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Mike In Long Beach 2010

The HDSI Team
The HDSI Team having lunch at the beach: Mike, Elia, Joe, Jim, Rosana.
Pictures of Long Beach
(Feb) A dozen picture from my scouting trip in Feb 2010.

Apartment Hunting
(April) My sad story about hunting for an apartment. If you're on a budget, try Cleveland.

Building a Production Line
(April) Ramping up production at the new plant and shipping our first order.

Biking from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach
(May) A fabulous bike ride on eight miles of scenic beach south of town.

Daytime and nighttime pictures around town
(June) Exploring the west marina at night, east marina in the day, and Seal Beach.

Mysterious Lights over LA
(August) A dozen of them just sitting there doing nothing, what the hell could they be?

Exploring Malibu Beach and Lagoon
(October) I took my bike and camera to Malibu and did some exploring around the beach and town.

Biking from Redondo Beach to Marina Del Rey
(November) This long stretch of beach directly west of Los Angeles starts at Redondo, then passes Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, LAX Beach, and Marina Del Rey.

A visit to the Getty Center and Museum
(November) The Getty Center is a huge museum and research center in the hills north of Santa Barbara. The museums, gardens, fountains and interesting archetecture can provide a whole day of fun.

Trying to Upload Web Pages
(December) The nightmare of trying to FTP updates to my web site using four different OS's.

Biking the Beach in December
(December) The bike ride from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach is great any time of the year.

Stay tuned for more
I'll be adding monthly stories and photos of my goofing around in Long Beach, so keep check in.

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About Mike in Long Beach:
Long Beach is my latest move in a 30 year string of moves.
      I grew up in Cleveland Ohio then after a few years in the Air Force, I moved to Colorado where I spent another 17 years. Then after Agilent layed me off I moved to Portland Oregon in 2004 to visit friends and ended up staying for six years.
      In 2009 my company decided to close our Vancouver Washington plant and send our remaining production to our sister plants in Tukwila Washington and Long Beach California. I was asked to go to both places but I decided to head south, not because I liked California, but because I wasn't interested in the production line that was going north.
      So here I am. It's been a tough first month, ramping up production and trying to find a decient apartment that I can afford. But there's a lot to see here and that's what this blog is about. It's also a way to keep in touch with all my ex-co-workers up north, some of who took the jump to Tukwila, and some of who took the extended vacation of unemployment.
This blog is mostly stories about Long Beach with a few pictures. For those of you who want to see a bunch more photos, I'm still maintaining my Pacific Coast Drifter web site that includes tons of photos of Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, China, Malaysia & Thailand.