Sunday, September 09, 2007

America's Mediterranean

They say that the southern California coastline is America's Mediterranean. And I gotta say after this weekend, I believe it.

Friday we had our big work summer party up in Malibu. It was on a low bluff, west of the PCH overlooking Paradise Cove. It quickly got out of hand for a lot of people (8:30 AM "flip-cup" will do that) but most of us just enjoyed swimming and laying around drinking beer in the sun. And watching people take spills as they came down what we took to calling "the hill of spill." It was pretty funny, mostly.

Here's a random photo from the beach.

And then yesterday afternoon I was fortunate enough to be invited to honestly one of the coolest—at the very least, most beautiful—weddings I've ever been to. It was outdoors up on a super-duper high bluff overlooking the Pacific at some Erik Lloyd Wright designed "house". It was really like an open-air, house-like space. The place was nuts. These are the best pictures I could find online.

And you're up there like 1000 feet up the ridge (east of the PCH this time) and from that point you can see everyting—southeast to downtown and Hollywood, south over Santa Monica and Venice down to Palos Verdes, west out to Catalina Island, and north up the coast as far as it goes. And the ocean is a remarkably deep blue color. Check it out:

And you're drinking white wine. And champagne. And the sun is setting. And then the sun goes down. And the trees are filled with Christmas lights and those luminscent paper ball-things. And all the rocks were lit up by lights. And there is dancing.

And you fully expect everyone to be speaking French or Italian.


Blogger minus five said...

so basically you're saying it's just like brooklyn?

11:32 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

If you squint, you can hardly tell them apart.

11:34 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

and p.s. it looks like the horns might not be completely worthless this season.

i've been stuck around all of these stupid ou fans for the past week. they're convinced they're going to win a national championship because they beat north texas and a very shitty miami team. dumbasses.

i felt much better about the season when the second half started.

11:36 PM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

C'mon, Howard! Please blog about Britney's VMA debacle.

2:22 PM  

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