Ah….there is nothing quite as relaxing as spending a weekend with good friends. It’s even better if there is an ocean nearby! After arriving in the valley on Saturday, we drove through the canyon and enjoyed a nice Sunday brunch in Malibu. After we finished eating, we had a little time to walk along the beach. We really enjoyed our visit. Our friends were great hosts, and we are already looking forward to seeing them again soon.
In the early 1900’s the film industry began to shift operations from the east coast to California. This was in part a backlash against the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC, also known as the Edison Trust). From 1909 on, The MPCC pooled their resources, and legally monopolized the growing American film industry, specifically in New York and on the East Coast. Their main goal, to stifle up-and-coming independent film makers, was accomplished by hiring lawyers and strong men to enforce their restrictions. They raised admission prices, limited censorship by cooperating with regulatory bodies, and prevented film stock from getting into the hands of non-members.
Although Thomas Edison conceived the modern motion picture camera it was actually designed by an employee, William K.L. Dickson. In fact, there are quite a few inventions for which Edison has been given undeserved credit, and some people still get quite upset by that.
It’s not unusual to see location shoots as you stroll along the beach. I’m always amazed by the sheer number of people it takes to make a movie or TV show.
I am headed to the coast this weekend to visit some good friends and looking forward to some cooler weather.
The folk who live in the waves call out to me-
“We sing from morning till night; on and on we travel and know
not where we pass.”
I ask, “But how am I to join you?”
They tell me, “Come to the edge of the shore and stand with
your eyes tight shut, and you will be carried out upon the waves.”
I say, “My mother always wants me at home in the everything-
how can I leave her and go?”
They smile, dance and pass by.
But I know a better game than that.
I will be the waves and you will be a strange shore.
I shall roll on and on and on, and break upon your lap with
And no one in the world will know where we both are.
~ Rabindranath Tagore from the poem “Clouds and Waves”
I love this drink holder we saw on a bike at a shop along the beach. I actually saw someone riding a bike that had one of these, too, so I know they are functional.
I am back in the desert and miss the beach and my partner in crime horribly. I hope I don’t bore you with too many beach pictures!
Here’s hoping your weekend is smooth sailing!
“Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.”
~ Albert Einstein