Lately, my life has been full of spontaneous and wonderful plans. I choose "yes" because yes is more fun than no. I texted my beautiful friend Franci to see if she'd like to get coffee or lunch and go to the beach with me. We were both tired of the nearest beaches - Venice and Santa Monica. They are often so dirty or so full of tourists. I really enjoy the South Bay because it's full of laid-back people, decent bars, and it's always cleaner than Venice. Both Franci and I are photographers (although she's about 100x more professional than me, as she actually studied photography as her major in college), so it's nice to hang out with someone who understands that I want to stop and take a photo every ten seconds. We shared a nice lunch after taking a walk on the pier and in the lovely areas around Manhattan Blvd. It was just so lovely to be outside, getting some color and enjoying Southern California.