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Mel, World’s Best Bartender!

Posted on May 2, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM10 Comments Mel, World’s Best Bartender My neighbor in Capitola, Antonio, is an antiques expert. He knows about furniture, vintage crystal, and collectibles. Me? Not so much. I hear the name Waterford and I think I have valuable crystal. In fact, I used to make […]

Birthday Bungee Jump

BUNGEE JUMP Birthday Bungee Jump Posted on April 12, 2016 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM9 Comments Bungee jump at the Santa Cruz boardwalk 1992     I won it on the radio. KWAV radio out of Monterey, California, was offering a free bungee jump to the ninth caller The morning DJ, Jack Peterson, […]

How to Go From Sad to Glad

Posted on December 13, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM12 Comments It’s the holidays – a time of joy for some, a time of loneliness and longing for others. While some people are caught up in the whirlwind of buying, buying, buying others are wracking their brains to come up with someone to buy […]

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Carol Doda, You Started It! R.I.P.

In honor of the passing of legendary Carol Doda, I am re-posting this. Topless Then and Now! Posted on October 21, 2014 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM20 Comments In its infancy in 1964, the world was shocked when Carol Doda did the swim and the frug atop a grand piano wearing only a skimpy […]

New Barker in the Neighborhood

In honor of the passing of the legendary Carol Doda, my friend, and former co-worker, I am re-posting this series. May she rest in peace. Posted on May 28, 2014 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COM17 Comments I had a visitor the other day. As soon as we sat down on the patio to […]

Sally, Sally, How Does Your Garden Grow?

  Sally is a “bracelet friend.” If you know what that means, you are probably one, too. If I have given you a silver Caribbean Hook Bracelet at some point in the last in the last few years and you don’t know the significance, you should probably turn it in. […]

Which Shoes Should I Wear Today?

Posted on July 12, 2015 by CAROLEJEAN’SCAPERS@WORDPRESS.COMLeave a comment       “My momma always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by his shoes. Where they go. Where they been,” said Forrest Gump. Can you believe that was over twenty years ago? The words still hold […]


Flamingo’s Fixin’ to Fly!

Flamingo is a chameleon! I first got her in Miami at the “Pink Palm” gift shop. She was a shining beauty, but not cheap. I promised myself I would buy her as a reward after my next real estate sale when I worked for Majestic Properties in South Beach. All the closings […]

New Barker in the Neighborhood – Part 6 10

  Ten years later, I was walking around San Francisco’s North Beach, and I ran into Carol Doda on the street. She was still going strong, doing her nightly routine on top of the hydraulic baby-grand piano that came down from the ceiling with her doing the swim or the […]

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New Barker in the Neighborhood – Part 2 7

If you missed part 1 see   I reported for my first shift at the Off  Broadway Club at precisely 5:00 as instructed. I wore my sneakers, and carried my high heels, in case I had to bolt. Bronco, the combo manager and barker, was there to greet me with a big […]