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With Capt, John King Thankfulness I am thankful for Thanksgiv- ing. This is the once a year op- portunity to catch up on all of the many things and the many people I am thankful for; I do not always get a chance to actually say, "Thank you," so here goes: I am thankful for all of the fish that decided to show up this year and thrill our customers. It was a banner year. On that same note, the flying fish came to the Is- land in great abundance and we delivered sightings on all 113 tours aboard Catallac. I am thankful for my team. I can barely remember the summer when I ran 48 days of multiple charters per day, by myself! Capt. Lance has taken much of the load and he has delivered with great customer satisfaction results. Capt. Scott is in his second season and his enthusiasm has not waned, he is as excited today as he was on day one. I am also thankful that Capt. Kallen has joined our team. He has shown great promise right out of the gate with his pro- John King Columnist knowledge of fessionalism and his our local waters. Finally, I am thankful for Tuck.- That boy works a lot of hours and is always ready to help out with the charters. I am thankful for Karen's success at her gallery. Karen has an in- credible gift for de- sign and her gentle prodding of the 40- plus artists in her store has shown that a small business can thrive by focusing on made by real American real art artists. I am also thankful for Debbie and Alma for helping to give Kar- en some time to rest and enjoy the fruits of our labors. I am thankful for neighbors and friends doing the right thing. Thank you Eric, although you struggled mightily, you delivered the decisive vote for a new Vons. Thanks to Wayne Griffin for 27 years of effort in putting Catalina on the map for visitors, thanks to all who wore the Bacon on Beacon shirts and braved a 3-minute stint FISH & TOUR Lobster Trap and When you're in pain, even doing the things you love can be daunting. 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. P.O. Box 1563 loo Falls Canyon Road (31o) 51o-o70o Island Medical Center at the mic, thanks to Jerry for the brass and thanks to "Viejo" for finally turning down the music in BFavo's t u pl y'an' sca-'n- the hood. Thanks to all of those that have is 4-0 in softball enjoyed my column. to date Thanks Sylvester for encourag- stanu,nys ing me to keep writing, thanks to Mike (the closest thing we have to BY PATRICIA ENGEL Johnny Carson) who suggested that a little BS is ok in the newspaper, Catalina Co-Ed Softball con- thanks to Denny who pointed out tinues to draw the crowds up to that I write too many "I am getting the Machado field on Thursday old" columns and thanks to Barb nights. for her role as Switzerland. I am thankful for Avalon and First game Catalina Island, and for the oppor- The first game featured The tunity to live and work in such a Sand Trap and The Lobster Trap. place. The Sand Traps' Allan Vega This town is full of characters opened the game with a triple. A that add a richness to our ordinary couple of base hits and an error day. later, three runs had come home. Thanks Jon for your incredible The Lobster Trap used two persistence in telling jokes regard- walks, three base hits and a dou- less of the time or place. Thanks ble from Jose Tovar to answer Jimmy for always being there back with five runs. The Lobster when I need something. Thanks Trap kept the pressure on, bring- Rock for continuing to provide a ing home four more runs in the perspective which is always inter- second. esting. The third inning saw The Sand Lastly, I am thankful for my Traps Allan Vega hit a solo home family. All of my children have run, then a couple batters later graduated from college, none of Curtis Hall had the two RBI home them have tattoos, they all have run. The Lobster Trap turned an interesting jobs, and most impor- error into a run in the bottom of tantly, they have all moved out of the inning. the house! I recently ran a tour The Lobster Trap added two for my eldest daughter's business more runs to their lead in the team and was barraged by com- fourth, then in the fifth had five pliments from her team members base hits and a double from Jimmy regarding her management skills. Felix bring in six more. It reminded me of my days "in the The Sand Trap had one more office." Thanks kids, youguys are chance in the sixth and final doing great, but we are going to inning. They rallied for five base need more grandkids so that I can hits, three errors and a home run write more columns about passing from Chris Barrios to finish strong the torch and the passage of time. with eight more runs. Final score That would really get Denny riled Sand Trap 14, The Lobster Trap up. Happy Thanksgiving. 18. For The Sand Trap, Curtis Hall Capt. John King runs Af- was three for three. Allan Vega, ishinados Charters and can Art Mireles, Edmundo Vega, Sean be reached at 888-613-7770 or Conner and Roger Hernandez all, had two hits. Chris Barrios, Josh Jensen and Lauren Gering all had one hit. For The Lobster Trap, Phil Lopez and Sophia Walker had three hits. Jimmy Felix and Alfredo Cisneros collected two ! eyelashes Call 714446-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at ClMC. O GE COAST e~)e ce~t, er Up Builders hits. Danny Alonso, Chuy Sillas, Manny Hernandez, Jose Tovar, Charlie Fischer, Bryce Noll, Aurora Felix and Tina Garcia all contributed one hit. Second game The second game of the night was between Straight Up Builders and Luau Larry's. Straight Up Builders was up first and used two base hits and back to back triples from Robert Reyes and Gilbert Hernandez to bring home three. In the second Luau Larrys used a walk and doubles from Cameron Cresswell and Beto Martin to get two on the board. In the third, Straight Up Builders used a walk, two errors, a base hit, doubles from Bart Glass and Bhumi Patel, and a triple from Robert Reyes to add five more. Luau Larry's answered with four runs on an error, four base hits and a double from Marco Gallegos. Straight Up Builders put one more run up in the fourth. Luau Larrys took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning when Beto Martin opened with a home run. Two base hits, a walk, and a double from Tyler Engel brought home three more. The lead switched back to Straight Up Builders when two runs came home on a base hit, an error and a double from Robert Reyes. Cameron Cresswell's home run for Luau Larrys tied it up. In the sixth and final inning, Straight Up Builders again took the lead when a walk, three base hits and a home run from Josh Flynn brought home four runs. Luau Larry's had their last chance. Beto Martin hit a double and scored on the error. 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