December 2012 - Southern California Sailing
Cold fall nights do hit Southern California, but we also get winds blowing off the desert, the notorious Santa Anas, that bring summer like heat.
The best description I've read of them is by Raymond Chandler in his story "Red Wind." "There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen."
Over the weekend, in record setting heat, Skipper Evan Sandler invited me to sail with him and his friend Olga on his sloop Sailient. The surface of the bay was usually calm, more like a lake. We found no wind along our usual course until.Olga took the helm. Then Aeolus, the wind God, smiled on her as winds reached 10 knots and the boat leapt forward like a horse spurred on. To maximize our speed, we took a course that headed out to sea, rather than our intended destination, reminding me of the old adage, "You can't control the wind, you can only adjust your sails."
Life can be counted on to throw curves at us, yet as we age our intuition can increase, giving us additional coping tools. When asked on the TV show "Aging In LA" what the first step should be in starting an anti-aging program, Carolisa Pomerantz, the Associate Producer of the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," said that it starts with attitude, a recognition that we can control how we age. Only then can we make the effort to add quality years to our lives. Check out Reverse Aging News for a recent study that validates the worth of even moderate exercise as a profoundly effective anti-aging step, a point fully explored in the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now."
As 2012 ends and we celebrate the holiday season I wish everybody a healthy mind set buoyed by our family and friends.
If you're looking for a great Christmas or Hanukkah present consider giving the anti-aging documentary "Reverse Aging Now," now also available with other anti-aging DVDs on ReverseAging.TV. Photo of Paul and Evan by Olga.