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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ten uses for your body after you die , recycle

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

J. Nathan Bazzel donated his hip bones, which had to be replaced a few years ago, to Mütter Museum
J. Nathan Bazzel donated his hip bones, which had to be replaced a few years ago, to Mütter Museum
  • As you're charitable in life, you could also be charitable in death by donating your body
  • You can donate your body to a university so a first-year medical student can dissect it
  • A body broker will get your various parts to scientists for research and education
  • Donate parts to the Mutter Museum, and you could be on display for the world to see

(CNN) -- Like many Americans, you probably think you're pretty charitable. Perhaps you donate money to the needy or ill, give away your old clothes, volunteer at your child's school or participate in holiday gift drives in December.

But you may be missing something. As you're charitable in life, you could also be charitable in death. This holiday season -- Halloween -- you could start thinking about a kind of ghoulish donation: your body.

J. Nathan Bazzel has already made his plans. In 2001, he signed all the necessary documents to donate his body parts to the Mütter Museum, a part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. A friend of his worked there, and he knew that researchers from around the world came to look at its vast collection of body parts.

Bazzel, 38, is HIV-positive, and he wants scientists to learn from his remains.

"If just one person can take a look at my skull and kidneys, which have suffered from HIV and the drugs used to treat it, and learn something from them -- what a magnificent gift," he said.

He's so impassioned that the same year he signed the forms for his postmortem donation, he donated his right hip, which had to be replaced because of damage from an HIV drug, and then three years later, he donated his left hip.

Bazzel, who became the college's communications director two years ago, has already seen the benefits of having real human body parts on display: When high school students come in and see his hips' deformities, his lecture to them on the importance of safe sex takes on a whole new meaning.

Of course, being on display in a museum isn't everyone's cup of tea. So in the spirit of the season, here are 10 ways you can put your body to use after you die. In many cases, you can do more than one.

1. Donate your organs

Nineteen people die every day waiting for an organ such as a kidney, heart, lung, liver or pancreas. Learn about organ donation, sign an organ donor card, tell your family your wishes, and don't be misled by myths about organ donation. If you like, you can donate some organs but not others.

2. Donate your tissue

Your bones, ligaments, heart valves and corneas might not be of use to you in the hereafter, but they can certainly help someone else. Learn about tissue donation, sign a card, and again, tell your family members you've done this so they won't be surprised when the time comes. As with organs, you can specify what types of tissues you'd like to donate.

3. Will your body to a university

Help a future doctor learn about the human body by becoming a cadaver dissected by first-year medical students. A state-by-state list of medical schools can get you started. Be sure to ask exactly what will happen to your body. While you might be used for dissection, you could be used for other purposes within the school, and you might not have much control.

Here's an interesting conversation about the respect shown by students to their cadavers.

4. Help doctors practice their skills

If you'd prefer to be worked on by folks with more experience, actual, not future, doctors can learn from your body. At the Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, doctors brush up on their skills and learn new techniques; it's the training facility for organizations such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society and the International Spinal Injection Society.

Doctors get to practice (and possibly make mistakes on) the dead rather than the living. In return, the institute provides for transportation for your body to Memphis, pays for cremation once the work is done and returns the ashes to your family (or, if you prefer, to an interment facility in Memphis).

If you like the idea, you can fill out a donor form. If you'd prefer to first see where your body's headed, the institute welcomes visitors.

5. Leave your body to "the body farm"

Did you ever wonder how, on TV shows, detectives know the time of death just by examining the body? Cops can thank the folks at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center for helping them figure it out. "The body farm," as it's known, has "650 skeletons and growing" scattered over 2.5 acres in Knoxville, according to its website. Researchers and students study bodies in varying stages of decay to help anthropologists and law enforcement officials answer important questions, such as body identification and time of death analysis. (For a fascinating account of a visit to the center, see Mary Roach's book "Stiff.")

If you want to become one of those skeletons after you die, you're in luck, as they make donation pretty easy at the Body Farm. Get their Body Donation Packet, fill out their Body Donation Document and complete the biological questionnaire. They'll want a photo of you to help them learn more about "facial reconstruction and photographic superimposition as a means for identifying unknown individuals," according to the center's website.

If you live in Tennessee and within 200 miles of Knoxville, you're really in luck, because they'll take care of all the costs. If not, your family will be responsible for arranging transportation to the center.

Once they're done with you at the Body Farm, your family doesn't get your remains back, so if that's important to you, this isn't your best option.

6. Become a crash test cadaver

Plastic crash test dummies are all well and good, but there's nothing like a real human body to simulate what happens in a car crash. You can will your body to the Wayne State University School of Medicine to become a crash test cadaver by filling out its Body Bequest Form. The form is for donation to the university, but "if a person specifically requests that their body be used in safety testing that is ongoing at the Bio-Mechanics lab, then we would honor that wish," according to an e-mail from Barbara Rosso-Norgan, the school's mortuary supervisor.

7. Give your body to a broker

We don't mean a stockbroker; we mean a body broker, who will take your parts and get them to scientists who will use them for research, training and education.

There are several groups in this business, including Science Care, Anatomy Gifts Registry and BioGift Anatomical.

Generally speaking, here's the upside of these groups: They pay to have your body transported to their facility, and with the parts that are not used in research, they pay for cremation and to have the ashes returned to your family (some will, if you prefer, distribute them at sea). This can save your family a lot of money.

The downside: You don't know where your parts will go. "We don't guarantee that we can use the body in any specific research program, and that's because our research is always changing," said Kristin Dorn, community relations manager at Science Care. "Your intent is to donate to science, not a specific research project."

Some brokers will allow you to say what areas you'd prefer your parts not go to. If this is important to you, find the broker who offers this option. "If someone is ready to donate their body to science, they will definitely need to do some research," Dorn said.

8. Send your body on tour

If you've been to the "Body Worlds" exhibit, you know what plastination is: a process of posing and hardening a body so it appears life-like.

You, too, could become one of these bodies on display by donating to the Institute for Plastination. If you live in the United States or Canada, your body will be embalmed on your own continent and then shipped to Germany, where technicians will perform the plastination process. They'll remove fat and water, "impregnate" your corpse with rubber silicone and position it into a frozen pose (you might be, say, running or sitting cross-legged or performing ballet or perhaps riding a horse). Your body is then hardened into that position with gas, light or heat. The entire process takes about a year, according to the group's website.

Your family pays to get your body to the embalming location, and the Institute for Plastination incurs the shipping costs to Germany.

There are rules about donation. You can be old, and you can be an organ donor, but if you died in a violent manner, it might not work out, as your body must be "largely intact" in order to donate, according to the institute's website.

Also, there's no guarantee your body will end up in one of the five exhibits. Some plastinated bodies are sent to medical schools and training programs, and you don't get to decide the destination of your corpse, according to Georgina Gomez, the institute's director of development.

If you're interested in going on tour and you live in North America, read the Guide to Donors and fill out the Donor Consent Form. There are also forms for European donors.

9. Become a skeleton

Researchers from around the world visit the extensive skeleton collection at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.

Here's some information and the legal donor permission form and a donor information form.

The ground rules: Your family pays to get your body to the museum's facility in Albuquerque, and your remains (besides your bones, of course) get cremated and disposed of; they don't go back to your family. Researchers who want to work with the skeletons have to apply to the museum's Laboratory of Human Osteology; the skeletons are not put on display for anyone at the museum to see.

If you'd like to be put on display, see below.

10. Be on display at a museum

Like Bazzel, you can donate parts of your body to the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

If you do so, you'll be a part of a pretty rarified group. Anna Dhody, the museum's curator since 2004, has received only three inquiries about donation after death, including Bazzel's.

"One woman contacted me and said, 'I have a 120-degree curvature of my spine. Would you like it when I'm done with it?' and I said, 'Yes, please,' " Dhody recalled.

Although the museum is particularly interested in bodies with abnormalities, it'll also consider taking your remains even if there's nothing particularly pathological about them. Either way, your family will have to foot the bill to get you to Philly. To learn more, send an e-mail to

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Friday, October 22, 2010

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Poche and Newport Bay Stink, But OC Beaches Get Overall Excellent Heal the Bay Scores

Heal the Bay's End of Summer Beach Report Card shows water quality at Orange County beaches was slightly worse this summer compared to summer '09, but 97 percent of OC beaches still received excellent A or B grades. By comparison, 79 percent of Los Angeles County beaches received A's or B's.

Poche Beach in San Clemente and Newport Bay's Grant Avenue Beach each received F's this summer from the Santa Monica nonprofit.

Heal the Bay's report claims technical problems with a year-old UV treatment facility at the mouth of Poche Creek is the likely cause for the failing grade there. The city of San Clemente recently initiated a source tracking effort for the beach.


Doheny's North Beach in historically dirty Dana Point earned a C grade, which is considered poor. However, other problem beaches in Dana Point's recent past received A grades--including all of the baby beaches--for the second summer in a row.

"Notably, Orange County conducted a rapid methods pilot project for eight weeks this summer, with the goal of generating same-day beach water quality results to increase public health protection," states the report.

Current water quality testing for measuring bacteria takes 18 to 24 hours to process results, so the most current beach water quality information is a day old. Nine Orange County beaches were tested daily under the pilot program, which used LCD screens to display the latest water quality data, with a goal of having it locked in by noon. Eight weeks of sampling is being analyzed and will be made available to the public this fall, Heal the Bay says.

When it came to sewage, the report shows:

  • There were four known sewage spills in Orange County during the summer of 2010.
  • Three sites along Laguna Beach were closed for five days in late June due to a sewage spill. On July 21, another sewage spill resulted in a one day beach closure 150 feet up-coast and down-coast of Aliso Creek at Aliso County Beach.
  • In early July, all of Little Corona Beach in Newport Bay was closed for one day as a result of a sewage spill.
  • On Aug. 7, a 1,125-gallon sewage spill was caused by a line blockage in the city of La Habra, resulting in the closure of Seal Beach from the San Gabriel River to 300 feet down coast for three days.

During the summer that wasn't, overall California beach water quality was among cleanest on record. "Despite a few problem areas, statewide water quality was very good with 92% A and B grades," the report states. "There were 37 locations (8%) throughout the state that received fair-to-poor water quality grades (10 Cs, 9 Ds and 18 Fs)."

Trouble looms, Heal the Bay warns, because beach monitoring programs "continue to be severely threatened by a lack of sustainable funding beyond 2010."

"For the last three years, over $1 million in general funding has not been available for the state's beach water quality monitoring program," reads the report. "These funds were used for the collection and processing of beach water samples, as well as posting water quality notification signs alerting the public of potential health risks."

To cover lost funding, the State Water Resources Control Board provided supplemental bond money through the end of 2010, but it is unknown now if money will be available in 2011.

Read the full report here.


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sheryl Crow, The Queen Of Green

Singer’s 2010 rider demands recycled toilet paper, offers promoters “greening” tips

AUGUST 11--Touring the United States and Europe this year, Sheryl Crow arrives at venues with an assortment of environmental demands certain to vex concert promoters, according to a review of the musician’s 2010 backstage rider.

The document, excerpted here, actually has a 2-1/2 page “environmental portion” to be “strictly followed and policed.” Seeking to “minimize the overall environmental impact of our tour,” Crow demands that only biodegradable cups and dinnerware be used by the caterer. Produce should be “organic and purchased from local suppliers as much as possible.” And for the five backstage “watering stations,” water “must be sourced from a local spring water vendor.”

According to Crow’s rider, her tour party travels between gigs in two 45-foot buses, while her equipment is packed into two tractor-trailers.

Crow, 48, also offers promoters “venue greening suggestions.” She wants “traditional light bulbs” swapped out for compact fluorescent bulbs in “all offices, dressing rooms and common areas.” “Eco-friendly cleaning and bathroom products” and “post-consumer recycled toilet paper and paper towel” should also be used. Crow’s rider also notes that, “We strongly encourage you to use renewable sources and/or to buy sustainable energy credits where possible. Many local utilities offer ‘green power’ as an option--please check with yours and opt in.”

The document also details how Crow’s backstage hospitality room is to be stocked. The singer needs an assortment of “biodegradable non-petroleum cups” and 24 “disposable napkins made of 100% recycled fiber.” Crow’s rider also lists a wide variety of drinks and snacks that she needs, including organic coconut water and two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon (“Sheryl’s Favorite” is Stag’s Leap Artemis). Two “good quality, dark, organic chocolate bars” are described as “***VERY IMPORTANT***”

[Our copy of Crow’s 2010 rider has a number of items crossed out. It is unclear whether this indicates that the individual items had been obtained, or whether the promoter declined to supply them.]

As in a prior Crow rider, the current version includes her specific liquor schedule. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, she needs a small bottle of Ketel One vodka that will be mixed with a half-gallon of organic cranberry juice. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, Crow requires a bottle of Patron tequila that will be mixed with a half-gallon of organic grapefruit juice. (6 pages)

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Is a housing shortage coming?

shortage coming?



NEW YORK ( -- As the nation struggles to shrug off the worst housing crash since the Great Depression, it may be hard to believe a housing shortage could be on its way.

The nation is simply not building enough homes to keep up with potential demand. Just 672,000 new homes were started in April, an annualized rate and less than half the long-term run rate needed to meet the nation's natural population growth.

"It is ironic, but there is a growing consensus that there may be a new housing shortage coming," said James Gaines, a real estate economist with Texas A&M.

So far, the shortfall has been masked by a weak economy that has put a damper on home buying. Once the job market rebounds, however, people will look to have their own homes again. This pent-up demand could get unleashed on unprepared markets, causing shortages and rising local prices.

Household formation -- the technical term for people moving in together -- has been on hold during the past few years as young people, especially, have been unable to find jobs. In the past, an average of more than 1.3 million households were formed each year, causing demand for 1.5 million new homes. (More homes than households are needed to replace those destroyed by fires, floods, teardowns and neglect.)

In 2009, only 398,000 new households were formed, according to the Census Bureau. That is much lower than average and a quarter of the number formed just two years earlier.

"The decline in household formation is artificial," said Gaines. "The young are moving in with their parents. There's even doubling up among working class people. There's a pent-up demand coming if and when the economy recovers."

Those doubting a new bubble is near point to a large inventory overhang. As many as 7 million homes are vacant but not for sale, according to the Census Bureau, which should provide cushion to offset increased demand.

"The housing market hasn't been this way before," said Nicolas Retsinas, director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. "The gravity of the problem is deeper and the challenges different. You have to get through that inventory."

The inventory number, however, can be deceiving for two reasons: People may not want to live in hard-hit areas where the houses are (think: California exurbs and Detroit neighborhoods) or the homes may be beyond repair.

"Many of these vacant homes may not be habitable or are in locations where nobody wants to live," Gaines said.

Building out of the lows

Ordinarily, the nation's homebuilders can react quickly to meet surges in demand. But several factors are preventing them from being nimble. The biggest is the difficulty getting loans, according to Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

"When we came out of past recessions, there wasn't the difficulty of obtaining financing that there is now," he said.

Many small builders have been unable to obtain construction loans or lost their financing in mid-project. That has prodded NAHB to support federal legislation that would make $15 billion in lending guarantees available for private builders.

Hard times also persuaded builders to postpone purchases of land they could prep for future development. It will take them that much longer to gear up production once the housing market improves.

Too, many builders went out of business in the bust, so there will be fewer companies out there to do the building. The survivors will confront a transformed regulatory environment, according to Howard, that will make new homes harder to build and more expensive.

"There is an increased focus on smart growth that will create regulatory barriers to the kind of sprawling development that has characterized a lot of recent building," said Retsinas.

The regulations come under two categories, according to Susan Asmus, NAHB's senior vice president for advocacy, covering where new homes are built and how they're built.

One category is storm water runoff. The Environmental Protection Agency tightened requirement governing how builders handle that. Builders will have to install controls such as catchments or retaining ponds that slow the flow of storm runoff into the local watersheds.

"It could add as much as $15,000 to $30,000 an acre in extra costs, depending on the soil," said Asmus.

Another proposed regulation mandates sprinkler systems in each new home. This is already state law, starting January 2011, in California, Maryland and New Jersey. That adds as much as $10,000 to the cost of construction.

Where the shortages will be

Previous overbuilding one-time boom towns, such as Las Vegas and Miami, should provide enough inventory of like-new homes to counter any strong pent-up demand that breaks free.

It's the more constrained markets, where it's particularly hard to build -- such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle -- that will field the bulk of the new bubble problems, according to Retsinas. He, however, is less worried about the purchase market than about rentals, the usual entree for the young buyers expected to lead the new housing market charge.

"Nobody is building any rental inventory," said Retsinas. To top of page

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Baring your sole


Thirty years ago, the modern running shoe was invented. Since then, running-related injuries have risen. And so a growing movement of runners are taking to the streets barefoot.

Perhaps no man  has had more positive influence upon running than Arthur Lydiard. Yet you could, perversely, almost blame the Kiwi master-coach for the pernicious rise of the modern, high-technology running shoe even though Lydiard’s cadre of world-class runners trained only in canvas plimsolls.

American Bill Bowerman ran with Lydiard in the early 1970s, and returned home inspired to experiment with his wife’s waffle iron to create the first Nike running shoe. Lydiard was aghast; he thought such footwear would cause injuries and poor technique. And as with so many other things, Lydiard, it appears, was ahead of his time.

Since 2002, the 30th anniversary of the first Nike, and driven by statistics showing an alarming rise in running-related foot, ankle and knee injuries, a fringe community of runners have been rejecting shoes altogether and going barefoot.

Now it threatens to go mainstream, and the mad movement’s reluctant prophet is a very sane running writer, Chris MacDougall, whose story of conversion to barefoot theology makes inspiring reading. His manifesto appears in his new book, Born to Run, in which he writes: “Blaming the running injury epidemic on big, bad Nike seems too easy but that’s OK, because there’s a lot to throw at them”. He says the book sits 13th on the US bestseller lists.

Six months ago, sick of constant muscle soreness in my hips and adductors which stopped me running the big miles I wanted to, I began visiting a sports biomechanist called (ironically) Greg Pain.

Pain, who runs Auckland clinic BioSport, is a running heretic. He thinks 98% of people run wrongly and blames a Western culture which encourages us to take cars, buses and trains and sit at desks when we should be running and walking. He believes it causes us to become unbalanced, with overdeveloped thighs and hips which take on too much work and eventually lead to injury.

He reconstructed my unique running style, which resembled an old lady chasing a bus while carrying four bags of shopping. Now I run straight-backed, with shorter strides, tensing my core muscles, `firing’ my gluteals (bum muscles) and hamstrings to flick my heels behind me to get more kick. I’m faster, more efficient and injury-free.

A lot of what Pain and MacDougall say seems to fit. I threw Born to Run to Pain a fortnight ago. It was his Archimedes in the bathtub moment. “It’s a great book,” he says. “It challenges the way we wear shoes the way we do; even more so, it challenges our lifestyle.” Ten days later, we went barefoot running.

As we trot through central Auckland, Greg spots two blokes looking at us as “if we were idiots”. We pass a woman who gives me the disgusted glance you might cast at someone who allows their dog to foul the pavement and doesn’t pick it up. We may be New Zealand’s early-adopters: I suspect there aren’t many other blokes running around the city without shoes.

But they all laughed when Christopher Columbus said the world was round. This may be the future. It certainly seems to work. It’s amazing how your stride immediately, unconsciously, changes when you run barefoot. It becomes shorter, choppier and lighter: something Pain preaches because it cuts the stress on your feet.

In shoes, you almost always land on your heel, where the manufacturers place the most padding. Barefoot, you land on the natural cushion of your mid-foot. It’s not painful, but you do feel every footfall, and not every surface is created equal: I found the dark asphalt of the road itself the best. In the interests of science, we burst across a muddy park. It’s very tactile: like squeezing jelly between your fingers. I like it. So does Greg.

On the phone from the US, MacDougall explains. “The foot is the greatest disciplinarian. You can’t over-pronate, can’t over-train, can’t over-stride … if you do anything wrong, the foot will tell you `uh uh, don’t do that’. Shoes are like morphine: a sedative that deadens the pain.”

Because the foot tells you how to run, MacDougall says anyone can make the transition within three weeks. He offers a few tips, then adds: “I still feel definitely the student here, not the master; very grudgingly I will give people a couple of pointers. I didn’t feel qualified to at first, but I found it is so easy, there is little to teach.”

The science behind MacDougall’s claims is impressive, led by a Newcastle University (Australia) study which found no evidence-based research to show high-tech running shoes are in any way beneficial.

MacDougall’s thesis boils down to this: the best shoes are the worst (one report suggested you are 123% more likely to sustain injury in more expensive shoes, because they offer too much support); feet like impact (and “it’s preposterous to think that half an inch of rubber is going to make a difference” when 12 times your bodyweight pounds through them); and finally, that humans are designed to run shoeless, and shoes weaken you. He cites one doctor who describes them having the same wasting effect as plaster casts.

Pain says the common ankle, back and knee problems his clients arrive with support these theories and says the shoeless science makes “perfect sense”, although he’d only use barefoot running as a measured part of training.

Born to Run isn’t just an anti-Nike manifesto. It’s also a fantastic tale of a reclusive tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who embark on two-day trail-race adventures wearing home-made leather sandals. It’s the story of how MacDougall and a group of crack ultra-runners tracked them down to engage in an epic desert ultra-race. It’s how the experience changed them all, and how MacDougall learned from them exactly how to run. The Tarahumura, incidentally, are aware of their subsequent impact on the running community, but, says MacDougall, don’t care. “It’s irrelevant to them; like talking about Hollywood to the Amish.”

The most extreme of the book’s ultra-runners is ‘Barefoot’ Ted MacDonald. By email, he says he doesn’t think the movement will threaten the shoe giants. “Threaten, no. Allow 1000 blossoms to bloom, yes. I am not dogmatically barefoot, even though I think it is the best. I have no problem endorsing companies making minimal shoes and not telling me I’m broken by design.”

MacDougall, meanwhile, who ironically only began barefooting after the epic race (pushed into it by a broken toe) is now a devotee. Has it made him a better runner?

“I see it differently than I would’ve a few years ago. If I could do a 3:59:59, instead of a four-hour, marathon, that was better. Now I couldn’t give a shit about that 1sec. Better to me means I don’t ever get hurt, I enjoy it, and I never dread it.”

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Why he sold his Strand ( Dana Point) home in an auction

I spoke with Kelly Burt, who just sold his multimillion dollar Strand home in a live auction last weekend.

A developer for 25 years, Burt studied the auction process for a year first and interviewed the top four auction companies in the game to choose the company to sell his homes, he says.

He even flew out to Hawaii to watch the auction of singer Cher’s home, which sold for $8,720,000 in February.

“I know what down markets are like. When the market starts turning, you need to stay ahead of it,” he says of deciding to sell both his homes – 7 and 9 White Water Lane – through auction, which can be risky.

Burt says the real estate industry is just now starting to feel the impact of the Internet’s influence, “The Internet has disrupted almost every field, from how we date to how we elect political candidates,” he said. “We need to figure out a way to sell more quickly, more efficiently, and to reach a broader audience.”

This is the first time Burt used the auction platform to sell a home. The final bid price of the home auctioned by Concierge Auctions is not being released, upholding a confidentiality agreement signed by both Burt and the buyer.

“The benefits are pretty obvious, we’re in the throes of negotiating putting another one (house) on,” he said. “I’m very pleased with how things went, pleased with the number of participants, pleased that it was an all-cash buyer that can close in less than 30 days.”

The published reserve – or even the opening bid – for the auction that just passed was $6.9 million. Both 7 and 9 White Water Lane were up for grabs to the highest bidder, who got to select their personal favorite (and 7 White Water Lane was chosen by the highest bidder).

Burt raised the published reserve to $7.9 million to sell the remaining 9 White Water Lane listing by auction May 20. Why?

“I feel that the market will bear it,” he said. “That’s a steal. The history and this process would suggest that we should be successful.”

“We have to find new techniques and new ways of exposing the market,” he said. “The consumer is the big winner on this.”

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Check out these Laguna Beach open houses

Here is a list of all homes for sale offering open houses in Laguna Beach this weekend (Apr. 24 and 25).

CLICK on address links for additional information.

Happy hunting!

1255 Pacific Avenue

Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

31897 Circle Drive

Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

165 Crescent Bay Drive

Saturday, Apr. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

22200 Paseo Del Sur

Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

639 Buena Vista Way

Saturday, Apr. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2211 Crestview Place

Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

739 Marlin

Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

629 Alta Vista Way

Saturday, Apr. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

26 Blue Lagoon

Saturday, Apr. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

1813 Temple Hills Drive

Saturday, Apr. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

31561 Table Rock Drive #214

Sunday, Apr. 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

32021 Virginia Way

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Toms goes barefoot on the beach to mark One Day Without Shoes


Toms Shoes, the company that donates one pair of shoes to needy children around the globe for every pair of shoes they sell, asked friends to go barefoot on the beach to raise awareness for the cause.

On Thursday, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie left his slip-ons at home to mark the third year of One Day Without Shoes and asked friends, including actresses Olivia Wilde ("House") and Julia Jones ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"), to shed their heels at Axe restaurant and walk down Abbot Kinney to his sister Paige's Aviator Nation boutique. The point is to drive home the message of what it would be like to spend a day barefoot as many people around the world do when they lack the means to purchase a pair. 

According to Toms' website, more than a quarter of a million people participated in 1,600 One Day Without Shoes events around the world, including the one here.

Mycoskie had biked to the office that morning wearing no shoes and had cut his foot within the first 45 minutes. "One Day without Shoes is to realize the importance of going without," he said.

"It feels great to go without shoes, but it's only for a day," said Wilde, who's about to start shooting "Cowboys and Aliens" with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. "It's a brilliant way to raise awareness of children in developing countries and put yourself in someone's shoes for a few hours."

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Woman SUP paddles 40 miles for breast cancer fundraiser

When Jodie Nelson felt exhaustion set in as she dug her paddle into the cold ocean, she would look down at the top of her Stand Up Paddleboard for motivation.

There read the names of loved ones who have passed away or have battled breast cancer – and those people were the reasons why Nelson was attempting what no woman had done before.

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Jodie Nelson gets a hug from Shaney Darden as she arrives at Baby Beach in Dana Point on a stand-up paddle board after a 9 1/2 hour paddle from Catalina Island on March 28, 2010. She is the first woman to paddle from Catalina to Dana Point, a 40-mile trek, on a stand up paddle. Her goal was to raise money for breast cancer.

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Donations go toward Keep a Breast Foundation and Boarding for Breast Cancer. Nelson’s goal is to raise $100,000, and as of Sunday afternoon had raised about $8,000. To donate, go to

In an attempt to raise awareness and money for breast cancer education, Nelson paddled nearly 40 miles from Catalina to Dana Point on Saturday, a feat that only three or so men – one being famous waterman Laird Hamilton — have successfully completed.

"I wanted to go out there and do something that was big and overwhelming ... and something I had a good chance of failing at. It's nothing compared to what they go through," she said. "They don't give up."

After watching helplessly as close friend Angela Robinson become ill from breast cancer and chemotherapy treatments, Nelson wanted to somehow show support.

At first, Robinson didn't like the dangerous idea. But she soon realized there was no talking Nelson out of it.

Nelson trained hard, spending long days paddling along the coast. About two weeks her trainer and good friend Steve Adler died from an aneurysm – making the paddle that much more emotional.

She started the paddle at about 6:15 a.m., hours earlier than others doing a relay as part of the Ohana Ocean Catalina Challenge. She was the only person doing a solo paddle.

A few hours in, a 30-foot gray whale came up beside her board – at first startling Nelson and the boat crew.

The whale – dubbed Larry – was close enough that she could have pet it with her paddle. He started making bubbles beneath her, fluking, and showing his tummy to her. The whale stayed with her for about an hour and a half.

"It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life," she said.

Not once during the paddle did she ask the time, or how far she had gone.

But after 8 hours and 51 minutes of paddling, loved ones cheered as they saw her coming to the finish line at Baby Beach. Her son Taylor, 15, held a sign that read: "I'm Jodie's biggest fan."

When she got close to shore, she lifted her paddle in victory, then threw it up in the air.

"I'm pretty sure, besides the birth of my son, this was the most monumental day of my life," she said.

For Robinson, watching Nelson ....

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Surfing's newest trick: recycling

Take a junky surfboard that's been sitting in the back yard all winter. Grind it up. What can you do with it? Turn it into street pavement? You can. You even can turn it into a new surfboard.

The board won't win a beauty contest. But Joey Santley of San Clemente can tell you how it helped spawn, a foundation that's nudging the surf industry to go "green" and reinvent itself.

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Joey Santley, co-founder of Green Foam Blanks in San Clemente, lets polyurethane foam dust fall through his fingers in a shaping room at Lost Surfboards. Green Foam uses the dust generated in the shaping of boards and recycles it into new surfboards.

How it began: Santley, 44, grew up in south Orange County. His dad owned Surfglas, a renowned surfboard factory. "I grew up in that factory," Santley said.

Four years ago, while working outside the surf industry, Santley learned that his son Luke, 2, was autistic. Joey and Allison Santley stopped everything to focus on their son, deciding "that whatever we do with our lives is going to be something that's part of the solution rather than the problem," Joey Santley said.

Foundation: Santley, Cox, Matt Biolos and Ron Pringle started on the premise that for a supposedly pure sport, surfing has too much toxicity and waste in its industry and it's time to clean up. To set an example, they collected shaping-room and laminating waste and asked Escondido Asphalt to produce a sample of asphalt containing 10 percent recycled surfboard material. The result spurred them to try more.

Green Foam: "The first Green Foam boards were entire surfboards ground up," Santley said. The first one is on display at the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente. Santley asked premier shapers such as Biolos, Al Merrick, Rusty Priesendorfer, Timmy Patterson and Pat Rawson to shape the first ones. "Al Merrick goes, 'It just looks like a dirty blank, but it shapes great.' " Santley said.

Today's boards:Santley and Cox introduced refined Green Foam boards at the January 2009 Action Sports Retailer trade show in San Diego – boards produced by acclaimed shapers. Top surfers such as Cory Lopez, Chris Ward , Coco Ho, Pat O'Connell and Kolohe Andino have ridden them, Santley said, and Biolos' Lost Surfboards – also known as Mayhem – is Green Foam's biggest account.

Testimonial: "I've been riding one a lot lately," Biolos said. "Performance-wise you can't really tell any difference."

Industry vibe: Frank Scura, executive director of the Action Sports Environmental Coalition, said manufacturers are excited: "They were always told before that it was an impossible undertaking. Joey has resolved that."

New icon: The G brand is Green Foam's own. Boards shaped by Mayhem, Cole Simler, Patterson and others are co-branded. You can buy one at Lost's Catalyst surf shop in San Clemente. It's the same price as a normal board, Santley said, and it also uses low-emission polyester resin and recycled FCS fins. Musician/surfers Jason Mraz and Donavon Frankenreiter ride them, Santley said.

Frankenreiter's take: When he got his first one from his shaper, Jeff "Doc" Lausch, he saw little specks in the texture. "I called," Frankenreiter said, "and said, 'Is there any way you could put more of those into it ... make it even more recycled-looking?' It gives it kind of a flavor, kind of a twist on a normal light blank."

Kid Natural: Resurf's mascot, created by San Clemente surfer/artist Roy Gonzalez, is a cartoon character the foundation says will ask kids to buy green products from companies that care. Kid Natural will appear in cartoons and educational materials riding a G board. "He's here to educate and protect," Santley said.

Recycled wetsuits: The foundation is partnering with Yulex, an Arizona firm that makes organic rubber from the guyule plant. Ground-up neoprene can be mixed with organic rubber to produce recycled products. Santley has prototype material for a recycled wetsuit, a deck pad for surfboards, and knee pads and elbow pads with organic material touching the skin and the recycled material on the outside. With a prototype sandal, your foot touches organic rubber. The street touches recycled ground-up neoprene.

Possibilities: A recycled yoga mat, a recycled insole for a shoe, an organic surf leash, even a 100 percent organic, hypoallergenic wetsuit.

Luke Santley, now 6: "He is doing unbelievably well," Joey Santley said. "We think he is going to be mainstreamed in two years."

To recycle: Got an old board? Visit for drop-off locations.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Really? 2 of 3 little pigs can’t get a loan


Real estate news and views from around the globe that make you go, “Really?”

  • HUFF, PUFF: A niche mortgage mess is brewing in homes made of earth, tires, concrete and trash. (WSJ) MORE HERE!
  • NO MELTDOWN: Canada, which has fewer housing subsidies, avoided the mortgage meltdown that sank the U.S. housing market. (WSJ) MORE HERE!
  • COOLING IT: China plans to order many of its largest state-owned enterprises out of the real estate business to help cool its urban housing bubble. (Reuters) MORE HERE!
  • APPS FOR ANDROIDS: Zillow and ZipRealty will launch free real estate applications for Android phones. (Inman and androinica) MORE HERE! and HERE!
  • SIDEWAYS: Actor Paul Giamatti paid $1.3 million for a Brooklyn Heights condo. (CURBED NY) MORE HERE!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Adventure Photography: Wild Angle Photo Contest Winners

Adventure Photography: Wild Angle Photo Contest Winners

Feast your eyes upon Australia's Fraser Island, a World Heritage site and the largest sand island in the world. This photo by Chris Poetzel of Indian Head Point, the headland on the island's 75-mile eastern coastline, was the overall winner in our Wild Angle Photo Contest, sponsored by the Adventures in Travel Expo. See all the winners, from kayaking Antarctica to

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HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles