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

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, originally published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, is really a tale of two cities: San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santa Monica, California. File it under On the Street Where I Live



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 th…

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Day 1Flight of Fantasy

Day 2: I’ve gotta get out of this place (Heathrow)


Day3: Dreaming of Osterley


Day 4: Heading to Syon

Day 5: Trapped on the Thames (Isleworth)


Day 6: About that Fish and Chips Shop (Richmond)


Day 7: Going Home (Richmond)

Day 8: The Deer at Richmond Park


Day 9: A visit to Kew Gardens 


Day 10: Royal Star & Garter Home, Richmond Hill


Day 11: The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, France


Day 12: Peckish at Peckham Rye


Day 13: Horniman Museum & Gardens


Day 14: Dulwich Picture Gallery ... & Mausoleum!


Day 15: Dulwich Village


Day 16: 10 Things I learned about Elephant & Castle

Day 17: Boston Manor


Day 18: Chiswick ... Help, I’m nowhere near Abby Road


Day 19: Hammersmith Pub Crawl


Day 20: Going for Drama in Hammersmith


Day 21: The Magnificent Seven


Day 22: The Sage of Chelsea


Day 23: This is Knightsbridge


Day 24: Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum


Day 25: Cathedral to Nature


Day 26: Venus at the Victoria & Albert


Day 27: A Brief Encounter (Re-imagining Colin Firth)


Day 28: Sloane Rangers


Day 29: Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner


Day 30: Putting on the Ritz

Day 31: From the Ritz to Piccadilly Circus


Day 32: 7 Piccadilly Circus Factoids

Day 33:l From Chinatown to Leicester Square


Day 34: From Leicester to Charing Cross Road

Day 35: Trafalgar Square ... A Flashback

Day 36: The National Gallery


Day 37: Covent Garden


Day 38: The British Museum

Day 39: Bloomsbury Bookshops


Day 40: Arsenal

Day 41: Finsbury Park


Day 42: Cockfosters: the end of the Piccadilly Line


Day 43: Heading to Hayes


Day 44: Uxbridge to Hayes


Day 45: Southall to Walpole Park


Day 46: White City

Day 47: Kensington Palace

Day 48: Peter Pan Statue


Day 49: The Marble Arch (RIP Leonard Cohen)


Day 50: Lincolns Inn


Day 51: St. Paul's Cathedral

Day 52: A Closer Look at Postman's Park


Day 53: Londinium & the Roman Amphitheater


Day 54: The Gherkin


Day 55: Petticoat Lane


Day 56: Cereal Killer Cafe to the VA Museum of Childhood


Day 57: Mile End


Day 58: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Day 59: Leytonstone—the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock


Day 60: Epping Forest


Day 61: David Hockney at the Tate


Day 62: From the Tate Britain to the Tate Modern


Day 63: Tower of London


Day 64: Millennium Bridge to Sky Lounge


Day 65: Jack the Ripper Tours

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