February 26, 2013

After living in Dana Point for two years now, and walking by the OC Sailing & Events Center at the harbor almost every day, I finally got my ass in gear this morning and tried a 9 a.m. Jazzercise class. Loved it! So glad to see Jazzercise is still alive and kicking. I seriously thought it had come and gone in the 80s, like topsiders and the Rubik’s cube.

It was the perfect panacea for a few things I’ve been looking for: a way to incorporate more dance into my life; a way to get moving, with music, in the mornings (it is also offered in the evenings); and the perfect escape from the apartment in the mornings to give my boyfriend more space to get ready for work.

After the hour-long class, I popped over to my favorite Coffee Importers for a Phil’s Power Pancake (gotta try it!), and basked in the sun with an L.A. Times. Mornings just don’t get any better than this! Felt a spring in my step and the party music reverberating in my head.

So, I will definitely be coming back to more Jazzercise classes, and encourage all Dana Point residents to try a class. It’s fairly low impact – definitely not the high intensity of what I’ve heard Zumba is all about, although I’ve never tried that (next on my list – so if anyone has a good Zumba class to recommend in Dana Point, please post a comment).

The only possible disincentive – the pricing seems a little steep. $55 a month to pay by check. $45 with automatic debit. $15 for a drop-in.  But the more frequently you go, it definitely pays for itself. http://www.jazzercise.com



February 23, 2013

I’m starting this blog to share the things I love about Dana Point. I invite Dana Point residents to share their love for the area, so we can create a tribute to the best city in the U.S.

Dana Point — especially the harbor area – -has the highest vibration of any city I’ve lived in recently. So much so, that if the esteemed David Hawkins were to measure the city’s vibration, it would probably be off the charts.

This blog is not a gimmicky “best of Dana Point” done by outsiders to get people to read their magazines or websites. And, it’s not meant to market Dana Point to tourists. This is by, for, and about residents. This is to share your favorite things, whether they’re obvious ones, like the harbor, or hidden gems, like a warm chocolate chip cookie from J.C. Beans.

So, I invite you to share your comments and thoughts — whether they’re prose, poetry, haiku, limericks or photos. Express yourself and your love of Dana Point.