Laguna Beach Local Customs

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    Color "trails" off the eyelashes before sunset

    by davequ Updated Aug 30, 2010

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    No peaking

    The warmth of the sun....

    © Brian Wilson

    If you click on the link below, then on 'View slideshow' "The Life of Brian"
    Let's go away for a while..

    you can see a Quicktime slideshow / pics of Brian & listen to some of his music. I am a huge Brian Wilson fan.
    To this day, "Caroline No" still just kills me.

    Quote:

    "... Jesus, that ear. He should donate it to The Smithsonian"
    ...Bob Dylan..

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    Art Festivals

    by davequ Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Loser/dork-in-Chief

    Seems there is always an art festival going on in Laguna Beach any time of the year.

    Good points: some of the art is interesting and very good;

    Bad points: like anything in SoCal, if something cool is going on, and if you want to do it, so do 8 million other swingin' dicks, so it is usually crowded and the traffic on PCH and 133 can be murder.

    Other bad points: some of the "art" at some of the festivals can be like what you find on Place du Tertre in Montmartre..

    But if you persevere you will certainly find ponies in the poop.

    I agree with bluefelts comments about art on her Laguna Beach page.

    ddevito here at VT (now where in the fu*# did she go?????)
    recommends the "Pageant of the Masters, a "living art" presentation.
    You can get information about it here:
    Pageant of the Masters 411

    foto & comment require that you bring a sense of humor

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    See "blue" in a sea of "red"...

    by marinarena Written Nov 16, 2006

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    or, in the end, see "purple"! OK, what is the deal, you ask? Here it is:

    California is commonly a blue state- blue representing the Democratic party in general election voting. However, regions within the state, including Orange county, generally are linked the opposite way- red, or to the Republican party. Politically, Laguna Beach has stood out from other towns in Orange county, in being a Democratic-friendly city. This is due, in part to the gay community who tends to connect with Democrats and because of a more liberal attitude associated to issues that Democrats follow. Laguna Beach is still less blue, definitely compared to a similar beach city up north, Santa Monica. There is a conservative current in Laguna, influenced by the red of OC that surrounds. Still, Laguna beach will likely never be blood red like Yorba Linda. So, ultimately, Laguna may just make the best of two colors and be purple and with this, how beautiful can artistic Laguna paint?

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    Laguna mores and gays

    by marinarena Written Nov 16, 2006

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    Since the end of the the Great Depression era, Laguna Beach has been a haven for gays and lesbians. Though prosperity was lacking in this time of the late 1930s, gay-friendly bars and other establishments started to flourish. Just as Orange county at large was barely taking shape away from its twisted sister county, Los Angeles, Laguna was beginning so also but from her own county. Compared to the other towns of Orange county, Laguna Beach is the one identified as strongly gay-friendly, so much as to be a recommendation for gay vacations.

    Though percentages do vary, it is believed that the homosexual population in the city is about 20 %. That being said, Laguna, unlike the city of West Hollywood, is not so "in-your-face" gay. One may see gay individuals and couples walking down the sidewalks, strolling the beaches, at the shops or art gallery, but they mix in so well into the community, that often they don't stick out. Gay practices deemed as flashy or flamboyant are not common in Laguna. There is no big "Gay Pride" parade or West Hollywodian shenanigans here due to the unbassuming laidback quality of Laguna, which she accepts from Orange county.

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    Art Festivals.

    by Rachel Written Sep 15, 2005

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    Laguna Beach is known as an art town or artists colony. In the summer there are a bunch of different art festivals. Sawdust Festival features local artists. You can get ceramics and tons of different kind of stuff (my brother had a ceramics booth). This is the most accessible $$$ wise. It's fun for kids, cause there's sawdust and music, and candy, and food (no ponies). Pageant of the Masters has live people posing as actual famous paintings. It's very popular and really cool. Festival of the Arts and others. Check it out. Get a calendar and support local artists!

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    Canyon Kahunas

    by davequ Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    Houses on canyon hills looking towards the beach

    Houses atop Laguna Canyon: some great views of the beach and Pacific Ocean. Supposedly most of 'em average around $1.75 - $2-million in price.

    Sometimes when there is a particularly wet or long rainy season after a summer with wildfires, you get mud. Mud sometimes slides, and the houses on the canyon hills go with it (see Warnings/Dangers).

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    Take in Art + Beach in One

    by marinarena Updated Jun 1, 2005

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    An Artist at Work, Laguna Beach
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    Great art and ocean go hand-in-hand everyday in Laguna Beach where one take in awesome beach views and explore an array of art styles- either as a painting, sculpture, or in whichever form in museums, galleries and outdoors.

    Here's an artist at work right by the shoreline.

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    Beach Kiss

    by davequ Updated Jan 14, 2005

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    The beach has a tendency to bring out the romantic.

    As I snuck this pic of a couple kissing in one of the more private beach coves, (due to my tendency to be paranoid)
    I couldn't help but flash back to David Hemmings in one of my favorite movies, "Blowup."

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    Bougainvillea

    by davequ Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    I'm ur bougai-man...

    In Colorado, we don't take mountains or snow for granted.

    I hope in California, they don't take their beautiful bougainvillea for granted.

    Every spring we buy some.... every fall it dies.

    Here in CA it seems to grow like a weed year 'round: gorgeous colors everywhere you look.

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    A good Laguna Beach 2-4-1: Tacos & tongue barbell

    by davequ Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    carne (porc) & a poke

    Laguna beach has good places for tacos,
    and it is also a great place (especially the beach) to admire creative body art.

    At this place (Taco Loco on PCH) you can get pierced upstairs ("Rocket 3") and then celebrate & chow on a delicious lobster taco immediately after.

    Only in Laguna.

    640 S. Coast Hwy

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    Beach Art

    by davequ Written Dec 13, 2004

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    in memory of...

    Laguna Beach is a very tightly controlled and "covenant-restricted" community, so I thought it was very cool of them to let local artists go freestyle all along the many cliff & sea walls on the beach.

    This one is for no particular reason one of my favorites.

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    Live like the locals .... a house on the beach

    by davequ Written Dec 11, 2004

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    and for a mere 3.5 mill $...u too can live here

    I would be lying if I said I am not jealous of anyone who lives in a house like this on the beach.

    Beach property here is very expensive:

    Big bucks to purchase, and due to its proximity to the beach & water, big bucks for taxes, upkeep and repairs.

    Oh well, somebody's gotta' do it, too bad it's not me.

    A little south of Cleo steps on the beach with my back to the water.

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    Walking the beach

    by davequ Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    I never get tired of doing this. Laguna Beach is beautiful and one of the more scenic in southern California.

    Any time of the day or evening.

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    This is a fairly new mural...

    by bluefelt Written Oct 4, 2002

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    This is a fairly new mural painted on a building next to a candy store that makes fantastic chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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    The south end of Laguna Beach...

    by Yubert Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The south end of Laguna Beach is a popular area for the gay population or Orange County. So don't be surprised if you see same-sex couples around this area.

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