The big news story in these parts is the deep freeze we have found ourselves in...something like -36 degrees. Yikes. Makes me wish I was on a beach in California, just a little bit, as much as I like winter. But I don't like not being able to go outside without the fear of instant frostbite. This pic was taken last year on Newport Beach, California, where my brother lives. I spoke with him yesterday and it is was a sensible 23 degrees. I recall it wasn't particularly a WARM day on the beach when I took this picture, the beach was pretty empty, but suitable for a winter walk.