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Posted by Raymond Tompkins on Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 17:43:51 :

In Reply to: Favorite Waterside Contest posted by Ron Filion on Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 16:58:09 :

A most difficult decision to try and condense almost eighteen years of youthful exuberance into a favorite time and place. Frolicking in the Pacific Ocean, Playland at the Beach, Sutro’s, fishing off of Muni Pier and the other pier’s along the Bay. Hmmmm. I guess it would have to be the Pacific Ocean when I was about 5-6 years old in 1944-45. We lived on 43rd Avenue, 1758 to be exact, between Noriega and Ortega, and there were still a lot of vacant lots and sand dunes. Places for a youngster to roam about. We, my friends and I, would walk down to the beach just to jump in the water, look for shells, especially dollar shells, watch the water reseed and try and dig up the shell fish where they left indentations in the sand. I remember the barbed wire on the beach and seeing soldiers now and then. But we were young and playful and full of fun. We could walk all the way to Playland without a care. Chase seagulls. Watch the fishermen with their long rods and huge reels. One of the more interesting excursions happened around Sutro’s. Someone said there were guns on the hill overlooking Sutro’s. So, up we went, climbing the hill, oblivious to the danger below. However, I remember looking down and certainly having second thoughts. Once at the top, we were disappointed. No guns! And, finding out we could have walked around the corner and not had to climb up the steep, sand and rock hill. The carefree days of my childhood and many days playing on the sand and in the water of the blue Pacific.

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