John Mans has been a very good friend since I met him through Cay back in 1989 or so. He was Cay's neighbor during her sophomore year in Boulder and he's become someone who has the same interests and sensibilities as the two of us.
John's been living on Speedway in Venice for the past year and he's decided to pack up and go home to Colorado. This past Saturday night a few of us got together to send him off. We had about a dozen friends over for sake, beer, and cocktails. Around 1:30 in the morning I remembered that I had seen signs of phosphorescent algae out in the Santa Monica bay. After scouting it out, the entire group followed me to the beach where I assured them an experience they wouldn't soon forget.
The green phosphorescence was the most intense I've seen it in almost ten years. The water has been unusually warm lately and I think this contributes to their well being. The dozen of us stripped down to our birthday suits and headed out into the ocean. Neophytes soon learned how incredible the phenomenon of the algae can be and those of us who have experienced it before enjoyed it all over again.
It was 3 in the morning by the time we all got back. What a great night. Thanks, John, for bringing all of us together. We love you very much and will miss having you live right around the corner.
Cay took some pictures with the D70 that night and they can be found on her Flickr site here. Too bad we didn't have a camera with us out on the beach.