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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:51 am

The homelessness is so confronting.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:12 am

You get an unfiltered and unbiased version from a 16 year old.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by offshore1 » Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:38 am

Meanwhile Bezos is planning his next 15 minute wine and cheese space picnic with a few close friends .
Really makes no justifiable sense.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by alakaboo » Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:59 am

Local public school Jimmy.

The homelessness is confronting. And I'd agree with most of the other points, Thud.

I'd have to go to San Diego to do a comparison with 2006-7 when I lived there last. The bay area is nothing like Maryland, that's for sure.
Except for the rich people in ugly houses and the incomprehensible traffic.

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by steve shearer » Fri Jul 22, 2022 10:08 am

What's the main differences Boo?
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Beanpole » Fri Jul 22, 2022 10:18 am

Plenty of Loonies at San Francisco as well. One on every corner raving. Funny Haight Ashbury was more upmarket than half the rest of the place. Cross between Newtown and Nimbin.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Thud » Fri Jul 22, 2022 10:35 am

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Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:59 am
Local public school Jimmy.

The homelessness is confronting. And I'd agree with most of the other points, Thud.

I'd have to go to San Diego to do a comparison with 2006-7 when I lived there last. The bay area is nothing like Maryland, that's for sure.
Except for the rich people in ugly houses and the incomprehensible traffic.
Good point. I loved San Diego when I was there 20 years ago.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Trev » Fri Jul 22, 2022 11:08 am

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My youngest daughter just got back from a trip visiting relos in California. She’s been going since she was born. She’s a bit older now and her take was she didn’t like it anymore. Mainly because of the large amount of homelessness in LA and San Francisco, the clear divisional changes magnified under Trump and the seemingly soulless existence of every day Americans. She stayed up at Santa Cruz for about the fourth time and found it was still a colder sea side pier town sprinkled with ex hippies and drug addicts. Gave it a “ok”. To note a large drug problem, her cousin died or a heroin overdose a few years back. Decent kid just a bit lost there.
Our daughter is over there ATM.
Spending a few months with her brother in Canada but booked a 28 day bus tour (COSMOS?) from New York to Los Angeles.
Sending through a selection of photos each day on WhatsApp.
Yesterday was Dearborn and the Henry Ford Museum.
They have the car Kennedy was shot in, a rocking chair from the stage where Lincoln was shot and the car Roosevelt was shot in.
Americans huh?

Oh. And THE Rosa Parks bus.
Not like us. We just name a swimming centre after a prime minister who drowned.🤪

She's in Chicago now. Just talked on Messenger.
There's about 30 people on the bus including several from Sydney, a couple from Brisbane and Adelaide.

Go for it Steve and Dazz. 😉
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Mr Puffy Pants » Fri Jul 22, 2022 12:03 pm

Greyhound buses in North America are the most depressing transport I've been on

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Trev » Fri Jul 22, 2022 1:18 pm

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Greyhound buses in North America are the most depressing transport I've been on
Haha yeah.
Daughter did that back in about 1998.
Got on a Greyhound bus in SF which was shown as going to Washington DC.
It did but basically non stop via this weird looping route south west through Texas and sort of north through the mid west.
No overnight stops. 3⅐ days.


That was an experience for a 20 year old blonde travelling alone.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Beanpole » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:18 pm

I’d go by train if I was going to do that. Definitely if I ever go to Banff again.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Mr Puffy Pants » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:25 pm

There's also this:

https://allthatsinteresting.com/vince-li

That doesn't really surprise me given the demographic on those greyhounds and in the truck stops

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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Grooter » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:42 pm

On the other hand, driving big distances in the USA is pretty easy if you're the driver.

Plenty of rest stops, traffic moves pretty quick, no cops hiding in bushes every 10 metres or constant wildlife trying to obliterate your car running over the road.

We went on a roadtrip to Oregon a few weeks ago and took in the sights. Was really good, I was averaging between 120-140km/h on the highways
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Grooter » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:51 pm

steve shearer wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 8:51 am
The homelessness is so confronting.
It is, when you stop and think this is one of the wealthiest countries on the planet.

Although after spending a lot of time in India for work, which included doing some volunteer work in slums with the missus, it's nowhere near as bad as the shit those poor folks were going through.

My kids on the other hand were very confronted by it, especially in LA at Venice Beach and Hollywood which is maybe worse than the Tenderloin in SF (depending on the day). We had a few long discussions with them in the days that followed about it. Fortunately I met a nice homeless guy a few days later and I had a long chat with him on the street while my son stood quietly next to me. I think it helped him to see that not all of these folks are deranged addicts - admittedly a lot of them are though
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Beanpole » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:56 pm

Grooter wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:42 pm
On the other hand, driving big distances in the USA is pretty easy if you're the driver.

Plenty of rest stops, traffic moves pretty quick, no cops hiding in bushes every 10 metres or constant wildlife trying to obliterate your car running over the road.

We went on a roadtrip to Oregon a few weeks ago and took in the sights. Was really good, I was averaging between 120-140km/h on the highways
Yep, only thing that got me really with driving was the abrupt on ramps and off ramps.

Re: homeless. India is the only place comparable IMHO.Disgraceful in one of the richest countries in the world.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Trev » Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:57 pm

Mr Puffy Pants wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:25 pm
There's also this:

https://allthatsinteresting.com/vince-li

That doesn't really surprise me given the demographic on those greyhounds and in the truck stops
Oh yeah. She's got some stories to tell.

Really glad she was home before she told us about it.

Might have already told the story but at another time she caught a ferry across the Red Sea from Egypt to Jordan and used public transport through Jordan and Syria to Turkey. Via Petra.
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Trev » Fri Jul 22, 2022 3:00 pm

Beanpole wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:56 pm
Grooter wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:42 pm
On the other hand, driving big distances in the USA is pretty easy if you're the driver.

Plenty of rest stops, traffic moves pretty quick, no cops hiding in bushes every 10 metres or constant wildlife trying to obliterate your car running over the road.

We went on a roadtrip to Oregon a few weeks ago and took in the sights. Was really good, I was averaging between 120-140km/h on the highways
Yep, only thing that got me really with driving was the abrupt on ramps and off ramps.

Re: homeless. India is the only place comparable IMHO.Disgraceful in one of the richest countries in the world.
I'm not suggesting this applies to all the homeless in North America but it would seem there's a significant proportion of them who choose that lifestyle because they want to.
Talked to a couple of small groups in SF and they gave me the impression they were there by choice (while asking for money).
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Re: Where did you surf today ?

Post by Mr Puffy Pants » Fri Jul 22, 2022 3:01 pm

Grooter wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2022 2:42 pm
On the other hand, driving big distances in the USA is pretty easy if you're the driver.

Plenty of rest stops, traffic moves pretty quick, no cops hiding in bushes every 10 metres or constant wildlife trying to obliterate your car running over the road.

We went on a roadtrip to Oregon a few weeks ago and took in the sights. Was really good, I was averaging between 120-140km/h on the highways
In my limited experience nothing beats German autobahns. 200km/h+ common yet you feel relatively safe since drivers actually have intelligence and courtesy unlike here.

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