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Swimming for Your Life

Today was the first time in a long time that I actually missed scuba diving, a renewed longing I owe to my swim at the gym. As it turns out. I could owe a lot more to that swim. Perhaps my life even…

The water couldn’t have been more perfect. The temperature was just cool enough. The swimmers that were there cleared a comfortable path for me, and before long, I was one of two in the pool. I could feel the water waft around me, caressing me, lulling me into that familiar underwater dream state I love. It reminded me why I prefer swimming with my snorkel and mask—the ability to stay submerged without worrying about my breathing while I focus on the sensations of my body gliding through the H2O. The goggles also prevent me from colliding with fellow swimmers. And in this case, the whole getup brought me back to my experiences in scuba diving so much so that I’m considering breaking out my BC and flippers and getting my regulator checked out.

It’s funny that I wasn’t really looking forward to swimming today. The crowds, the chlorine, the hassle of suiting up—all worth overcoming only to gently exercise my lower back. Then, once I jumped in and the water took over, I was transported to another world. As I did the backstroke, I was reminded of all the wonderful reasons why people should swim, particularly as they age. There is no better way to exercise every muscle in the body without risk of injury. It improves strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance, and it can be almost meditative in its ability to soothe and relax the body and mind. Other than yoga, I can’t think of a better form of exercise to keep aging bodies youthful. Perhaps that’s why competitive swimmers tend to have longer careers than athletes in almost any other sport. Check out these athletes over 50 who are still going strong.

For more good reasons to swim, check out the article, “What”s Good About Swimming?”

This summer, take a dip and cool off. Then continue the routine for the rest of your life. Or, if you’re up for a real challenge, get PADI-trained in scuba diving and explore a little deeper. Either way, have fun and remember…you don’t need a dorsal fin behind you to swim for your life.

P.S. My back feels wonderful!

July 22, 2011 Posted by | av summer fun | , , | Leave a comment

Meet me at the Bandstand

One part dancing, two parts music, delicious food, and a whole lot of outdoor fun is the recipe that makes the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series the best way to welcome the arrival of summer to the Antelope Valley. On Thursday, June 16th, the City of Lancaster will kick off the Summer Concert Series with “A Night of Wine & Music” in Downtown Lancaster. 

“People have been visiting downtown Lancaster for more than a century,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Today, retail outlets, professional services, and fine restaurants continue to make downtown a natural gathering spot. On Thursday, the City is providing yet another reason to make the trip, as patrons can spend a warm summer night enjoying great music, sampling wonderful wines, and feasting on our many downtown delights.”

Pair the musical sounds with a wine tasting hosted on the bar patio or bring your own lawn chair to just relax and enjoy the music. Local restaurant favorites, including the Lemon Leaf Café, will provide tasty meals on the go which can be enjoyed as you listen to the evening’s entertainment.

“We are very pleased to be in a partnership with the City of Lancaster.  The inaugural season of the Sierra Toyota Concert Series promises to bring great entertainment downtown. This is an exciting opportunity to promote Sierra Toyota as a premier auto sales facility in the Antelope Valley and to meet our customers in a relaxed and festive environment,” said Paul Ondo, General Manager, Sierra Toyota Scion of Lancaster.

                Meet at the Bandstand throughout the summer to enjoy the sounds of local favorites, including Wild Side performing on July 14th; the Queen Nation Tribute Band on July 21st; and the Runaway Train Band who will close out the concert series on August 18th.

For more information about the Sierra Toyota Scion Concert Series, please contact the City of Lancaster Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at (661)723-6077.

July 14, 2011 Posted by | av sumer festival, av summer fun, BLVD, blvd events, concert, lancaster blvd art, lancaster live music | , , , , , , | Leave a comment



It’s time to start having some FUN!

I’ve been hosting an event called Bring Your Own Vinyl Night every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 10:30 at the BLVD Today Cafe on Lancaster BLVD for about 7 or 8 months. I had a great turnout in the beginning Winter months of 2011 especially during Winter Break. The crowd started to wane as we got further and further into the Spring Semester. However now that’s school out again we’re picking up! We’ve been enjoying some great weather for the past few weeks and a lot more people are coming out to be a part of the event! We’re actually even getting some recognition from the City of Lancaster! Our event is listed on the Destination Lancaster Events flyer and has been included in Chenin Dow’s BLVD news email!

Ages range from high schoolers to senior citizens and everyone has a good time. We’ve heard a a wide variety of different music, from classic rock to 80’s electronic and funk, big band jazz, classical musical, broadway show tunes and some modern music too! There’s always plenty to do as we have art on the walls to look at, free wi-fi if you bring your own laptop, and a great selection of board games and cards.

Many people may think Vinyl is totally dead, or say they don’t own any so they don’t feel the event is for them. I’ve got news for you! Vinyl is alive! Listening to an old record has a magical sound quality to it, and holding a 45mm record is just so much more tangible than an MP3. For those without Vinyls we’ve got a great stack of stuff to make there’s always something to enjoy. If you’re itching to get your hands on some Vinyl its actually pretty simple to get a hold of (an affordable).

Some Great places in the Antelope Valley for Vinyl Records:

Antiques on the BLVD

520 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, CA 93534-2516 

Nice Selection of Vinyls, Unsorted. All Records For Sale for only $3 a piece. Very Friendly Service!

PNS Coins & Collectibles
620 W Lancaster BlvdLancaster, CA 93534
(661) 942-3554

Fantastic Selection, Organized into genres and alphabetically, great prices at $1 – $2 per vinyl. The owner Vince is looking to get rid em all and would be willing to make a deal if you wanna by a bunch.

Full Score Music

42741 N. 45th St. West, Ste B-2 Quartz Hill, CA


Haven’t Had a chance to check the place out yet, but plan to soon. If you’ve been there let me know if it lives up to the ad 🙂

Best Buy

39330 10th St W
Palmdale, CA 93551

Not a lot here, but there are a few vinyls. Of course everything is a reprint, new vinyl mostly just classic rock stuff. The Record will be fresh and clean, true to the original artwork but it’s also gonna cost you $20 or more.

Thrift Stores

Many of my Vinyl finds have been at second hand stores throughout the AV. The selection is never consistent, but hunting for a special find is always fun and you can score many records for less than a dollar. Happy Hunting!

Palmdale Thrift Stores

Goodwill – Palmdale

 2140 East Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale –

Super Value Thrift Shop

38458 Sierra Highway, Palmdale –

Valley Oasis Shelter Thrft Shop

3030 East Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale –

 38442 20th Street East, Palmdale –
Lancaster Thrift Stores

44247 10th Street West, Lancaster –


44245 10th St W # 104, Lancaster –

329 West Avenue I, Lancaster –

A To Z Thrift Shop

1213 West Avenue I, Lancaster –

2043 W. Ave J, Lancaster –
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR VINYL NIGHT! Download our Flyer and print it our to pass around town 🙂 VinylNight-1.pdf

You Still Can’t get enough Vinyl? Our Event Photojournalist Ali Rae Pursley is Selling VINYL BOWLS for only $10!

Oh yeah and be sure to check out these great videos from VINYL NIGHT:

If you’re still not ready to come out and enjoy vinyl night with us, or stumbled upon this blog from somewhere else in the world other than the Antelope Valley, you can still be a part of the fun even if you can’t show up in person. We Stream the evening’s festivities LIVE on Ustream, Tune in Here:

June 22, 2011 Posted by | av summer fun, lancaster blvd nightlife, lancaster nightlife, lancaster summer fun, palmdale summer fun, vinyl night lancaster | , , , , , | Leave a comment