I've seen the parade a couple of times from a safe distance, but this year we spent the day on the beach. You see every nationality and more tatoos and tents than you can imagine. I was especially amazed at the new fad of unbuttoning the top button of your shorts to display a tatoo just below the belly button. Maybe it has to do with eating too many hot dogs and you can't button your pants--but I suspect it's intended to be a "fashion" statement.
You will also see more bicycles than you can imagine and a little road rage as people battle for the sidewalk along the beach. Heaven help you if you're a pedstrian---you're just inches away from being road kill.
By the end of the day, everything is full of sand and your eyes are burning from the campfire smoke. You know the real challenge after the fireworks will be getting out of the parking lot.
Where's the sun?
Why is everybody bundled up? Isn't it supposed to be warm in California?
Ok. Where's the beach?