It's Just A Short Road To Venice
California that is!
Do y'all remember my son Cooper? You know, the one I brag about all the time and therefore have been told I should change the name of my Blog to, "Parental Bragging By The Sea?" Yea, that very same one. The one you read about here. And, OKAY guys, I'll let you hang around and play, "Where's Cooper" if you want to, but I'm not going to force you. No, not me. I would never do that. Hold on, I'm trying but I just can't help it. Here it comes, just one more Cooper post.Birthday Love. I couldn't help it. I'm not that strong, and besides I was CEO of my family for so long, I know nothing more than to promote them,
The picture above is of Cooper and his sweet four legged best friend, Ryder Pearl. When Coop first went away to LMU up in Los Angeles for college, my nephew hooked him up with a friend of his who needed a doggy sitter. Just so happens that Cooper needed a job and a beautiful friendship was born. Ryder's mom, we'll call her "C" for privacy's sake, is a professional makeup artist in Los Angeles, New York and all over the world actually. She does work for Victoria's Secret, Marie Claire, lots of other magazines and important occasions. She does the Oscar's and the Grammy's and most important of all, she did my niece Shanni's wedding, te he! She's amazingly good at what she does, and is coming out with a new line of natural makeup to boot! You can check it all out at, Beautycounter.com to learn more about her company and to purchase products. Unabashed plug! I can't wait to try them myself!
I regress. Ryder and his mom live in Venice, CA which is just a short road from my son Cooper's University. Over the past four years (he graduates in May),
It's even closer to Santa Monica, etc. Ah heck - it's on the West Side of L.A. Anyway, it's in Los Angeles county and not far from where my Boyo goes to school. Venice is one of the funkiest towns in the USA. Only The Mission District in San Francisco and New Orleans out funk Venice.
Venice was founded by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town. It went on to see several rise and falls but now thrives for its infamous beach walk, where they put the f in funk. (I'm typing very slowly and carefully so don't get worried about these words that start with f and have 4 letters. )
I could go on and tell you about The Pier and Muscle Beach. Venice has 2 1/2 miles of pedestrian-only promenade. The bike trails and basketball courts that are renowned across he country for heir numerous NBA players who developed heir games or have been recruited from the court. But what I really want to share with you is my favorite part of Venice.
The canals. The canals are a quaint upscale neighborhood in Venice. Fully restored and remodeled homes make it a postcard scene originally a copy of Venice, Italy. There are 16 miles of them originally dug in 1904, again under the direction of Abbot Kinney. I personally, and we all know how much my vote counts have rated The Canals of Venice, best place to walk your dog in the USA. Maybe the world! Oh my heck, it was the birthplace of The Doors! Van Morrison actually lived on the canals. You can imagine the vibe there.
Some of the most beautiful homes on Los Angeles West Side line the canals. There resides a very unique community atmosphere and a sense of serenity which I love and that brings me back again and again. The best thing of all - Venice and the canals especially are dog friendly. That's makes it number one in my book!
This little Ham of a dog doesn't look too friendly, but at least he's behind his gate, and I'm not.
I'm scared to death of taking our paddle board or canoe out on the ocean. Although my husband and kids think it's an E-ticket, I think it's a bit like what riding in the spin cycle of your washing machine would feel like. But, these canals are right up my alley. Calm, peaceful, and serene. I like to imagine taking my dogs for a
Would I? Could I? Should I dare?
A SHINING STAR
My kid graduates 11th May. I'll be there, and then we'll all go to the Venice Canals for Mother's Day. I'm bringing my dogs!
Henry James said of Southern California, "It is Italy awaiting its HISTORY.
Meantime, from my little cottage to you, wherever you may be,
love you more than all the fun we can have on the Venice Canals.