Saturday, December 31, 2016

Toad 4 Sale

I am selling Toad, my great boat. I will be downsizing to Toad3.0.

She has just been completely refitted — engine redone and totally cleaned up. She's a 2002 21-foot Seaswirl/Striper with a 5.0-liter Volvo inboard/outboard.

The last time I ran with her, we did 32 knots over 8 miles from Patrick's Point to Trinidad Harbor. She can go 50 miles out for tuna, or up to Redding Rock for ling, or sit bobbing off the second splash for bottom fish, or out at 285 feet, waiting for halibut.

Call mechanic Jim Sharp in Brookings, 541-469-1027, about her condition and upkeep.

If interested, give me a call @ 1-707-677-5222. I want $20K, but we'll dicker.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Grampa Zack and little sister Ruth taking flight on Swans Island, Maine, in 1968. He died in 1976.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Flying Arts

A great mural on the back of the Arkley Center for the Arts in Eureka.


I recently found this drawing I made in — I think — 1969 on Swans Island in Maine. Now it's thumbtacked on my office wall. Even the fold line evokes the place. ©Ted Pease

Paddling On

2017 — and beyond — looks scary. But our Senior News for January 2017 has to do it right. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we have to go high.” The January Senior News to start a new year looks at transitions and new beginnings, and how each of us can make them, from kayaking Trinidad Head to ending 30 years of political service.

What happens next? We dunno.

Medical issues for “seniors” are ever-present, as Dr. Jennifer Heidmann discusses. Executive Director Joyce Hayes looks ahead to prospects for elders under the Trump Administration. After 30+ years in public service, former Humboldt Supervisor and former Arcata and Trinidad Mayor and Councilperson Julie Fulkerson plans new ways to make a difference. Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher talks about the value of seniors’ experience. And Alan Grau looks forward to his 31st Ford Hess Trindad-to-Clam Beach Run.

It’s hard not to reflect on past/present/future as we make this transition to a new year, even though — really — Jan. 1 is no different than any other day. But we can hope. As Tiny Tim says in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (1843), “God bless us, every one.”

Happy New Year, everyone!

Ted Pease, Editor
Senior News
Humboldt Senior Resource Center
Eureka, California
707-443-9747, ext. 1226

A New Year and time for transitions: See the next SENIOR NEWS here:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Go, Alan

Alan Grau, now 63, crosses the Little River as part of the Ford Hess Trinidad-to-Clam Beach Run in January 2015. He’ll be at it again this year, Jan. 28, for the 30th year.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Tubas

There is something weirdly inspirational about hearing “Silent Night” or “Jingle Bells” played by a tuba band. An annual tradition in Eureka, California. Thanks to the oompahs and their dedicated leader, Fred Tempas.


Humboldt Bay Coast Guard "lifeboat" uses last week’s 25-foot waves to “train” in the entrance to Humboldt Bay.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Swing Away, Gerry

Now that Gerry’s gone,
there’s a big hole in the road.
Gentle. Gruff. Private. Giving. Gerry went down the road for the last time Saturday.
He knew more about baseball than anyone I’ve known:
records, stats, ERAs, homerun hitters, the Indians’ 1958 numbers.
So it’s no surprise that he beat cancer for four years.
He knew the odds.
Until a couple of weeks ago, when the odds caught up with him.
When I saw him yesterday, he grasped my hand and said, “Thank you, Ted.”
He didn’t know that the Cubs and Indians were tied up.
And he gave me his brand new Red Sox cap.
That’s when I knew he was going.
Gerry died overnight, not knowing how the World Series
or the presidential election would turn out.
And he headed down the road.
Swing away, Gerry.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cool Doggy

This guy was outside the Humboldt Senior Resource Center a couple of weeks ago. He is “Trainwreck,” although his human, a homeless guy in a wheelchair, wouldn’t tell me the back story, or why the dog was wearing shades.


Andi “Shorty” Resendez, 81, is part of the Alzheimer’s program at Humboldt Senior Resource Center, and was my contribution to a photo show documenting “The Longest Day” — Summer Solstice 2016.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Trinidad Head

That lighthouse is 196 feet above the water. In 1914, a wave smacked it and knocked out the light. Can you imagine?

The outside of Trinidad Head, the view that most people never see.


Sunday, May 8, 2016


Homeless people — people — many of whom had lived in shelters along Humboldt Bay for decades, were evicted by Eureka police last week. Now what?