Venice Beach California 1/10/2022

Let’s see if I think of a name by the time I publish this. (spoiler alert* I did not)

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

-Judy Garland

The clouds and the sun were putting on a lighting clinic today

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing else to take away.

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Eden Phillpotts

This is embedded in the breakwater stones

I had never noticed this plaque in the rocks. I gave him a google and turns out

http://countyrecurrent.blogspot.com/2012/06/lifeguard-to-be-or-not-to-be-by-cal.html

“He was an outstanding swimmer, and in 1925 he became the first and only paid, professional lifeguard on the Los Angeles Beaches in all of Santa Monica Bay.  Before this time any lifesaving that was done was by volunteers who were not always available or well trained, resulting in many drownings.  That first year George by himself covered an area of several miles from Ocean Park all the way to El Segundo Beach.”

That is almost 9 miles of beach. Check out the article attached for a fascinating peek into the history of lifeguarding.

“He could look south and see north” is a pretty cool quote too. Certified bad ass.

Am I the only one puzzled by how recent the idea of lifeguarding is? It seems like it originated in the early 1900s. In America 9000 people per year were drowning in the pools and beaches of new resorts, so good people stepped up as good people tend to do.

I figured the profession had to be older, so I googled “ancient lifeguards” hoping for a cool origin story. To my pleasant surprise I found example after example of old ass lifeguards still being savage.

READ THIS ARTICLE!! Reggie Jones served as a lifeguard for 64 of his 93 total years. He made 1000’s of ocean saves and recently won the “my favorite lifeguard picture ever” award.

Y’ALLLLLLL!!!!!

Y’ALLLLLL!!!!!

He didn’t even have to get in the ocean at this point. He just leapt down like this, and the ocean returned the people unharmed.

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