March 22, 2006
Double Dolphin Day
Santa Barbara is digby over dolphins. There are statues and fountains all over the place, depicting our friends who live in a world full of wonder, flying there under, under the sea. Maybe dolphins are so popular because of the Chumash legend that tells us that dolphins are all of our brothers and sisters who couldn’t make it across the Rainbow Bridge and fell into the ocean. Maybe dolphins are famous because Santa Barbara homeboy, Bud Bottoms keeps making statues and fountains depicting them.
There are so many dolphin statues in town that Ed thought it would be a good idea after all this March Ed-Ness is over for the dedicated staff of edhat.com to locate and photograph all of the publicly displayed dolphins in town. For yesterday’s WWII pictures, we showed two of these statutes, and as it turned out, many people didn’t know about them.
To many subscribers, all dolphins look alike. Or at least they all look like the dolphins La Arcada, or in front of Stearns Wharf.
The best clue in yesterday’s pictures was the stuff in the background. For the first one, you could definitely see the Santa Barbara skyline, and possibly, the wharf. In the second, it was a busy road – ruling out places like La Arcada.
The statue with the skyline in the background was taken at the end of the breakwater. It’s part of the Lost At Sea Memorial that was dedicated last June. Aside from the dolphin, the memorial includes two whale tail benches and a compass rose.
Mujiba Cabugos, whose brother, Ted was lost at sea after a Kayak ride off of Leadbetter Beach, was responsible for getting the memorial built.
The statue by the side of the road is on Hollister in front of the Goleta Valley Community Center. It’s on the front lawn next to the rock with the de Anza plaque featured in a previous WWII. And, in case you’re planning for a future Wednesday, they also have a gazebo.
The community center used to be the Goleta Union School. In 1977, the transformation to community center was made. Today, they offer everything from Jazzercise to Legal Aid.
Today there is a new March Ed-Ness leader. Brown Squared now leads Tommy Noodleman by a whisker. Je2ry is a close third. The complete standings are up-to-date and posted on the Edhat website.
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