Saturday, September 03, 2005 | I love Daredevil Dave “Human Cannonball” Smith. He was shot over the Mexican border into San Diego County, calling it art. I call it macho bravado.

We watched the hundreds of thousands fleeing Mother Nature’s mischief, where our annual rainfall was exceeded easily in one day of the hurricane. Many of those who will have lost their homes will try to rebuild, unintimidated by inevitable future storms. Why do we humans do it? Is it stupidity, courage or the low-cost loans Uncle Sam will make them?

We also watch the evolution of our leader as he goes for smaller goals in Iraq, Social Security and anything that smacks of environmental protection. I see where homeowners (otherwise known as big borrowers) took $59 billion cash out of their homes in the second quarter, double the amount of the year before and 16 times the amount of the mid-1990s. Thereby hangs our economy. People used to have common sense, but that went away with some injection of bravado some years ago.

Then I reviewed the latest Desmond Morris book, “the Naked Woman,” which this noted anthropologist (“the Naked Ape”) offered as a male scientist’s take on the opposite sex. I thought of the women I’ve loved and respected and how different they were and are from my boy friends, clients and studs I’ve studied.

This wonderfully clever book proves again how observant this author is. He begins with woman’s lips. “These puffy, everted organs are unique among primates” and signal sexual stuff as well as being highly kissable, from puppy love through marriage bliss.

I won’t go into other female physical attributes which only could come from a God who loved His creations and wanted them to be more special than pets, I think. Though when my kids were tiny, I know I often referred to them as cute monkeys.

I know that regularly, when sitting beside my wife Frances, I glance at her wonderful lips and sensational profile of a face, reach for her hand and get a shot of the electricity that has propelled me for well over 50 years. I’ve found that some things are ageless even as they age and I never stop congratulating God on what a great job He did as a sculptor!

Sanford “Sandy” Goodkin is acting chairman of Civic Solutions, a group of leaders who analyze San Diego’s problems, prioritize them and search for solutions, representing diverse points of view. He is a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a pioneer of residential market and marketing analysis. Read his real estate columns at Contact him directly with your thoughts and opinions at

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