THE WORLD IS CHANGING
Episode 3 & 4
3. Here Today, Gone to 1970's 4. Let's go Surfing
A couple of days later Leo, Vector and Frank are watching Rocky on his new used surfboard catching the waves at a beach break. Riding the waves for a short distance before stepping off the surfboard and turning around and paddling back out to do it again. Vector and Leo notice a person walking up the beach towards them. They got up to see to the person coming their way as Frank continue to watch Rocky. After a few minutes they met up with the person. Leo says “Outaforium, good to see again” as he extended his hand to shake his. Vector does the same as Outaforium mentioned “Well it good to see the both of you again, have you given it much thought of staying or leaving.”
“We have Outaforium and after going back and forth on the subject matter we decided to leave and go to Orange County, California in the time period of 1970 ” answered Leo. “Where abouts in Orange County” asked Outaforium. “Huntington Beach, but for only 10 years if that is possible. Then we would like to return back here in the year 2030 to live out the rest of our live” answered Leo.
“You mean to say you want to live for 10 years in Huntington Beach and after that return back here in 2030 to live out the rest of your lives. What you are saying is you want to lose a decade here in the 2020’s for a trip to Huntington Beach and return in 10 years. I’m not sure if Zeuyu would go for a “Lost Decade” and return to a brave new world in 2030 concept. But I can ask, what made you to come up with an idea like that” Outaforium asked somewhat intrigued.
“The reason was something I read in an old surfing journal the other day that interested me and seeing more concern on the internet that the predictions made years ago are starting to coming true.
We talked about it yesterday and everyone thought it to be a good idea to move for the time being. But we weren’t sure if you or Zeuyu would accept the idea. So that was the reason behind our decision” Leo explained and Vector nodding his head in agreement. “Also Outaforium, we will need an extra week to get ready if it alright with you and Zeuyu. We will need to prepare for what is going to happen” Leo mentioned.
“There is much going to happen in the 2020’s and when the dust settles the world will have changed. I will try to help if I can” Outaforium said knowing that he would. Vector changed the subject and mentioned “A comet has appeared and some are thinking it’s an omen of bad things to come. What say you Outaforium.” “As you know if it is not one thing, it’s another. Looking back in history when a comet appears, there have been pestilences, wars, floods and famines. This time looks no different, but the magnitude is much greater. Besides what has been mentioned, there will be global currencies thrown in for good measure. In other words, the aura of hyperinflation is in the air” Outaforium said while scratching his head.
“Besides hyperinflation, what else are in the cards” asked Leo. “There is an election up north and that will have repercussions around the world. There will be disasters to the west and that will play into the currency merry go round of value and the scrambling of nest eggs that were to have been turned over easy” Outaforium explained using general terms as not to be specific. “I get the picture, so if one of the players gets mad enough and turns the table over. Does that mean others will have to pick up the pieces and perhaps prepare for war” questioned Leo. “Yes and to make matters worst our sensor on board our ship are indicating a possible huge solar flare pulse from the sun which can cause electronic component to fail on a global scale. If that should happen, all bets are off.
Unless something else comes into the picture and nudges a different set of circumstances” Outaforium suggested. “Either way, it’s still going to be tough for many. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst is what I’m hearing” said Vector. “Yes, get ready is all I can say now. I will let you know tomorrow if Zeuyu goes along with your request, if he does I will have passports for everyone” said Outaforium as he started to walk up the beach before disappearing. “See you later Outaforium” Vector said as Outatorium turned and waved and Leo did the same and waved in silence. Both walked back to where they were and sees Rocky watching Frank surf.
After an hour of watching Frank and discussing what they should do before Outaforium returns. Leo says “Here comes Frank, lets go back after I try Rocky’s board for a few waves.” “Ok” said Vector looking at Rocky. Once back at home a meeting with Flo and Artemesia was taking place in the kitchen. “We saw Outaforium at the beach this morning and told him what we talked about yesterday. He understood and would get back to us tomorrow. More than likely we will be going to Huntington Beach” said Leo as his mind was jumping around with why, what, when, where and how things were going to be when they jump back into history.
The next day a knock at the door and it is Outaforium. Leo invited him into the living room. Leo yells to Vector who was with Artemesia, they came from their bedroom and Flo hearing the commotion came from the laundry room. They all sat as Outaforium told them what Zeuyu had decided. “He agreed to let you, Flo and Vector’s family in going to Huntington Beach at the beginning of the 1970’s and returning back here in 2030. “What about us” asked Leo looking at Flo. “There is a small farm on the outskirt of Santa Ana / Costa Mesa. It is a cozy place with eucalyptus trees near the barn with the house on a bluff overlooking Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley” Outaforium answered. “After the transition will we still have our knowledge and how should we go about our stay there” asked Leo.
“Yes, all of you will have your knowledge and how you use it will make a world of difference. So, Zeuyu has made arrangements for all of you to stop by the Dali Lama residence and have a talk with him before settling down in your farm house. The funds you have accumlated will take care of your expenses until things get better. Have the cash in your possession when you go” said Outaforium. “That means sell everything and get ready. But we will need a week then before we go, will that be alright with Zeuyu” asked Leo. Outaforium paused for a moment as if he was communicating with Zeuyu, then said “Yes, that will be alright” and with that said Outaforium went into the kitchen and vanished.
From that moment, Leo and Flo were busy getting ready as well as Vector and Artemesia who would explain to their children what was going to happen. Leo would sell their car and Rocky to give his board away if he didn’t sell it. With that in mind Rocky would go to the surf shop and put his board on consignment, which sold the next day after it was listed for $75. Everyone got backpacks and a hand bag and were ready the following week to make the trip back to the 1970s.
Before they knew it a week had passed and Outaforium was there to send them off. Within a moments notice of their travels, Outaforium wish them well before they entered the vortex. Their new adventure started in northern India where they came upon the Dali Lama strolling toward them. “How are you sir” asked Rocky. “I am well and it is interesting meeting you all here on my stroll. How are all of you” he asked. “We are on a journey that will takes us to California” mentioned Frank. “Where are you from” asked the Dali Lama. “We are from Panama” answered Velidia. “Oh, taking a short cut” he answered with a smile. Everyone began to laugh.
“This journey my children talk about has to do with going back and living a new direction which is different than lifestyle we were on” Vector said. “If we sound vague and not getting to the point. I apologize for all of us for doing so. We were told by a friend to talk to you and get a better idea of how to live life in general” Leo said trying to explain why they were there. “From what I gather you all are not from this time period” The Dali Lama said. “How did you know” asked Flo. “I had a dream of meeting people of the future when the comet Tago-Sato-Kosaka arrived” the Dali Lama said.“What a coincidence, we left when the comet Neowise appeared” said Leo remembering his father once telling him that he was born under the Great Comet of 1577.
They continued their conversation for an hour before being enlighten with his words about life in general. After which they thanked him for his time and left Northern India on a bus to New Dehli. It took awhile to get to Palam Airport and with that time they viewed the rural setting they were traveling through. Recollecting what they were told earlier by the Dali Lama and where they had been previously in history.
After the buses and taxi rides, they showed up at the airport. There to greet them was Outaforium, waving them to come to where he is. “Wouldn’t it had been easier to send us to Orange County from Northern India, than to take a plane from here” asked Vector. “The reason being was to get you all acquainted to how it is in other countries and an appreciation to where you are going. Here are your tickets for Pan America Airlines to Kai Tal Kowloon airport. There will be a layover in Hong Kong, for one day before flying over to Hawaii for another layover, before arriving at LAX. A rental car has been arranged at Hertz. From there you will go to the farm house with the keys to the house under the front door floor mat” Outaforium said while handing Leo the tickets for the flight over.
First stop at Kowloon mid morning and a ferry ride to Hong Kong before noon. They will be staying at the Hilton for the night. After checking in they went sight seeing around town and look at the some of the inexpensive garments that were for sale. The ladies bought a few dresses, while the guys thought of buying a suit, but changed their minds. After going up to the park at Victoria Peak and other places of interest listed on a brochure that Vector had picked up at the airport. They returned back to the hotel and had dinner at the Eagle’s Nest on the upper floor of the Hilton overlooking the harbor at night.
They flew out of Kowloon and the long flight to Hawaii before landing at the Honolulu International Airport. Another layover of 1 day and a taxi drive to Waikiki. Once again after checking in, they were out and about laying on the beach at Canoe’s. Renting 3 surfboards they were surfing the afternoon away. In the evening they would take in a show with Don Ho as the main attraction. They retired early as to catch up on some sleep and get ready to leave in the morning.
Finding their seats on a Western Airline’s plane, their were once again in flight and heading towards the mainland. Arriving around 9 pm and waited for their baggage before going to the car rental lot and getting a station wagon for their trip to Costa Mesa. It was midnight after following the directional map that Outaforium had given them in India. Finding the key under the mat, they went inside to find sleeping bags piled in a corner of the living room.
The next morning Leo and Vector were walking around the yard and checking it out. They see a 1955 ford pickup truck parked in the barn with the keys in the ignition. Leo starts it up and says “Let go get some breakfast for everyone at McDonalds and be back to wake them up.” After driving around on Harbor Blvd. they found the place and return back to the house with breakfast for everyone.
“Hot dogs, look Frank, Outaforium has a truck for us” said Rocky rushing over to check it out. “Whoa, hold on a minute. I think its for all of us currently, but I know Leo or I won’t mind you using it whenever, after we get another car for ourselves” Vector said while calming Rocky and Frank down. “That reminds me Vector, lets take the rental car back and go look around for some used cars for you and I and then the ladies” Leo said looking into his hand bag for some cash.
After getting into the truck Vector asks Leo “Where are we going to find a new or used car lot.” “Lets go to a gas station and put some gas into the truck and ask the attendant where one is” Leo said. Pulling into a Mobil station Leo pays for the gas and ask where a car lot was at. “You can stay on this road toward the 405 freeway a few miles or make a left at Adams and go west to Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach and make a right there, a car lot will be on the right side a few miles” said the attendant.
They drove to the Chevy dealership on Harbor Blvd and looked around before going back to Adams Street and to Beach Blvd and stop by a couple of dealerships there. “Well we now know where to bring our wives for the cars to choose from. “Lets stop by the beach and check it out” Vector said as the drove toward the beach and got on Pacific Coast Highway heading north. “There’s a pier let stop there” suggested Leo as he got closer to the pier. Parking on PCH along side of a garage at 3rd St. they put a few coins in the meter and walk towards the intersection at Main St. passing the Golden Bear Night Club.
Crossing over to the pier they walked towards the lifeguard station at the middle of the pier. Looking over to the southside a few surfers were out. Then crossing over to the northside there were more surfer out. Some were riding the waves underneath the pier as a surfer with a helmet on, kneepaddle back out. “Hey Vector do you want a beer” questioned Leo pointing to a pub. “Ok” said Vector. They went inside and sat on the stools and looked north up the beach to a condominium and had a beer, after finishing their mug they were on their way back to Main Street.
After walking back to their truck Vector and Leo made a right hand turn onto Main St. and another a right hand turn onto Walnut Ave. traveling south to Lakeview Ave where they see PCH and turns toward the beach and making a left onto PCH and returned home. After setting in at their new residence Leo took Flo to the car dealership where he and Vector had gone to the day before.
They walked around and Flo saw a 1969 Ford Mustang and wanted to get that. Leo was attracted to a 1968 Ford F150 pick up truck that had been discounted. The salesman came out and would make the sales on both vehicles. Flo would take Leo back to pick up his truck and take Vector and Artemesia to a different dealership where Artemesia would get a 1966 Ford Falcon station wagon and Vector would buy a 1964 Chevy El Camino. Rocky would get the 1955 Ford F100 pickup truck that they had been using, while Frank would get a 1967 Volkswagon van and Velidia would get a 1969 VW bug.
Having a lot to do around the farm Leo suggested and everyone agreed to buy a tractor with a scrapper and tiller for the open field areas and a 6’ X10’ trailer to haul the debris to the county dump. To make it less crowded in the house, Leo had purchased a house trailer from a mobile park for himself and Flo. Placing it where it could tie into the sewer line and be about 15 feet away from the main house.
A weeks later while having lunch with everyone in the kitchen Vector asked Leo “Why did you decide on moving here instead of staying in 2020.” “We were in the calm of the storm that was about to happen. With the build up of all the funny money, something was about to give and the dam of complacency was about to collapse with the wave of devastion wiping out the many. I figure we had a few month before that would happen” Leo explained while looking back. “Now we are going through a time period that you have chosen, why was that” continued Vector.
“Before making the move I researched the different times in history and the 1970’s stood out as an era that many changes were happening. The development of the personal computer in the mid 70’s, space exploration in the early 70’s and surfboard designs through out the 1970’s and beyond” Leo said. “Why do you say surf design” remarked Vector. “Surfboards designs were changing and maneuverability on the waves were taking off with the shorter boards compared to the longer boards of the 1960’s. Surfboard designs in Australia, Hawaii and California were leading the way with the surfers and shapers developing shapes for that to happen” explained Leo thinking back when Kai’ike taught him to surf and shape and wanting to get back into surfing again.
Let's go Surfing
Leo is talking to Flo and says “Flo, Vector and I are going over to the Frog House to look at some surfboards. We will be back after that” Leo said stepping out from the trailer and walked over to Vector who was in his truck waiting for him. Driving down the Coast Highway towards the Santa Ana River jetty they pull over at the Frog House. Going in Leo walks over to the board rack and sees a 7’ 6” Bing Surfboard with round pintail with a shaped by Mike Eaton on the lower portion of the deck. He pulls it out and looks at it for about 10 minutes and says to Vector “I like this board, I’m going to get it.” Vectot turns to Leo and says “Yeah nice board” as he sees a used 9’6” G&S Skip Frye model. He walks over to it and pull it off the rack and places it on the carpet floor looking at the deck then the bottom.
The salesman comes over and says “Hi, my name is Paul can I help you.” Yeah, how much is it” Vector said. Paul answers back “Lets see, the price has been taken off, it’s $90.” “Why was it for sale” asked Leo. “The owner was moving to Oregon and decided to sell it” Paul said. Leo wanted the board and was thinking it over when Paul remarked “I will throw in 2 bars of wax for free.” “I take it” Leo said. “That’s $90 with 2 bar of wax as well” Paul said. “I would like to buy the 9’6” G&S” Vector said pointing to the board on the floor. “Ok, thats $100 with 3 bars of wax” Paul said.
“How much is your wetsuits” asked Leo. “The long john’s are $85, the short johns are $55 and the Beaver tails are $60. Would you like to try them on, there is a dressing at the back of the shop” Paul said. After both Leo and Vector tried out the long john and beaver tails and felt alright in them. “Hows the surf out front” asked Vector. “The wind came up early so it’s not good. I talked to someone about 10 minuets ago and he said Trestle’s was 4-6 ft and in good shape.
After putting the boards into the back of Vector El Camino, Leo says “Lets check the surf out” wanting to surf on his new used board. Not having far to go, they drove over to Brookhurst St. which is less than a mile away and turned around from the direction they came from. They see a few cars park off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), half in the sand the other half on the road. “Lets check it out” asked Vector. “Ok” Leo said.
Walking over to the jetty and the steel pier that was being dismantled they notice people out surfing a left breaking wave from the Newport Beach side towards the mouth of the Santa Ana river. “Hey that looks like fun. Lets go out” Leo said. “I’m with you” replied Vector as the hurried back to Vector’s El Camino and the boards. Having a couple of towels behind the seat they cover the lower half of their bodies and put on their wetsuits.
Walking back to the water’s edge they paddle out and the wind was starting to pickup. Sitting further north than the guys by the peak. Vector sees a wave and he paddles for it and stands up. With the tide being low, the wave walled up and within a few seconds the front end of Vector’s board did a nose dive in front of the wave. Vector get launched like the cartoon character Superman, before splashing onto the water and going into a tumbling cycle in 5 feet of water.
Leo was watching what had happen to Vector from behind and would let the set of waves pass. Then he noticed a peak with a shoulder and paddled for it, taking off at an angle. Making it to the bottom and gliding across the section before the wave turned into a wall and collapsed in front of him as he straighten out and slowed down before jumping off onto the sandy bottom placing a hand on the surfboard as not to let it drift away.
Vector and Leo would adjust to the waves and catch a few short rides before going in and returning back home. Back at home Vector is building surfboard racks in the barn for their surfboards. Leo is in the trailer writing down of things to do as he is listening to a FM radio station. He hears someone mentioning this is Gabriel Wisdom with the noon day surf report from San Diego. It’s 4-6 ft and fair shape. Then he hears someone else from Huntington Beach say its 3-4 ft and poor conditions followed by Hermosa Beach and Ventura.
Cleaning around the property, Leo says “I heard the surf report and there is surf down south. Care to go surf to San Diego tomorrow” asked Leo as they were loading up his truck and trailer with branches, weeds and old lumber that had been laying in the field for years. “I have to ask Artemesia if she has plans for tomorrow, but that sounds good to me. Will let you know after we get back from the dump” Vector said.
Artemesia was in the trailer, sitting in the kitchen with Flo talking about going to South Coast Plaza the next day. “Need to get some living room furniture and some clothes and shoes. Do you want to go to South Coast Plaza and do some shopping” asked Artemesia. “I was thinking about going up to the Mart in the garment district in LA, but that can wait. Sure I will go with you” Flo answered back.
Rocky, Frank and Velidia had started classes at the local coast college nearby and were getting use to being in school. They were busy attending their classes and had homework to do. During a two hour break between classes Rocky and Frank were discussing their situation and thinking about getting some surfboards. “Rocky I was talking with some guys in class who surf and they mentioned about their last surf session. How a fun they had surfing Salt Creek, just the three of them. One of them asked if I surfed. I told them I just moved here from Panama and would learn as soon as I got a surfboard. My schedule is open tomorrow, let go gets some surfboards” Frank said.
“Ok, don’t have any classes tomorrow. What about going to Huntington Beach and stop by some shops there” asked Rocky. “Yeah, ok lets plan on it tomorrow around 11” Frank said and started thinking about surfing and his next class. Velidia met two girls in her Oceanography class and would become friends with them. They invited her to go with them to a cafe after class. She did and got to know them better. Meanwhile at the dump “It sure smells and the flys are bugging the heck out of me” Vector mentioned pulling a branch out of the trailer. “We are almost finished” Leo said throwing debri from the back of his truck bed.
After the dump, driving back to the house Leo says “Vector, Flo was thinking about getting a place of our own and let you and Artemesia have the farm with your kids.” “Where were you two thinking about” asked Vector. “Not far, maybe San Clemente or Oceanside” Leo said. “If we go down south tomorrow and surf we can look at some areas down there to get a general idea” Vector suggested. “That’s not a bad idea. I will asked Flo if she wants to go” Leo said.
Later that afternoon Leo is talking to Flo “Vector and I are going surfing tomorrow and look around for some properties in the Oceanside area. “Would you like to come and check it out” asked Leo. “Artemesia and I are going to do some shopping tomorrow. What about you and Vector surf and check out some of places that might interest you and if it is to your liking we can go back during the weekend and I can see and talk about it” Flo said. “Ok, that sounds like a plan” Leo said and would let Vector know and Vector would let Leo that he got the Ok also.
Leo and Vector left the left the house at 4:30 am in Vector’s El Camino, traveling south on the 405 freeway as more traffic was flowing in the opposite direction. Stopping at Doheny State Beach with the sun climbing over the Santa Ana mountains, they watched the blurry lines in the darkness turn into waves of 3 feet rolling towards shore. “Tides kinda low, let keep going further south” Leo said.
Getting on the Coast Highway to San Clemente they park it near the San Clemente pier. The waves were walled and didn’t look inviting, so they got back onto the freeway and drove to Basilone Rd. and pulled off to the shoulder of the road overlooking the coastline. “Hey, the waves look like fun and only a few guys out” Vector said and notice a couple of cars with surfboards pass them as they drove south. “Follow them, they are probably going to the surf” Leo said as Vector got it of park and put it into drive. “There they are pulling into a side road. I will follow” mentioned Vector making a left hand turn.
They came up behind the cars who were paying to get in. It was their turn to pay and the ranger said $1 dollar please, as Vector handed him the dollar. “Kinda expensive” said Leo. “Get a yearly pass and your cost will be much less” replied the ranger. “How much is a yearly pass” asked Vector. “$35” the ranger said giving them their receipt and told them to put it on their dash. Pulling up along side of the beach they watched the surfers ride San Onofre. “Let go out, that looks like fun” Leo said. “What about those waves we saw” asked Vector.
“That’s a long walk up the beach. Maybe next time” Leo said as Vector pulled in facing the ocean. They hurried to put on his wetsuits and wax up. They paddled out and caught about 30 waves each. “Leo, I’m going in. My armpits feel sore where the wetsuit was rubbing there” Vector said seeing another set of waves coming in. “Ok, I’m going in too” Leo said. Drying off and taking their wetsuit off onto the ground. Leo was watching others who had gotten out wash their themselves and their wetsuits with plastic water bottles and thought to himself thats a good idea as he tossed his dirt covered wetsuit in the back of the truck under his board.
Driving down to Oceanside, Vector looked at his gas gauge and noticed it was registering a quarter full. “I’m going to get some gas once we get into Oceanside” Vector said. It wasn’t long after passing the rest stop that they pulled into a gas station. “Hey, this station is cheaper than the one in Costa Mesa. It’s only 65 cent a gallon here compared to 74 cents there” Vector said as he pulled in. Driving east on Highway 76 Leo was looking at the open land area next to Camp Pendleton and on the Oceanside of the road. As they continued looking, they came up to an intersection stating Vista to the right and Fallbrook to the left.
“Let go to Vista and check it out there” Leo mentioned as he looked at the open area that the road went through. As Vector continued to drive Leo was jotting down notes of what he saw and thought. Making a right on Oceanside Blvd. Vector was driving back towards the beach. Then Leo said “Make a left up ahead on El Camino Real.” After hearing Leo, Vector made the turn and thought “Was this the place my car was named after” as he asked out loud. “Never thought of it before, but most likely” Leo said as he kept a watch of the surrounding area writing any for sale sign location.
Passing Batiquitos Lagoon they drove a few miles and the open land to Encinitas Blvd. Where Leo had Vector make a right turn. Going over the hill and down towards the 5 freeway as Vector was driving towards the beach, they came up to a parking lot at the end of the road where Moonlight State Beach is located. Looking a the people and the waves which looked like fun. Knowing the tide was going to high and the temperature was in the low 80’s. Vector said “Lets go out Leo.” Noticing a shower Vector said “Let wash off our wetsuits and just go out in our long johns.” It wasn’t long before they were paddling out. After surfing for another 2 hours, Leo and Vector were physically tired, but were mentally stoked on surfing as they drove home.