Archive for the ‘mysteries’ Category

vedic dances for the ages in oceanside harbor

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

ceci n’est pas camping

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

drink more beer – save the homeless

Saturday, June 29th, 2013


Due to the incessant noises of the powerful Oceanside Homeless Advisory Committee that not enough was being done for the exploding homeless population in the city, harbor management introduced a new amenity: the Rapid Donation Kiosk.

No more cashing-in empty beer cans and bringing the proceeds to Brother Benno’s.  No need to cruise Charity Navigator or Give Well to weed out the bad apples. Dropping a can in one of the automatic kiosks ensures your donation is harvested by those who need it, when they need it, while cutting out the middleman.

If you thought the harbor management policy (1P4:9) of allowing the homeless to camp out on harbor streets for years on end and use your showers for free when you’re not looking was enough – well, it isn’t. In this economy more resources need to be shared, and as the City of Oceanside Homeless Shelter is running at full capacity, Oceanside Harbor has been sourced to accommodate the overflow.

Who among you wouldn’t open other people’s homes to those in need, if you got paid to do it?



Kiosks brought to you by the folks at Sea Star Sportfishing, and the City employees who just can’t refuse an offer from the commercial  fishing lobby. (FYI – so far, Boom Dock’s kneecaps are intact.)

oceanside harbor v. supreme court

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

The Supreme Court said . . . a “reasonable observer” looking at the plywood box home would conclude it was a home, not a vessel. It was not “designed to any practical degree for carrying people or things on water,” [Justice] Breyer said. He noted the home had no rudder, steering mechanism or source of propulsion.


Ceci n’est pas une péniche aménagée.

The Oceanside Harbor rule book says . . . “Houseboats are prohibited from occupying a berth in the Harbor.”

 Although the first batch of houseboat permits has been “grandfathered” in,  it is not clear how new permits were made available after that, while the average joe was told that no new permits will be issued. And if you ever spoke with the office staff, you know they mean business, no matter what mood they’re in.

Part of the answer seems to be that our harbor management is not always a reasonable observer, confirming Justice Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion concerns. Some Oceanside houseboats are considered to be mere boats, reasonable observer notwithstanding.

Whose houseboat passes for a boat, who is told off, and who profits? Even in the good ol’ Oceanside corridors of influence, long way from DC, those answers might have to be reconsidered.