Beach Trip

July 12, 2007 at 3:12 pm 8 comments

Pack your sunscreen everyone.

Punkster has his 11th birthday this week and last weekend I asked him where would he like to go.

“The beach, of course.” was his reply. Owwww…twist my arm. You don’t have to tell me twice.

Our favorite spot lately has been between the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. It’s one of our faves because you can walk north to the pier, which has a roller coaster among other other fun rides, games, shops and restaurants, or south to Venice. If you aren’t molested by the homeless, or you don’t happen to catch your foot on the exposed nails or splinters on that raggedy-ass pier, then consider it a good day!

We rode the coaster, the boat that rocks back and forth at ninety degree angles, and a bunch of other rides that would make most people want to toss their cookies.

Then we hoofed it south to Venice beach which offers a variety of unique shops, eateries, and some major people watching.

It’s between these two places we like to venture out into the surf. We must have spent a good 4 hours out there trying to body surf and letting the waves give us the washing machine treatment. Most days the beaches are fairly clean and free of used condoms and syringes. Just keep your eyes peeled. But seriously, on a good day, in six feet of water you can see the gang members, that didn’t make the cut, on the bottom. It’s worth bringing your diving mask.

Later this week we’ll have some more celebrations. I’m a believer of week long birthday parties, rather than just one day. Maybe I’ll throw his birthday bash at Hooters. What the hell.

Here’s some pix:

This is the Santa Monica Bay, facing north towards Malibu.
Y’know. The place where all the celebrity homes will be
underwater in say… 5 years?
On a bad day, SoCal’s toilet.


Cool RV. Clicky here for a much larger view.


The grill.


A lot of people come down to Venice and do whatever they can to make a buck.
Like this…person.


This guy performed some amazing bicycle tricks.
Including riding while standing on the handlebars!


Some shops.


Since the pier is not that big, everything is packed close together.


Beach musicians.


Stopped by Rusty’s Surf Ranch for some…


My pride and joy, the birthday boy!
Happy Birthday my son. May you have many, many more.



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  • 1. Dick Small  |  July 12, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Glad you guys had a good day. Happy belated birthday!

  • 2. mixednut  |  July 12, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks Dick. You’re right on time, it’s today.

  • 3. Dick Small  |  July 12, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Great! Usually I don’t have great timing.
    Like with my first marriage.
    Or my second.

  • 4. teri  |  July 12, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, Punkster. It’s looks like a kick ass good time either way.

    All the negatives you mentioned make for good stories.

    Don’t forget the sunscreen yourself. I use 45 for my delicate Irish skin.

  • 5. mixednut  |  July 12, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Teri – I did forget for the first couple of hours. I almost waited too long. Luckily I’m only half Irish.

  • 6. teri  |  July 12, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    I didn’t know you were related to us drunken Irish people. Welcome!

    By the way, I’m sorry but I had to tag you. Go over to my house and check it out.

    I forgot to mention that I love the picture of the boy, very cute.

  • 7. mixednut  |  July 13, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Tagged? Aww crap. The definition of a “tagger” out here is someone who is a graffiti artist. Will this shit come off?

  • 8. Chris  |  July 13, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Looks like a fun day! My brother lives near Venice. You’re right, prime people-watching abounds there.


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