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.
SAN FRANCISCO - A walloping big storm in the northwest has sent record waves into San Francisco Bay and out along the coast, people are seeing sights like the photo with this blog.
And yes, more than a few lunatic surfers are out there.
In Puerto Vallarta, the waves are not particularly big inside the bay, but outside the reports are these big rollers have come down all the way from Seattle to make going north an issue. Not many boats are out and about right now, except those hardy souls trying to get into Banderas Bay for the Banderas Bay Regatta which starts Saturday and ends Monday.
If the wind blows like it has the past week, it will be a wild and dangerous race.
The wind has suggested another episode for 'The Class of 66' - the conversion of ski boaters to sailors as well as the tales of the tiny Lakewood Yacht Club where the people running the place (perhaps unwisely) turned loose teenage boys to run the races and (the best part) fire the cannon to start the race.
KABOOM went the cannon and so did the sail that was right in front of the committee boat. Burn baby burn...