Think Locally, Act Aquatically

IMG_1574Jesus may have walked on water, but, during the next few days, you can walk — or ride — over it. First, the Marina Del Rey Water Bus ends its summer run on Labor Day, September 7.  I took the Bus across the Marina Harbor on July 4th, with an actual destination, but it’s a total and picturesque blast just to get on it and buzz around the Harbor.  We saw and waved (local hipsters, if such people exist in the Marina, flash the peace sign.  horizontal like.  from outside in) at a bunch of people partying on their docked boats.  We even saw seals basking on the docks!  And the Water Bus only costs a buck each way!  You can get on and off at a bunch of stops (see website).  In fact, you could even take the Water Bus on Sunday afternoon, and then walk down Abbott Kinney (about a mile) and meet up with the L.A. Metbloggers and friends for coffee at Intelligentsia! I may do just that.  So forget those pricey, snooty cruise boats that go to Catalina or into the Bay or whatever where you have to get dressed up and drink Chardonnay and listen to lite jazz.  The Water Bus is where it’s at baby!

View of Fisherman's Village
View of Fisherman's Village
Look, but don't pet
Look, but don't pet

Then, next Wednesday, September 9, the Santa Monica Pier is celebrating its 100th anniversary.  There’s going to be a big fireworks show!  And concerts!  And other events!  And supposedly a bunch of 100+ year olds, some who may even remember when the Pier was built, will be on hand.  Talk about city elders!  Of course, it will be crowded, but between the Pier’s large parking lot, and the plentiful garages nearby on 2nd and 4th Streets, you shouldn’t have a problem if you drive.  (Note, however, that, purportedly to minimize traffic congestion, prices will be increased that day in the Pier parking lot, and in the municipal garages after 6 p.m.)  If you live close enough and can bike over, there will be free bike valet locations in the area.  And there’s always bus transportation.

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What would Jesus do — for fun?

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