Commemoration

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It’s Memorial Day weekend! Unofficial start to summer. Three-day weekend. Beach, boats, BBQ, beer. But there’s more to it than that. Today is the day we recognize all of the service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. It is actually not appropriate to thank a veteran for their service today (that is reserved for Veteran’s Day.)  On Memorial Day, the veteran you’re talking to may be feeling a bit of melancholy remembering their brothers and sisters who passed away over the years. It may be more meaningful to them to wish them a peaceful day. With that said, I hope you are having a peaceful day, and a peaceful weekend. I hope you’re enjoying your time with your loved ones. And I hope you pause in memoriam if only for a moment…

 

 

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Dry Docked

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I enjoy being out on the water at any chance I can get, which is why I use the AquaLink as much as possible in the summer. It’s a great way to get to Alamitos Bay Landing, Shoreline Village, or even The Queen Mary. It only costs $5, and you get a nice little trip on the water. Oh yeah: they even have a bar. What better way to travel than cruising the bay, with the sun shining on you, and the breeze whipping through your hair, whilst enjoying a cold brew?! All I have to do is walk over to Belmont Pier, and wait for it to arrive. So, needless to say I was excited when their “season” started again last weekend. But my excitement was quickly dashed. Remember that bad weather we had back in January/February? Remember that damage that was done to the pier? Well, apparently, it is still too unstable for the AquaLink to dock there. LB Transit stated that it will be out of service at the pier for the entire 2017 season, but will be docking there again in 2018. ACK! I suppose I’ll just have to enjoy the water from ashore…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proud

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I love celebrating the diversity of people and cultures. I love community events. I love a good party. It’s a great weekend to experience all of this, as it’s Pride Weekend! It’s been a tradition in Long Beach for over 30 years, and attracts over 80,000 visitors over the 2-day period. The Long Beach Pride Festival has become the 2nd largest revenue-generating event for the City of Long Beach and is a family-friendly, all-inclusive festival. There will be 5 stages featuring an array of musical genres (Chaka Khan!), a Kids Zone, food, booze, and more. Then, of course, the parade takes place on Sunday at 10:30. There’s so much going on, you can get all of the details here. This year’s theme is “Viva La Vida – Here’s to Life.” I feel there is no better way to revere Life than coming together with an eclectic blend of people, encouraging acceptance, and honoring Love…

 

 

 

It’s About Time

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The first Stroll and Savor of the year is this week! I feel like it’s the kickoff to all of the Summer festivities that will be taking place in and around BS, and I’m so excited! If you don’t remember me telling you about this in the past (or if you still haven’t gone to one,) this event features tastings from more than 40 restaurants along 2nd Street. It takes place Wednesdays and Thursdays once a month from May through August from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.  You can purchase a book of 12 tickets for only $10 bucks. This year, there are some locations that have started selling tickets in advance (Blue Windows, La Strada, Polly’s Coffee, Salon Soma, The Beach on 2nd, Sweet Jill’s Bakery, and Shore Business Center.) So if you’re out & about on 2nd Street earlier in the week, you can swing buy and pick up a book or two. There will be live entertainment (always a local LB performer or band,) and it’s a family-and-dog-friendly event. The sidewalks can get a little crowded, so Born Free Boutique has come up with the genius offer of free valet stroller parking by their shop on Park. It’s a great excuse to get out in the middle of the week, get in some walking, and take in some great people-watching, while enjoying many a couple adult beverages and tasty fare. The worst part is deciding what out of all the yumminess you want to eat…

 

 

 

 

Ludicrous

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This is ridiculous. I keep seeing news articles and social media articles about “Avocado Hand.” Apparently so many people are getting injured cutting avocados that first-response doctors have given the injury the nickname of Avocado Hand. I remember a co-worker about 10 years ago who sliced her hand open trying to cut an avocado. She had to be rushed to the hospital. But it has literally become a worldwide phenomenon. The New York Times actually published an article with instructions and a video demonstrating the proper technique. I eat a healthy number of avocados, and I don’t see what the problem is. Use common sense. Don’t hold the avocado in your hand while slicing into it. Just be careful out there, folks…

 

 

 

 

Something’s Fishy

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When I think about ordering food for delivery, seafood is probably the last thing I consider. OK, we like a little sushi delivery every now and then, but that’s about it. So last night when it was cold and rainy, and Mr. said he was craving fish and chips, I was just like uuhhhhhh. But then I thought about Roe Xpress, because I know they have fish and chips and I know that their food is delicious both at the restaurant and at Xpress. We decided to give it a whirl. We both ordered the “Horny Corner” Fish & Chips, which come with “No Joke” french fries. We also decided to try the Calamari Fries. OMG, you guys. The food arrived quickly. It was piping hot. Everything that was supposed to be crunchy was crunchy. We got two large portions of fish (neither of us could finish it.) The calamari was super tender. The sauces were all delicious. So, I guess every now and then, it’s a good idea to think outside the pizza box…

 

 

Litter Gitter

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Ugh! Don’t you hate it when you’re at the beach or the park and you see trash laying around? It’s ugly, and unhealthy. And if it gets into our waters, it can have a huge impact on marine wildlife. Well, it’s easy to help, especially through the City of Long Beach’s Litter Free Long Beach program. It’s been designed to expand awareness of the impacts of litter, build community pride, and develop support and participation in keeping  Long Beach litter-free. They have volunteer opportunities for clean ups, or they can assist you in organizing one of your own. Or what about those nasty cigarette butts you see laying around? Check out their Can Your Butts campaign. What really annoys me are those door hangers and flyers that seem to appear almost every morning. People neglect to remove them from their doors, and they end up flying around all over the yard and sidewalks. Well, they have a plan for that too! I ordered a free “No Advertisements” sign (it’s printed in both English and Spanish,) and it arrived within a couple of days. Simple steps can help our community become a cleaner, healthier place. I’m even thinking of ordering the door hangers for each of my neighbors…