More Tales: Water Sport Capitol, Uprooted Crosses, Incoming In Orinda?

Lots of Lamorindans off sunning themselves on faraway shores as summer vacation wanes. Those left at home report some odd bumps in the night... and some success in the pool.


Like our Parisian cousins August is the time Lamorindans like to flee their hometown for a trip up the hill or to the beach -- one last family holiday before it's back to school and the kids are burdened by all that homework.

While we are still hearing tantalizing tales of exploits by vacation-minded Lamorindans cavorting in Tahoe and Tampa, those of us holding down the fort at home have a few tales to tell ourselves.

It looks like someone was mucking around out at with several dozen of the markers knocked down or removed last week. No suspects and it's not known why someone would feel so moved but some folks have suggested it's time for the message-memorial to come down. It's not known if the cross removal was meant as a message of its own or mindless vandalism, but Jeff Heaton and supporters are at work replacing the markers.

Over the weekend Orinda residents living behind phoned to report what they swore was automatic weapons fire in their neighborhood, along with questions about who was doing the shooting. Near as we can figure neighbors up that way may have been setting off some unexpended Fourth of July pyrotechnics but nothing sinister, that we know about. We do know that sound does travel, and plays some major tricks on the ears, after midnight around these parts -- so that may have something to do with it.

And then there's the Club's Boys 18 and Under A team -- who waltzed into Stanford on Tuesday and waltzed away with the Junior Olympics Division National Championship -- defeating a number of strong Southern California teams in the process and earning major props in Water Polo circles.

The players, many of whom just graduated from Miramonte and Acalanes, are earmarked to play in Division 1 college programs on both coasts. The buzz, or the bubbles, in swimming circles is that the win puts Lamorinda in the national spotlight as a center of supremacy in the sport.

Nicely done, gentlemen.

Steve Cohn August 07, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Regarding the Crosses in Lafayette. Since we first invaded Afghanistan in 2001 because Osama Bin Laden, the architect of 911, was harbored there, 2,075 US military personnel have been killed in addition to 1,046 allied soldiers. So far this year we have lost 274 and the year is not over. After we invaded Iraq, just because they made Dick Cheney angry and W wanted to show dad he was The Guy, and started losing young soldiers there, The Crosses were first erected. The body count to date is 4,486 Americans and 318 allies; only 1 American this year but over 100,000 Iraqis died since we first invaded. And this has not come cheap. Over $800 Billion in Iraq and $500 billion in Afghanistan (and counting). I think The Crosses of Lafayette are a good reminder of these follies of hubris.
Jose August 07, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I would only add one infuriating point, namely that the President and Congress failed miserably to lead as they simply borrowed the money for the war, asking for sacrifice only of those who fought in the wars and their families. What a tragedy! What hubris! What incompetence! Some people don't want to be reminded of failure. Others, perhaps vandals, are too young to even know what it all means.
Sharneth del Sesto August 07, 2012 at 05:04 PM
When the time comes that the crosses come down I think it would be a wonderful living tribute if daffodils were planted in each hole where the crosses are removed. It would become a spectacular annual reminder of all those beautiful souls lost.
Daniel Archuleta August 07, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Great idea.
Andrew L. August 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Well said. Not to diminish in any way the lives lost needlessly, but $1.3 billion would buy a lot of high speed rail, school improvements, or any number of infrastructure repairs we need in this country. Shame it had to be spent in destroying and attempting, but so far failing, to rebuild two countries on the other side of the world.


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