As most of you may know by now, I now live in Redondo Beach, Southern California. Just a few minutes from my apartment are coffee shops, hit restaurants, Pacific Ocean, The Strand Bike-path, great weather, and just all around good time.
Originally I grew up in Southern California, but I will be honest. As a child I did not appreciate it. It was not until that my house was foreclosed on that my family had to move away did I realize how special living in beach city California really is. Over many years I lived in Oregon, Washington D.C., and inland California, and as each year passed the more I realized that I loved the Ocean.
I didn’t necessarily have to swim in it mind you, but just being near it and seeing gives me peace.
So I came back to Southern California about a year and a half ago and over this course I stayed at few different places courtesy of my friends and family. But eventually it was time to move out and get my own place.
And I couldn’t be happier.
I finally get to decorate it how I want, and work on living how I want. In fact one of the first things I did was get myself a new beach cruiser bicycle. Now that I had my own place, I had my own room to store my things. Beforehand it was complicated to get things such as bikes as I would have to keep them in my friends garages etc. and sometimes people would get upset at that feeling like I was invading their personal space.
But now that I have my own place, I can store whatever the hell I want in it.
So I decided to start with a bike.
And man it sure looks pretty. Metallic Black with white wheel rims, gives off such a classy Southern California look. This is the “Old Skool” model compliments of Huntington Beach Bicycle Company. Today I put on my black jacket and my shades and cruised all my way down the beach to work today.
I got more than a few head nods.
Felt good man. It sure felt good. Riding a bike by the beach in Southern California is quintessential Cali living. It really doesn’t get much better than that. And I didn’t spend any money on gas or put my miles on my car/tires either. That is pretty nice too.
There are lots of bonuses to riding a bike, that is if you have an area that permits it. Luckily I do. Which is also why I moved here. Contrary to many of the past places that I lived in the past 7 years there really was not much to do in any of them. But down by the beach I can surf, swim, bicycle, skateboard, walk around town, etc. and even tonight there is a local chess meetup that I will attend.
I would ride my bike to that too, but the coffee shop is actually so close to where I live I might as well walk!
It really doesn’t get better than that.
Heck, come down to Redondo Beach sometime and if you see a clean Metallic Black HBBC Cruiser rolling around give me a holler,
Because you know it’s me.