Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Remember Those 70s Roller Skating Disco Moves?

Oh my gosh. 
Last weekend we went to Venice Beach to get some cool beach air on our faces before meeting up with the CA kids for dinner.




We've been there many times before and always feel a mix of delight, amusement, bafflement and sometimes sadness.  Venice Beach can be counted on to have a carnival-like atmosphere with a lot of little art/merchandise booths, colorfully dressed people ...



...and the notorious "Medical Marijuana" shops. 

No comment.

This was a beautiful weather day with lots of bikers on the bike paths...


...some awesome skateboarding in the skateboard park ...

If you'd like to see this young boy (8 years-old) in action, I've put a link to a Youtube video of him shot when he was six - it's at the end of this post.  We shot a video, but it doesn't show off his talents. Amazing!


...and a delightful group of roller-skating, disco throwbacks enjoying the deejay and showing off their skating/dancing skills.



And Mr. Tennis found something that intrigued him for something to try in the future.
Paddle-tennis!


Yep, he's going to play this version of tennis on scaled down courts, using special paddles and tennis balls  of which some of the air has been let out for less bounce distance.  While we were there they were playing a tournament.

Here's that skateboarding video for interested parties...













15 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

It looks to me like a hundred of very healthy people - out in the healthy sun - in a beautiful place. Are you out with your skates or bike?

Razmataz said...

A toe ring, pot and botox all on the same corner.....

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Interesting. Looks like a pretty hoppin' place!

...so do y'all fit in or what?
:P

Pat

Claudia said...

Venice Beach is always full of colorful characters! Ocean Beach in San Diego is much the same.

xo
claudia

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Amazing skateboarding video...he's so cute, too! They have just started those paddle tennis leagues near our house, too...I didn't know what they were doing! Looks like a fun day!

Mr. Connor said...

Great ! Who is going to take pictures while you and Mr. Tennis are skating ? ? ? VEry nice !

Maple Lane said...

Oh I really enjoyed the videos! Thanks for your visit and the introduction/connection! Such a delight to "meet you."

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Sounds like great people watching fun. All that sun, and sand, and abs, and muscles...

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Edilma Weissmueller said...

A paddle and a half inflated tennis ball,may be up Mr./t alley.Lots of places of interest for you folks to visit. Soon you will be a good turist guide for your Easterner visitors.

Olive Cooper said...

I have read a lot about medical marijuana and have not quite decided about it one way or the other. I love your cow painting below:}

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Ann,
Venice Beach does look like an interesting place, lots of sun, and those trees are gorgeous.
I really was amazed at Ashtons's skateboarding, what a cutie!
He has definite physical talent, and looks like he loves the sport.
It looks like a good place to take in interesting sights, and just relax.
Brenda

centerofgravity said...

Looks like you hd a great day soaking up the ocean, air and sun. Loved the videos. After reading the previous comment I had to go back and see what were the trees I had missed. Palms! I've lived in Florida too long because they didn't even register at first. :-) The little boy on the skateboard muist be really phenomenol now.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It is always exciting to go down to Venice Beach, it's like time has stood still!

rottrover said...

What a fun post!

KarenSue Farash said...

I have the toe ring but that's it..
It looks like a fun day people watching, I like that.