Published March 2010 I have always had mixed emotions about Orange County. Few spots are as blessed with such obvious beauty and so much livability. Yet, for nearly three decades, from the moment I got to California, I’ve tried to...
In a calamitous collision of unfortunate circumstances a few months ago, I found myself simultaneously without a job or an apartment. With no employment prospects on the horizon and about enough money to buy two iced mochas, my options...

Rough Water

When Steve Furniss won the bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley at the 1972 Munich Olympics, no one paid much attention to his nylon briefs adorned with the stars and stripes as he powered through the water. Just as he had when he swam competitively as a 10th-grader at Foothill High School northeast of Tustin, he pitted only his athletic ability against the pool.