Surf Report – 10/30

No white water from the 101 looking at California street. 1 person out at Faria, doesnt look like theres waves though. Tide is mid-tide, everywhere looks like a wash out. No waves or people at Rincon or the mussel shoals pier.

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Surf Report – 10/29

Flat at faria and mondos, flat in front of la conchita, just really really poor. Its about mid-tide and rising right now. Looks like the wind might be kicking up later today, there's no marine layer at the beach, although I can't see the islands.

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Surf Report 10/26

Just drove by Faria, 1 person out there, looks like a 2 ft wave at very hi tide.

Mussel shoals looks pretty flat.

Rincon is difficult to see from a light haze. 8 people are out, sets look well defined, no pipiing though

Surf Report – 10/25

Tide is almost at it's highest pt today. Looks like small 1 ft waves near hobson, very smooth, virtually no wind. Looks a lot better near the pier at mussel shoals. Rincon is empty right now, about 4 surfers. Possibly the occassional 4 ft set

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Joining or Concatenating Two Columns to one column

Say you’re creating an Oracle view called “STATUS” and you want one column from a table (NAME.last_name) and another column from another table (INFO.marital_status).


You also want that data in a single column, (i.e. joined/concatenated).

Note: both tables also have an identical contraint, “user_id”

WHERE N.user_id = S.user_id(+)

Great Story from Michael Josephson, Character Counts

The Parable of the Carpenter 536.4

A master carpenter who worked for the same builder for nearly 50 years announced he wanted to retire. The builder told him how much he appreciated his work. He gave the carpenter a $5,000 bonus and asked him if he would build just one more house. The builder owned a magnificent lot with a spectacular view and he wanted to build a dream home.

The carpenter was bitterly disappointed at the small bonus, but his last building fee would help him buy a small cottage, so he agreed to build the dream house.

The carpenter prided himself on his uncompromising commitment to quality, but his resentment caused him to cut corners, ignore details, and accept shoddy workmanship from other workers. He even looked the other way when some of them substituted cheaper materials and pocketed the difference.

When the house was finished the builder shook the carpenter’s hand and with a huge smile he gave him an envelope with a thank-you card and a folded piece of paper. The carpenter was disdainful — until he unfolded the paper and found the deed to the house he had just built.

The carpenter was ashamed that he had misjudged his old friend and betrayed his own values, and he was remorseful that the house he would live in for the rest of his life was made so carelessly.

Our character is the house we live in and it’s built piece by piece by our daily choices. Deceit, irresponsibility, and disrespect are just like shoddy workmanship. Whenever we put in less than our best and ignore our potential for excellence, we create a future full of creaky floors, leaky roofs, and crumbling foundations.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.