It’s late afternoon, the beginning of rush hour, and I’m standing at a bus stop on Century Boulevard in Los Angeles. A woman is standing next to me with one of those expensive fold up travel bikes. She’s dressed well but she’s skinny in that ravenous anorexic drug addict way. She starts to ask me about something but I can’t hear her above the roar of traffic so I just shrug my shoulders and say “Sorry, I’m not sure.” Then, I step to the other side of a tree trunk and pretend to look for something in my camera bag. As I wait for the bus, an ocean breeze curls around the office towers and whips up clouds of dust. Los Angeles has the unique ability to feel filthy and fresh simultaneously.
The bus glides into the stop. I slide my dollar into the slot and I’m on my way to Venice Beach. The bus takes us down Lincoln Boulevard which runs parallel to the beach but about a mile inland. Lincoln Boulevard is the commercial strip that serves the gentrified beach communities. This is auto-body repair country, miles of ancient strip malls, Mexican takeout, liquor stores, and laundry mats. The neighborhood’s residents swarm around our slow-moving bus in their luxury cars. My fellow riders smell like fast food and B.O..
I pick a stop at random, step off the bus, and start walking west towards the ocean.
The homes get nicer as I near the beach. Despite the wealth, this neighborhood still maintains an easy going beach town feel.
I walk across the beach and take a look at the ocean. Sometimes I wish I would’ve left the camera at the hotel. This is one of those times. It’s perfect swimming weather.
Or, I could be jogging.
I walk over to the skate park. There is a lot of action here today and some of the skaters are really good.
After landing some sick aerial maneuvers, this guy takes a break to talk some trash and finish his cigarette.
Here’s the Venice Beach skate crew.
Summer is almost over. The sun goes down early and I head back to the bus stop.
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