The dateline says it all. The press hotel was across the street from the beach. Three White House briefings a week, tops. President Reagan rarely left his ranch during his vacations, so there was no all-day travel pool duty or spending hours in a van or mini-bus waiting for presidential movements. Even if you had to file reports, you could be done by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and it was still only 4:00 p.m. in Santa Barbara.