Michael J. Fitzgerald has been a journalist for 40 years, working as a writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and web publications. In 2014 he published the novel, "The Fracking War." In 2015, he published his second novel, "Fracking Justice." He writes or contributes to five blogs. He and his wife Sylvia Fox are the owners and principal partners in *subject2change Media, a multi-media firm involved in print, video and broadcast. He writes a weekly column, "Write On" for the daily 'Finger Lakes Times' newspaper in Geneva, NY. He was a journalism professor at CSU Sacramento from 1986 to 2011 teaching Newswriting, Column Writing and Magazine Writing.
PARADISE VILLAGE MARINA, Nayarit, Mexico - The surf was up and up and up so much yesterday that boats coming in the channel were surfing as effectively as the people on the boogie boards. And swimmers had to keep an eye out behind them or risk getting dumped on by a ton or so of water.
The same surf made life even in the marina a rock 'n roll affairs with squeaking lines and fenders and enough motion on some docks to make people wonder if they were on the inside of a slow agitating washing machine.
Predictably, the wind that has blown so hard to a week has stopped this morning and Banderas Bay looks like a lake - a tranquil lake best suited for water skiing, not the 60-boat fleet that will take off tomorrow morning as part of a three-day regatta.
If that happens, we will call this year's regatta The Big Drift.