“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”
-George Bernard Shaw
As we teeter on the edge of nuclear war can we take a moment to acknowledge how exceedingly bizarre the world is? It is possible a conflict may soon escalate to a level largely accepted to be the end of civilization in its current evolution.
In 1963 some Turkish dude knocked down a wall in his house and rediscovered an underground city that was 280 ft. deep with about 18 levels and could house approximately 20,000 people. 80 years later and it is still not fully excavated and explored.
Venice Beach has been referred to as an open-air insane asylum. I have no challenge to this description, but some days are crazier than others. Some nights it is just a sleepy little beach town, the crashing waves the only commotion. Others nights? It definitely helps to find comfort with chaos. I can tell around sundown what kind of night it is going to be. I think there is a life lesson in there somewhere. Some nights are calm and some are stormy. If you have walls keeping you shielded from the dark and scary please give a moment of gratitude. There are a lot of people out there facing the night scared to death.
Venice is chaotic but it is so very beautiful too. Any sunny day will find children and laughter as background music amongst street performers and radios blasting.
I remember more dog names than the people and I am not sorry. I am not sorry at all. So many well behaved doggos. It is so satisfying.
I also love the people who just cherish their dogs and give zero fucks. Some have lavish baskets towed behind bicycles, peering out with condescension like a Pharoah observing their kingdom while sitting on a silk pillow wearing sunglasses and a fedora. Named Madame Ferndale or some shit. I love it.
Little weiner dogs that can barely keep their heads above the sand looking like they’re playing water polo trying to fetch a ball. It is constant cuteness overload. There is a pit bull named Bean that chases the skaters around the pools in the skatepark. I do not think the owner even skates. Nobody seems to trip about it. I love places where people have better shit to do than to get upset about a little disruption.