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For a dad, “pick up duty” is often an uncomfortable experience. The time spent

waiting outside the kids’ classroom for the final bell to ring and the students to

be excused for the day can be an eternity. Invariably, the moms huddle together

in excited conversation that picks up exactly where it had left off the day before

while the dads struggle to find something to talk about to each other beyond,

“Hey, man - how’s it going?” It was during one of those interactions about a

year ago that the idea was born to form a softball team comprised completely

of fathers of students at Bishop’s Peak Elementary. A sign up sheet began

circulating to find out who had Monday nights open. Shortly thereafter, the

“B.P. Dads” softball team took the field for the first time.

That first season we were awful - I mean really bad. It’s a rare thing to see

someone strike out in slow pitch softball, but we notched our share of whiffs.

My favorite memory from our first game came when one of the Dads (a native

of Great Britain who had never played baseball nor seen a game) somehow made

it to first base with one out - I’m pretty sure he reached on an error. The next Dad popped up to the leftfielder and the British Dad, who had been

running on the play, made it all the way to third base when the outfielder caught the ball for the second out. As he was casually standing on third, we

all started jumping up and down frantically yelling at him to get back to first base, so he did… by running straight across the pitcher’s mound to first

(instead of running along the base path through second then first, as is required).

We won just two games that first season. But, in fairness to us, many of the teams we played in the lowest rung of city league were stacked with

young Cal Poly kids just a couple years out of their prime high school baseball playing days. Despite the mounting losses and frequent injuries, we

were having a blast. After each game, an MVP was voted on by the team and the chosen Dad was awarded the “Ollie,” which is a makeshift trophy

fashioned from an old Olympia Beer can. As bad as we were, someone always took home the Ollie.

When the next season rolled around, we improved to three wins and the B.P. Dads’ reputation was growing on campus. Plus, now there was stuff to

talk about while waiting for the kids. Other fathers were taking note and began inquiring about signing up to play. Soon, we had so much interest

that we realized we could actually form our own league, which we did for the first time this spring. Finally, we would be able to play some other

teams who would be more on our level, and the wins would pile up - except they didn’t. Turns out that many of the kids at Bishop’s Peak have fathers

who can still swing the bat pretty well, and we finished the season in last place, but with our heads held high knowing that there’s always next season.

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Recently, lifelong San Luis Obispo resident Giancarlo Campolmi wound his car all the way up the parking structure at

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| Q & A

Katie Lichtig

She grew up in Los Angeles, on the west side. She credits her mother, who survived breast cancer for 25 years,

as the inspiration for much of what she has accomplished personally and professionally. Breaking barriers

throughout her life, she is the first woman to be the City Manager of San Luis Obispo where she oversees

all 350 city employees. She has served as a federal special agent but found local government to be her calling.

Today, she is two-and-a-half years into the job. We catch up with her one afternoon to get to know her a

little better…

What was childhood like for you?

It was a really active, athletic

childhood. I played tennis, skied,

played baseball. I was the first

girl at Rancho Park to play in the

Little League there. They actually

wouldn’t let me play at the park that

was closest to my house because

they wouldn’t consider allowing a

girl. But, this other park that was

a little further away decided to

make an exception. So, my parents

allowed me to do it, and I signed

up. The coach lived across the street

from us. And when he put me in

the lineup, I hit a triple and there

was a big celebration on our block

that day. If I had better wheels, it

would have been a home run.

How’d you go from triples in Little

League to city management?

I actually knew in junior high

school that this was my passion,

to serve. I was involved in student

government the whole time I was

in school, including in college, so

it was in my blood. It was in my

soul. I describe my profession as

a calling, so it’s always been part

of what I love to do. I went off to

school at UC Davis for a Public

Service degree and to Syracuse

University for my Masters in

Public Administration. From there,

I spent nine years in the Federal

Government rotating through

various agencies. I started off in

the Treasury Department and

kind of fell in love with doing law

enforcement work. I decided I

wanted to become more involved,

so I went to the Federal Law

Enforcement Training Center to

become a certified special agent.

And, so I was a “T-woman.”

Just what is a “T-woman” exactly?

Treasury Woman. The Treasury

Department has thirteen different

bureaus, the IRS, which we all

know, but there are many others. I

worked for the Inspector General’s

Office doing criminal investigations

in the non-law enforcement

bureaus for any crime that was

committed. We were looking for

fraud, waste, and abuse within

the government as a result of

criminal activity. One of the biggest

cases I had was when there was a

purchasing agent who was buying

computers for the agency, taking

possession of them, and then selling

them to pawn shops.

But you left federal government?

I felt like I wasn’t making very

much of a difference. Finding

things that were going to

change the system were just not

happening. So, while I was doing a

lot of good work - holding people

accountable for stealing from

the government - I wasn’t really

changing people’s lives.

I bet the guy who pawned those

computers would beg to differ!

[laughter] Good point. His life

definitely changed. But, seriously,

I started to really think about it,

and I came to the conclusion that I

could make a much bigger impact

in local government. Whether it’s

big stuff like having open space

and planning for our land use

or it’s the little stuff like getting

the garbage picked up or filling

the pothole, every day people are

impacted by local government.

Where do you get your drive?

The person who I have been most

empowered by was my mom. And

I have had some challenges. I

happen to be dyslexic. From an

early age they thought it may

have been some other problem

that they couldn’t identify. They

couldn’t figure out why I don’t

do standardized tests very well.

My mom had a commitment to

empowering me and encouraging

me to be the best that I could

be and to overcome and take me

to tutors. I always felt like I was

successful in her presence and that

I could do anything I wanted to do.

And, so I felt very empowered by

that and very loved and cared for

and encouraged. It has meant that I

have had a high level of persistence.

For me, it’s always been about, head

down, ears pinned back dedication

to doing what needs to get done.

How do you balance your busy

schedule with your personal life?

My husband, Mark, is the head of

a non-profit in LA that provides

job training and job opportunities

to people in poverty and who are

homeless. Most of the time, he’s

able to make it up here around 6

or 7 o’clock on a Friday night. He

has actually gone off and gotten his

pilot’s license and most of the time

he’s able to fly back on Monday

mornings, so that has given us more

time together on the weekends.

What brought you to San Luis?

Three years ago when I was

the Assistant City Manager in

Beverly Hills, I decided to go on

an Outward Bound trip. It was

eight days in the woods of North

Carolina. I was trying to figure out

what I wanted to do next in my

career and my private life. And, one

of the things I had identified was

that I wanted to be a city manager

again. I had been a city manager for

four-and-a-half years in Malibu,

the longest tenured city manager

there, before I went to Beverly

Hills to work for a full-serviced

city. I felt that I could contribute

something and be of service to a

community. And what’s beautiful

about the San Luis Obispo

community is that the expectations

are high. I feel that the people here

really want the best from us, and I

feel that I can contribute to that.

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Prefumo Canyon

The spring storms this year produced much needed rain and some dramatic skies, as captured here by

professional photographer Lance Kinney, who is based in Avila. Kinney, who spent his youth in the seventies

traveling around attending workshops of photography legends such as Ansel Adams, Steve Crouch, Morley

Baer, and the sons of his favorite, Edward Weston, Cole and Brett Weston. On this particular mid-April day,

Kinney, on a whim, decided to go up to the top of the Irish Hills to see what Mother Nature would reveal.

“It had been raining pretty hard, but I could see that the storm was breaking a little bit and I had a hunch

that it may yield some pretty amazing shots,” he remembers. Kinney set up his tripod at the top of the ridge

looking southwest toward Shell Beach, a vantage point not often photographed. Kinney, who says that he

“doesn’t know how to use Photoshop,” deemed this the best photo of the approximately one hundred he took

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Rich Seubert (69), center


In this installment of our “Meet Your Neighbor” series, SLO LIFE Magazine sits down for a conversation with

Rich Seubert. He grew up in rural Wisconsin, where he excelled at football and basketball. After being told

that he was too small to play college football at a major university, he landed a spot at Western Illinois where

he played on the offensive line. A chance meeting with NFL scouts led to a tryout with the New York Giants,

where his stellar ten-year career prompted Giant’s General Manager to remark that he was “the team MVP.”

Eighteen months ago, he was laying crushing blocks on Sundays, but a devastating knee injury brought it all

to a premature end. Together with his wife, Jodi, they have two boys, Hunter and Isaac, aged seven and five,

and a one-year-old daughter, Hailey. They moved to San Luis Obispo in December. Here is his story…

Where did you get your start, Rich?

I grew up in Wisconsin. I went to a small high school, about the size of

Mission Prep, called Columbus Catholic High School in Marshfield. We

had 42 kids in our graduating class. My wife and I went to the same high

school and started dating about two weeks before we graduated. I went

off to college at Western Illinois University. None of the Big 10 schools

wanted me, I was too small. People are told that they can’t do things their

whole lives, right? But, if you work hard enough and put your mind to

something you can do about whatever you want. I played tight end my

freshman year and moved to tackle my second year.

What happened next?

We had pro scouts coming to check out two of our star players, Edgerton

Hartwell and William James. I hopped into the workouts when the scouts

showed up. I ran a good 40-yard dash time and had a good bench press.

The draft came around, and I was at my sister’s house in Peoria, Illinois,

and I kind of figured that my name wasn’t going to be called, but I wasn’t

going to let it bother me. I had heard some teams might be interested in

trying me out after the draft as a free agent.

So you went undrafted?

That’s right, but I was invited to a mini camp [tryouts] with the Giants. It

was the week before finals my senior year. They fly you out. You don’t know

anybody. You don’t know any of the coaches. You feel like a freshman at

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college again; it feels like the first day of school. It’s pretty nerve-wracking.

You walk into that locker room, and you’ve got Michael Strahan sitting

over there and Tiki Barber over here, Kerry Collins, the quarterback at

the time, Jason Seahorn. And, I didn’t know any of them. The Giants were

in the Super Bowl the year before so you kind of knew the players from

watching that game when they lost to Baltimore. You’re intimidated by the

atmosphere, but you realize that you are there for a job, too.

What do you remember about your first play in the league?

It was a preseason game against Baltimore. The first play called was a toss,

and I was in charge of blocking Ray Lewis [All-Pro linebacker]. And,

I was like, “How am I going to get to him?” [laughter] I ran as fast as I

could, and I dove for his knees. He might have yelled at me for cutting

him [blocking below the waist] in preseason, but I was trying to make the

team. I think I got a piece of him. I’m not going to say I made the block,

but I don’t think he made the tackle. It was fun.

How did you learn that you had made the team?

The last morning was cut day, and they said they were going to start

making phone calls to our hotel rooms. It was me and my roommate, who

was another offensive guard. One of us was going to go. They can only

keep so many. The phone rang, and neither one of us wanted to pick it

up. I picked it up, and they asked for him, and he goes in, and I don’t see

him the rest of the day. We went back into the weight room, and everyone

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is lifting and congratulating each other on making the team, and the

strength coach says, “There’s still going to be one more cut.” And you start

looking around again and doing the math and trying to figure out if you’re

the one to go. I made the team that year and played special teams and

back up lineman. My second year I started every game at guard.

Speaking of special teams, weren’t you involved in a rather infamous

play against the 49ers?

It was the playoffs. We had an opportunity to win it with about ten

seconds on the clock. I was playing tight end on the field goal team,

and there was a botched snap, so I headed out for a pass. The ball was

thrown to me, and I got tackled before the ball got to me. It should have

been called pass interference. They came back later, and said they made a

mistake. It was clearly pass interference. They replayed it again this year

when the Giants were in the playoffs. That play was my claim to fame. I

was at the five-yard line, and I had the guy beat by about fifteen yards.

The holder threw a lollipop pass - a rainbow - if he would have led me, it

would have been an easy touchdown, if I caught it. I had to stop and wait

for it, so the defender ran into me and pulled me down [you can watch the

play by going to this article at].

What was your favorite type of play?

If you play offensive line, run blocking is what you want to do. You don’t

want to sit back in pass protection. You want to run the ball. It shows your

toughness, it shows your strength. Our offensive line always took pride in

running down the field and finishing plays. If the ball is on the ground,

we’re going to get it back. I’m looking for someone that’s smaller than

me - you don’t want to pick the big guy. The joke is that if there’s a safety

or a linebacker, who are you going to take out? I’m taking out the safety.

The running back can juke the linebacker, the safety is the better athlete so

I’m going to take him out. But, there’s a lot of open space, they’re smaller,

they’re shiftier, so they’re hard to get. And, it’s happened to me where Eli

[Manning] throws a pick [interception] and all of the sudden, “Wham!”

You’re getting ear-holed [hit from the blindside]. It’s like, “Come on,

man. I wasn’t going to make the tackle.” But, it’s football and that’s what

you like. It’s either hit or be hit. That’s why you play hard and never stop

because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

You sustained a pretty nasty injury early in your career - can you tell us

what happened?

We were playing Philly in my third year and N.D. Kalu, their defensive

end, basically stepped on the back of my leg, and it shattered. It wasn’t

like he meant to do it. It just happened. Every play you have a chance of

getting hurt, and he stepped on it just right. I was in the hospital for three

weeks. Stuff went wrong. I had Compartment Syndrome, my leg swelled

up so they cut me open on both sides of my leg to get the swelling down.

Basically, if they don’t catch it, you lose your leg. I had eight surgeries.

Our head trainer came in the day after the first surgery to put in the rod

and plate and screws and he asked me, “Can you feel your foot?” And, I

said, “Uh… I don’t know.” And, he said, “I’ve been touching it for the last

five minutes.” I couldn’t feel my foot. So, I was put back into surgery. And

you’re all looped-up on the pain medication so you don’t know what’s

going on, and you wake up and there is a big bandage around your leg.

And then they tell you what they did. They took me into surgery again

a week later. But they couldn’t close the leg up because it was still too

swollen. So, I wake up from my next surgery, and my upper leg is killing

me and I asked them why that area was hurting me now. And they told

me that they had to do a skin graft - basically taking skin from my thigh

to close up the cuts, which had been too swollen to close. My wife went

through a lot that year because she was my nurse, basically. It was a yearand-a-half

before I made it back.

But, obviously, you made a comeback.

My first game back was against Kansas City at home. The first game I

started was basically two years since I played last. The guy ahead of me got

hurt, and I made my way back to the first team. I never felt so miserable in

my entire life when I got done with that game. I was so sore. Tiki ran the

ball for over 200 yards. If I had blocked a few more guys, he would have

had 300. But, it was great to be back, and it made me want to work harder

for the next year. Then 2007 rolled around and I started the full season. I

was healthy, I felt good, and we won the Super Bowl that year.

That was one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Tell us

about that amazing final drive.

The last drive went fast. Eli always said he’d rather be down four than

down three and going for a field goal, because when you are going for a

field goal, the offensive coordinator tightens up and gets conservative with

the play calling. When you need a touchdown, they open it up. We knew

that we were going to get four downs every series, and we had to get a

touchdown. We just had to find a way to get it done. The first set of downs

we got to fourth-and-one on our own 30-yard-line. We had to go for it.

There was not enough time on the clock to get the ball back if we punted.

The call was for an “iso” [man on man blocking] up the middle, a hand-off

to Brandon Jacobs. We made it, and from there, it was essentially a spread

offense where we were pass blocking.

What about David Tyree’s famous “helmet catch” on that drive - what

do you remember?

The play to Tyree everybody got beat, the play would never have happened

if it weren’t for the O-line getting beat so bad [laughter]. The defense ran

some play and tricked us. Eli was surrounded, and we all ran back to try to

get a piece of somebody, and Eli just chucked it up. That’s all I remember,

seeing him chuck it down the middle of the field, and I thought, “Uh oh,

this doesn’t look good.” It was an incredible catch. I was happy for David,

he’s a good guy. His mother passed away that year, and it was nice to see

something good happen to him. It’s the little things, you never know

what’s going to happen. It just went our way.

Where did your career go from there?

I played the full season after the Super Bowl. We were tops in the

league in rushing, had home field advantage in the playoffs. We lost to

Philadelphia at home in the playoffs. The year after that we didn’t make

the playoffs. I blew my knee out the last game of the season. That was

about a year-and-a-half ago. I was blocking a guy in pass protection, and

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I was anchored in and my foot got stuck in the turf, and I felt my knee

pop. I thought I broke my leg again because I felt it in my rod from my

previous injury. I thought it had somehow shot out of my knee. I didn’t

know what was going on. I looked down, and my knee was pointing in

the wrong direction over to the right. The pain was worse than when

I broke my leg. This was right around Christmastime and Jodi was in

Wisconsin for the holidays. I had to ride the train back from D.C. to

New York for surgery a few days later. I knew it wasn’t good from what

the doctor was telling me during the surgeries. But, every good thing

comes to an end, and my kids were getting older and I really enjoy

them and wanted to spend more time with my family. The Giants

released me injured once the lockout ended, that was last August.

I don’t have any bad feelings. I had promised the kids that we were

going to go to the zoo the day I got the news, so we went to the zoo,

and I made a few phone calls. It was a good day.

Tell us about Cal Poly star Ramses Barden who is trying to get some

playing time with the Giants.

I was with Ramses for two years. He’s a good kid. He’s big. He’s tall. He

wants to do it. He’s had a couple of injuries over the last couple of years

that have kind of slowed him up. Hopefully, he can get over that injury

stuff because I think he’s got the potential, I think he’s got the work ethic.

He just needs to stay healthy. In the NFL, staying healthy is the hard part.

I joked around with him saying that I’d take good care of his town while

he was away.

Come on, Rich, be honest… were you watching Oprah when she named

us the “Happiest City?”

[laughter] No, no… we actually had Oprah beat on that one. We started

looking at places here two or three years ago when we decided we wanted

to move out here when we were done - whenever that would be. I have a

friend that lives out here, and we started coming out to visit him during

the offseason once or twice a year for two weeks at a time during the last

eight or nine years. We’d hang out and just enjoy it. The weather here is

pretty much perfect for me. I don’t like it too hot, and I don’t like it too

cold. So, this is it. And the people are nice. You don’t get honked at if you

stay at a green light too long like you would in New York. It reminds me

of the Midwest growing up in Wisconsin… but, the weather. You don’t

get snow. So, we’re still learning the ropes. I’m still getting used to putting

a sweatshirt on in the morning and taking it off by noon. We enjoy it, our

family is having a good time here.

What’s life like for you now?

My life revolves around my kids. I’m running around picking them up

then it’s off to t-ball, baseball, basketball, and we’re going to start karate

here pretty soon. Whatever my kids want to do, I’ll find time to get it

done. And they like doing everything. I’m coaching O-line at Mission

Prep, I love football, it’s all I’ve ever done and I truly enjoy being around

the guys. I’ve always had good coaches, so I hope I can help the kids

out and help the team. One of the goals is to win a championship.

We can do it at Mission. We’ve got the kids, and we’ve got the work

ethic. We can get it done over there. I also put on a football camp

back in Wisconsin every year. I enjoy it and try to get kids active in

whatever they want to do. I don’t care if it’s football, baseball, basketball,

volleyball, soccer… just to get them active. As long as they’re doing

something. Kids should have the opportunity to do everything. I don’t

think they should specialize in one sport and just work on that because,

let’s be honest, what’s the percentage of kids going on to play at the next

level? I know everybody’s dreams are high, which they should be; my

dreams were high as a kid, too, but I didn’t know I was going to play in

the NFL, it just kind of happened. But, I loved playing. I loved playing

basketball more than I loved playing football. But, look at where it got

me. If I had just concentrated on basketball, who knows what I’d be

doing now? So, my advice is to let them do what they want to do. You

only live once, so you might as well enjoy it. SLO LIFE

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back row (left to right) Nettie Alberta, Claire

Eleanor, Dorothy Lee, John Carroll Jr., Claudia

Victoria, Grace Malone and Lucy Anne Albertine

seated Nettie and John Carroll Parent

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If houses could talk, this one would tell a wonderful story. Also, this house, itself,

was wonderful to all of us. There, our lives were full of children, the ones who

belonged to us and the ones who came to visit. The house was also full of drama,

music, love, the smell of baking bread and pies, all the normal joys, and also the

difficulties life brings to each of us.

- Grace Parent Miller

Historical Gem

The Carlaw Home


Shortly after buying their home on Islay Street in 1994, there was a

knock on the front door. It was the grandson of Grace Parent Miller,

the daughter of one of the Old Victorian home’s early owners. Curious

about the new inhabitants, he stopped by to share the history of the

home, originally built in the 1890’s, and the story of the family who lived

there. The Carlaws invited him in and were fascinated by the many vivid

tales of the Parent Family. Then, ten years later, there was another knock.

This time it was Grace’s son who dropped by to ask a question: “Do you

think it would be possible to host a birthday party here at your house for

my mother - Grace Parent Miller?” The Carlaw’s pondered the rather

unusual request for a moment and said, “Sure, we’d love to!”

The party was a success, and the Carlaws were given a book as a

token of appreciation; it was a history of the home titled “The Grand

Old House Where Grandma Grew Up: 1929 - 1972 by Grandma

(Grandma being Grace Parent Miller).” The book opens with a

first-person recollection of moving day by a three-year-old “Gracie”

and continues with an intimate chronicle of life in San Luis Obispo

during the Great Depression; Grace’s father’s colorful career with

the Narcotics Bureau; family camping in Reservoir Canyon; yellow

quarantine signs tacked to the front door; and the effects of World

War II, locally. The book, which provides a fascinating look at life for

the San Luis Obispo family begins…

The Parent Family moved into this Victorian house in 1929. Moving

day was exciting. While the older children helped carry in our household

goods, Dorothy, then one-year-old, and Gracie - this was my third

birthday - played in the backyard. I stepped on a bee and my brother

carried a screaming Gracie to the outside faucet where he plastered my

sting with mud, then he took me to the house for lunch, which consisted

of cabbage soup, corn on the cob and sliced tomatoes.

Many fond childhood memories are shared by Grace, including

dressmaking with her sisters and mother, playing baseball and

kick-the-can with the neighbors, listening to her brother play the

violin, and making her mother’s favorite dessert, Bavarian Cream.

But, life took a dramatic turn for the Parent Family when the Great

Depression came to Islay Street…

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If houses could talk, this one would tell a wonderful story. Also, this house,

itself, was wonderful to all of us. There, our lives were full of children, the

ones who belonged to us and the ones who came to visit. The house was also

full of drama, music, love, the smell of baking bread and pies, all the normal

joys, and also the difficulties life brings to each of us. Our early years were

carefree because we had loving parents who were doing well. As the Great

Depression had its impact on the nation, our family began to deeply feel

its turmoil. Eventually it impacted everything we did, our livelihood, our

activities, our emotions and ultimately our adult values.

The book describes the Great Depression hitting the Parent Family hard.

And, when the the federal government began cutting back, Grace’s father

lost his job with the Narcotics Bureau, and the family had to scramble to

keep themselves afloat. When the Veteran’s Bonus they had been hoping

for failed to materialize - Grace’s father was a veteran of World War I, and

carried German shrapnel in his neck as a souvenir from the conflict - the

Islay Street home was very nearly lost to back-taxes. To make ends meet,

nearly every expense was cut, including the gas used to cook their meals and

heat their house. Life for the family consisted of a daily hunt for food - they

were living, quite literally, hand-to-mouth.


Combining stainless steel appliances with hardwood

cabinets and a marble countertop create casual

refinement worthy of the home’s rich history

Because the Depression was becoming deeper instead of fading away, our

parents took many measures to keep their heads above water. It was called

survival. All members of our family worked together to maintain hearth

and home… Bent nails were methodically pounded straight and sorted

into old coffee cans for future use. Sticks from wooden boxes were saved

for kindling as were any branches trimmed from our numerous trees and

bushes, which were crammed to the roof of the woodshed. We saved anything

that could possibly be reused. Mother also saved the wishbones from our

Christmas and Thanksgiving turkeys, which she placed on a nail in an




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inconspicuous place over the pantry door - not for any superstitious reason,

but because they represented memories of happy times.

Life in the home on Islay Street remained difficult and the Depression

seemed as if it was going to go on forever until the United States began its

war build-up effort in the late thirties and early forties. It was only then

that the industrious and resilient Parent Family began to finally feel some


Around 1939, the National Guard Camp San Luis, was being built and

filled with soldiers. This was to be a last training camp on the West Coast

before soldiers would be sent overseas, should the war come to our land,

which it did December 7 of 1941. Our local officials advertised for San Luis

families to rent their extra bedrooms, allowing soldiers and their wives to

have a few weeks together before being sent overseas. Since Claire, Claudia,

and John were now grown and away from home either as university students

or working, their bedrooms were rented. Dad and Mother set up a bed for

themselves in Dad’s home office and rented their own bedroom, too. As

demand for such housing became more desperate, our living and dining rooms

were furnished with beds and rented as well. For the first time in years, with

joy, Mother and Dad had enough income from rent so that Mom could quit

working outside the home.

Today, the Carlaws can identify exactly where different parts of the

story take place in the home. And a few remaining artifacts provide

daily reminders of its rich history, including an old clawfoot bathtub,

an assortment of original railroad spikes, and a cellar made from rock

taken from Bishop Peak which stored “homemade root beer, salt pork,

and home canned foods” all from a different, but somehow not so

distant time on Islay Street. SLO LIFE


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“Luckily for you, I am a Realtor that knows homes!

Having had a career in architecture, I’m the smart

choice as your central coast Realtor.”

Traci Ferguson, Realtor #01875751/ Eco Broker Certified/ LEED AP/ BA Architecture

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Amazing Panoramic Views from this 10-acre private and gated Templeton home

with 7 acres of Syrah and Petite Syrah Vineyards. Outdoor living with Pool, Outdoor Kitchen,

Bar and BBQ Pit. The main house is in the midst of a remodel and is being sold as-is. Two

secondary dwellings are almost completed along with a huge shop with three roll up doors.

This is a fantastic price at $799,000.

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If you have lived around the Central Coast

any length of time, you likely remember

the Unocal contamination at Avila Beach

and the years of cleanup and redevelopment

that followed. And it wasn’t fun for business

owners down there, but you can reap the

benefits of one of the outcomes of that mess.

The next time you have a Friday evening

free, you should try the Avila Beach Fish and

Farmers Market. Because in the nine years

it has existed, it’s grown into good proof,

There’s No Place Like Home. It’s Happy

Hour, family-style. From four to eight each

Friday evening come summertime, it offers

up something for just about everyone.

You will find fresh farmer fare of all sorts

here. And the shopping experience is

part of the pleasure. Fifty vendors set up

shop and are ready and willing to offer up

answers to any questions you may have and

provide samples that will likely keep you

from wandering away.

It’s much more than fruits and veggies. You

can pick up flowers, enjoy dinner, and soak

up the sunshine and sweet, salty air.

The backdrop of the market makes it

pretty special. The view of the Pacific is

spectacular. “Obviously the ocean, the

scenery, the entertainment and the music.

It’s so nice to come each week and see the

entertainment they have,” says one of the

people checking it out.You’ll find someone

different providing the music backdrop

each week.

Whatever your definition of winding down

is, you’ll likely find it here... right in our

own backyard. And it offers more proof,

There’s No Place Like Home. SLO LIFE

Jeanette Trompeter, KSBY News anchor and

reporter, hosts the “No Place Like Home” series

every Tuesday evening at 6pm.

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Choose Your


Cliff Jumping Big Falls

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Growing up on Indiana Jones movies, in a family of five kids,

outdoor hunting for buried treasure was simply a part of kid-dom.

All you needed were the map coordinates, a compass, a promise of

splendor, no concept for how to get there and a clueless sidekick. We

had a flair for the dramatic and also made sure to include a hat and

a bull whip for full effect.

If you are a San Luis Obispo local or a visitor to our glorious

region, consider this your chance to step into a modern adventure,

and spend a Saturday trying to locate the elusive duo of waterfalls,

Big Falls and Little Falls, before they mystically evaporate in the

summer heat.

Rumored to be an 80 foot waterfall in the surge of April showers,

Big Falls is nestled into the Santa Lucia Wilderness, just above Lake

Lopez. Pouring over the intricate geologic tracing of limestone, both

Big and Little Falls create a number of cool, deep pools.

The real adventure is not just finding them, but in accepting the

whispered local challenge of jumping off the higher waterfall into

the small, but deep pool 80 feet below. Only the most observant of

adventurers can read the depth of a pool, so proceed with caution.

Now if cliff jumping isn’t enough to spark a local adventurer’s mind, then

the falls certainly reward the hiker with refreshing swimming pools. Rest

assured that visual treasures abound.

Reaching the falls is quite the endeavor, as the only directions you can

find read like tall tales of bygone days. The road up Lopez Canyon

crosses a creek more than a dozen times before dead-ending at the Big

Falls trailhead, where adventurers must continue on foot. So having

attempted the trip, turning back once as a result of bringing the CR-V

instead of the Tacoma, and finally getting there, let me expound on

the kind of details (see below) one would only gain access to after

uncovering clues and details and piecing them together.


Getting there...

Driving directions:

Head toward Lake Lopez on Highway 227, eventually heading east. Follow the signs to Lake Lopez. Once the lake is in sight, watch for the first road

on the right. Turn right on High Mountain Road. At about 0.8 miles, turn left onto Upper Lopez Canyon Road. This is the key: follow this road past

six concrete fords and past a Boy Scouts Camp, up and over a ridge. The views are beautiful before you descend the junction of Waters End Road and

Upper Lopez Canyon Road. At this point if you have a low clearance vehicle, park your car in one of the spaces near this junction. If you choose to

continue on the Upper Lopez Canyon Road (located on your right), you will begin crossing the Lopez Creek and could incur damage to your car and

lose heart altogether. From here you drive/walk about 1.5 miles through eight Lopez Creek crossings to get to the trailhead.

Hiking directions:

Once at the small parking lot, the Lopez Canyon Trail keeps winding ahead, but watch for a trailhead that is not marked. It’s on the west side of the

road. Follow this trail along the creek, cross it, and on the opposite side head up and into the Big Falls Canyon. Enjoy the shade, but beware of poison

oak. Within about a half-of-a-mile, you will find yourself staring up at the lower waterfall, about 40 feet high with a pool at its base. From here you can

stay on the path and continue onward and up to the upper falls (about an 80 foot waterfall, where risk takers cliff jump).

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Helping Person

Bipolar Disorder


We receive a lot of email here at SLO LIFE Magazine, but it was

one that I received on an unusually warm and still morning last

fall that caught my attention. It got right to the point: Hey Tom, I

was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder this summer, something I have

struggled with most of my adult life. The author of the email was

someone I knew, someone who many of you know. But, I did not

understand why he was contacting me. The email continued: I feel

a great sense of relief with the diagnosis as it explains a lot of things for

me and my family. And I was thinking that, since awareness is such a

big part of this disorder, would you be interested in sharing my story in

the magazine? I figure that if I can help just one person with this, then

it will have been worth it.

I didn’t know much about Bipolar Disorder, aside from the few times

it has made the news within the context of a sensational crime story,

including recently right here on the Central Coast. But, I did do some

cursory research before our first interview. I wanted to have some

background, but not so much that I became biased - I wanted to hear

from him what it was all about.

After the usual niceties, I started the interview. “What exactly is Bipolar?”

I asked, curious to see how he would explain it. Matthew raised his

hands in front of him and held them flat, horizontally about a foot apart

and said, “If the usual range of emotions is between my hands here, my

experience will swing from higher than my top hand, which is ‘my high’ to

lower than my bottom hand, which is ‘my low.’ I pass through this normal

range to an extreme, but I don’t live within these bounds as you do.”

Yet, it was living “outside the bounds” that has caused Matthew to soar

to great heights while also occasionally crashing back down to earth in

spectacular fashion. In his case, it was much more of the former and a lot

less of the latter. “Even during my low periods, I am still able to function

at a reasonable level in business and, except for those who know me very

well, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell if I was experiencing a low.

You may just think, ‘Oh, he’s just having a bad day’ or ‘He’s a bit aloof ’ or

something like that.”

That all changed last summer when Matthew was hit with a massive wave

of depression that followed an “intensely reckless high period,” which

dropped him far below anything that he had ever experienced before. His

restless mind and occasional “moodiness” were things he had always been

able to control, but this time it was different. He wanted his life to end

and began contemplating how to do it.

The more I learned about Bipolar Disorder, the more I realized how

little is actually understood about the disorder and its treatment [see

page 32 for additional information]. There are the usual explanations of

brain chemistry and the imbalance of certain hormones, but precious

little is known about what causes it and how to treat it. In Matthew’s

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case, as with most all Bipolar sufferers, a combination of counseling and

medication are used in combination to manage what is usually described

as a lifelong diagnosis.

And it is the very nature of Bipolar that makes it so difficult to treat, as

when the sufferer experiences a “high” it does not feel like something

that needs to be fixed - quite the contrary, it feels good, really good. In

Matthew’s case, he actually credits the disorder for the amazing list of

accomplishments he has experienced through his lifetime. “When I am

on a high, I feel like there is nothing that can stop me, and my energy

and endurance are through the roof,” reveals Matthew, a gifted athlete

who was recruited internationally out of high school. “It’s like no other

feeling, and I really cannot describe it, there are no words for it.”

Continuing to ride his high into elite college athletics, it was not long

before the rug was pulled out from beneath him. After competing

at the top level and consistently living up to his “freshman phenom”

label that fans and coaches had bestowed upon him, Matthew became

injured, and the machinations of his mind conspired to send him

down a familiar path. “There was absolutely nothing that could cheer

me up. And, I don’t think it helped not having any close friends or

family around. It was a downward spiral like I had never experienced

before to that point,” he recalls.

So, after his sensational start in elite NCAA athletics, Matthew abruptly

called it quits. And this pattern of oversized success, followed by an

unexplainable depression, would continue throughout his life. He began

to recognize this cycle in himself and, to a degree, was able to channel

and control it. A “high” represented an opportunity and was something

to be maximized, a “low” was something to be concealed. It was not

long until Matthew had taught himself another sport, which propelled

him to national prominence and a whole new level of success. When all

of the records were broken and that sport was conquered another one

soon followed, which he excelled at as well. Then he got his first taste of

business, and he became “all-in,” promptly stopping his athletic pursuits.

“I become obsessive about things and when I am on a high I can think of

nothing else. For example, I have become interested in sailing lately, and

in one sailboat in particular, and there is this one eight-minute YouTube

video I will watch over and over again. I will literally stay up all night long

watching this thing. I don’t get tired, and I will notice a new detail each

time I watch it. I don’t know how to explain it,” observes Matthew, who

seems equal parts amused and bewildered as he relays the story.

A career in business that began in earnest in his mid-twenties led to

overseas travels and a string of successful international ventures. And,

as it turns out, Bipolar Disorder is disproportionately represented in

entrepreneurship, which makes sense considering that the qualities of

a person experiencing a Bipolar high are similar to those that may be

beneficial when launching a new enterprise: a high level of energy, an

underestimation of risk, a feeling of infallibility, and an obsessive drive

toward completion of a task [see complete chart on page 32].

And life would continue this way for Matthew: one success after another followed each

time by a visit with his private demons, which was generally noted only by him and his

wife, and increasingly by his young children. This would continue in a familiar, mostly

controllable cycle until last summer.

“I’ve been through some dark times, but nothing like that,” Matthew shares. “But, there was

something that triggered in me at my lowest point; it was almost like divine intervention or

something, and it took every ounce of my strength and will power to pick up the phone, but

I did.” In the middle of the night, when everything appeared lost there remained just one last

unspeakable option, Matthew remembered a business associate whose wife was a psychologist.

He struggled to scroll through his cell phone contacts, and, barely able to focus on the names

and numbers streaming past, he clicked “call.”

“I remember the phone ringing and ringing and then a half-asleep voice on the other end of

the line picking up. I don’t know what I said, but the next thing I knew she [the psychologist]

was at my front door. We talked through the night and in the morning she took me to see a

psychiatrist who gave me some medication, and I was put on suicide watch. Every hour of the

day for three days I had to call [the psychologist] to check in. After a day of doing that I started

to feel a little ridiculous and sort of embarrassed, really, but it made me realize how serious this

had all become. And I was determined to make a change.”

No sooner than the fog began to lift, Matthew threw himself into stabilizing his mental health

with the same fervor he had exhibited in sport and business. Daily counseling sessions followed

and answers were sought. One visit to a bookstore led him to a book called “The Hyperactive

Mind” which he embraced with a missionary’s zeal. “When I read the opening paragraph, I

pretty much said, ‘Wow, that describes me exactly,’ and I felt a massive weight come off my

shoulders with the thought that ‘I’m not the only one dealing with this.’ ”

As Matthew and I continued to meet and correspond by email, I became more and more

gripped by his story. Not only did I see him as an incredibly compelling subject for a story in

this magazine, I increasingly saw him as a good friend. And, at some point along the way, my

enthusiasm for publishing an amazing personal story became trumped by my desire to protect

a friend, which got me thinking, “What is it he needs to be protected from?” As you have

probably figured out by now “Matthew” is not his real name. And, it probably says a whole lot

more about me and society in general than it does about “Matthew” that I have not revealed

the true source of the article (although everything else is factually correct). We discussed

at length the ramifications for doing so, including conversations with his family, business

associates, psychologist, and psychiatrist. Sadly, it is true that there really is still a stigma

attached to mental illness, which is undoubtedly responsible for keeping more people suffering

from various afflictions from seeking help. While I may be contributing to this dynamic by

advising “Matthew” to conceal his identity for now, this apparent hypocrisy was not lost on

him. During our conversations, I often thought back to his first email which signed off with the

words: if I can just help just one person with this, then it will have been worth it.

Transitions-Mental Health Association

is a nonprofit organization dedicated

to eliminating stigma and promoting

recovery and wellness for people with

mental illness through work, housing,

community and family support services.

Inspiring hope, growth, recovery

and wellness in our communities.

I still believe that we can accomplish that mission - to help those out there who may

be unnecessarily suffering. And, maybe we have taken just one small step in the right

direction with this story and opened the door for some meaningful dialogue. Although

“Matthew” has spent most of his adult life “suffering in silence,” there is help right here

on the Central Coast. And, if you happen to be one of those readers that relates to this

story and perhaps sees those same traits in yourself or someone you know, I would strongly

encourage you to also read the article on page 32 and follow-up with some of the resources

listed there. And, for the rest of us, including myself, let’s continue to embrace the good

life that we live here while remembering that there are those among us who are suffering,

but can, in part from our help, find a new way forward.

As for Matthew, he acknowledges that minding his mental health will be a lifelong

challenge requiring counseling, which he now does once a week, along with consistent use

of medication. The most difficult thing for him will be to continue to take medication

when he feels a high coming on. But, it will be that commitment, which he has made

to his wife and his children, that will allow him to keep a steady course, free from the

darkness of depression, but also absent the ecstasy of nearly unlimited energy and

indescribably good feelings. It will be difficult. One day Matthew hopes to lend his face

and name to the constant battle against the lack of awareness and misinformation that

continually plagues mental illness in general and Bipolar Disorder in particular. In the

meantime, he continues to strive for optimum mental health, one day at a time. SLO LIFE

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Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depressive disorder) is a form of mental illness that can

cause severe shifts in energy, mood, thinking, and behavior. These shifts range from the highs of

mania to the lows of depression. The mood swings are more than just a passing bad or good mood.

They can last for days, weeks, or months and affect one’s ability to function.

Bipolar disorder affects both women and men equally, as well as all races, ethnic groups, and

socioeconomic classes. Typically, it starts between the ages of 15 and 25. Some people experience

their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop their symptoms later in life. The

causes of bipolar disorder are not completely understood, but include a combination of genetic,

psychological and environmental factors.

Triggers for episodes of mania or depression vary from person to person. The

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has compiled a list of common

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Not getting enough sleep (circadian rhythm disturbances)

Using alcohol or drugs

Stopping your medicine

Neurotransmitter imbalances

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol

Beginning antidepressant medication (this can cause a switch to mania)

Stressful life events

Arguing with a friend or loved one

Financial problems

The pattern and severity of highs and lows also varies for each person, making bipolar disorder a

complicated disease to diagnose. For some people, mania symptoms cause the most distress; for

other people, depression is the main concern.

Signs and symptoms of mania can include:

Euphoria • Inflated self-esteem • Poor judgment • Rapid speech

Racing thoughts • Aggressive behavior • Agitation or irritation

Increased physical activity • Careless or dangerous use of drugs or alcohol

Risky behavior • Increased sex drive • Frequent absences from work or school

Spending sprees or unwise financial choices • Decreased need for sleep

Increased drive to perform or achieve goals • Easily distracted

Delusions or a break from reality (psychosis) • Poor performance at work or school

Signs and symptoms of depression can include:

Sadness • Hopelessness • Suicidal thoughts or behavior • Anxiety • Guilt

Sleep problems • Low appetite or increased appetite • Fatigue • Irritability

Loss of interest in activities once considered enjoyable • Problems concentrating

Chronic pain without a known cause • Frequent absences from work or school

Poor performance at work or school

If you recognize any of the above symptoms of bipolar disorder in yourself or someone else, do not

wait to get help. Call your primary care physician or obtain an evaluation from a mental health

professional. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. In fact, it will likely get worse. If you

are reluctant to seek treatment because you like the way you feel when you are in a manic state,

remember that the energy and euphoria associated with the mania come with a price. Mania can

become destructive and hurt not only you, but also the people around you.

Bipolar disorder requires lifelong treatment, even during periods of

feeling better. The best treatment for bipolar disorder is a combination

of counseling and medication, which may include a treatment team of

psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors/social workers

and/or psychiatric nurses.

Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common among people with

bipolar disorder.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts,

there are a number of things you can do to get help

right away:

Contact a family member or friend.

Seek help from your doctor, a mental health professional

or other health care provider, minister, spiritual leader or

someone in your faith community.

Call a suicide hotline number. Here in San Luis Obispo

County, we have a 24-hour resource through Transitions

Mental Health Association. Their number is (800) 549-

4499. You can also reach the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of

the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255

to talk to a trained counselor.

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Dr. MacIntyre is a local Clinical Psychologist in private practice.

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was written and performed by Melody Klemin

Growing up in Long Beach, Melody Klemin remembers

taking piano lessons like so many other kids do, but it was not

until her grandmother gave her a guitar, which had belonged

to Klemin’s grandfather, that she became hooked on music.

And, as it turns out, that guitar would carry her through

good times and bad. It was during her time at Cal Poly as a

student that she became serious about her music while also

recognizing its power to unite people and create community.

It did not take long for her dorm room to fill up with

friends and neighbors wanting to sing along and hear what

else she had written. According to Klemin, “The guitar is

such a social instrument, and I love how it can bring people

together – it can also be very healing.”

After graduating, Klemin spent much of her time teaching

music to children in local public schools. Now, along with

her partner, Savannah, the San Luis Obispo-based couple

have two children of their own at Pacheco Elementary. With

a busy family life, she states that “music is the way I center -

music is what fuels me emotionally.”

Klemin, who describes her music as being somewhat

similar to “contemporary folk, acoustic love harmonies,

with interesting melodies” she laughs at the obvious play

on words. “My parents both loved music, so they thought

‘Melody’ was the right name for me.” When asked for

a sampling, she pauses for a moment, looks off into

the distance with her piercing blue eyes, and in a style

reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt or Sheryl Crow softly sings a

verse from a song she wrote called “Cannoli.” I never guessed

that you’d be mine / cannoli to go and a bottle of wine / you gave

me a second chance given the circumstance. She shares that

Cannoli is a love song, but admits that it is also one of her

favorite desserts, and “a great symbol for how sweet love is.”

Today, Klemin works at the Performing Arts Center as a

marketing and outreach coordinator for children’s programs,

and she performs as often as she can, usually at weddings and

artistic events. Her soft, folksy, acoustic style lends itself well

to elevating the mood of a gathering without dominating

it. She is working on completing a new album, which she

expects to finish by the end of the year and looks forward to

a time when she is “doing music all day long.”

It would not be hard to imagine Klemin doing music all

day long professionally. As with so many talented artists,

she seems to be just a lucky break away. Her unique sound

combined with a disarming sincerity combine for an

experience that runs counter to the loud and in-your-face

contemporary pop culture that is pervasive in today’s Top 40.

But, it’s not stardom that Klemin is aiming for; her objectives

seem much more grounded, so it comes as no surprise when

she says, “I feel free when I’m playing music - it’s such a

blessing to be able to play and perform.” SLO LIFE

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Robert Maja


IIn 2007, Robert Maja, an award-winning local muralist, was

commissioned to restore the 1940’s era Eskimo Pie billboard found

beneath some old wooden siding at the High Street Market & Deli by

the building’s owners, Alex and Anne Gough. At that time there were

only two such signs known to be in existence.

Maja was born and raised in Santo Domingo in the Dominican

Republic, where he served as the official muralist of the Dominican

presidency. There he was tasked with travelling the country

to create inspiring and captivating murals in public buildings.

Reputation of his work spread overseas, and he became renowned in

Europe where many of his murals can be seen, particularly in Spain,

Italy, and Holland.

After settling for a period in Spain, it was love that brought him to the

Central Coast in 2006. Love led to marriage and today his wife, Tyler,

enthusiastically describes Maja’s approach to art as primarily a focus

on colors and emotion, “His inspiration comes from his travels and his

Carribean upbrining, but he is not locked into any one particular style.”

Recently he was hired by the owner and operator of the High Street

Market & Deli, Randy “Doobie” Coates, Jr., to bring life to the benches

outside of the building as well as an adjacent wooden fence. Maja was

given creative license to do whatever he pleased, but was asked to include

a bit of a “40’s and 50’s vibe” to go along with the style and décor found

inside. The result is a vibrant, colorful display that, acccording to Maja,

“goes along with the SLO Life and the SLO culture.” SLO LIFE

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The Summer Games


The countdown to the Olympics is on! Friday,

July 27, 2012 will be anything but ordinary; it

is the opening ceremony of the London 2012

Olympic Games.

One must-see U.S. Olympian is San Luis

Obispo resident, Sharon Day, who will

compete in the Women’s Heptathalon.

After graduating high school in Costa

Mesa, Day accepted a collegiate track and

field scholarship to compete in the high

jump for Cal Poly. During her five years as

a Mustang, she not only competed every

spring on the track but also every winter for

the Cal Poly Women’s Soccer Team. Day

began training for the heptathlon during

her junior year with coach Jack Holt. “I like

having the variety,” Day expressed. The two

day heptathlon competition consists of seven

events: 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot

put, 200-meter, long jump, javelin throw, and

800-meter. With only one week of training in

her new event, the junior placed second at the

Big West Conference Championships, and, as

a senior, she claimed the title of Conference

Champion. In addition to her heptathlon

success, she also qualified for the 2008

Olympic Track and Field Trials in the high

jump. Following her graduation in the spring

of 2008 where she received a kinesiology

degree, Day signed a professional contract with

Asics and began to compete professionally.

Day secured a spot on the USA Olympic

Team on the evening of July 4th 2008, at

Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, when she

placed third in the high jump at the Olympic

Trials. In Beijing, Day placed twelfth during a

period of difficult, stormy weather. Between

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Sharon Day competing at the

Olympic Stadium in Germany.

Opening Ceremonies and her first day of

competition, Day focused on her training and

squeezed in time to watch others compete in

beach volleyball, women’s basketball, tennis,

and, her other favorite, co-ed badminton. She

was amazed by the fans and confided with a

bewildered look that she had “never seen so

many people so excited about badminton.”

The Olympics are produced by the

International Association of Athletics

Federations (IAAF), and they set the

standards that athletes must meet to compete

in the prestigious event held every four years.

Day met the Olympic “A” qualifying standard

for the 2012 U.S. Team on April 3rd at the

Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet held at

Westmont College. When asked how she felt

going into this year’s Olympic Trials, Day

answered with, “A little bit of nerves, but not

too much, mostly excitement to make my

second [Olympic] team.”

Day says her focus is on staying healthy

and smart training. She trains six days a

week, which consists of running workouts,

field practice, weight lifting, and recovery

including physical therapy, chiropractic

care and massage. Her well-balanced diet

is focused on high-protein foods and

carbohydrates. She stays away from processed

foods, sweets and sodas.

With her wedding day on the horizon, Day

realizes that leading a life as dedicated as

hers calls for a partner who recognizes and

appreciates what she does, and, with an

Olympic-sized smile, describes her fiancé as

“supportive and understanding.”

Olympic hopefuls associated with the

Central Coast. Be sure to set your DVRs!

Warren Anderson

Born in San Luis Obispo

College: Loyola Marymount University

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Born in Brooklyn, New York

College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Event: Women’s Heptathalon

August 03 • 2:05am - 12:35pm • Heptathlon

Stephanie Brown Trafton

Born in San Luis Obispo

College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Event: Women’s Discus Throw

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High School: Mission College Preparatory

College: University of Oregon

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August 10 • 12:05pm • 5,000-meter

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College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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August 8 • 2:10am - 1:30pm • Decathlon

August 9 • 1:00am - 1:20pm • Decathlon

Chris Randolph

Born in Lompoc

College: Seattle Pacific University

Event: Men’s Decathlon

August 8 • 2:10am - 1:30pm • Decathlon

August 9 • 1:00am - 1:20pm • Decathlon

Maggie Vessey

Born in Santa Cruz

College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Event: Women’s 800-meter

August 8 • 3:35am • 800-meter

August 9 • 11:30am • 800-meter

August 11 • 12:00pm • 800-meter

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Born in Templeton

College: Georgia Tech

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Bibimbap means “mixed meal” or “mixed rice.” It is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with

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