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Carpe Diem. Tomorrow.

Carpe Diem. Tomorrow.

Time is a flirt, the little bitch. Time says, “I’ll always be here for you.” And you come to believe it, and get used to it, and then suddenly you really need Time, and then Time is nowhere to be found. You panic, you scramble, and somehow you learn to cope without it. Then there’s a knock at the door, and it’s Time with a bottle of wine and some sweet talk, and all you can remember are the good days.

It’s fall, and fall is procrastination season. For one thing, school has started. School is where we encounter our first deadlines and decide how we will fight their power. Will we finish the assignments early and thereby defuse the tension? Prudent, but bo-ring. Procrastinators such as myself prefer to live on the edge, racing toward deadlines with steely nerve in a temporal game of chicken to see who will flinch at the last second. Sometimes due dates get extended, and we get a sense of relief the Prudentarians will never enjoy, but more commonly we find ourselves paying the price with an all-nighter. Though we may be criticized for our sub-standard work, we can hold our heads high and say, “Sure, but considering I did a two week project in one night, not too shabby!” It may not be the best way to get our money’s worth out of an expensive education, but it gives us time to focus on other important fall things, like ... the holidays!

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Astrology

Occupy! The People’s Aquarian Revolution

Occupy! The People’s Aquarian Revolution

 

Libra is the sign that enters our world in times of transition. Humanity is in a state of transition at this time “changing over” from the Age of Pisces (where we developed faith. Hope religion) to the Age of Aquarius (where we develop a knowledge base that realizes freedom is most important for our survival). During transition there is needed chaos (Ray 4). Humanity learns through Ray 4. During transitional periods, Libra, before Scorpio, steps in to assist in balancing the chaos. Libra also distributes Ray 3, the ray of Right Economy. Along with Venus, Libra’s ruler, Ray 3’s task is to balance imbalanced financial structures. Aquarius’s task is the demand for freedom, equality, justice and economic opportunities for everyone. We are seeing this demand for economic justice and demand for freedom in the “occupiers,” beginning on Wall Street and spreading around the country in towns and cities everywhere. This demand is an evolutionary phase strengthened by Libra’s economic focus and by Aquarius, the unfolding. The sign influencing humanity after Libra is Scorpio. Sunday, the Sun enters Scorpio. Scorpio calls humanity to be the world disciple, the warrior, courageous enough to fight for justice and humanity’s freedoms.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


Steve Jobs. Dead. No doubt the co-founder of Apple is biting into fruit of another kind, wherever he may be. News of Jobs’ death last week quickly captured headlines in print and television. If you’re an “Apple person”—and even if you’re not—no doubt you’ve thought of the man that helped profoundly shift the way we interact with our computers and communications equipment. The man made a dent, that is for certain. I can recall being lured into the Mac world back in the ’80s. I was interning for the Lyric Opera Theater at Arizona State University and that small Mac, boxed as it was, with a floppy disk drive to boot, was where my journey began. Today, many of us are feeling the ripple of effect of Jobs’ enterprising visions—whether it be on our smart- phones or personal computer devices. R.I.P Steve. Here’s to jobs well done.

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Astrology

Libra’s Crisis of Balance and More

Libra’s Crisis of Balance and More

As we are in the sign Libra at the moment (the month and during our present time of transition), it’s important to understand the Libra tests we are undergoing. Then we view our experiences and choose with intelligence.

Of the three signs of Crisis (Leo, Libra, Capricorn). Libra is the Crisis of Balance. We must make a choice between two options, two opposing forces, the old ways or the new. One force surrendered to the other (personality surrendered to the Soul or vice versa). It is this Libra need to choose that leads humanity to the crisis, moving us from a state of chaos to a state of self-direction, equilibrium and balance.

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Local Talk

What will it take to get our representatives to favor the needs of the citizens before the interests of big business?

What will it take to get our  representatives to favor the needs of the citizens before the interests of big business? I think it will take a lot of compassion and an uprising on the citizens part to address that to our leaders. I don’t think we’re involved enough. We don’t care enough to actually take action.
Anna Sunflower
Santa Cruz | Gardener
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor


They keep telling me—and not the voices in my head, thank you—that “thoughts are things.” What do you think about that? Careful ...  If it’s true and thoughts are, indeed, “things,” meaning, depending on the intensity—OK, we’re in Santa Cruz, so I’ll just say it: vibration—of your thoughts, you—yes, that would be you and, well, me, if we’re talking about the collective “you,” which we are, so ...—have a definite say in the creation of your reality. Just by how you think. All of this just makes me think: What are you thinking? (Other people have asked me this—Hi Mom—countless times and not in esoteric conversation.) A local “thought” guide once proposed to me, and others, that it was healthy to observe your thoughts—just notice them and not attach to them. It’s an interesting exercise. I did that for quite a while but always kept getting sidetracked by my—wait for it—emotions, to which the local guide chuckled and said: “Just notice your emotions—don’t become too attached to them.” I felt exhausted at this point and thought of one thing: Chocolate. I felt better after that.

Why am I telling you this? Thoughts, emotions, evolution and unity are part of the work of Sahara Devi. The spiritual leader hits Santa Cruz next week and will host a gathering on Thursday, Oct. 13. Check out saharadevi.com to learn more about how this individual promotes elevated consciousness on the planet.

For more information on the event, call (323) 829-1054.

In the meantime, three writers are feeling good and thinking great thoughts this week—the winners of GT’s “Take One” screenwriting contest. Discover who came out on top, and how their films will be produced by Impact Productions and will later be screened at the 2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival. Sometimes, drama really pays off. (Oh, and be sure to check out the winners of our Pet Photo Contest. )

More next time ...

 

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor


Yeah, About The Economy ...

Regarding last week’s story in News, today’s economic recovery in Santa Cruz is not, I repeat, is not on an upward slope. According to Executive Vice President and chief development officer of Bay Federal Credit Union, Tonee Picard’s statements, “Economic conditions are also on the upward slope—we’re seeing a stabilization of the economy,  just based on a few key indicators. She says: “People are starting to  borrow again, there has been an uptick in our loans, auto loans and  refinancing homes due to all time low interest rates, [and] we’ve been meeting our lending goals. We are noting that credit scores are improving and the saving rates are still very high.”

People are saving money in prevention of further economic needs (i.e.  food, shelter and clothing), people are refinancing their homes to  save more money for these basic needs. People are borrowing again  because they have to. And the banks are willing to let them. Credit  scores are improving because people are paying down their debt. Inflation is looming over America like a freight train. with interest rates at all time lows, they can only rise. Homes at lower prices, must go up. The rental market is saturated due to forclosures, causing more inflation, even more lay-offs in the government and bringing home troops and releasing criminals from prison, will only  increase unemployment.

I do appreciate Tonee’s outlook, but it was, after all, the banking industry that caused this mess, so with a grain of salt ( it’s all I have left) and reading between the lines of her comments, I gracefully decline to interpret.

Homelessly submitted,

A former contractor,

Mark Becknerz


Street Beat

Regarding the article by Daniel Woo, I am a professional drummer who has played and studied music for the past 38 years. As a child, I watched Tom Scribner play his musical saw on Pacific Avenue. Recently I myself have performed on the mall, with the hope of inspiring children to take up a musical instrument. I have found the many restrictions on performing downtown to be even more difficult to manage than carting a (muffled!) drum set to and from my vehicle.

The Great Morgani is a professional street performer. I take my cues from him. I do not appreciate street performers with limited training and talent. I believe that Santa Cruz should encourage, even subsidize, professional street performers, or "buskers." Without them, Pacific Avenue is colorless, at best.

Jay Wilson

Santa Cruz


Best Online Comments


On  GTv’s  Charlie Sheen Roast’ coverage ...

Bravo. The balances of men, and ladies’ opinions finally sway his way. Vengeance sweet and all Divine. Bless.

—CS


Whether you like Charlie or not, he's entertaining—just like watching a Train Wreck.

—Lupin


On the dining story “Au Midi” ...

This place ROCKS! By far my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. If you haven't already gone, you must, and if you have I hope you're not as addicted as I am.

—Foodie


On  ‘Risa’s Stars’ ...

This my second Age of Aquarius. I am happy to be living clean and sober this time around. In my 60 years of this life I have never experienced an Astrologer and Teacher as powerful and knowledgeable as Risa. I thank you Risa. I have traveled many different roads. Simplicity, Kindness, and Love are incredibly difficult paths for me. I appreciate Risa's strong and powerful readings of my Leo Journey. Thank you for your dedication and love for us all.

—William M. Sweet


Clarification                Regarding last week’s music blurb, Austin Wilhoit is the bassist for The Devil Himself.


Local Talk

If you made a Santa Cruz-based film, what would it be about?

If you made a Santa Cruz-based film, what would it be about?
Life-aboard in the harbor. The tsunami and the recovery have been a big issue for a lot of people down there. I think it would be a fun one.
Johnny Agnone
Santa Cruz Harbor | Barista
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Astrology

Sealed in the Book of Life

Sealed in the Book of LifeWe’re coming closer to Halloween. Who or what energies will each of us personify? Saturday is Yom Kippur (In the “Days of Awe” the Day of Atonement, Forgiveness, the holiest day of the Jewish year). On Yom Kippur, we seek and offer forgiveness. At the end of Yom Kippur our “fate is sealed” in the Book of Life. Let us offer forgiveness.
Sunday Venus enters Scorpio. We give ourselves away for one breathless moment. We surrender to mystery, bliss and eternity. Then the Nine Tests of Scorpio intervene. Monday, Columbus (or Indigenous) Day, is full of parades (5th Avenue; the Bronx; Chicago, New Jersey, etc.). The new world was seen by Columbus for the first time in 1492. It was magnificent.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the EditorPlus Letters to the Editor

Well ... what is there to say in nine words? (That was nine words by the way.) The winners of our Nine-Word Novel Contest have plenty to say, in fact. Back in August, as part of our ongoing “Contest Mania,” we put out a call to readers to submit their nine-word creations and the response was massive. This week, the winners of the contest bask in the spotlight. How many winners are there? Nine—naturally. Take a peek and let us know your thoughts. (You can use more than nine words.)
Onward ... This week also marks the unveiling of our annual Fall Home & Garden Issue. We illuminate the things that will enhance both your home and garden this fall. Take note of what some locals are doing to spruce up their lawns—and, really, reinvent them altogether. There are also some real estate tips for home owners and home buyers. Speaking of ... be sure to turn to our Real Estate section.
Home. What does it mean to you? When I was growing up on Altgeld Street in Chicago, I remember home equating to comfort. My Polish mother told me stories that mirrored that. Apparently, I was so comfortable with my surroundings that, at the age of 5 or 6, I would sit on the front steps of our porch and inform everybody that passed by what was happening in our house. “Hello ... my mother is making Polish dumplings inside;”  “Hi, my name is Greg and there’s freshly washed underwear hanging on the clothes line in our backyard;” “Did you know that my mother is giving up smoking but my father can’t stop?” I suppose, even back then, I liked reporting the “news.” Either that, or I was really into babbling on. (There’s a good indication I’m doing that now.)
But back to the idea of “home.” Ponder it this week. Where are you most “at home.”
Until next time ...


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief

Letters to the Editor

More On That Land Issue ...
While I’m glad to hear KB Homes has declined to build directly on an apparent burial ground, what strikes me the most about this issue is the reminder that our entire society is built on stolen land that was once sacred to those who lived here before us, just as all land was sacred in every corner of the world to people who lived on it as hunter-gatherers or primitive agriculturalists. In effect we are just setting aside a tiny patch of grass amidst a huge area long-ago stolen, razed, and built over.
My hope is that the discovery of Native people’s remains will inspire us to think about not only the dysfunctional relationship our society has with the Earth that supports us, but also the persistence of racism from our history into the present day. Once enslaved and conquered, black and brown people today are still the poorest, most-polluted, and most highly imprisoned populations in our society. I hope the movement to stop a house from going up over the bones of indigenous people will spill over into solidarity with the living indigenous populations in our county struggling against anti-immigrant programs like “Secure Communities,” and to protect themselves from dangerous pesticides like methyl iodide.
Steve Schnaar
Santa Cruz

Transformational?
Having lived as a trans person for 14 years now, I can't help but feel collectively "used" when members of the cis-community promote themselves as the "voice of the transgender community.” (See GT 9/22, “Transfiguraitons.”)
Artists such as Jana Marcus must be aware that those of us who struggle daily with job, housing, and accommodations discrimination, not to mention violent attacks, will find her work patronizing, arrogant, and commercially opportunistic.
When I spoke with Marcus at a recent event at Camouflage and she explained she was the "voice" for people who have no voice, I made a point to assure her that we have a voice, many voices: Jan Morris, Leslie Feinberg, Kate Bornstein, Jennifer Finney Boylan, and Julia Serano to name just a few.
Imagine how members of any marginalized community must feel when others who are not so oppressed presume to speak for them—and capitalize on their identities. I'll tell you how it feels: it's insulting and it hurts.
Incidentally, you used the term transgenders (sic) in your editorial. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media guide points out that this term is considered problematic. Transgender is not a noun but an adjective.  The correct term is transgender people. Yours in the struggle for equality ...
Alyson Bloom
Santa Cruz

Best Online Comments

On ‘Bonfire Stories’ ...
What a brave and compassionate person Heidi Boynton is, and what an inspiration. Thank you for sharing her remarkable story.
—Jean Walter

On ‘Looking At What’s Sacred’ ...
You can contact Indian Canyon and Ms. Sayers at indiancanyon.org [for more information.), but to naysayers, the real story here is the myth building, from dehumanizing Indians to Weapons of Mass Destruction lies, mainstream society has in its DNA. This concerns all of us one way or another: we all live here on this planet right now. California Indians know this particularly well. After all, slavery, genocide and ethnic cleansing happened "right here in River City." No: son.
—Russ

I hope more of us will listen to what she and our mother are telling us. I believe we are all endowed with one half million or more years of hard-won intelligence, buried in our cells. Most of us have just forgotten to listen.
—Dan Bjerk
Local Talk

They say the recession is over. Is it?

They say the recession is over. Is it?
I've definitely seen a pick up in spending in the store and I think people are less careful with their disposable income, and there seems to be a general feeling of optimism. We're up in our sales.
Suna Lock
Santa Cruz | Business Owner
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Mercury Enters Libra

It’s the week of Burning Man, the temporary, intentional, alternative, art-filled community on the playas of Nevada. Mercury, messenger of the Sun, enters Libra this week. Libra is the equalizer, a sign of balance and right human relations. Sometimes with Libra, we can be indecisive and confused while learning how to make balanced and right choices. Sometimes to keep the peace we communicate only what others want to hear. Eventually, we learn how to speak from the heart.

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Banter and Spark

Engaging actors, wry script distinguish lightweight rom-com ‘What If’

 

Back to Silicon Beach

With a new wave of startups, the future of Santa Cruz tech looks more promising than ever
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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

A Cab To Be Coveted

I first tasted Villa del Monte’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon at a Fourth of July party, where the hosts had bought a case of it because they love it and didn’t want to run out. It’s one of those wines that will grab you—in the best way—with its full body and rich fruit characteristics.