Fun in the sun
Posted by G.A. Matiasz on May 23, 2014
Back when I was a kid going to the ocean, learning to surf, swimming, and hanging out at the beach, there were very few rules to follow. The beach in question was in Ventura, California, and at most we had to obey any and all lifeguards on duty. Well, a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I took a day trip to Santa Cruz, just to act like tourists. I’d spent two years attending UCSC, and then two years living in the community waiting for my girlfriend at the time to graduate so that I could accompany her to the graduate school we’d both been accepted to in the mid-1970s. Needless to say, the sleepy little seaside town of Santa Cruz has sure changed in the intervening years. What has also changed, probably even more so, is the experience of going to the beach. Check out this photo of a typical sign on the beach at Santa Cruz, right off the Boardwalk, telling folks what they can and most especially what they can’t do.
I’m no anti-big government conservative chomping at the bit protesting the burden of rules and regulations over our lives. But this sign sure puts a damper on any summer full of fun in the sun. Oh, and by the way, HAVE A NICE DAY!