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A writer recalls his lifelong journey to the Island BY MARK MARCHETTI In 1983 Jimmy Buffett wrote a song called "One Particular Harbor" which almost perfectly describes my relationship with Catalina Island. I was raised in Northern California and always had a fascination with the ocean and beach but neither of my parents were "beach people." Never the less, it seemed I was destined to find my one particular harbor. My mother never learned to swim, but insisted that her sons would become swimmers, so as a youngster I got swimming lessons. It was fine with me because I loved to be in the water and it was the first step towards finding Catalina. There have been many turning points in my life that have made an impact.., even at a young age. In the 1950s there was a TV show called "Sea Hunt" (1958-61) star- ring Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson, a retired Navy Diver who had all sorts of exciting adventures. By our modem standards, the SCUBA div- ing sequences and special effects would be seen amateurish but to a boy of 8 with an imagination it was magic. Many of my diving friends reference Sea Hunt as their first introduction to SCUBA and credit the show for sparking their interest in diving. After seeing Sea Hunt, I had only two goals in life.., to become a SCUBA diver and to own a boat (he had a cool cabin cruiser named Argonaut on the show). I was too young to learn SCUBA but quickly learned to snorkel and when I turned seventeen I took a SCUBA class and got certified. I did my check out dives in the cold, dark water of Monterrey Bay and at that point in my life I had no idea a place like Catalina existed.., but I was getting closer! When my local dive shop spon- sored a boat dive trip I signed up. We boarded an old rusty boat called theEmerald and headed out to sea. I don't recall where we dove but I remember the Captain saying we would get a mooring in Avalon for the night. It was a hot, sunny summer afternoon when the boat pulled in and I'll never forget my first impression of Catalina. The harbor was full of beautiful boats, many had music playing, there were girls in bikinis everywhere.., on the beach, walking downtown, danc- ing on boats.., everywhere! When I ordered a beer at a local bar the bartender wasn't overly concerned about seeing an ID (things Were a little looser in the 1960s). On top of all this, the water was clear, warm and provided great diving! I found Catalina Island and it was a very positive experience. After that, I Results of last week's Islander poll showed a dissat- isfaction with Catalina's current operations. Six percent of the respon- dents felt life was "Much better" and 13 percent thought it was "Slightly better." And 13 percent of those polled said things were about the same. Fifty percent of respondents described their sit- uation as "Much worse" with the current leaders. Adding togeth- er the "Slightly worse" votes, 69 percent of respondents feel they are not better off - or even the same - as they were two years ago. returned as often as possible. As my life progressed I got mar- ried, had children and Catalina remained an important part of my life. Every visit to the island was viewed as an adventure. My children learned to swim, snorkel, SCUBA dive, paddle board and play golf here. We brought our friends so we could share the island with them and over the years have made many local friends. It was about twelve years ago when we realized the dream of buying our own home here. While we don't live here full time, we now get to spend considerably more time on the island. I write historical fiction novels and have traveled to many Finding Catalina, Page 15 Softball From page 12 run from Curtis Hall added up to five. Bravo's Landscaping got back on the board in the fifth off the inside the park homerun from Brian Wooten. The Lobster Trap promptly answered back with a run. In the top of the sixth and final inning, Bravo's Landscaping ral- lied with five base hits, an error, a walk, a double from Frank Rojo and a homerun from Juan Cisneros to bring home seven. They fell short of the win, with the final score Bravo's Landscaping 9, The Lobster Trap 18. For Bravo's Landscaping, John Paul Edwards was three for three. Danny Alonso and Brian Wooten collected two hits. Frank Rojo, Robert Reyes, Juan Cisneros, Yafet Mengesha, Tessa Wolfe and Marina Reyes all cotltributed one hit. For The Lobster Trap, Joe Hernandez was four for four. Going three for three were Curtis Hall, Shawn Hall and Evan Whitaker. Ryan Hinkley, Bob Kennedy, Eduardo Pedroza and Jesse Gallegos all had two hits. Lupe Jimenez-Sanchez collected one hit. SECOND GAME The second game of the night featured Straight Up Builders and Virgie's Snack Bar. Straight Up Builders got off to a good start with three runs off three walks and doubles from Jose Cuevas and Maribel Rodriguez. Virgie's Snack Bar answered back with a triple from Chuy Sillas, followed by two base hits to score two. The second saw Virgie's Snack Bar explode for seven runs. Jose Gamboa and Sebastian Sanchez had doubles, while Daniel Cuevas had a 3 RBI homerun and Rachel McCormick also collected 3 RBIs 'off her inside the park homerun. Virgie's Snack Bar kept the pressure on, adding three more runs to their k~ad with a double from Sebastian SaIachez and a homerun from Manny Hernandez. Straight Up Builders got back on the board in the fourth. A single and doubles from Jose Cuevas and Tyler Engel brought home two. Virgie's Snack Bar didn't let up. They pounded out three base hits, a double from Sebastian Sanchez, a triple from Rachel Mc Cormick and a homerun from Jimmy Felix for five more runs. Inthe top of the fifth,Straight up Builders ~got a run home. The game ended with the score Straight Up Builders 6, Virgie's Snack Bar 17. For Straight Up Builders, Jose Cuevas was two for two. JD Laflin, Josh Flynn, Tyler Engel, Santiago Martinez, Francisco Bravo, Teri Alexander, Maribel Rodriguez and Chela Hernandez all had one hit. For Virgie's Snack Bar, Jose Gamboa and Sebastian Sanchez were both three for three. Rachel McCormick also had three hits. Juan De La Cruz, Maria Reyes and Norris McDonald had two hits. Chny Sillas, Jimmy Felix, Manny Hernandez and Daniel Cuevas col- lected one hit. FACT Avalon will soon be voting to allow a maximum of two medical marijuana dispensaries. FACT Most insurance companies currently don't pay for this medicine. FACT Benefits of VIP Membership VlP Membership is FREE. VlP membership allows medicine to be bought at discounted prices. VlP Membership is only being offered for the next couple weeks. Catalina Wellness Group is a non-profit being formed that intends on operating a dispensary in Avalon after the ballot measure is voted on. The dispensary will fund after-school and summer youth programs as well as a drug and alcohol ed- ucation program for school-age children. You may not medicate today, but this FREE VIP Membership will not expire and is only available for a short time. Should you or your spouse develop cancer, eat- ing a browniemay promote the munchies and stop the wasting away that many chemo (chemical) treatments have as a side effect. Older people often develop painful arthritis and choosing a "special" candy bar or soda to relieve pain instead of taking harmful prescription drugs with a myriad of side effects may be a better treatment. Other ailments including glaucoma and migraine headaches that have been reported for years to be treated easily and without side effects with medical marijuana. VIP MEMBERSHIP can be obtained by filling out a simple Membership form: AvalonPatientsAccessPAC.com/vip-club.html :14 :. Friday, March 25, 2016 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER