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Feb 23rd 2013 2:54PM A little internet checking showed that the last oil spill in the Santa Barbara area was in 1969. The tar on your feet was from natural oil seeps. Here is a blurb from one website I found.
"The largest natural oil and gas seeps in the Western Hemisphere lie in the Santa Barbara Channel. According to the California State Lands Commission,they comprise more than 1,200 of the over 2,000 active submarine seeps along the California coast. Half of these occur within three miles of an area called Coal Oil Point, located just west of Santa Barbara near the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus. It is estimated that oil seepage for a single 6-mile stretch, including Coal Oil Point, averages 10,000 gallons of oil each day (240 barrels). Every 12 months about 86,000 barrels of oil seep into the ocean—the equivalent of the quantity of oil spilled in the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. Since 1970, the quantity of oil that naturally seeps into the Santa Barbara Channel equals ~ 31 "1969" oil spills."
So, it is natural...so it must be good then, right? I wonder if drilling and removing the oil for use would relieve pressure and then diminish the amount of oil going into the water?
Jan 29th 2013 6:56PM Oh, and don't get me started on having to listen to a couple having a good time on the other side of one of those wonderful adjoining doors in Bangor Maine for about an hour. That was much worse than any noise from kids through one of those doors.
Jan 29th 2013 6:49PM As someone who is on the road about 150 days per year, I have to agree that I have lost more sleep and been angered by the 18-35 crowd than kids in any of my travels. The worst was when there was an adult hockey tournament in town while we were staying in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Jun 16th 2012 2:08AM I avoid this nonsense by flying Southwest whenever possible.
Apr 9th 2012 2:04PM I saw this as I thumbed through Skymall on Saturday and wondered how long it would be before it would show up in this column. I'm just surprised at how close the poll is at this point.
Nov 7th 2011 6:27PM They may have fixed it since you read it, but I just went back to the top and it says Nov. 1, 2011.
Oct 29th 2011 12:20AM I have recently started traveling a lot for work and internet connections are very high on my priority list for what I consider a good hotel. I love the Hampton in Livermore CA, but am considering switching hotels for my next trip. Our company will probably have 2 people at that hotel non-stop for at least 6 months so if we switch, that's more than a few nights they loose. Currently I am with a big group working in Key West, and we are all complaining about the internet and if the company had not settled on this hotel for us we would leave. Despite broken door handles, bad microwaves and broken shower knobs, it seems that what most of us dislike the greatest about the Lexington hotel here is the fact that their wifi puts ads on each page and even disables some features on sites such as southwest.com. I guess this turned into a rant, but all to say that for some of us being able to have a fast enough connection to make a Skype call to our wives and get business done on the internet from our rooms is something that we value, but don't want to have an extra charge tacked onto our bill for it as it should be a standard amenity.
Apr 12th 2011 1:50PM I was interested when I saw the title of this. I also was going to go to Libya. In fact, I came very close to being there when all of the violence broke out.
Jan 23rd 2011 11:00PM I don't have a problem with doing some things which are a little risky, but from my perspective, that was way to close to a tragedy. With all of that force applied along the side of the water being countered by the friction of a couple tires on wet pavement, there could not have been much margine there before they would have been swept over. I take this as a reminder to not be afraid to say "I'm getting off" and figure out another way to where you are going rather than totally trusting the driver to not do something stupid.
Dec 14th 2010 9:58PM Timbuktu, Mali