Jay Beeler

After our last edition of the Beachcomber was emailed in digital format, we received a few addressed to Queen Mary marketing staff as undeliverable. Out of curiosity I went to the hotel’s website, which states that the hotel is “temporarily closed” and that general admission and guided tours are “temporarily suspended until further notice.”

This got me wondering how hotel guests at other hotels got their food and a call to the Airport Marriott revealed that take-out was available, but not room service. Bummer.

The future of the Queen Mary is of concern. There have been viability issues regarding Urban Commons, the master leaseholder of the city-owned, historic ship.

One reader has suggested that the City Hall staff move to the ship and use the bridge as the mayor’s office. The new City Hall could then become a commercial office structure, bringing needed revenue to the city!


As we get older it’s sobering to say goodbye to so many friends and relatives who have passed on. We recently learned that one of our copywriters from the 80s and 90s, Carole Morgan, passed away on Nov. 28. That news was a reminder of something we recently read by Edmund Kolesar, called “The Train:”

“At birth we boarded the train and met our parents and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant, i.e. our siblings, friends, children, strangers and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.

“This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

“The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

“I wish you a joyful journey for the coming years on your train of life. Reap success, give lots of love and be happy. More importantly, thank God for the journey!

“Lastly, I want to thank you for being one of the passengers on my train!


Finally, a bit of humor from a reader:

Those of you who are placing Christmas lights/decorations in your yards, would you please avoid anything that has red or blue flashing lights together? Every time I come around the corner, I think it’s the police and I have a panic attack.

I have to brake hard, toss my wine out the window, fasten my seat belt, throw my phone on the floor, turn my radio down and push the gun under the seat. All while trying to drive.

It’s just too much drama, even for Christmas. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


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