Wednesday of last week was such a strange day.
The mercury pushed up near 100 degrees throughout the region, the sort of strange, unseasonably arid kind of day that will prompt at least a few to start wondering about "earthquake weather." It was a summer day that didn't happen all summer, and the odd, almost-eerie stillness that comes with such an afternoon was obliterated about 1:30 when a gunman in Seal Beach opened fire, killing eight innocent people (and injuring a ninth).
The sickening, hollow feeling we get on the heels of such news is profound. Little did I know that that same evening (with temperatures still a balmy 90), I'd witness something so beautiful that it, at least for several moments, would actually eclipse the brutal events in Seal Beach and cast a glow (literally) at the end of the day.
Ocean View High School basketball coach Jim Harris, 67, is a local legend. I know his name, accomplishments and reputation cast a longer shadow than just Huntington Beach, but for the Seahawks, he is revered.