Reminiscing beautiful Belize, beating Boston, gaga over the girl who “Just Want to Have Fun”

My lovely bride and i left for Caye Caulker, Belize, this day five years ago. It was two weeks of bliss on the Caribbean island.
Meg on her favorite chair on Caye Caulker, Belize.

Good morning Longbranch.

Today holds special meaning to me and my lovely bride. This day five years ago, my lovely bride and I packed our bags to spend 10 days on Caye Caulker, Belize, to celebrate our nuptials. It was two weeks of bliss with my best friend and partner.

But enough of that. It looks like we are going to have another day of sun and great boating weather. Judging from all the visitors on the hook on Filucy Bay, they think so too. It is currently 56 degrees and the weather geeks are saying our high today will hit 75. The early morning clouds will burn off by the afternoon.

With that bit of good weather news, I bring you today in history:

This day in 1985, my Los Angeles Lakers beat the hated Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2. This was sweet revenge for a city and a team that got handed a cruel hand a year before.

Here is how framed that loss: “The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t get out of town immediately after the 1984 Finals. They had to spend one more night in their Boston hotel, saddled with the Celtics blues again. Needless to say, it was a sleepless night.”

Fueled by this defeat, the Los Angeles Lakers came back the following year a deep, talented team.

“By playoff time the frontcourt was bolstered by the return of Mitch Kupchak and Jamaal Wilkes to go with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, Bob McAdoo and Larry Spriggs. In the backcourt were Magic, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper and Mike McGee,” reports.

In 1984, Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” hit No. 1 on the pop charts. The girl who just “want to have fun” was taking the music world by storm.

For you children of the ’80s, Cindi will be at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma on June 16. So, get your Gaga on for the lady who invented the genre.

“Gaga does performance art, but she does sculpture; I do performance art and I paint myself,” says Cindi on Lady Gaga in an interview on

Boaters on the hook on Filucy Bay rowing to the Longbranch Marina early Sunday morning.

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