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Weeks Of Surf - Pray For Lil Miss Molly.
*NEWS FLASH Lil Miss Molly Rowlee Passed away Today.
"Goodbye Little Miss Molly Rowlee. My heart is with you, the Rowlee family and our amazing community here in Hampton whos hearts are hurting tonight. "
Words and Photo By Brian Nevins
Photos above and below Lil Miss Molly Beach
Gathering. Tonight July 12, 2009
column was written before the news of Miss Molly's passing. The request
for prayers are still needed for the family and friends of Lil Miss
No one knows if they (Prayers) actually work or not, but there has been case studies, where the medical field has acknowledged, that positive thinking, and prayers, have been the only other logical answer, for patients getting better. Some who were knocking on death's door, have made remarkable turn-a-rounds, because of the amazing power of prayer. Now I wouldn't be wasting my breath, and time, if I didn't think it could help. I know it does. I don't want to get philosophical, religious, or anything but straight with you. Bu there are too many unexplained instances where the power of prayer, and positive thinking, have played a major role in fighting and beating cancer and other diseases.
Doctors are only human after all. Yes, they are smarter than us. Yes they have seen and done it all, but even the Doctors have not ruled out praying and sending positive thoughts, and well wishes to Molly. I mean really, who the hell are we to say that prayers do not work? That's BS. I believe it works, and it has been proven to work. This little girl is fighting for her young life. Her parents have not left her side. They have asked that we help by praying and sending out positive thoughts. We need to all just stop and say a short prayer. Please my friends. Pray. Pray together, or alone. But just pray. Thank you.*Lil Miss Molly passed away after I wrote this. REST IN PEACE Molly. God hold onto the Rowlees. And now, you can all say a prayer for the family and friends of Lil Miss Molly.
As I was saying earlier. There are waves today. And there was a slight brownish bump on Friday. And while the sun was shining on both days, that has not been the case for most of the Spring and Summer. In fact, it's been downright dismal. We've had quite the record rainfall this past June and into July. And while we've been having weekly waves it's been killing the local Beach businesses. Beach towns like Hampton rely heavily on the weather. And it trickles down to all the surf shops as well. I know it does not mean squat for surf or surfers, but you have to admit, you'd much rather surf under the sun,than under the clouds and rain.
All this rain has done, has caused the infamous Mosquitos to multiply in great numbers. I hate the Mosquito. Hate them. Hate em as much as I hate the dreaded Green Head. And make no mistake my friends, I hate the Green Head. They serve no purpose on this planet. Zero. In fact, I believe the Greenhead secretly works for Satan or Al Qeada. They are that evil. I mean I don't know of any other insect that will attack you while you are surfing. I mean what freaking bug does that? I've knocked those evil SOB's out in the water and left them for dead, floating with their legs up in the air, only to watch them regroup and come back to life and attack me again. That's evil. That's Al Qeada. And the Mosquito is the only other bug I hate as much.
If you've read my BIO on the Who The Hell is Ralph page you would know, that I am a veteran and served in a part of the world where the Mosquito is King. Southeast Asia. In Vietnam the Mosquito was my enemy as much as the Communists. Hated them. Little freaks. I guess that's why I hate them so much today and why I will not go to any surf destination that has a serious Mosquito problem. Or if I do, I bring lots of DEET and spray the snot out of everything and everyone. I hate Mosquitos.
Speaking of Vietnam. I was on the beach this afternoon snapping a few shots here and there, of the clean little swell we had. When I noticed a man and a woman about 60 years old standing near the shoreline, wearing Sun Hats. A Sun hat is what the Vietnamese wore out in the fields and Rice Paddies. It's made out of Bamboo and is a basic cone, that sits lightly on the head. I've never seen anyone wear one outside of Vietnam. So I walked up and asked the man "Excuse me, did you get that Sun Hat in Vietnam?" He looked surprised at me, and said "Why yes, I did. I got it from a Buddhist Monk while we were visiting in Vietnam. How did you know that?" I looked back at him and the hat and said, "I saw plenty of them when I was there in 69." The wife, or woman asked "You were there in 1969?" "Yes." I answered. Then she put her hand on my arm and said "Have you recovered?" I looked at her in disbelief and said "What did you say?" And she repeated herself. "Did you recover?" I was so upset and hurt, that I pulled my arm away and just walked off saying, "Yes I recovered, thanks for asking." I heard the husband say to her, as I walked away. "Why the hell did you say that?"
I was pissed. And the more I thought about it, the more upset I became.
In hindsight, I should of said several things. Like "No I have not recovered. In fact that hat reminds me of a VC who killed my friend." Or this..."Yes I recovered. Did you recover from all the drugs you and your Hippie husband used in the 60's?" I mean, How insensitive can someone be? But I'm over it. Sort of. I mean can you imagine saying that to a WWII Vet? Or a Korean War Vet? or a GWOT vet? Talk about BS stereo typing.
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for some of my weekly Global observances:
Is Michael Jackson still dead? You'd never know it. You'd also
never know that there was anything else news worthy there for awhile
with the coverage of Michael Jackson's Memorial Concert. Although,
I did think John Mayer was great. Damn that guy can play the
guitar. So smooth and tasteful. But honestly, how many of you knew that
9 Americans were Killed in Afghanistan within 48 hours
surrounding the MJ Freak Show? It's true. 9 REAL heroes
died defending our country, and there was barely a blip on the Media
screen. After all, The King Of Pop was dead. Even though that
Chimp loving, Pedophile, more than likely killed himself with the amount
of drugs he was popping into his frail woman's body. Joan Crawford,
I mean Michael Jackson is dead. Let his family fight over
the Royalties and leave the rest of us in Peace. Please.
Statue of Liberty has reopened. It's been closed since September
11, 2001. You can now go to the Crown and see the skyline.
Saturday, I spoke with Brian Warburton, the Regional Supervisor for the Division of Parks. I told Brian of the concerns of the local crew. I was informed that the State had received a number of complaints about the conditions at North Beach. The complaints included vehicles being parked in a variety of ways other than between the lined spaces and the sidewalk being blocked by surfing equipment preventing the safe passage of pedestrians. As a result of the complaints, the Division of Parks and head lifeguard decided to enforce a surfing area. Brian called Jim Donahue, the head lifeguard, and called me back indicating that the concerns of the locals will be addressed. He also stated that he and Jim would be willing to meet and discuss any problems that persist.
In the interest of alleviating the North Beach problems, it would be helpful if all of the shops would place a posting on their websites and at the shops asking that everybody obey the parking regulations and not block sidewalks and beach entrances with surfing equipment (at Jenness Beach also). Additionally, there is a procedure to address any grievences that one might have against Park Personnel (lifeguards, meter patrol, etc.). If a problem arises, politely ask the employee for their name and file a complaint with the appropriate authorities.
IN PEACE Lil Miss Molly.
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2009- Week-21 SMALL FRIDAY July 10, 2009
(Above) Malibu had it's famous Wall and we have ours. Local 10th Street Surfer Mackey V heads out on SMALL FRIDAY July 10, 2009. To see more click on Photo. Photo by RALPH
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(Above) Click on this image of Adam Coates For a clip taken at the WALL June 09. Video Frame Grab by RALPH SFOD
(Above) The weekly Crime captured on film.
Jared Hay deals with a Hairy BLATANT Drop In. Friday July 10th, 2009.
To see more and other Drop-Ins click on image.
(Above) Day in The Life Of The Fashion King
from De Kookee De Cemente. Shot Friday July 10, 2009. To see the
rest- click on image. Photo by RALPH
(Above) Newport Beach Action. Shot Monday
July 6, 2009. To see the rest- click on image. Photo
by Ben Ginsberg Click
on the image above to see more.
(Above) Tail slide Newport Beach Style. Shot
Monday July 6, 2009. To see the rest- click on image.
Photo by Ben Ginsberg Click
on the image above to see more.
Today 2009- July 4 & 11, 2009 Oahu SUPB & Grom Fest
(Above) SUPB Paddle Race Oahu. Shot Saturday July 4, 2009. To see the rest- click on image. Photo by Bernie Baker Click on the image above to see more.
(Above) Rip Curl Grom Search Finals. Shot Saturday July 11, 2009. To see the rest- click on image. Photo by Bernie Baker Click on the image above to see more.
2009- Insane Indo July 9th, 2009
(Above) July 9, 2009. Insane Indo surf.
To see the rest- click on image.
(Above) This is a Barrel. July 9, 2009.
To see the rest- click on image.
(Above) Moonlite July 9th, 2009. Photo by Life's A Beach
(Above) Big Handsome Daddy at Rudis July 9th, 2009. Photo by CORY
2009 PARTING SHOT- Bubble Head Stand
(Above) This is hard to do. Doing a head stand
while blowing a huge bubble. Kevin Doc Grondin get's it down.