Sunday, July 10, 2011

huntington beach! #1 beach in socal so far!

The Locals of Huntington Beach, California made this particular beach destination one of my best adventures so far this summer!  It was about a 1 hour drive from Downtown Los Angeles to Huntington Beach.  It was a beautiful drive along SoCal's worn out, but still highly functional, freeway system.  The freeway to Huntington eventually merges into Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).  Funny part is that the final 5-6 miles I drove on PCH to get to the Pier was just an enormously long strip of parking lot after parking lot.  I was shocked by all amount of space dedicated to parking cars, but once I hit the beach, I knew why...

It was Saturday afternoon and people were out in mass to enjoy the Sunny SoCal lifestyle;  85 degrees with a slight breeze, and beautiful women everywhere you turn!

I was out asking locals the question:
"What is it that you enjoy most about Summer in Southern California?"

Allison              Kristy              Morgan          Liana
My first interviewee's!  After sitting down and introducing myself, explaining my story, the blog and what this summer is all about, I studied their faces a little more and realized something terrible...not a one of these beautiful girls were smilling.  Not even the tiniest little smirk of a smile!  That needed to change for this interview to be a more enjoyable experience for both parties!  It took me a minute to finally pull a smile out of them, but I'm happy to say that about halfway through our convo, they all opened up and gave me plenty to laugh about myself!
"So ladies, what do you enjoy about Summer in Sunny SoCal?"
SoCal Native:  Liana:  -The Beach, The Weather
SoCal Native:  Morgan   -The People, Nightlife & Partying, Disneyland
SoCal Native:  Kristy      -Boys!
SoCal Native:  Allison    -Boys! , The Beach & Tanning Oil

Thanks for the Conversation Ladies!

Sam                        Noi                
Veteran SoCal Native's Sam and Noi struggled to narrow down everything they had grown up loving about Summer in SoCal.  I understand their predicament, as I've been here 6 months and am composing an entire Summer Blog about my experiences here!  I gave them some time to put their thoughts in words and here's what they said...
"So guys, what do you enjoy about Summer in Sunny SoCal?"

Noi:  -Perfect Weather, Liberal, The Beaches, There is always something to do, (and knowing her husband wouldn't admit to it, Noi also mentioned...) The Women!
Sam:  - Agreed with his Wife  :)      Thanks for the convo guys!

Marco                    Danube                          Randy
These 3 were all smiles from the beginning!  "So what is it that you all enjoy most about Summer in SoCal?"  
SoCal Native:  Randy:  -The Girls, "they are curvy, nice & actually approachable!"                       SoCal Native:  Danube:  -The Diversity of People and Cultures, 10 minutes to any Culture, Career Advancement is easy, "We are more in-tune with the young social generation, therefore we get all the good new jobs."  (A little Cali Swag Danube?!)  Haha get it girl!                                           SoCal Native:  Marco:  -Everything is so close, "The beach, the mountains, downtown, just everywhere!", Locals can Network with eachother, easy to get around on the $5 dollar metro day pass.            Thanks guys!

Chad L.      Sammy W.  Steven O.   Zach      Kevin V.  
This group of boys!  One of my more heartwarming stories of the afternoon, they are all recent Highschool Graduates from the State of Arizona Class of 2011.  Congratulations guys!  The boys are out in SoCal for the week for their last "hoo-rah" together as a crew before they all split up for college.
"So boys, what is it that you enjoy about Summer in Sunny SoCal?"

Arizona Tourist  Chad L.:  -"Chillin with the Broskies!"  (haha this guy!)
Arizona Tourist  Sammy W.  -Beach & Babes
Arizona Tourist  Steven O.  -Amusement Parks, Friends & Chicks
Arizona Tourist  Zach        -The Weed, Beaches
Arizona Tourist  Kevin V.   -Relax, "I've been workin all summer, I just need some rest.  We came to SoCal because of the atmosphere of the people."

Thanks guys!

Rachel & Andrew both attend Cal State Fullerton.  They are out for Summer Break, enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Huntington Beach!  "So what do you two enjoy about Summer in SoCal?"
                        Rachel                            Andrew

SoCal Native  Rachel:  -The Weather, How close the beach is, Hanging out with friends more, Partying (mostly in the OC), Parties are Actually Good Here (more Cali Swag, haha love it!), Tanning by the Pool, Tanning Oil "BUT Sunblock gotta go on the Face!" (haha nice!)
SoCal Native  Andrew:  -Hanging out with friends more, Just being out of School

Rylee, Laura, Ralph, Cassie, Angel, Carissa, Jennie, Hector, Lia, Val
And last, but certainly not least, my largest group of intervewee's to date!  As such a large group I was inclined to put some skills I learned as an educator into some real life practice.  I had the group split up into 5 groups of 2.  Each pair was to decide as a group what they enjoyed most about Summer in SoCal...And here we GO!
All SoCal Natives...
Group 1:  Rylee & Laura:  -Partying, Getting Drunk & Sexy Guys  (oh to be young!)
Group 2:  Ralph & Cassie:  -The Beach, Hanging out with friends, Partying
Group 3:  Angel & Carissa:  - Talking to Tourists  (Sweetness!)
Group 4:  Jennie & Hector:  -Sleeping in, Hanging out with Friends, Partying
Group 5:  Lia & Val:            -The Climate, "it's Summery, Beachy, and airy, and people just come across as very nice!"

Thank you EVERYONE for taking some time out of your relaxing day at HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA to talk to me and share your experiences.  You all made it something I will remember for the rest of my days  :)

Thanks for reading!              

                               - j

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