Sideways In Neverland

Sideways In Neverland

by William Etling

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ISBN-13: 9780595361908
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/26/2005
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Sideways In Neverland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After Michael Jackson was arraigned in a Santa Maria courtroom, the King of Weird invited hoards of strangers to party at his sprawling Santa Ynez ranch. As Etling describes it: ¿Middle-aged white men like myself were as unusual as the three-foot-tall gentleman walking beside me as we approached the first of an extensive network of ponds and waterfalls, including four geysers, shooting thirty feet in the air.¿ It gets weirder. And, fortunately, Etling has a keen eye for detail. In a series of essays, Etling deftly describes life as an extra on the ¿Sideways¿ set (he was promoted from ¿bathroom walker¿ to ¿diner,¿ though instructed not to eat the food), the chilly waters of Jalama Beach and the pitfalls of being a Realtor. (¿I¿m a Realtor. Mind-numbing boredom is my life.¿) The career might be boring, but some of his funniest writing is about people¿s reactions to housing prices in a market gone berserk. - Patrick S. Pemberton, The San Luis Obispo, Ca. Tribune
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Etling has lived in 'the West of legend, with Danish pastry' since 1966 these columns from the Santa Barbara News-Press have nothing to do with wine, little to do with movies and everything to do with an enchanting landscape and its residents, past and present. Michael Jackson, Fess Parker, Ronald Reagan and Matt LeBlanc are among those residents, but surfers, cowboys, artists, veterans and settlers get the most affectionate treatment. Etling takes us not only to Jackson's fantasy estate and the sets of Sideways and Seabiscuit, but to Highway 154 on California Cleanup Day, a university lecture on gophers and numerous local festivals. Though this is not truly a guidebook, Etling tips readers to wildflower fields, surfing spots, cave paintings and museums. Readers will forget 'Sideways' and head south to eat with cowboys and celebrities at the Longhorn Cafe, watch a missile launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base and ski on Figueroa Mountain.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
'FIVE STARS: For Sideways in Neverland, a collection of engaging essays on the Santa Ynez Valley by gifted wordsmith Bill Etling...covers everything from the Hollywood invasion to an eerie hike to the fog-shrouded lighthouse at the tip of Point Conception. Sideways in Neverland is perfect bedtime reading, for you, or even better, to your children.' Novelist Martha Smilgis, Santa Barbara News-Press
Guest More than 1 year ago
Real life in the wine country made famous by Sideways, home to Michael Jackson and other stars. Synopsis: What do Michael Jackson's neighbors really think of him? Or of the other famous residents of the rural California wine country made famous by Sideways? Just two hours from Los Angeles, the honorable Old West lives on, with cowboys and Indians, a Danish village, stars, surfers, Michael Jackson, and more. A romp through a remarkable neighborhood, sparking with humor, empathy and insight. There's something for everyone. Humor, history, geology, biology, celebrity, art, travelogue, memoir, adventure, annual events, movie stars, and vanishing vaqueros. Michael Jackson, the Casino wars, Fess Parker, and growth vs. preservation. Armchair travellers, Lance Armstrong's fans, Sideways critics, and Tobey Maguire and Seabiscuit fans alike will find reason to read. Anyone who loves small town living, or has a casino taking over their town, or lives where development threatens their quality of life, should take a look.