Finding happiness even in sad moments.
This summer in California was not what we signed up for.
instead of a “heat of freedom“From coronavirus, we got a boom in the delta version. “Hot Wax Summer” turned into a literal, very hot summer.
Between drought, huge wildfires and 17 million gallons of sewage spilled off the Los Angeles coast, Californians are forced to wonder, “Is this the end of summer as we know it?”
But don’t be afraid. With summer officially ending this week, I asked you to share with you the best thing that happened over the past few months. And, I’m happy to report that California’s summer is still starting.
You wrote about international adventures, outdoor movies and concerts, pet adoption, binge shows, reunions with friends, attending Zoom comedy classes, and a whole host of activities that made this summer worth enjoying Gave. There is a season of celebration and relaxation.
Some of what you shared has been lightly edited for clarity:
safely enjoying each other’s company
“Road trip! And the best kind – choosing two longtime friends along the way.
We ate, drank, we reveled in our friendship of over 50 years! It was the comfort of summer. “
– Melanie Lunsford, San Diego
“My favorite summer memory is learning to cook and share with my 87-year-old grandmother without a mask and indoors. I am very grateful to the scientists who made the vaccine possible so that we can safely enjoy each other’s company.”
– Amanda Ha, San Francisco
“My Vermont son and wife brought their two children to a cabin in Lake Tahoe to spend a week with my Oakland son, his wife, and their baby – the first time the three grandchildren have lived with each other.
That love-fest seems to be the happiest moment of my life so far. “
— Peter Fisher, Berkeley
“Vine nights with close girlfriends in the backyard after the kids have slept have kept me up this summer.
We are worried about our children, about school, about the pandemic and about the effects of wildfires. But mostly we laugh and we celebrate it through another week, leaving enough recharge to tackle the next. “
– Tracy Weinstein, Sacramento
make something happy
“What got me this summer – and every month since lockdown – was dancing alone in my living room for my Cuban ‘nightclub parties’.
I dress up, put on my dance shoes, perfume, lipstick, and dim the lights. Then I channel Havana and sway. “
– Natasha Ravnik, Oakland
“Feeling safe enough to attend an art workshop in the teacher’s covered courtyard area. Everyone was required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival. It was fun doing something, meeting new people.”
– Corinne Schnur, Topanga
“Take me out to a game of ball! Monday evening, Giants vs. Mets:
It was a very grand evening in San Francisco (read: no fog), enough people in the stands to feel like part of a crowd of excited fans, but not so much that it activated our Covid fears. My New Yorker husband in his Mets jersey, me and my Giants hat – we won no matter what. It’s a pleasure for me (and the San Francisco) Giants to win in a very exciting game!”
— Shelly Hanan, Napas
“This summer I decided to make sure I go swimming every day.
Swimming in the cold, clear water helped clear my mind and reminded me to be grateful for what I have. “
– Debbie Bean, South Lake Tahoe
“After my friends’ hair turned gray (and mine white) in August, I decided to turn my hair into an adult coloring book. Using temporary color spray, I gave myself the week’s color and go with it. Matched your fingernails and toes for.”
– Carol Bonomo, San Marco Lake
“In these past 18 months I’ve been doing whatever I can to ‘find the good’ in the smells of books, home improvement projects, nostalgia, holidays…
On September 8, I ‘graduated’ from my breast cancer radiation treatment – where they put up a banner, played ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, made noises, rang a bell to mark the moment and gave me a certificate.
Removing the stickers I’ve worn since July = ‘Finding the good one.’”
– Missy Castro, Livermore
“Our backyard garden produced an amazing crop of golden cherry and yellow pear tomatoes this August. To celebrate, we used five pounds of these gorgeous fruits, which turned out to be the most extraordinary gazpacho; The peak sweetness and unmistakable color top it off. It was like eating with a spoon on a hot summer day.”
— Paul Kimball, Campbell
If you read a story, make it
In Tennessee, even if a local school district requires universal masking, students are not required to comply. Governor Bill Lee has allowed parents to send their children to school without masks, no questions asked.
That tension recently spilled over into a suburb of Nashville, where one parent, a self-described “California refugee,” presented copies of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, and the Bible. The school board added: “These guarantee my freedom, and yours, and my children’s oxygen to breathe.”
My colleague Erica L. Read Green’s full article.
Amazon Bill: Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that prohibits warehouse employers like Amazon from setting productivity quotas that prevent workers from taking breaks or complying with health and safety laws.
Vaccine requirement for children: Top state officials are considering requiring a vaccine against coronavirus for all children aged 12 and above to attend school, nbc bay area report.
booster shots: State officials say they are ready to distribute booster shots to people 65 and older, Los Angeles Times reports.
wildfire fundNewsom on Thursday approved nearly $1 billion in new spending aimed at stopping wildfires before they begin, Associated Press report.
Finding a Home in the Los Angeles Suburbs: A family looking for a four-bedroom home near downtown Los Angeles visited 40 homes to find the right mix of space and amenities. Here’s what they found.
Supply Chain Stressed: Sixty ships were anchored off the coast of Southern California on Thursday waiting to be unloaded, in a stark reminder of the woes of the supply chain in international markets.
La Sheriff targets political enemies: There is a special unit within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that goes after Sheriff Alex Villanueva, or outspoken critics of the department, Los Angeles Times report.
Raise Teacher: Los Angeles school district teachers will receive a 5 percent increase under a tentative agreement announced Wednesday, KTLA reports.
christmas parade returns: After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, this year the Hollywood Christmas Parade is back, NBC Los Angeles reports.
Palm Springs Bounty Hunter Case: New police body camera footage shows how a suspected breach of a private bail agreement resulted in the death of a man in front of two Palm Springs police officers, desert sun report.
Sequoia Fire: The KNP complex fire had scorched more than 33,000 acres and pulled more than 1,500 firefighters and other personnel into the Sequoia National Forest as of Thursday, Fresno Bee reports.
Fire prompts evacuation: The Fawn fire forced mandatory evacuations in Shasta County on Thursday, Associated Press reports. On the same day, the authorities supposedly arrested the woman. set on fire.
Oakland Vaccination Requirement: The Oakland Board of Education has voted to require students age 12 and older to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to attend in-person school, Associated Press reports.
Holmes test: Former US Defense Secretary James Mattis testified this week at the trial of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, Associated Press reports.
what are we eating
In his latest newsletter, The Times’s California restaurant critic Tejal Rao offers recipes to help transform your cooking from summer to fall.
where are we traveling
Today’s travel tip comes from Thomas Cushing, a reader who lives in Napa. Thomas recommends Doris Lake In Mono County:
“Hidden” At the end of a 20-mile bad, one-lane logging road, this hot spring-filled lake is a temperate Sierra beauty. Near Mono Hot Springs, with a little hike in it – to get you in the mood for a good soak For. “
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions at [email protected] We’ll be sharing more in upcoming versions of the Slitter.
what are we recommending
Television returns to normal this year after last year’s pandemic wiped out. Here are 31 shows to watch.
And before we go, some good news
The Michelin Guide this week awarded Bib Gourmands to 45 California restaurants—a designation that’s a step down from Michelin’s famed star rating, but still guarantees a delicious meal.
The restaurant is a sampling of the complete Michelin California Restaurant Guide that will be released next week, Eater San Francisco reports.
For now, browse 45 new bib gourds Michelin’s site.
Thanks for reading. I will be back on Monday. enjoy your weekend. – Soumya
ps is here Today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: the popular Office messaging service (5 characters).
Steven Moity and Miles McKinley contributed to California Today. you can reach the team [email protected].
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