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With Capt. John King Wardrobe Malfunction BY CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS Oops! I was involved in a wardrobe malfunc- tion last week and did not even know it. I have an ex- cuse...temporary insanity! The charter business is picking up steam as the wqather warms and the Visitors return to Avalon for a dose of rest and re-' laxation. We have been in business in this town long enough to understand the patterns, but there are still moments of anxiety that are frequently staved off by a rash of bookings. All is good, but truthfully, the focus this spring has not been on the bookings or the business. We have had bigger fish to fry. Kar- en and I are 'expecting'. No, we have not found a miracle drug that would turn back our clocks, the baby we had been expecting would be our first grandchild from our el- dest daughter. Avery Carolen Toufali took her sweet time in getting here, but as is often the case, when it was time for her to enter the world there was a rush of excitement and activity, punctuated by seemingly endless hours of waiting for 'the call'. She officially decided to join us 11 days after her 'due date', early the morning of April 13, weighing in at a respectable 7 lbs. 14 OZS. Things can go wrong, so I under- stand why babies are born in hospitals, but John King they are usually not Columnist the most welcoming of locales. When we had our children we were in the 'Labor Room" with a bunch of soon-to-be Moms separated by curtains. The wailing and glos- salalia from this space was almost frightening, and there was really no where for Dad to be. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kaiser has done a very good job of creating a warm and inviting room for Mom, the baby AND Dad. All were tired as we entered the room, but the energy and emotion of the event was pal- pable. Although I had a real cam- -Cruises & Tours BOOK A PRIVATE CHARTER O Free Shipping] ]For Catalina Island] IResidents] ] Call us to place an order! [ ] Web Ordering available ] I Soon! ] E-Liquid Made With All Natural Ingredients Because We Care About What You Put Into Your Body. Organic Options Also Available! Stop By to Sample for Free and Taste The Difference! 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 562-494-1442 era, in this day and age we all had phones with cameras, and as her Great Grandmother said, this may be the most photographed child since the Gerber Baby, I am not a big Facebook user. I like finding out about what friends and family are up to, but I do not care about what they had for din- ner or what movie they think is good. I was mysteriously moved to post on Facebook. If ever an event warranted posting, the birth of my first Granddaughter would be it. I had taken a pic of Avery and Mom that was reminiscent of' the Madonna, it was simply angel- ic, so I posted it. Within moments my phone lit up with 'Congrats', from friends. It was nice hearing from some folks that I had not heard from in a year or more. The 'likes' start- ing piling up, I was happy to know that others found the image to be beautiful, and then I got a message suggesting that I might want to re- place the pic before it goes viral. Huh?! Apparently, I had posted a pic with a wardrobe malfunction. I had not even noticed. It was a beautiful shot of a beaming but tired mother bonding with her new born daughter. It was one in a series of shots, so it was easy to re- place the pic with another shot, but it was a reminder to me of how our Avery Carolen Toufali is welcomed into the world by her mom. world has changed when we com- municate through social media. As I told my kids when they were teens, be careful what you post, it may come back to bite you ! I was just so excited about baby Av- ery that I wanted to tell the world, so I posted from my i-phone with- out carefully screening the shot. I am claiming temporary insanity. That baby is just too cute. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888-613-7770 or john@tixci.com Follow the "H" to Catalina Island Medical Center Catalina Island Medical Center will be a lot easier to find with the installation of four new blue "H" hospital directional signs around Avalon. At the urging of AMDC Board member Bea Van Every, CIMC's CEO John Friel began his inqui- ries by writing to the City and later meeting with City Manager Ben Harvey. Many new residents, visi- tors and guests are unaware that Avalon even has a hospital. The purpose of placing the interna- tionally recognized bright blue placards around town is a matter of public safety and community awareness. The signs are 24" x 24" with arrows pointing in the direction to take toward the hospital. They are located at the intersection of Crescent and Clarissa near CC Gallagher's, at Five Points nearest to City Hall, on Beacon Street at the downhill Sumner Avenue stop sign and on the golf course side of Avalon Canyon Road at Falls Canyon Road. .... Vehici ......... Noi-se-$estin .......... for retesting and late vehicles WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Vehicles that do not pass Vehicle Noise Testing will have until SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pass without penalty. Vehicles that do not pass can return during testing times for retesting with no penalty and will receive the City permit upon passing at the standard cost: $29. Late vehicles fee: $25. Decibel Standards: VEHICLES 6,000 Ibs OR GREATER MOTORCYCLES ALL OTHER VEHICLES (incl, AUTOETTES, aka. GOLF CARTS) 82 dB 77 dB 74 dB i~ FOR MORE INFORMATION: AMC Sec, 4-4.1713 i[~~ Visit www.cityofavalon,com !| ~ ~ | Contact Avalon City Halt: 310-510-0220 !~ ~===~] Email Jordan Monroe, Management Aide: i~~j jmonroe@cityofavalon.com i ~ ONE STEP AT A TltdE - GOALS IN MIND " INTENTIONAL DESIGN 4 ~ Friday, April 18, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER