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I Not Disneyland, but Catalina is magical in its own way "UNUSUAL/INTERESTING QUESTIONS/COMMENTS CONCERNING CATALINA ISLAND (additional one, www. catalinaislandman.com): Outside Coney Island West snack bar, "Can't believe they don't have breakfast burritos. After all, THIS IS MEXICO~" Sitting at a bar on Crescent Ave., "How high above sea level are we?" Bartender looks out the window, "About eight feet." "Is Catalina Island a minimum detention facility?" "I know that Islanders have their own boat and schedule just for them. When does the last one leave for the mainland?" "Can Islanders leave Catahna whenever the3' want to?" one Please say a prayer and keep Dr- " positive thoughts for "Dive y, Dr. Bill Bushing. non Mr. Ning's Chinese Restaurant is now planning.to leave a month earlier, Sept. 30. GET THERE WHILE YOU STILL HAVE TIME? non Follow-up tomy last colunm, "Be The Change You Want To See In Avalon," Aug. 4, 2017 (this and all of my past columns, www.catali- naistandman.com). I saw a stranger who was carrying grocery bags up Whittley and I asked him if he need- ed a ride. He looked at me strangely, but got in and asked if he knew t.le. 1 told him no, but introduced myself. He said that he was new to Catalina and was driving his com- pany car by someone he didn't know a few days before, but didn't offer him a ride and wanted to know if giving rides to strangers was appro- priate in Avalon. Told him YES and encouraged him to "pass forward" what I did for him to the next person he sees. He left with a BIG SMILE! We also need more night life, both adult and family friendly, and full-fledged inside gym, a complete youth/senior center in Avalon to make it more Islander/visitor enjoyable. non "CATALINA IS NO DISNEYLAND!" I have been conducting tours on the Island for over 20 years and dealing directly with visitors for much longer. Unlike Disneyland, you don't put on your "character" mask for your eight-hour shift and then get in a car, drive home and be your "real self." Your real self rea estate Only Catalina With Chuck Liddell had better be the oneyou Come True"? I have show to visitors because had three different fami- you can't leave it on the lies tell. me that they job and go home. When purchased homes on I worked at Disneyland the Island after hear in the '60s (YES, I AM ing me conduct my OLD), it was called a Casino Walking Tour; "stage" and the visitors one individual who now were called "guests." devotes MANY HOURS Well, when you work . volunteering to the on Catalina, you are "on Chuck Liddell Conservancy because of stage" from the moment Columnist a lecture she heard me you leave your home in once give; and one friend the morning until you return in the moved to Catalina, even though she evening. Anytime you are in the had never been here, because of public eye, you are "on" and you had a PBS special on Catalina that I better not disappoint your guests, appeared in? Many a time I have been so tired Why did they *all make these after a full day of tours and was major changes in their lives? looking forward to getting on the BECAUSE I LOVE CATALINA cross channel boat, getting a much AND I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT deserved/needed nap, and going to 1T AND IT SHOWS? Luckily, I the mainland to visit family/friends don't have to worry too much about or just wanting to be somewhere l my work and private personas as wasn't recognized and could just they are pretty much the SAME? If chill. NOT! you plan on "performing" and it is a What often happens when 1 different person than you are when get on the boat, 1 am immediately you are "off," you had better be a greeted with, "THERE'S CHUCK? GOOD ACTOR? Please come sit with us, because my This can also follow you away friends weren't able to go on your from Catalina. l was once in Palm tour today and I want them to hear Springs for a concert that The Four all the details!" or "Chuck, I never Preps were doing and I was having told you about my days at camp on dinner with my great friend Bruce the island when I was a kid?" and Belland, who wrote "26 Miles," and then they proceed to share non-stop hiswife Simone. the entire trip over. I was sitting across the table This happened one time when from them and someone came from I was with longtime friend Tony behind and started tapping my Dow, who played "Wally" on the shoulder. Sure that they wanted to iconic television classic "Leave It To get closer to Bruce and get his auto- Beaver," going over with him and graph, I moved my chair to the side. his beautiful wife Laurin. The visi- Once again the taps and I moved tar dicln't recognize Tony so he just even further. Finally, the third time, SMILED, being used to this type of I turned around the politely told "celebrity worship" and took a much them that I couldn't get further out deserved nap, while I sat attentively of the way than this. hearing the LONG, DRAWN OUT They looked bewildered as they story. In these cases, do I tell them told me that they wanted to talk to that I am too tired to listen to them, ME, as they had been on my Casino I am "off the clock," or do I just Tour the week before. He was from take a deep breath and continue to Russia and she was from Germany be "Chuck, The Tour Guide"? You and they wanted to share with me guessed it, the latter? that they were on their honeymoon? I have news for anyone who Bruce smiled graciously, knowing wants to work on Catalina and be in that this was my "time in the sun"? contact with our visitors who, by the It is not always easy, but" when way, bring their hard-earned dollars you get someone coming up to you, over to us, which guarantees that we which often happens, who says are able to live here in "Paradise"? "Chuck, you probably don't remem- We are here for THEM! Very sim- ber me, but I and my family were on ply, "NEVER let your guard down!" one of your tours 15 years ago and Watch how you act when you are you made us love Catalina so much, seen coming out of bars and TRY because of your enthusiasm, that We not to smoke about our guests. STILL talk about it and return every Many people resent it and some are year!" You will know then that you even allergic, are made to do tours on Catalina! On the t ther hand, Catalina does I would LOVE to hear from you share some things with Disneyland. DIRECTLY, chuckliddell.catalina@ Catalina is a place where "Dreams gmail.com. happenings With Chuck Liddell This is my first attempt at cam- Cleanup," Conservancy, Lesly Aug. 16, Planning Commission ing up with events, happenings, fun- Lieberman, 310-510-2595, ext. 112. Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall, Avalon draisers, meeting times, etc., for GREAT opportunity to see theCanyon Road. both visitors and Islanders to know Island beaches/coves on the back- Aug. 16, "Rutherford Family at a glace what is occurring each s{de of the island and leave them Reunion" wants to meet with those week. This one covers Aug. 11-18. cleaner. I will be driving one of the who remember Frank Rutherford If you need more information, call vans and would LOVE to escort you (Avalon High School English teach- the Chamber at 310-510-1520, or personally. 9a.m.-2p.m. er, 1956-69). Contact Eric/Rick, visit them at the foot of the Green Aug. 12, Catalina Ski Raceeruther4d@roadrunner.com Pleasure Pier. Please let me know from the Mainland to Avalon. Aug. 17, visit with Greg/Richel of any upcoming activities that I Aug. 15, City Council meeting, Swingrover as they will be in town should be covering at chuckliddell. 6 p.m., City Hall, Avalon Canyon for four days and want to re-estab- catalina@gmail.com. Keep in mind Road. lish ties with old friends. that I need to have the information Aug. 15, Summer Beach Bingo, Aug. 17, Summer Beach Bingo, the Tuesday before the newspaper children/adults, South Beach, eve- children/adults, South Beach, eve- comes out on Friday to guarantee ning ning.. that it will make the issue. , Aug. 16, Kids Fishing Derby, Aug. 17, "Chihuiy at Snnset," Aug. 12, "Aero Club Social Fly- Green Pleasure Pier see the MAGNIFICENT glass dis- In," Airport-In-The-Sky, 10 a.m.-2 Aug. 16, Rotary Lucheon/ play at the museum, Metropole St., p.m. Take the Wildlands Express Meeting, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Holiday lit up at dusk. from the Tour Plaza, Catalina Street. 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