Along with the Long Beach Young Professionals we took a boat tour of the second busiest port in the United States tonight…..the Port of Long Beach. It was crazy to see the massive cargo ships front and center. It’s hard to convey how huge these behemoths really are. This video and picture don’t do it any justice:
Each year, the Port handles:
- More than 6.8 million 20-foot container units (TEUs)
- Cargo valued at $180 billion
- 82.3 million metric tons of cargo
- 2,000 vessel calls
The Port’s loaded containers account for:
- 1/3 moving through all California ports
- 1/4 moving through all West Coast ports
- nearly 1 in 5 moving through all U.S. ports
- 30,000 jobs (about one in eight) in Long Beach
- 316,000 jobs (or one in 22) in the five-county Southern California region
- 1.4 million jobs throughout the U.S. are related to Long Beach-generated trade
A longtime server at Domenico’s Italian Restaurant in Belmont Shore, Long Beach, was gifted with more than $2,000 in tips from a magician who captured the event with hidden cameras.
The waiter, Edgar Guzman, who has worked at Domenico’s in Long Beach for more than a decade. He works two jobs to provide for his wife and family.
My favorite part in the video is when Edgar reads a note from his family. The note states “What you put out will come back to you. Put out good into the world.” It’s something I personally believe so much. The video currently has 600,000+ likes on YouTube.
Watch the video here:
Credit: Grunion Gazette
Watch Long Beach’s Belmont Pool get demolished in this time lapse video published by MBI Media.
The Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was dedicated on August 15, 1968, The building was deemed unsafe due to structural concerns two years ago, leading to its closure and the opening of a temporary pool. It will eventually be replaced by a new, $103.1M swimming facility.
Wednesday 8/27/14 was a rare day in Long Beach and a crazy one in general for Los Angeles and Orange County beaches. Monster waves sparked by Hurricane Marie brought waves to Long Beach……and pretty nice and big ones too. Big enough to penetrate the breakwater barrier surrounding the Long Beach shorelines. The Peninsula was lined with surfers, spectators, and heavy equipment operators trying to maintain a barrier to protect beachfront homes.
I had a chance to see for myself for a few minutes yesterday morning around 9AM-ish It was a nutty sight considering we pretty much never see waves in Long Beach as a result of the breakwater barrier. I didn’t get any of my own photos or videos, but compiled others below. Who else in Long Beach witnessed this first-hand??
This past weekend was the Long Beach Grand Prix, probably the biggest weekend annually in Long Beach and by far one of my favorites. We went on Saturday and enjoyed a perfect day of sun, fast cars, thundering loud sound and jam-packed bars. I’m not necessarily a race fan, but if you ever get a chance to check out a live race and get up front in the action, you won’t be disappointed. The speed and noise of these IndyCars give me the chills every time I see them.
Check out this short clip I filmed track-side. This was Saturday’s IndyCar qualifying for the main race on Sunday. Cars are flying by at 160-170 mph at this point on the track:
With the theme of fast cars and driving, take a moment to browse over these 10 safe driving tips:
Top 10 Safe Driving Tips
- Don’t Drive Drunk – More than 30 percent of all auto accident fatalities in the United States involve drivers impaired by alcohol. It’s easy to avoid driving drunk. If you’ve been drinking, ask a sober friend for a ride or call a cab. If you’re planning to drink, make sure you have a designated driver. The mild inconvenience of taking a cab home is nothing compared to the disastrous consequences of driving drunk.
- Don’t Speed – Research has shown that for every mile per hour you drive, the likelihood of your being in an accident increases by four to five percent
- Avoid Distractions – One researcher compared the reaction time of a 20-year-old driver talking on a cell phone to that of a 70-year-old driver. What’s more, working a cell phone behind the wheel can delay reaction times by as much as 20 percent.
- Don’t Drive Drowsy – A study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech reported that 20 percent of all accidents have sleepiness as a contributing factor
- Wear Your Seat Belt– NHTSA statistics reveal that more than half of all accident fatalities were people who weren’t using seat belts
- Be Extra Careful in Bad Weather
- Don’t Follow Too Closely – The three-second rule is simple. Find a stationary object on the side of the road. When the car ahead of you passes it, start counting seconds. At least three seconds should pass before your car passes the same object
- Watch Out for the Other Guy – One good rule of thumb to use is, “Assume everyone else on the road is an idiot.”
- Practice Defensive Driving – Defensive driving is not only safer, it can save you money. Many insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who complete defensive driving courses.
- Keep Your Vehicle Safe– One of the most common maintenance problems that can lead to a crash is improper tire pressure. Uneven tire pressure, or pressure that is too high or low, can impact performance or lead to a blowout — especially in high-performance cars or heavy vehicles like SUVs
For these tips and more, visit www.howstuffworks.com