I lived in New York City for the last 22 years and moved back to Pacific Grove this December (left here way back in 1977). It surprised me to learn about Rachel Roy being raised in Seaside. As a photographer, I have followed New York City's Fashion Week every year since 2005. Last fall was the last New York Fashion Week I covered and I took many pics of her as she stood alongside Knicks basketball player Amare Stoudamire. I have enclosed a pic.
Rachel Roy alongside Amare Stoudamire - New York Fashion Week, September 2011
I do want the economy to flourish for the city of Pacific Grove but am of the opinion that the ban on "formula fast food" remain. Local restaurants and businesses would flourish if corporate chains other than fast food be allowed.
Having lived in New York City for the past 22 years, I have seen local book stores disappear as huge chains Barnes & Noble and Borders moved in.
Seaside Borders was a wonderful bookstore. It was big, stocked a lot of books, had a huge magazine selection and with a coffee shop, a great place to stop and/or shop. Not since Thunderbird Books was there such a wonderful bookstore on the Peninsula. Now, you have to drive all the way to Santa Cruz to experience those warm cozy bookstores. And now with Borders out of business, Barnes & Noble stands alone. I am dumbfounded why the C.E.O.'s of Barnes & Noble do not think about coming here. It would be a "slam dunk" for the city of Pacific Grove if Barnes & Noble were to locate in Pacific Grove.
That would be the start of possibly more "well-to-do" businesses moving into PG. "The Works" is a cute book store but it is only that. Cute. After being away since 1977, I do miss Thunderbird Bookstore.
Reading Paula Poundstone's excerpts on Carmelites from her Sunset Center performance was downright hilarious. Now I wish I could have attended that performance. Great stuff! Thanks "Squid" for the heads up!
I posted the Monterey Herald photo from those days but don't know where it went (?)
Here is that pic from those days (courtesy Monterey Herald)
I recently moved back to Pacific Grove after living the past 22 years in New York City and I remember the old days when I lived here back in the mid-'70's. I was in a Carmel Beach Volleyball League about or around 1975 and played for the team "Kings Cross Station" (now Mountain Mike's Pizza in PG) that was sponsored by Sam Matar (Sam Matar's Monterey Honda). We would play league volleyball games on Sunday at Carmel Beach and all of the teams would later meet at "Maxwell McFly's" in downtown Carmel for drinks and merryment. Our team won the league that year and they had a drawn picture of me spiking a volleyball that was the official t-shirt of the league for that year (which I surprisingly still have) and in fact I also had an action picture taken of me that appeared in the Monterey Herald sports section. I later went on to college at San Diego State (1977) and now I am back living on the Peninsula! Those were fond days and lasting memories for me. The reason why I'm writing is to correct Mr. Pierson that the Carmel Beach Volleyball League started in the mid-'70's and not the '80's.
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