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#11 BEACH MUSIC: A time of tans, blonds and hot pants

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IT WAS A TIME OF TANS, BLONDS AND HOT PANTS, WHEN THE ENDLESS SUMMER WAS JUST A SHORT WALK DOWN A HOT SIDEWALK
Beach Music, an On the Street Where I Livestories is really a tale of two cities; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santa Monica, California. It was originally published in the LA Times Sunday Magazine.


Beach Music We came to California from Canada, with a detour to Puerto Rico that lasted one endless summer of a year. A year in which I turned 15, and my hair turned blond from living in the sun. “Psst,” the boys and men would call after me in the blue-cobbled streets of San Juan. “Psst! Hey, blondie. Psst! Hey, cutie pie.” I was devastated when my parents said we had to go, that it was time to leave the island so that my older brother, Russell, could get a first rate education. The plan was to drive cross country from Miami and settle in San Francisco so that my brother could finish high school before going on to UC Berkeley. But, once we got there in the fall of 1968, we found that …

L: Let's liven this place up


Due to my insane decision to take part in the AtoZChallenge, I've been hanging out here a lot more than usual of late, as well as taking time to visit many of you. One thing kept hitting me in the face again and again as I stopped by some of your very beautifully designed pages—I wish I'd gone with WordPress! So many sharp-looking blogs out there to covet. The look of my own blog was boring me to tears so I decided to liven things up a bit around here. Looking for a sleeker, cleaner feel I've freshened up just a tiny bit. It's not a complete face lift, more like a change of dress and a couple of small Botox injections. I can already see it needs a dash of color but I'm not sure what to do about that. I guess I'll live with it for a bit, see how it wears but you know how young girls get weary wearing the same old dress? That goes for web page designs too. I am sad the new layout means I have to lose one of my favorite pictures, this shot of my brother and me when we were little kids, at what must be Bekonscot Model Village and Railways in England. I'm not losing it completely, it's still there over on the right, but now you have to click the tab to see it. I'll miss seeing our two little happy faces, beaming like beneficent giants. Maybe I can figure out a way to keep it visible. Anyone know?

It's still the AtoZChallenge, and the Letter is L.

Liven: verb (used with object)
1.
to put life into; rouse; enliven; cheer (often followed by up):
What can we do to liven up the party?
verb (used without object)
2.
to become more lively; brighten (usually followed by up):
If this party doesn't liven up soon, let's leave.

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  1. ONG! Those earthlings have mutated into giants!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    Twitter: @StephenTremp

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