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The 2012 O’Neill Coldwater Classic will return to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif. as an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) event November 1-11. The world’s best surfers will travel to Northern California for the second to last stop on the 2012 ASP WCT, which may well determine the 2012 World Champion.  With a long and rich history, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane is known for producing powerful and consistent conditions in a classic Northern California setting.  Originating in 1987, the event has taken on various incarnations over the past three decades.  It was once an ASP WCT event (prior to the ASP creating a two-tier system), but for the past few years, it has run as an ASP Star or Prime event.  With this year’s upgrade to the highest echelon of professional surfing, it will not only bring the top caliber of talent to Steamer Lane, but a lofty $425,000 prize purse as well.

O’Neill CWC 2012 – Steamer Lane ~ uploaded by TeamONeill on Oct 1, 2012

 ASP WORLDTOUR STOP # 09 ~ published on Oct 3, 2012 by

This year it has upgraded to an ASP WCT event in celebration of O’Neill’s 60th anniversary. This is the second to the last stop on the World Tour.  O’Neill, founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill, is known the world over for revolutionizing modern day surfing with the invention of the first wetsuit and many other innovations.
Movie Jack O’Neill ~ Corporate identity Movie Jack O’Neill ~ uploaded by on Jan 29, 2009

O’Neill Sea Odyssey is a non-profit organization located in Santa Cruz, California (California Non-Profit Corporation ID#77-0464784). It was founded in 1996 by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neill and provides students with hands-on lessons on marine habitat and the relationship between the oceans and the environment. The program provides a free education course at the Santa Cruz Harbor to fourth to sixth-grade students, who typically come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

O’Neill CWC 2012 – Sea Odyssey ~ Published on Oct 10, 2012 by

 Link ~http://www.oneill.com/cwc



Only in This Stupid World
…do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in This Stupid World
…do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in This Stupid World
…do banks leave vault doors open
and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in This Stupid World
…do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in This Stupid World
…do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in This Stupid World
…do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.


…Why the sun lightens our hair,…but darkens our skin?

…Why don’t you ever see the headline…’Psychic Wins Lottery’?

…Why is it that Doctors call what they do…’practice’?

…Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

…Why is the man who invests all your money…called a broker?

…Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called…rush hour?

…Why isn’t there Mouse-flavoured cat food?


…Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

…Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

…You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?…Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

…Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

…Why are they called apartments when…
they are all stuck together?

…If con is the opposite of Pro,…
is Congress the opposite of progress?

…If flying is so safe,…
why do they call the airport the terminal?

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did ~ I’m still laughing about some of them!

And…of course share this with your friends

Central American Water Resource Management Network (CARA)

CARA, founded in 1999, is a water resources training network funded primarily by CIDA (Canada‘s equivalent to USAID), the Canadian International Development Agency.  It is run by the Universities of Calgary and Waterloo, with the former the lead university. David Bethune is the coordinator. CARA is a water resource training network focusing on building local capacity to improve the management and protection of Central American water resources.  

The following excerpts are taken from a Water Canada’s September/October 2012 article,  “Making It Local.  The CARA program empowers students in Central america to manage groundwater resources in their own backyards.” by Kerry Freek and Brendan Mulligan.

Eighty-percent of Central America’s water supply comes from groundwater, and that includes some huge urban water supplies, says University of Calgary’s David Bethune. “With population growth, deforestation, and poverty, the stress on watersheds in central america is huge,” he says. “the natural water balance is being altered, and a reduced natural recharge is affecting the groundwater supply.”  For a region that relies so heavily upon threatened groundwater supplies, central america, like many developing countries, desperately lacks qualified individuals to make decisions about water use and management … With funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, Farvolden initiated a program to train future hydrogeologists at the University of Costa Rica.  In 1995, Bethune and Ryan travelled south to help begin the first project. In the first cycle, they had students from Colombia to Guatemala.  Soon, there was a strong consensus that other countries would like to have similar programs.  They continued the program in Guatemala, Nicaragua and, later, El Salvador, Honduras, and Bolivia. As the current project director for the Central American water resource management network (CARA), Bethune now manages the Canadian International development agency (CIDA) funded program that supports six master of science programs in Central America … Within a short period of time, the CARA programs are becoming self-sustaining.  That, says Bethune, is the key. “The intention is independence from Canadian support. the people managing and developing water supplies are from their own country.”  The program in Nicaragua has been particularly successful.  CIDA has rewarded the initiative with additional funding for a project titled community water management in Nicaragua and Central America, which Ryan is directing.  The two are also involved in Hydrogeologists Without Borders (HWB), an organization formed to provide further assistance to CARA students and other similar programs and NGOs.  HWB is currently funding five Central American master’s students in the field of hydrogeology in their own regions.


Ontario’s Highlands boast some of the most scenic rivers, lakes and forests in the province of Ontario. It’s all so close, and yet so far away from it all. Ontario’s Highlands is nestled in an area 30 minutes west of Ottawa and just 2.5 hours traveling from town to town along our scenic roadways from Toronto. Many people visit us to relax and enjoy our down to earth hospitality, while others seek the outdoor adventure of their choosing.



SWEEPSTAKES CLOSING DATE  ~ deadline for entering the Sweepstakes is Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST.



Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at RiverRun Rafting and Wilderness Resort; full day of High Adventure Rafting; passes for the Mustang Experience at Calabogie Motorsports Park; 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and 1 lunch at the resort; dinner for two at Calabogie Peaks Resort AND MORE!


Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Heather Lodge; full day “A Natural Work of Art” guided tour presented by Yours Outdoors, including a hands-on pottery work shop; day passes to Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, including passes to the Wolf Centre and a Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the lodge; lunch provided by Gravity Coffee House during the art tour; dinner for two at Sir Sam’s Inn AND MORE!


Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Code’s Mill Inn and Spa in Perth; tickets to a show at Classic Theatre Festival; tickets for a Rideau Canal Boat Tour; “Fun in the Falls” museum passport; breakfasts at the Inn; dinner for at The Stone Cellar; dinner at Fiddleheads Bar and Grill AND MORE!


Quick Breakdown ~ 2 night stay at Marmora Inn, including access to their heated pool and sauna; full day wellness retreat at Grail Springs Wellness Retreat and Health Spa, including yoga, spa treatment, guided hike and access to meditation gardens; treatments for two at the Evergreen Acres Holistic Wellness Centre; 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner at the Inn.


Quick Breakdown ~ 3 night stay including meals at Land O’ Lake Lodge; Friends of Bon Echo Park interpretive boat tour of Mazinaw Lake; Full day 21’ Vectra Pontoon Boat rental from Smart’s Marina.



We wish all entrants the  best of luck and


to the winner!




Please visit my 3 previous blogs on New York City’s Water Tanks for plenty of background information and lots of photographs:
1) New York City‘s Water System  –  How Bizarre! –  April 3, 2012,  2)  New York City’s Water Tank Construction  –  Apr. 4, 2012 and 3) Word Above the Street’s, “The Water Tank Project – Apr. 5/12

Water Tank Project updates ~  

1)  The project is to last for twelve weeks during Summer 2013, and
2)   That the art work will be created off-site – artists participating in TWTP will donate original works of art, which will then be scanned and printed on vinyl material that will be installed on carefully selected tanks. These artist designed tanks will spark a global dialogue about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: WATER.

Video link ~


Here’s the latest artistic addition to the Manhattan skyline – with thanks to Architizer.com blog, June 5, 2012: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/42914/reclaiming-the-water-tower-as-public-art/

Photo: Robert Banat

…”The latest in the trend is artist Tom Fruin‘s imaginatively transparent and colorful “Watertower” project, which he recently installed on a DUMBO rooftop. The piece, which opens this Thursday, June 7, maintains the proportions and size of a typical water tank, but has been rendered a glass tapestry of salvaged materials. Visible from Lower Manhattan, the sculpture is a De-Stijlesque jigsaw of upwards 1,000 polychromatic fragments of discarded and recycled Plexiglas Fruin collected from building sites all over the city. During the day, the sun sets the water tower ablaze, while at night, projection designer Jeff Sugg will illuminate the structure with a light show boogie woogie planned to play every nightfall throughout the year”

Mary Jordan
Founder/Creative Director, Word Above the Street

 PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ~ this is a mammoth and most worthwhile undertaking of Mary Jordan and Word Above the Street to raise global awareness about the future of one of our most precious and endangered resources: WATER.