Author Archive

  • Sunset on Fire
    Here’s a breathtaking shot by Carol Georgi of one of those surprise splendid Shell Beach sunsets that erupt unexpectedly out of a gray and clouded sky.
    by at January 18th, 2010 at 01:01 pm
  • “Life Choices” Release hosts author book signings and presentations
    Turning Point International is releasing the anthology “Life Choices – Navigating Difficult Paths” at Palace Station, Las Vegas on January 31, 2010.  Many of the 26 contributing authors will be at the Health, Wealth and Travel Expo to sign books, give short presentations and be available to meet the public.
    by at January 11th, 2010 at 03:01 pm
  • Rec′• la• ma′•tion (Reclamation – Art Exhibit)
    Jupiter Carbine by Anthony Hicks Rec′• la• ma′•tion Cheryl Weiss, Curator Exhibition: Reclamation Dates: Monday, November 23,2009 to Friday February 19, 2010 Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8am – 5pm, Free to the Public Location: Betteravia Government Center, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria Santa Maria — The Santa Barbara County Arts...
    by at January 8th, 2010 at 01:01 pm
  • Sex and the Zen of Shopping
    Sex and the Zen of Shopping or How to Shop Smart in a Dumb Economy (color edition) A bit like a small child, a book seems to suck all the creative energy right out of your soul.  If you don’t feed it and nurture it all the time, it withers and dies.  That’s where I’ve been – creating and rearing my book-child “Sex and the Zen of...
    by at January 8th, 2010 at 01:01 pm
  • Shell Beach Sunset
    My dear friend Carol Georgi is dedicating a huge part of her life in paradise to saving the precious environment of sea and shore (especially trees, birds and sea creatures) of the San Luis Bay area, especially our beloved Shell Beach.  She is daily photographing the splendors of sunsets, frolicking sea otters and flights of ever diminishing numbers of cormorants. Shell...
    by at January 8th, 2010 at 12:01 pm
  • The Temptation of Vegas
    I feel like a woman with a husband and a lover.  They each speak to a deep need in my soul, but neither, on its own, can satisfy me.  That’s the choice between Las Vegas and Shell Beach.  They pull at me, hard, in opposite directions and I need to be both places to feel complete. Throbbing Las Vegas with its pulsing avenues lined with a crazy patchwork of...
    by at November 3rd, 2009 at 11:11 am
  • Seaside Wine Tasting
    It doesn’t get better than this.  Beautiful blue skies reflected onto calm blue Pacific, the cliff’s edge just yards away with pelicans cruising the coast – and glasses of smooth merlot, tangy pinot noir and crisp Chardonnay from local San Luis Obispo wineries. All this and tasty little slices of gourmet pizza are served up with live acoustic guitar...
    by at November 2nd, 2009 at 06:11 pm
  • I got SCAMMED looking for a job
    Like a lot of other poor slobs, I have been unable to find a job since graduation from UNLV May 09.  Not hearing back from employers or temp agencies that have no jobs, I am definitely feeling the effects of the 15% unemployment rate. I looked in the Sunday Review-Journal Classifieds.  In the Miscellaneous section I found several job postings that didn’t really...
    by at November 2nd, 2009 at 05:11 pm
  • Beauty Ideals and Morphing through time
    For a lovely morph through time of the ideal beauty of woman’s face , check out this youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUDIoN-_Hxs
    by at August 24th, 2009 at 04:08 pm
  • Incline Village and King’s Beach on North Lake Tahoe
    Two villages lie almost side by side on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, King’s Beach on the California side of the border and Incline Village a couple of miles into Nevada. Although not as seismically disorientating as crossing the Rio Grande, the difference between the two communities is quite marked. Both are surrounded with the best that nature has to offer in...
    by at August 21st, 2009 at 03:08 pm
  • Java Hut best cappuccino in North Lake Tahoe
    If you are looking for an outstanding cappuccino in the North Lake Tahoe area, stop by the Java Hut in King’s Beach.  Not only have they mastered the art of the foam, but you can’t beat the “beachy” milieu reminiscent of California Surf sites. The bagel with cream cheese, lox, onions and capers was just like it should be. Judging by the steady...
    by at August 21st, 2009 at 02:08 pm
  • Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo
    I remember one of their very first wine dinners, years ago, a small party of 20 people seated al fresco under the grape arbors on the grounds of the the old Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo CA.  The founders were there with their new release and talked about the long journey to that tasting, including divining the right name – Tolosa.  Naturally, the Mission...
    by at July 29th, 2009 at 01:07 pm
  • California Farmers Market – SLO style
    There is nothing as beautiful as a ripe organic tomato.  Unless it’s the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip.  I mean, truly, it is a really difficult choice.  Luckily, in my life, I don’t have to choose.  Right now while Vegas is blistering hot – and few places can blister like Vegas – I’ll take my cool days and chilly nights...
    by at July 28th, 2009 at 01:07 pm
  • Avila Valley Central Coast California
    It doesn’t get any better than the micro-climate of Avila Valley in San Luis Obispo County California.  Surrounded by lush green hills which protect it from the coastal fog, the valley boasts orchards, inns, hot springs and markets teeming with fresh produce and home-baked pies. The Bob Jones Bike Trail connects San Luis Obispo (the city) to the coast at Avila...
    by at July 11th, 2009 at 09:07 pm
  • All you can eat Crab in Central Coast California
    If you hankering for succulent crab, sweet and plentiful, go on Tuesdays to either Ciao Bella in Morro Bay or Spyglass Restaurant in Shell Beach (northern Pismo Beach).  Both Central Coast California restaurants have superior water and sunset views: Ciao Bella located on the Morro Bay Embarcadero looks onto Morro Rock, sail and fishing boats. Spyglass is perched...
    by at July 9th, 2009 at 12:07 pm
  • UNLV Forum Lecture Series Open & Free to Public
    UNLV has announced its fall 2009 schedule for the University Forum Free Lecture Series which are open to the public.  For all you complainers about the lack of intellectual stimulation in Vegas, this is the chance to get out and learn something – and it costs nothing but your time.   No reservation is necessary – just show up and enjoy. Lectures...
    by at July 8th, 2009 at 04:07 pm
  • 4th of July Central Coast California
    San Luis Obispo County California – a little piece of paradise As you can tell by the photos, this ain’t Vegas.  Back on the Central Coast for July, we celebrated this little piece of paradise on the planet with a Bar-B-Q on the patio in San Luis Obipso (known to natives as SLO) and followed with fireworks on the beach by the Pismo Pier. A perfect day...
    by at July 7th, 2009 at 01:07 pm
  • Use Twitter to confuse Iranian security forces
    Thank you to www.peymanmeli.org for image. If you are on Twitter, set your location to Tehran and your time zone to GMT +3.30. Security forces in Iran are hunting for bloggers using location/timezone searches. The more people at this location, the more of a logjam it creates for forces trying to shut down Iranians’ access to the internet. Please pass on. FYI : ...
    by at June 23rd, 2009 at 10:06 am
  • Larry Hart’s PRAISE at South Point Casino
    I had the privilege of seeing Larry Hart’s production of Praise in the reception hall of Hart Mansion when he first launched the show before a small private audience of friends and special invited guests. The rhythm and sounds of this unique show reflect Larry’s spiritual diversity with an eclectic mix of tunes and dance drawn from a full spectrum of religious...
    by at June 18th, 2009 at 09:06 am
  • Martha Stewart Radio Show from the M
    Here’s another example of the free, fun, frivolous things you can find to do on a Thursday morning in Las Vegas. Martha Stewart’s satelite radio show Living Today on Sirius XM  was recorded live from Studio B at the M Casino and Resort with an audience of invited locals. A sample of the M’s sous chef’s braised pork ribs, nibbles of cupcakes from...
    by at June 5th, 2009 at 07:06 pm
  • Maui eco business and lifestyle for sale
    They call Las Vegas the 9th Island, so it seems appropriate for me to mention an eco design company based in Hawaii that is now up for sale.  It you have access to some cash (apparently there are a few of those people left) and have a hunger in your soul for an alternative livestyle, check out the link below to read about the eco business  Savage Designs with...
    by at June 3rd, 2009 at 10:06 am
  • Obama-Reid Coliseum a night of joyous celebration
    Last night the Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace was filled with supporters of Sen. Harry Reid, but it was President Barack Obama that elicited the sheer joy and exuberance that electrified the air.  Broad smiles and glowing faces, strangers interacting like old friends, the mood was one of both relief and gratitude.  So many in that vast audience had worked...
    by at May 27th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  • California Court upholds same sex marriage ban
    Back in the Midwest on that great expanse of prairie, we used to dream of California as a beacon of light and progress and everything that we considered forward thinking in American society.  We used to believe that as goes California, will the rest follow in time. I never thought I would see the day when Iowa was more socially advanced than the Golden State. The...
    by at May 26th, 2009 at 11:05 am
  • CineVegas 11, Las Vegas Film Festival, Jun 10-15
    I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here about the 11th CineVegas Film Festival that runs June 10-15 at the Brenden Theatres at the Palms Casino. They have a dynamic website that will give you all the information about tickets, showings and star-studded events. (see link below) When I am asked, which is often, about some of the greatest experiences I’ve...
    by at May 26th, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Market Tea Room for delectable lunch or High Tea
    Tea Rooms have sprung up across the country and seem to be holding their own in the recession.  They play to the ladies who enjoy civilized touches like tablecloths, cozy ambience, cups of freshly brewed tea and, of course, irresistible desserts. The Market Tea Room at Antiques at the Market, with its High Tea of fresh scones, devonshire cream and assorted finger sandwiches...
    by at May 25th, 2009 at 05:05 pm
  • Create Reid’s campaign slogan and meet Obama
    If you’re clever with words and a Nevada resident, you could meet President Barack Obama Tuesday night at Caesar’s Colisseum.  The Harry Reid campaign has offered a pass to a backstage reception with President Obama, Sen Reid and other celebs to the Nevadan who submits the winning campaign slogan for Reid’s relection run in 2010. There are just three...
    by at May 22nd, 2009 at 04:05 pm
  • Facebook, Twitter and Shift Happens You-tube
    Are you are like me, not so young anymore, but struggling hard not to be irrelevant?  Does your heart race and brain fog when faced with conquering new  technologies and accepting invitations to join Hi5, Linked In, Plaxo, Facebook etc?  And now there is  the fastest growing of all – “Twitter.” To Tweet or not to Tweet?  That is the question....
    by at May 22nd, 2009 at 10:05 am
  • Gold Parties are fun, give cash and profit everyone
    One of the hottest new ways to cash in on surplus goods that you have around the house is to hawk your gold jewelry, coins and even teeth at home gold parties happening all over the country.  Patterned after every other home party except for the huge twist of selling instead of buying, you go not to purchase more stuff you don’t need just to please a friend...
    by at May 19th, 2009 at 02:05 pm
  • Some functions on site not working
    You might have noticed that sandraoffthestrip.com is not totally reinstated.  Besides over a year of posts and many images missing, the calendar, newsletter and forwarding email functions are, well, non-functioning.  I apologize for any glitches.  We’re working on it.
    by at May 14th, 2009 at 11:05 am
  • World Affairs Council back with Ruan Zongze
    I’m happy to report that the Las Vegas chapter of the World Affairs Council is back in action.  They have changed their name and merged with the local chapter of the NCFR (Nevada Council on Foreign Relations) to form the Nevada World Affairs Council.  Their next major event will be an evening with Ruan Zongze, the Minister Counselor of the political department...
    by at May 14th, 2009 at 10:05 am