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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 …

Travel: Other Places


Beach Music From San Juan to Santa Monica

Turkish Delight  Izmir, Turkey 


Surfing Lessons   San Juan Puerto Rico

London Blues   Travels with my sister

By the Bay, Barely   On going topless in France

5 Ways to Feel like Youre in France  When you’re franc-less

The first time I saw Paris  Paris when it drizzles

The Height of Hubris  The top of Notre Dame

Storming the Bastille   Paris in the summer of 89

Pretty French Postcards  From Paris to Bandol

The Price of Potatoes  Bandol

Sous le soleil  Bandol

The Walk   About a boy in Bandol [the beginning]

The Kiss   About a boy in Bandol [the middle]

Garlic & Gauloises   About a boy in Bandol [the end]


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