So many of us lead ironic lives…some of us intentionally…many more of us, unintentionally.
I personally love irony!
One of the most treasured books in my library is my copy of “The Complete Works of O. Henry”.
Many years ago, in an ironic twist my wife (The Beautiful Carin) cut her gorgeous hair short and sold it to a wig maker to buy me that particular book…while I, in turn, sold my reading glasses to buy her some beautiful ribbons for her long and gorgeous hair!
Just like the “Gift of the Magi”…Ironic!
And made even more ironic by the fact that we were millionaires and could easily afford both the book and the reading glasses!
In other Irony News, it turns out that pretty much every Newport Beach restaurant is best enjoyed in Autumn, Winter and Spring...esp. Autumn!
That’s when the summer complaints have packed up the vacation rental and returned to wherever the hell it is that they live (that is, when it’s not summertime and they are busy clogging up the PCH and every beach and boulevard in Newport Beach).
I can get to some of my favorites places, find a place to park, and enjoy myself!
Hooray for Autumn!
In the Autumn, the weather here is still great, plus I don’t have to listen to the din of flatlanders describing their adventures on the whale watchin’ boat or telling everybody in earshot how indecently expensive everything is in Newport Beach.
I already know it’s expensive to live here…I live here.
However, in another ironic twist to my little story, many of the places I go are not really very expensive…they are just overcrowded in the summertime!
All I am looking is good food, priced right with good company to share the experience…what more could you want on a balmy October evening?
I’ll tell you what more you could want…you could want attentive and friendly service and an upscale but casual “beachy” atmosphere along with that food and friends dealio!
And, non-ironically enough, that’s exactly what you’ll find at most of the places I love in Newport Beach...in every season except summer!
In the summer, my favorite spots get really jammed…esp. on weekends…“That will be a 2 hour wait for the next available stool at Cappy’s, sir”…Uh, Thanks…no.
In the summertime, the fine folks that provide all that great service are just trying to move as many bodies as they can!
And if you don’t ride your bike, you’ll find that the summer crowd affects the parking situation, in a very, very negative way.
So…Autumn…yes, Autumn…that, that is when Newport Beach is really at its best!
You be the judge.