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San Clemente Journal

Home, Sweet Home

Feb 05, 2005 01:34PM ● By Don Kindred

by Roby LaPorte

    There’s no place like home…and with the Internet today, home is even better. As we all know, the Internet is a computer network made up of thousands of networks worldwide. No one knows exactly how many computers are connected to the Internet, however, we do know that they number in the tens of millions.
    I must say, it fascinates to me to realize that no one is in charge of the Internet. There are many organizations that develop the technical aspects of this vast network and set standards for creating applications on it, but no governing body is in control. Private companies own the Internet backbone, through which Internet traffic flows. This brings the realization that we are in the midst of a period of profound transition between the Industrial and Informational Ages. The very foundations of our society are now changing, transforming and rebuilding as we evolve from a culture based on centralized capital and labor to one of decentralized, shared knowledge via the web. There’s no doubt about it, shared knowledge is a good thing, as we may now communicate with common folk all over the world, bringing us, hopefully, closer together and closer to a world peace and understanding. With your own computer, you are in the center of it all.
    Yes, home has gotten better for us all, especially those of us fortunate enough to call San Clemente our home. Somehow we have been lucky enough to keep our happy-go-lucky So Cal beach town ambiance amidst the staggering population growth in Southern California that has corroded all too many coastal communities. I love this town and its diverse cross-section of peoples. A little bit of everything here, seems to me, with so much to do and so many things going on, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. 
    Ah, but then there’s the good ole’ Internet, our never-ending highway of information, always there to help you out and fill you in. And now, there’s a place on the web to call home;, your one stop website to get in on all our town’s happenings. Log on to see the full year’s events in an easy to read and navigate format. The website is there for our home community to share its events and special occasions with each other, even a message board to make new friends, share your thoughts and discuss city matters with one another. You can contribute your own events there as well by simply going on the site and submitting your event right there on line and it will be reviewed and posted within 36 hours. The site also features much more than just our events, you can find out how you can volunteer to help out at any event going on. There is also a restaurant guide, lists of accommodations, transportation and even a classified ad section. There’s a complete guide to all the shops and services of San Clemente, plus all the attractions and recreations about town right at your fingertips. and are in the works as well to help the younger people find things to do and keep informed on all things San Clemente. These two sites need your help in keeping up with school events and such, so if you can help in any way, please contact, you’ll be glad you did.
    Now, when you go to a San Clemente event, watch out for those guys with the cameras, you just might find your picture posted in the ‘Past Events” section. Many of our events get a review with lots of pictures so we may look back on the fine times we share in our home town.

    Yes, home is where the heart is, and there’s certainly a lot of heart in San Clemente. b