOR Real Estate is partnering with the Rob Machado Foundation and the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation for an “Epic Summer” fundraiser this Saturday, May 11 at the ARBOR HQ from 5-7 p.m.

The primary objective of it all is “to raise funds to benefit the young participants of the Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. ARBOR Real Estate embraces the program’s mission to educate children about ocean safety and promote responsible recreation within our vibrant beach environment.”

Kristin Barry, broker and partner at ARBOR Real Estate, expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with the Ben Carlson Foundation and Rob Machado Foundation. “Working together is a natural choice for us because we share a deep understanding of the importance of instilling ocean respect in our youth, which will yield enduring benefits for our entire community in the years to come.”

The ARBOR Headquarters is located at 425 30th St. Find out more about the event and buy tickets at https://epic-summer-event.eventbrite.com.

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A new exhibition opens this week at the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in their Mezzanine Gallery. A Moon for the Daydreamers features paintings, printmaking, photography and video. The exhibition “explores the literal, symbolic and abstract dimensions of lunar influences.”

OCMA is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa.

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Learn how to make your own one-of-a-kind Beaded Teacup Bird Feeder/Planter at Sherman Library & Gardens. This whimsical project is made with beads, wire, chains and teacups.

You’ll choose your pieces from an amazing selection of beads and cups, so no two are alike. All supplies are included. These make great bird feeders, or pop a plant in the cup for a touch of color in your garden.

It’s part of the extra fun planned at the Spring Garden Art Faire this Saturday, May 11 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info, go to thesherman.org.

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It’s hard to imagine that fun can get any better than this. For the next two Saturdays (May 11 and 18), the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club located at 1550 Crown Drive North in Corona del Mar will host an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

You can learn more about the history of lawn bowling and get free lessons from their world class bowlers.

A free lunch will be provided both days, with light refreshments throughout the day. Join in either day to find out if lawn bowling is what you’ve been missing in your life. For more info on the club, visit www.newportharborlbc.com.


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