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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 …

A to Z Challenge


Like many of you, I've got a checkered past. Born in England in the 50's, my parents wandering ways meant we spent a few years in Tripoli and Turkey prior to coming to North America in the early 1960's. I came of age in Canada with the British Invasion before we took a detour to Puerto Rico and finally landed in L.A. I've been  a writer, a realtor, a media buyer, a copywriter, a Universal Studios tour guide, a substitute teacher, a film & television production coordinator and more. I've worked with stars like Brad Pitt, Bill Pullman and Elizabeth McGovern and I've worked with special needs kids who made me feel like I was the real superstar. In this year's AtoZ Challenge I've shared a handful of those stories. Sharing my life's stories, just trying to get it all down before I'm too old to remember, that's the whole point of this blog.


A: A is for Apple

B: Born in Britain

C: Cruisin' It

D: Dirt, Sex and Dr. Zhivago

E: An Everlasting Love

F: F is for The Favor. It's also for Fail

G: She's a Good Girl

H: There's no H in Satisfaction

I: Izmir

J: Swooning Under the Jacaranda Trees

K: The Key of Blue

L: Let's Liven this Place UP!

M: Meltdown Moment

N: The Name Game

O: Gimme a big fat 0, I never completed this one.

P: Past Perfect Imperfect

Q: Queen Me

R: Revisionist History

S: My Sister ... don't get me started

T: The Trip

U: She's come Undone

V: Vacate the Premises

W: Walking in L.A.

X: X-hibit A

Y: Yesterday

Z: How do you say it?

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