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With Capt. John King Five-Step Plan for Stress-Free CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS I see it on a regular ba- sis whether visiting Dis- neyland or sitting on the bench in front of Afishi- nados Gallery Store...mad people, angry people, people yelling and people stressing out. I saw it just the other night while din- ing at the Grill. A couple was arguing so heatedly that it made everyone near them cringe. I understand it, but it does not have to be that way. Going on vacation is supposed to be a stress-reducing event, but often it really isn't. It makes sense that vacations can actually cause stress. When you go on vacation you make a bunch of plans, there are transportation schedules to meet, you have to remember to pack ev- erything that you will need, you are not sleeping in your own bed, you might have language issues at your destination, you have very high expectations and you will be spending some serious dough. That is definitely a recipe for disaster. When you stop and think about it, the real question might be: "Why would we even think that a vacation is designed to relieve stress?" The triggers for anxiety are everywhere. Throw in a couple of kids or perhaps some in-laws and stand back cause something's g0tta give. Over the years I have been hon- ing a way to change the vacation game and make it fun again. I think my method would work for others so have a peek. Step 1: A vaca- tion takes two weeks. Anything less is a 'vaca' or a mini. If you have any control John King over your time, give yourself two weeks. Columnist That is the only way to make sure that you have a chance at a good week of stress-free chillin'. Step 2: Book your first couple of nights at a nice hotel that is bet- ter than your home. Do not cheap out on this by saying "we are never in our room during vacation". Yes you are. Often it is your sanctuary, and you want it to be at least as nice as or perhaps nicer than the home that you left behind. Use your short stay to get a feel of the destination you are visiting and then book the rest of your nights where you please. Make this a fun activity. Visit some rooms, check out the locale, pick your spot for the rest of your time. Step 3: Do not over plan. No matter what any tour operator tells you, if you are staying for an ex- tended time (like two weeks) you will be able to do the activities you want, when you want and often at a better price. Again, make this e ses& BOOK A PRIVATE CHARTER ~o part of the fun. Feel free to laugh when you see the boat that you might have been stuck on for that fishing trip and pick the right one for your group by actually seeing it before you make your charter decision. Step 4: Keep it simple. Define a hub and means for communicat- ing. The number one source of anxiety that I see is caused by par- ty 'A' not knowing where party 'B' might be. Avalon is a very small place, and yet people get stressed because they do not know where the Green Pier is, even when they are standing on it. I cannot tell you how many calls I get asking where our Flying Fish or Sunset Cruise will be picking up. I have come to understand that standing on a green pier is not the same as knowing it is the pick-up location. Step 5: Do Not Overdo Any- thing. The anticipation of a vacation can generate a lot of energy that wants to be released as soon as you land (sometimes sooner, witness the popularity of the Express's Bloody Mary). Fight this tempta- tion. Too much of anything, even a good thing, will cause problems like a sunburn on day 1 or a res- taurant squabble. It is funny that one of our least 'moderate' leaders is credited with the quote; "Moderation in all things" (Benjamin Franklin). I think old Ben would have enjoyed a visit to Catalina Island. Avalon makes It pretty easy to follow my '5-Step Plan for Stress Free Va- cations". However, if you find 5 steps too many, try this, "Moder- ate Y(,ur Expectations". Do not expect the meal to be perfect. Sunsets are not always pretty. Fish do not always bite. Sometimes it's gonna rain on your parade. "Mloderate Your Expectations". That is the only sure-fire way to enjoy a stress free vacation here or anywhere in the world. Capt. John's Afishinados Char- ters always tries to exceed your ex- pectations. 888-613-7770 Ducky Derby set for Sunday Members of Kids At Play help out with selling the ducks in a past Rubber Ducky Derby. File photo Kids at Play will present the The decorated ducks will not 18th Annual Rubber Ducky Derby race. Money from the event will on Sunday, April 6. benefit the Kids at Play theater Registration will be held from 9 program that is entering its 21st a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at South Beach. year. The first race will be at high noon, You may adopt a single duck followed by individual heats, for $5 or adopt five quackers for Food, drink, raffle tickets, t- $20 smackers. shirts and souvinirs will be on sale. Corporate sponsorships are In addition to the duck races, there available for $100 for an extra will be a Best in Show competition large duck. in both adult and youth classes for For more information, call the best decorated duck. (310) 595-6714. Catalina Fun Facts phone call between Catalina and The following are facts i bout San Pedro in 1946. Catalina Island that have been 301 Feet: expressed in celebration of the The S.S. Catalina was called city of Avalon's 100th Birthday the "Great White Steamer" and carried more than 25 million pas- this year: sengers between 1924 and 1975. 557 Cars: The 301-foot long ship became Avalon is the only city in a floating disco in the 70s, and California to regulate the number spent the next two decades sink- of cars within its borders. Most ing into a Mexican harbor. After locals walk or drive golf carts to a multi-year effort to save the ship their homes, but local law permits failed, she was cut up for scrap in a total of 557 automobiles. The 2009. current waiting list to add a new 45 Seconds: Catalina's famous flying fish vehicle is 14 years. 26 Miles: (Cypselurus californicus) can The first "multi-channel ultra- reach speeds of almost 40 mph, and when they break through the high frequency microwave sys- tem" or wireless telephone, was surface can spend 45 seconds fly- developed in secret during WWII ing above the water. They appear and first used to make a mobile from May to September. When you're in pain, even doingthe things you love can be daunting. Whether it's dancing in the Casino Ballroom, hiking the TransCatalina Trail or just walking Clown Crescent Avenue and visiting with friends, Catalina Island offers a multitude of opportunities to do the things you love. If pain or injury is slowing you down, help is as close as the physical therapy department at Catalina Island Medical Center. Call today to find out how we can help you. Island Medical Center P.O. Box 1563 1oo Falls Canyon Road (31o) 51o-o7oo www.Cl f 4 i Friday, April 4, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER