This is my internet avatar, the “guest” in front of Cheryl’s (old) shop, Exotica. Bigsurkate isn’t about me – it is about us. We, as a community, are active, involved, and willing to share and work together to make sure this community stays informed. That’s what bigsurkate is about. I could not do even a quarter of what I do without the contributions of readers from all over the globe. I salute and honor you all.
July 5, 2008, during the Basin Fire, I started blogging in response to the heavy-handedness of the then-Sheriff. The coming up of 10 years of almost daily posts, have resulted in thousands of articles or posts, over 4000 total “followers”, and over four million “hits” or views. All I can say is wow!
I am a retired attorney who worked with the best office in the state, the Orange County Public Defenders Office, then up here with the Monterey Public Defenders Office, then in 1998, as an appointed indigent appellate attorney until I began retiring in 2012. (It takes a while to finish all appellate cases that are pending, even while not accepting any further ones.)
I live on top of a mountain, 5 miles off the highway with forever views. In fact, in the long-ago past, there used to be a look-out tower up here. Now that is me … With Internet and cell phone replacing the old CBs and radio communications of the past (although I plan on getting one of mine up and running) and Internet scanner supplementing the old-fashioned scanner. I feel a great responsibility toward this blog, and my part in helping to keep us all informed about issues that effect Big Sur, particularly on fires and road conditions – and my pet project – lost dogs.
I encourage everyone to share here. To watch out for each other and to make sure our information is as accurate as possible. Our community is unique, and our honesty robust. Let’s stay true to that.
This is a part of who we are, because I am not alone, I am just one of the public voices. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your visit, and for taking part in my little blog. bigsurkate, revised, November 2016.