thoughts for a friday.
i grew up in southern california. so i am a beach girl at heart, growing up with a love for surf culture. there’s a certain hue to real beach culture and i think of it like the silvery sage that grows in the soft sand dunes, and the color of the sky reflecting on those aqua waves. it’s kind of muted the beach i have in mind. it’s calm and warm and a little bit balmy. my dad dragged us to santa monica beach every weekend, and i only say dragged because it could on occasion, be freezing cold (as cold as a california day can get). he would still pack the exact same lunch (including his two requisite budweisers), load us into our vw bug and drive through topanga canyon to arrive at what could turn out to be a very damp and foggy beach day. too cold to swim, my brother and i would build sand castles while my mother wrapped in beach towels did crossword puzzles and, i imagine, pushed away thoughts of drowning my dad in the surf for inflicting on us yet again, one more day of chilly beach going. good times. they really were. my thoughts for a friday veer in this direction.
• who doesn’t secretly want a vespa? they’re something so romantic about a vespa — the wind in your hair, buzzing down pacific coast highway without a particular destination in mind, you’re just out tooling around without a care in the world. i dated a guy with a vespa once. the vespa part was great.
• the east coast has a beach culture too. though, i’m not sure that always comes to mind when people in the west think of beach going. but i love east coast beaches (don’t get me started on martha’s vineyard). todd selby photographed rockaway taco in queens for his book the edible selby and it is high on my list of adventures the next time i find myself in new york. for me, tacos and beach culture go hand and hand and this may be a long way to go for a taco (when i live near the mission) but i’m headed there one day soon.
• san francisco does have a strong surf culture even though it’s a chilly place to surf. it’s kind of secret and kept tucked away in the outer sunset district. that’s where mollusk surf shop is, where they sell new and used surfboards, hoodies for chilly days and sunglasses and flip flops for brighter ones. they also sell art of the surf culture. prints, photographs and great film posters like these that for some reason make me very nostalgic for my days growing up at the beach.
• did you know that cowboys surfed? they do in venice beach. surfing cowboys is a southern california shop that specializes in mid-century modern home furnishings, accessories and an enviable collection of surfing memorablia. just think of the surf shack possibilities.
• have you ever had a clam bake? me neither. i think that my life must be truly lacking something, that i have not yet indulged in this obvious pleasure of the beach dining kind. i’m putting this on the life list right now. i think this, again, is an east coast beachside tradition and we west coasters are missing the boat. so to speak. clam bake coming soon.