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Giving Thanks for Passion CAPT. JOHN AFISHINADOS CHARTERS As I rounded the turn near Mt. Ada on my run this morning I found myself carefully listening to the words from Rod Stewart's song "Passion." It hit me that "passion" is the fountain of youth, it is the key to staying relevant. I write a good bit about 'staying relevant'. I am sure my interest in the topic is age related. I do not recall thinking or even car- ing about staying relevant when I was a younger man, I just was. There were times in my life where I was so relevant that I was pretty sure my little part of the world would not function without me in it. I am certain that my role in this play of life has been driven by pas- sion. It is easy to be passionate Capt. John King John King Columnist about things when you are young and things seem more dramatic. As you age the awareness of your impact on the world changes, and thus there is a tendency to become more mod- erate. This may be a mistake. It seems to me that we need something to be passionate about in order to remain vital, and the topic of our passion will dictate whether we are staying relevant. When your passion is to make the " world a better place, you will remain relevant or not. But when your passion is fishing or playing golf, maybe not. People often ask me why I de- cided to build Catallac. ! have a solid charter business with great boats and a reputation for deliver- ing quality experiences to my cus- tomers. So why change? I think the answer is that I cannot help it. I am passionate about learning. For many years now I have found fishing to be an endless education. Learning to fish is like learning to play music. There are endless possibilities, thousands of species, multiple oceans, zillions of variables and no 'right' way to do it. Sure there are basics to learn and it is not difficult to reach a decent level of skill, but mastery requires passion, and passion re- quires mystery. Once the mystery is gone, it is difficult to remain passionate about anything. Sometimes it is necessary to introduce mystery into the equation, and that is why I built Catallac. Everything about the project required study, contem- plation, creativity and risk. Nothing was certain. Funding was a challenge, I had no previ- ous experience with the builder and the boat would need to travel through 4500 ocean miles to get to Catalina Island. Even the concept of the boat (power catamaran) and its marketability were shrouded in mystery and risk. .! m Guess what? It worked! Catal- lac has added a new dimension to my charter business and she has opened up a new world of possi- bilities for learning and discovery. My 'fishing' now includes excur- sions to introduce visitors to flying fish, eagles, dolphin, sunsets and Catalina's coastal diversity. The Catallac project reinvigo- rated my passion for learning and sharing the secrets of Catalina Is- land to other like-minded ocean enthusiasts, and for that I am thankful. Happy Thanksgiving! Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888-613-7770 or john@afishina- dos.com. BY COACH STEVE HALL The Avalon Boys Basketball program is ready to start the 2013- 2014 campaign with a bang. Many of the players have been condi- tioning and practicing during the off-season, honing their skills and improving their play. The Junior Varisity squad will be coached by local golf pro and former Lancer hoopster Mark Phelps. The Lancers will Island Medical Center be led by retuning sophomores Julio Hernandez, Miguel Bonillo, Adam Fultz and Noah Shambo. Joining the team this year are freshmen, Emmanuel Amezcua, Chris Alcala, Ruben Martinez, Leo Romer0, David Zeller and Sergio Casillas. The JV squad is full of young promising talent and will be a fast team. The varsity team is a blend of both old and new talent. They will be led by seniors Colin Cambell and David Castro, as well as juniors Catalina Island Medical Center's new radiology unit opens a world of opportunities for our patients. State-of-the-art digital radiology unit Available for patients whose physician is on the mainland Images interpreted by a board-certified radiologist Images can be sent directly to your physician via CD Convenient appointments available, call (310) 510-0700. (31o) 51o-o7oo loo Falls Canyon Road www.1MedicalCenter.org Danny Jimenez, Alex Pedroza, and Eduardo Pedroza. The youth is represented by sophomores Jose Silva, Harrison Hobbs, Oscar Bastida, and Ernesto Gomez. Castro, Jimenez, Pedroza, Bastida and Silva are all returning varsity lettermen. The Lancers are definitely a young team and will face many formidable opponents. Don't worry, however; they are ready, willing and able to take on the competition. Our first game of the season will be on Thanksgiving weekend. We open up with the Alumni Basketball Bonanza on Friday, Nov. 29. The alumni games will begin with the Girls Varsity game at 6 p.m., then the Boys Junior Varsity game at 7 p.m., against the old alumni players. The Boys Varsity game is at 8 p.m. against the young alumni players Junior Varsity game is at 2 p.m; and the Varsity game is at 4 p.m. Come on up and support our local Lancers Hoopsters. Most of the games are in December so don't miss out. We're going to rock the Fieldhouse. 20th Annual "Shop At Home" Night-- December 7 A one-night shopping extrav- aganza with holiday discounts, strolling carolers and prize draw- ings: It kicks off with a holiday tree lighting ceremony on Wrigley Stage at 5 p.m.. Get your pic- ture taken with Santa when you bring two canned goods for a food drive to E1 Galleon from 6- 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (310) 510-1520 or visit www. CatalinaChamber.com. Holiday Open House-- December 13 The annual Holiday Open House features free admission to the museum's special exhibition, major discounts in the museum store and a special tasting in the museum's Harbor Room. Gallery Store Jewelry, Sctdpture, Fine Art 10am to 8pm - 205 Crescent - 310-510-2440 Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. ORANGE COAST center 4 ] Friday, November 28, 2013 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER