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 COMMENT 357383P helpful negative off topic

Highway 154 Fatalities Identified

2012-12-26 12:13 AM

There was the man near La Conchita RR tracks, trying to rescue his dog, and now this terrible tragedy.

My condolences to the families and loved ones. What freakish way to meet one's fate.

There's something to be said for training your dog to stay put until you give the "release" command. And training your dog to have a good "recall."

My sympathies go out to the drivers who did and didn't stay put after colliding with these two ladies and their dog. What a horrible occurrence----for everyone.

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 MESARATS helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 12:21 AM

Does this box make my tail look fat? Thanks for the feline holiday update. Merry Chrismas to you and the kitties.

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DUI Arrest Update

2012-12-26 01:15 AM

The responsibility should be solely with the drinker. Don't drink and drive. And buses should run just to transport those who go to bars and drink? How profitable would that be?

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 SKOOBY helpful negative off topic

Vintage SB Christmas

2012-12-26 06:19 AM

When does his new book come out? I wanna see it. I believe it'll be "Santa Barbara: Then and Now" using these postcards.

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 COMMENT 357387 helpful negative off topic

Flor de la Noche Buena

2012-12-26 06:26 AM

Yes, our first house on W. Micheltorena had two in the back yard, one red and one white.

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 COMMENT 357388 helpful negative off topic

Battistone Christmas Lunch

2012-12-26 06:35 AM

Where's Chad?

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 COMMENT 357389 helpful negative off topic

A Very Edhat Christmas

2012-12-26 06:36 AM

Well hello Santa Barbara it is December 26 so you know what day it is today, right? Oh come on! Don't know? Grab your nearest Brit! Today is Boxing Day - by far the most pleasing of the ""Christmas" season... If you are fortunate you know a bloody Brit who''s holding a Boxing Day Bash - I have 21 people coming to mine!
Happy Boxing Day from your friends from across the pond!

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 COMMENT 357390 helpful negative off topic

Solstice Winter White Ball

2012-12-26 06:46 AM

With hats like that, I thought it was another British royal wedding. ;>

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 COMMENT 357391 helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 06:56 AM

Roger- could you once again supply us with a list of the emergency codes and their meanings. Please? You've done it before, I know, I wish I'd printed it out! You know, like code 4 or 5150, that kind of thing! Many thanks for all you do!

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 COMMENT 357392 helpful negative off topic

DUI Arrest Update

2012-12-26 07:07 AM

Drunk driving as attempted murder would mean a sentence of 16 years to life. Absolutely brilliant. While you're at it, make driving while tired and driving while changing the radio at least a 25 year prison sentence. Life in prison for that would be a little harsh. Driving while elderly should be at least an infraction.

Here's the deal: No matter how stiff the punishment, some people will keep doing it. Getting angrier and angrier at them yields diminishing returns. Public transportation is not a perfect fix either but it does, in conjunction with dui law enforcement and greater public awareness, reduce the number of dui related accidents. Better public transportation would yield many other benefits.

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 SUMMERTIME helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 07:11 AM

both pictures made me smile....

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 SEEDLADY helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 07:11 AM

mmmm, dad--this BOX smells great, mind if I wear it?

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 SEEDLADY helpful negative off topic

Vintage SB Christmas

2012-12-26 07:13 AM

oooo very nice! I love vintage Christmas postcards!

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 COMMENT 357396 helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 07:23 AM

This guy is a serial offender, this is not his first time. He should be treated harshly and the city should build a fence around the roofs so reindeer do not fall off.

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 COMMENT 357397 helpful negative off topic

Highway 154 Fatalities Identified

2012-12-26 07:25 AM

So sad. Bad place, bad timing, bad idea. Dogs run away from owners often. Be aware next time you take your dog for a ride. Keep his leash on inside the car. Could make recapture much easier.
This tragedy will happen again. Be aware. Remember.

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 COMMENT 357398 helpful negative off topic

DUI Arrest Update

2012-12-26 07:28 AM

@392 you would not be saying that if your spouse or child where the one hit and killed.

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 COMMENT 357399 helpful negative off topic

DUI Arrest Update

2012-12-26 07:36 AM

There is no excuse for driving under the influence, just selfish, incosiderate, irrresponsible individuals. Nothing "holier than thou" about it, just a baseline fact.

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 SHOREBIRD helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 07:51 AM

Do it yourself kitty jerky from Hickory Farms?

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 COMMENT 357401 helpful negative off topic

Katy Perry brings John Mayer home t...

2012-12-26 08:00 AM

Wow...she's been eating well!

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 COMMENT 357402 helpful negative off topic

Vintage SB Christmas

2012-12-26 08:03 AM

@SKOOBY - "Santa Barbara Then & Now" missed the Christmas season. After we got the first set of proofs from the printer we had to adjust a number of photos. The second set of proofs were sent off last week and printing is a go! New delivery date is expected in the first week of February. We'll advertise it in edhat when it is ready with booksigning dates etc.. It will of course be at SBs finest local stores - Chaucer's, Santa Barbara Arts, Tecolote, Vices & Spices, the Book Den & Lost Horizon Books. - Neal

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 RAINE5360 helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 08:07 AM

That's cute.

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 COMMENT 357404 helpful negative off topic

Flor de la Noche Buena

2012-12-26 08:15 AM

Yes, on Micheltorena between De La Vina and Bath--I think I planted it, sometime between 1990 and 1997....

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 COMMENT 357405 helpful negative off topic

Vintage SB Christmas

2012-12-26 08:23 AM

Thank you for sharing this greeting from so long ago, and happy holidays to you.

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 COMMENT 357406 helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 08:24 AM

Or jump. Maybe we can put Caltrans to work on this.

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 COMMENT 357407 helpful negative off topic

Code Claus

2012-12-26 08:34 AM

Yes the little handheld one with the 2 aa.

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 COMMENT 357408 helpful negative off topic

Open Grocery Stores

2012-12-26 08:34 AM

I was wondering if i should wake up today. Anyone know if the sun is out.....

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 COMMENT 357409P helpful negative off topic

Open Grocery Stores

2012-12-26 08:36 AM

I think pretty much all the markets are open today. I know Albertson's is.

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 COMMENT 357410 helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 08:43 AM

From ours to yours, Happy New Year!

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 COMMENT 357411 helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 08:56 AM

Google mendosa scanner police code for a very nice list. Be sure to type in all 4 words.

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 COMMENT 357412P helpful negative off topic

Open Grocery Stores

2012-12-26 09:02 AM

408-- Yes the sun is out. Go out and enjoy. However there is a deadly computer virus going around. You should stay off your computer for a few months.

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 COMMENT 357413 helpful negative off topic

DUI Arrest Update

2012-12-26 09:07 AM

My guess is that the people that are not hard core alcoholics or idiots have already stopped drinking and driving. That's why out of 350 drivers in Lompoc NONE were arrested for DUI. The ones that are still drinking and driving have serious mental health problems or addictions that they cannot control, and all the enforcement that we can afford will not prevent them from driving.

Maybe available treatment programs would help this situation, but maybe not. I doubt that jailing addicts is a helpful and cost effective way to solve this problem. You can make them install breathalyzer equipment on their cars but then they will borrow their friends' cars.

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 UPONTHEHILL helpful negative off topic

A Very Edhat Christmas

2012-12-26 09:38 AM

Thank you Edhat staffers for all you do and for keeping our community together. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year.

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 UPONTHEHILL helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 09:39 AM

Wonderful pics! Nice to see how they are growing and having fun.

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Miramar Demo Update

2012-12-26 09:43 AM

Thank heavens the ugly two-story buildings on the boardwalk are being torn down; they were ugly the year they were built in the 60s. It was so much nicer when little cottages with small lawns and flowers were on the boardwalk.

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Christmas Dog

2012-12-26 09:46 AM

I don't know if the live animals ever got in at the mission, the Humane Society will only let them be there for a very limited time. I can't understand why they think their home corrals are any better than the ones at the mission; they have shelter and plenty of food. STUPID in my mind!!

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Flor de la Noche Buena

2012-12-26 09:50 AM

My poinsettas are about 10 ft. They came from a Montecito estate about 75 yrs ago, a friend gave me slips when he was cutting his back; his father was a gardner who got the orginals. They need to be cut way back when through blooming, poke the sticks into the ground and they grow beautifully. The little potted ones don't do as well as the old fashioned kind.

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 COMMENT 357419P helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 09:52 AM

.. maybe they want to jump,.. who are we to guide a reindeer's fate?

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Vintage SB Christmas

2012-12-26 09:55 AM

Thanks, Neal. Weeks ago I sent what I thought was a cool "Christmas 1900" photo at the beach w/the Potter Hotel in the background. I thought it would have been interesting to Edhat readers, wonder why it didn't make the cut??

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 FLICKA helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 09:57 AM

Cats, like kids, have often more fun with the boxes than the presents. Thanks for sharing the Kitties celebration. Happy New Year.

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 COMMENT 357422 helpful negative off topic

The Goleta ice rink project has bee...

2012-12-26 09:59 AM

I think an ice rink is cool. But I also think maybe this isn't the best area for it, considering the costs associated with it. A plain skating rink seems more logical around here. Admittedly, I would prefer a roller rink over an ice rink, as that's what I do. But if the ice rink ever comes, I'll be there.

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 COMMENT 357423 helpful negative off topic

Highway 154 Fatalities Identified

2012-12-26 10:03 AM

That was in bad taste lol sheesh!!

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 COMMENT 357424 helpful negative off topic

The Gifts of Christmas

2012-12-26 10:08 AM

I hope your message spreads far and wide. We wish you peace and joy too! Ron Harris

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 COMMENT 357425 helpful negative off topic

DUI Arrest Update

2012-12-26 10:14 AM

bars should provide a ride or else don't serve someone into oblivion.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 10:17 AM

I know you guys really talking about the dogs jumping off the cliffs it's kinda intresting how some people care more about the view than the lives lost weather it be a dog, or a child....Pretty intresting.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 10:19 AM

Google it Code 4 is no assistence necessary, 5150 is crazy..

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 RESIDENT helpful negative off topic

Flor de la Noche Buena

2012-12-26 10:25 AM

When I lived in Mexico, there were poinsettia plants 15 - 20 feet tall. Very colorful when blooming.

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 COMMENT 357429 helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 10:53 AM

STANDARDIZED CODE SYSTEM
Code 1 Handle call at your convenience; acknowledge.
Code 2 Urgent, handle call immediately; no light or siren.
Code 3 Emergency, handle call immediately; use lights and siren.
Code 4 No further assistance needed.
Code 4 Adam No further assistance needed; but suspect not in custody.
Code 5 Stake out; uniformed officers stay away from location.
Code 6 Out of car for investigation at (location).
Code 6 Adam Out of car for investigation; assistance may be required.
Code 6 Charles Dangerous suspect. One-man unit stand by for assistance.
Code 7 Out of service to eat at (location).
Code 8 Fire call or fire alarm at (location).
Code 9 Vehicle stop at (location) (or jail break?)
Code 10 Out for warrant or subpoena service at (location) (or request clear frequency?).
Code 10 R Residence
Code 12 Patrol your district and report extent of disaster damage
Code 13 Major disaster activation.
Code 14 Resume normal operation.
Code 20 Notify press of newsworthy event.
Code 30 Burglar alarm ringing.
Code 33 Frequency is now restricted to emergency transmissions only.
Code 40 Traffic hazard exists (as used for subjects under the influence)
Code 50 Major disturbance (riot).
Code 60 Parking or traffic violation or car blocking.
Code 70 Service of vehicle (usually gasoline).
Code 80 Found property.
Code 91 Explosion.
Code 99 Emergency!
Code 100 Bomb threat (or in position to intercept subject).
Code 1000 Begin operation now.

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 COMMENT 357430 helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 10:58 AM

No, no! Speaking for myself, I was alluding to the Cold Spring Bridge jumping barricade.

Regarding a fence at the Wilcox property, I am behind that idea 1,000%. I'd even contribute $$$ if it meant that no more doggies go over the cliff. It wouldn't even have to be a very high fence, maybe four feet or so That would keep anyone or anything from going off the edge.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 11:08 AM

Yea ok I agree with you on that..I was totally aganist barracading Cold Springs bridge too..I've never heard of doggies falling off there..I really think Wilcox should be fenced also it's too easy to fall off..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 11:11 AM

I heard the SB Refer to a pretty well known Santa Barbara res last week as a I think they said code 81..

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 COMMENT 357432 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 11:11 AM

Day after Christmas? Holiday! If it helps rained hard up here last night

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 COMMENT 357434 helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 11:13 AM

Yeah, unlike reindeer, dogs can't fly.

Okay, I realize that was in terrible taste, but I just had to say it.

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 COMMENT 357435 helpful negative off topic

Open Grocery Stores

2012-12-26 11:19 AM

must.resist.snark.itstheholidays.

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 COMMENT 357436 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 11:20 AM

Can you go knock on their door?

Depending on where you are hiking, the trails are likely to be a little muddy with all of the recent rain. We went up Jesusita and then Romero and we were slipping around a bit.

Wear good hiking shoes, bring lots of water and snacks, a camera, and leave your cellphone at home (makes getting lost more fun and you aren't tempted to call SaR).

Enjoy the hike!

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 COMMENT 357437 helpful negative off topic

The Goleta ice rink project has bee...

2012-12-26 11:28 AM

Can you say BOONDOGLE? This ice rink has been a bad idea since day 1, and it just keeps getting worse. Gotta wonder how much money that non-profit has spent not building the ice rink all these years -- they got a $250k grant from the City of Goleta, but their office address is in downtown Santa Barbara.

Can you imagine how much could be done for kids in our community with the $4.5 million they've already raised?

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 COMMENT 357438 helpful negative off topic

Flor de la Noche Buena

2012-12-26 11:30 AM

Growing up off Walnut lane (between Turnpike and Patterson) we had about a dozen poinsettas along a warm wall (as the first responder noted) that would grow every year to be 10-12' tall. We would prune them back annually to their stumps which were about the size of a small fire hydrant and they would grow back taller every year.

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 COMMENT 357439 helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 11:51 AM

Ha - love the box picture! Don't worry, your tail doesn't look big at all ; )

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 COMMENT 357441P helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 11:52 AM

Sure sounded like firecrackers to me... I didn't even call it in, nor did I hear sirens. I'm wondering now.

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 SHAKEY helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 11:52 AM

that magic Christmas dust will make you do goofy stuff weather you want 2 or not

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 COMMENT 357442 helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 12:44 PM

I agree with Flicka re: Boxes. Our kitty love wrapping paper.

Thanks for the pictures!!

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 COMMENT 357443 helpful negative off topic

Flor de la Noche Buena

2012-12-26 12:49 PM

My mother's were always about 10 feet tall.

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 COMMENT 357444 helpful negative off topic

Migraine Medication

2012-12-26 12:51 PM

OP here. Thank you for all the support, good wishes, and recommendations. I'm a long-time sufferer, "been there done that" with all the medications, preventative and "rescue". Have a great neurologist, do everything right, know my triggers and still get them now and then. Sumatriptan (Imitrex) injections are the only thing that will stop a bad one in its tracks. The shots are incredibly painful for about 30 seconds, but with total relief from a full body impairment in as little as 15 minutes sometimes, it's totally worth it. I don't think they aren't making the injections, just that there is a shortage for some reason. Must be the holiday rush! I did try to get my Rx transferred to another pharmacy at the 11th hour on Christmas Eve with no result. At least I had the tablets and was able to end the migraine eventually. Wondering now if/when I'll hear from one of the pharmacies about the refill....

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 COMMENT 357445 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 01:02 PM

Maybe their phones are down. Used to be more of a regular thing when landlines where all the rage. Now the instant gratification of reaching who you want when you want by cell phone has made patience a dying virtue.

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 COMMENT 357448 helpful negative off topic

Highway 154 Fatalities Identified

2012-12-26 01:50 PM

According to the Noozhawk article, two drivers did stop at the scene, but one did leave the scene and continued to the Chumash Casino.

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 COMMENT 357449 helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 01:51 PM

What's a reposser?

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 COMMENT 357450 helpful negative off topic

The Goleta ice rink project has bee...

2012-12-26 01:56 PM

I'm saddened by the news that they are short on funding, and I'm saddened by these comments! Part of what helps folks to grow is having a diverse environment around them. Just because YOU want another aquatic center, great. But many others more diverse activities up here in the SB/Goleta area. Diversity is a good thing.

It also always cracks me up when someone balks over costs. Apparently you have never spent the $$$ to break ground. Your ignorance is showing...

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 COMMENT 357451 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 01:58 PM

Work furlough would be my best guess.

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 PURPLERIDER helpful negative off topic

Christmas Sunset

2012-12-26 02:05 PM

In 2012 Edhat photographers perfected the sunrise/sunset shot. In 2013 what shot will we perfect next?

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 COMMENT 357453 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 02:07 PM

Try the Los Padres Ranger Office in Santa Barbara. Or the ranger office in Carpinteria.

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 COMMENT 357454 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 02:32 PM

Why don't you look on line at their website. That is probably what the person behind the counter at their office would do.

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 COMMENT 357455 helpful negative off topic

There and Back

2012-12-26 02:37 PM

All I can say is: Home Sweet Home

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 COMMENT 357456P helpful negative off topic

Migraine Medication

2012-12-26 03:09 PM

I found that the injection is in and working before the loud click leaves my hearing. The first one I took made me feel something akin to lock jaw, AND at the same time feel like I'd peed my pants!

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 COMMENT 357457 helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 03:16 PM

My birthday is next week and I would like that kitty sausage for my present please. Oh heck, throw in Santa Cat too. Thanks for the pics. They always make me smile. Please keep us posted on the little critters throughout the new year. And Happy New Year to you and your kitties.

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 COMMENT 357458 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:16 PM

"Potato bug" aka Jerusalem cricket.

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 COMMENT 357459P helpful negative off topic

Alan Road Structure Fure

2012-12-26 03:17 PM

Roger, you're such a gas!

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 COMMENT 357460P helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:17 PM

Jerusalem cricket, a baby, will be around 2" adult size - harmless, live underground.

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 COMMENT 357461 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 03:18 PM

When people post like this, I wonder what the back story is. There must be an alternate issue, question or reason for posting here on Edhat.

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 COMMENT 357462 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:19 PM

Stenopelmatus fuscus
Jerusalem crickets are a group of large, flightless insects of the genus Stenopelmatus. They are native to the western United States and parts of Mexico. Its large, human-like head has inspired both Native American and Spanish names.

Despite their common name, Jerusalem crickets are not true crickets, as they belong to the family Stenopelmatidae, while crickets belong to the family Gryllidae; nor are they native to Jerusalem. These nocturnal insects use their strong mandibles to feed primarily on dead organic matter but can also eat other insects.[2] Their highly adapted feet are used for burrowing beneath moist soil to feed on decaying root plants and tubers.

While Jerusalem crickets are not venomous they can emit a foul smell and are capable of inflicting a painful bite.

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 COMMENT 357463 helpful negative off topic

The Goleta ice rink project has bee...

2012-12-26 03:21 PM

And just because YOU want an Ice Skating Rink (and sound amazingly like a board member of the Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Association) doesn't make it a good idea. For the record, there is NO aquatic center within 40 miles of Goleta.

If you're really trying to provide low cost activities for local kids, there are MUCH better and more economically viable choices than an ice skating rink.

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 COMMENT 357464 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:32 PM

Camping in a pup tent as a kid, it rained heavily and the potato bugs were coming into our tent in numbers. We were smacking them with shoes, they were screaming and we were sleepless and tormented. That was the last time I slept in a tent without a floor and zippered door.

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 COMMENT 357465 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:51 PM

Ninos de la tierra.

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 COMMENT 357466 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:52 PM

PotatoBug!! They look like an alien.

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 COMMENT 357467 helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 03:55 PM

It is my understanding that due to union busting, reduction in pension and cost of educating young reindeer, more and more reindeer are jumping. We must be vigilant, watch all chimneys and apprehend this animal abusing burglar.

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 COMMENT 357468 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 03:57 PM

Harmless, but with the strong jaws, I've heard the bite hurts. So just leave him be. :) Super cool (and creepy) looking bugs. I flipped the first (and only) time I've seen one. I had read about them years before and went totally geeky when I saw one.

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Surf, Sun & Moon

2012-12-26 03:58 PM

Where is that 1st image taken? Looks so pretty!

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Bug ID

2012-12-26 04:00 PM

When I had a compost heap.....I stuck my hand into it and turned over a nest of "potato bugs"...creepiest thing I have ever done...I got the heebie jeebies big time.....and they do bite...I know because I got bit and it hurt a lot....worse than a bee but not like a sting at all. Great picture!

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Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 04:04 PM

They had caller id???

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 COMMENT 357472 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 04:11 PM

During our first week in California, my mother was making my brothers bed and came across one of these. 'Something that ugly could not be real and must be one of his toys' so she picked up to put with his match box cars and let out a scream that could be heard for blocks. That was in 1978 and we still tease her about that day

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 COMMENT 357473 helpful negative off topic

Christmas Dining Traditions

2012-12-26 04:21 PM

We sometimes fix shrimp curry, from a L.A. Times Magazine recipe circa 1979. Very simple and delicious. It was what my wife and I had for our first Christmas dinner together back in '79 or '80.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Shots Fired

2012-12-26 04:21 PM

The more people call it in the more serious they take it. I never heard anything about firecrackers.

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 COMMENT 357475 helpful negative off topic

The Goleta ice rink project has bee...

2012-12-26 04:27 PM

Oooh, my tailbone. Back around 1983 our office had a gathering at the old ice rink on Cliff Dr. near Carrillo-Meigs. Two times flat on the coccyx was enough for me.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Alan Road Structure Fure

2012-12-26 04:29 PM

Thats what she said...

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 COMMENT 357477 helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 04:30 PM

These insects are often parasitized by horsehair worms (aka gordian worms, because they can tie themselves in knots). At least one species of the worms can alter the behavior of the host, inducing the critter to enter water, such as streams, water troughs, even puddles left after rain. Then the worm exits the host (which may have drowned) and lays its eggs in the water. The worm larvae can only live in water.

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 COMMENT 357478 helpful negative off topic

New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 04:44 PM

it depends on how old your kids are.
Also, what do you want them to do with you?
Unlike Christmas, most venues in Santa Barbara are going to tailor NYE for the 21 and over crowd because on New Year's Eve, it's all about partying and kissing someone at midnight. Sorry, you should just order some pizza and watch movies at home. Safe and sound away from the drunk party people that start coming out from 6PM and on.
do yourself and your kids a favor, STAY HOME!

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Bug ID

2012-12-26 04:57 PM

Welcome to Southern California! We all get the creeps when we first encounter one of these. Most of us encountered a really big scary one long ago. It is comically ugly. (Love the Mom story.)

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

There and Back

2012-12-26 05:02 PM

I love Santa Barbara Harbor from the air. Thanks for sharing.

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Christmas Sunset

2012-12-26 05:05 PM

Outstanding. Thank you.

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 COMMENT 357482 helpful negative off topic

New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 05:05 PM

When my kids were little, every New Year's Eve we'd go to a midafternoon movie matinee and then have a fairly early dinner at a nice restaurant like Harry's Plaza. We were usually home by 8:30 or 9, well away from the drunk drivers' witching hour. If the kids wanted to stay up til midnight it was perfectly okay, but they usually were in bed by about 10. Not terribly exciting, but we got to celebrate, we were a few hours ahead of the crowds and everyone had a good time.

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 COMMENT 357483 helpful negative off topic

Special Christmas Ornament

2012-12-26 05:15 PM

Thanks for sharing your story, such a meaningful Christmas gift. I hope Luke will have a full recovery very soon.

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Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 05:18 PM

@447: Why so snarky? How do you know that the OP doesn't have patience? All he/she wanted to know was why the office wasn't open.

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There and Back

2012-12-26 05:18 PM

The last photo makes my heart sing. Thanks.

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Merry Catsmas!

2012-12-26 05:22 PM

Love the expression in picture #1. Obviously not a fan of the hat. Merry Christmas, kitties.

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 COMMENT 357487 helpful negative off topic

New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 05:22 PM

Skating Plus is having a party (earlier for the little ones, later for the teens & adults) on NYE. Google their website & check it out if your kids are into roller skating (or if they aren't & you're looking for comedic relief). Skating Plus is in Ventura, in case you weren't aware. (No local public rink in town.)

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Special Christmas Ornament

2012-12-26 05:25 PM

What a cutie. Hope the little guy gets better & more research comes about soon!

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Special Christmas Ornament

2012-12-26 05:30 PM

What a sweet little boy. I wish everything good for Luke.

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 COMMENT 357490 helpful negative off topic

New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 05:33 PM

When our kids were young, we would have another special meal, and then watch some Christmas-New Year type programs. Usualy the boys would be tired from surfing or being at the beach most of the day.

We never wanted to be out among the possible drunk drivers, and home was safe.

I had an arrray of pots and pans out, and at midnight my kids could clang them. An elderly neighbor also did the same thing. That was our holiday bash. If there were fireworks from Hope Ranch , we could watch them.

We had done this in Minnesota also, so it was a tradition.

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Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 05:35 PM

their job is not to run around and map trail conditions while keeping the office manned to answer phones for every "citizen" who calls because they can't prepare for the worst, get off their butt and go look for themselves.

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 CHERIDIANE helpful negative off topic

Christmas Sunset

2012-12-26 05:40 PM

Speck-tac-u-lure!

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 COMMENT 357492 helpful negative off topic

New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 05:40 PM

Go to Pasadena, camp out on Colorado Boulevard, and see the Rose Parade in the morning.

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

Vintage SB Christmas

2012-12-26 05:42 PM

Thanks for these, Neal. I'm so excited the book will be here soon. Can't wait to find out about Signings.

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 COMMENT 357495 helpful negative off topic

Special Christmas Ornament

2012-12-26 05:43 PM

Wishing Luke a wonderful and healthy New Year. Thanks for sharing your family gift with us. Blessings to all.

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Miramar Demo Update

2012-12-26 05:45 PM

Now; from the freeway....it is even more apparent just how tiny a parcel this is....especially considering that the railroad runs right through it.

It blows me away to think that there is still hope to construct a "world-class hotel" (by modern definition...) on such a site.

Who are they kidding?

It was successful for years in an "it is what it is" sense.....but times have changed. I'm glad it's not my money that's at stake.

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Dog Fatality

2012-12-26 05:49 PM

Good idea, Tracy314, and I agree that Mr. Douglas is a good person, generous in helping donate this land to the City of Santa Barbara. But this IS a city park and it's up to the city to maintain its parks in a safe way. There's no guarantee that the city would accept money that has specific strings to it, to build fencing that, judging by comments here, quite a few do not want, accepting that some dogs may lose their lives.

Anyone know whether there can be a gift that's specified for enhancement of a city-owned property?

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 05:50 PM

Southbound side..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 05:51 PM

101 Northbound North of Salinas onramp..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 05:51 PM

Engines one and 2 responding..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 05:55 PM

Medics say 101 Northbound at Salinas..Must be injury I haven't heard noninjury and the 2nd engine has passed.. Probably be up on the CHP Site..I'm not hearing anything else.

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Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 05:57 PM

This is a 5 vehicle accident no wonder the Southbound is moving Slow Northbound is probably slow or stopped..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 06:00 PM

One minor injury..Alot of vehicles to be towed..

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 06:00 PM

Engine 2 is back in service..

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Foothill and La Cumbre Accident

2012-12-26 06:02 PM

Isn't there a traffic signal at that intersection?

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 AUNTIE S. helpful negative off topic

A Very Edhat Christmas

2012-12-26 06:04 PM

I can only echo what everyone else has said - Thank You to all you Edhat Staffers. My thoughts are with you and Peter's family especially today when his loss must be especially felt. My love to all of you!

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Special Christmas Ornament

2012-12-26 06:25 PM

Sincere thanks for sharing the background of this meaningful ornament.

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Montecito Gold

2012-12-26 06:26 PM

Beautiful, an image of hope.

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New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 06:31 PM

When our kids were young, we would all cook together - something special for dinner, and then make party hats out of wrapping paper and ribbons left over from Christmas. Then we would watch a movie and wait for the ball drop for the New Year. One year, we cheated and found a channel that was showing the ball drop in real time - and we got to go to bed early!

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 COMMENT 357510 helpful negative off topic

New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 06:34 PM

Agree with some variation of what REXOFSB posted. Our routine was a family-type movie, a Chinese restaurant and then to home. I do recall with fondness the several years of city-sponsored "first night" celebrations downtown, but times (and downtown) have changed significantly in the last ten years.
The Lobero used to put on a holiday time "Panto" show that was very family-friendly and great fun back in the same era, circa 1999-2001 or so.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Bug ID

2012-12-26 06:49 PM

The mom story is great!

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 06:50 PM

Will no one is arguring about a fence being put in at Wilcox it must be ok with everyone...

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Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 06:51 PM

use-or-lose annual leave time....

last moments of enjoyment before fiscal cliff furloughs.

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 ROGER DODGER helpful negative off topic

Code Claus

2012-12-26 07:02 PM

They say you'll go through batteries quick on those maybe go to Radio Shack for Ni Cads recharageable batters and a charger if the Bearcats work with them. Maybe always have 4 charged..I bought one of those and did not work out for me thru Amazon let me know how yours works out..

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 CHERIDIANE helpful negative off topic

There and Back

2012-12-26 07:26 PM

Oh yes, I know what you mean. Coming back to SB from a very nice Los Angeles family Christmas felt so good. Your photo makes my heart sing too. I love it here.

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 COMMENT 357517 helpful negative off topic

Roger Code Red

2012-12-26 08:32 PM

How do we find more info about what cars are involved?

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 COMMENT 357518 helpful negative off topic

Scanner Reports 12-26-12

2012-12-26 08:38 PM

So how can we do this? I pledge a hundred bucks right now. Who's in charge of Wilcox?

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 COMMENT 357519 helpful negative off topic

Goleta Ranger

2012-12-26 08:53 PM

The number you're calling is for the entire Los Padres forest, which is a huge area. Call the Santa Barbara Ranger District, whose number is on the website. They always know what's up. After all of the rain we've had, the roads are most likely closed

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New Year's Eve Event

2012-12-26 08:53 PM

Dinner & The New Years Eve concert at the Granada

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Montecito Gold

2012-12-26 10:03 PM

Thanks for sharing. I am bummed I missed it!!

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 OLDMAN83 helpful negative off topic

Riviera Christmas

2012-12-26 10:11 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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 TIBBLY helpful negative off topic

Memorial Ornament

2012-12-26 10:49 PM

Beautiful story...thanks for sharing.

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