Our Readers Write: La Jollans share opinions on keeping old names for local places, uses for WD-40, gender bias

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Letters to the Editor from the March 8, 2018 issue of La Jolla Light as La Jollans speak out on local issues:


Keep La Jolla’s original place names for history sake!

The story in the March 1, 2018 La Jolla Light with the headline about the rusting railings “at Horseshoe Beach Staircase,” should have let readers know the actual name of the beach lying below 100-202 Coast Boulevard. “Whispering Sands” is the correct name, with Marine Street Beach lying at the southern end of that same stretch of sand.

I spent many summer days on the north end of Whispering Sands Beach, taken down there as a child by my mother to swim. An older person we knew only as “Mrs. Jones,” lived in a bluff-top cottage located approximately above and behind where the currently rusting staircase railing lies.

The beach acquired its name during a time when the first people in that neighborhood began to use it, and the name was given because shuffling one’s feet in the dry sand while walking would — and still will — produce a range of whispering-to-squeaking sounds unlike any sounds produced by La Jolla’s other beaches.

As our beach-gang of kids got older, we began to ride the offshore surf break at the north end of Whispering Sands on hard-inflated air-filled surf mats, which later disappeared when replaced by foam body boards. That surf-break, later achieving fame among surfers as “Horseshoe” for the shape it takes as it first curls and breaks, offered the ultimate challenge while taking off on surf mats at the peak.

I am saddened by the ongoing loss of traditional local place names in La Jolla. Our seal beach, although originally named Children’s Pool when the seawall was presented to the City for Ellen Browning Scripps in 1931 by my great-grandfather J.C. Harper, was known as Casa Beach during the 1950s, because the pool had largely disappeared, having been filled in by shifting nearshore sand trapped behind the seawall. Only recently, have activists thrust forward the long-inappropriate name “Children’s Pool.”

Coast Walk, the tranquil footpath above La Jolla’s big sea caves, is often confused in print with the busy sidewalk between the seawall and The Cove, thus reducing the significance and special nature of the real Coast Walk.

Retaining traditional local place names in La Jolla can preserve a sense of history. Whispering Sands Beach should remain Whispering Sands Beach. — James Hudnall


WD-40: Well, who knew ...?

I’ve seen the story below before, but forgot a few of the tips that bloggers pass around. I think everyone will benefit from at least one tip, so I hope La Jolla Light will publish. (If anything, it’s a great how-to for spring-cleaning! The new spray tube is genius!)

I’d also like to know other people’s favorite uses for WD-40!

“I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do, probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job on the truck. I’m impressed! WD-40, who knew?

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a “water displacement”’ compound. They were successful with the 40th formulation, thus WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas Missile parts. (WD-40 was later found to have many household uses and was made available to consumers in San Diego in 1958.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. When you read the “shower door” part, try it. It’s the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. Then try it on your stove top ...

Here are some of the other uses: WD-40 protects silver from tarnishing, removes road tar and grime from cars, cleans and lubricates guitar strings, gives floors that just-waxed sheen without making them slippery, keeps flies off cows, restores and cleans chalkboards, removes lipstick stains, loosens stubborn zippers, untangles jewelry chains, removes stains from stainless steel sinks, removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill, keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing,

“camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors, keeps scissors working smoothly, lubricates noisy door hinges, gear shift and mower deck levers, rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises, lubricates tracks in home windows that stick, restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles as well as vinyl bumpers, lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans, lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles, keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades (and other tools), keeps bathroom mirrors from fogging, lubricates prosthetic limbs, keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell), and removes all traces of duct tape. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.”

Read lots more fun facts and some myth-busting on the company’s website: — Chris Cott


Invitation to discussion on gender bias

Legacy13 is a San Diego-based women’s mastermind group. Our mission is to empower women and children through education and wellness. We are hosting a workshop, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at 909 Grand Ave. in Pacific Beach. Men and women are invited to attend as we explore gender bias and tangible solutions that we can put into practice.

The workshop is designed to help attendees understand subconscious gender bias and how it impacts our professional and personal lives; learn the language and tools to address bias when we see it; and how to amplify our voices in combating inequality.

Gender bias is not a women’s issue, it is everyone’s issue. It’s vital to the evolution of our culture to create the space to have this conversation. Refreshments will be served. E-mail for tickets and follow us on Facebook. — Andrea Esajian



The proprietor of La Jolla Lighting, 5640 La Jolla Blvd., wants readers to know he has decided to stay open until at least next March 2019 at 5640 La Jolla Blvd., because he took the offer to renew his lease for another year.


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