Life Tip for Elegant Leisure: when a friend says, "Hey, do you want to go parasailing with me?" you always say, "Yes, please."
It was my pal Emily's birthday and to celebrate she took adventures throughout the week. That is a way to celebrate, am I right? So when she invited me to go along with her for parasailing I jumped at it. There are so many things that I love in that adventure: Emily, birthdays, boats, sunshine, water, bobbing along 500 feet up. Perfection!
1. The boat ride around Santa Monica Bay. Oh how I love a boat. Please, please, please buy one and invite me out for a spin. I'll bring really great snacks.
2. The sunshine. It was a perfect day. Clear skies and warm but not hot.
3. The people we were with were a hoot. There were the Mom and Daughter who could have been super models, the wife who's husband couldn't go up (angina? lumbar probs?) but who was the cutest one out of all of us with her enthusiasm and vim, the three UCLA students who the very instant they got back to the boat after going up whipped out their phones and began tweeting, the two old guys in jeans, polos, and sensible shoes who kept reminding people to rotate seats whenever a group came back in. And naturally there was a Mormon from Utah who works out here every other week. We know how to congregate.
4. The view! We could see everything from way up there: The whole coast from Pacific Palisades to Malibu, the people riding the Ferris wheel on the pier, the LA temple, the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and all the way into downtown. It easily made my top 5 LA moments.
5. Floating. As soon as you lift off it is nothing but peace and quiet and smooth sailing. It's incredibly peaceful and lovely.
6. Not vomiting. For the first time ever in my life I felt seasick. And it was shocking to me. And it hit the strongest when we got up in the air. But I fought through it because, ugh, could you imagine!
7. The whale at the end of the trip. He fluked and flipped his tail at us. Amazing.
8. The Italian place we ate at afterwards. The food was delicious and because we couldn't decide we ordered 3 desserts. The guy kind of gave us a judgy side-eye, but who cares.
9. Being in Marina del Rey. Because of this SNL skit:
For the record, this is exactly how we sound here. Both the accent and our obsession with traffic routes are dead on. Although to clarify, you can't leave the Chino Correctional Facility via the 5. You'd have to take the 71 to the 91 to the 5. Or the 60 to the 57 to the 5.
Thanks for a grand adventure, Em! And happy birthday! Let's do it again.