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Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 4:56pm. 209 Views, 0 Comments.
Now and then we get questions: What does this mean, what does that mean?
So here's a guide to some of those terms, and any interesting history behind them.
We encourage readers to add their own to the list via comments, or just email Dave.
The Highway – There can be no doubt: "The Highway" is Sepulveda, Route 1, PCH... all the same thing. It's the border between East and West MB.
For some, the highway is like an impenetrable barrier, as in: "It seems like weeks since I crossed Sepulveda." For others, no big whoop, we're all here together, man.
The border has spawned some divisive phrases: "There's No Life…
Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 3:00pm. 187 Views, 0 Comments.
That was this past Sunday, Dec. 2, actually.
Did you see a parade? Fireworks? A boozy bash on the beach?
Not this time.
Like many MB'ers, we had this sense that everything would build to a crescendo. Then it didn't.
We loved the MB Centennial Parade. (See our post from May, with our pics plus links to lots of others' photos.)
After that, honestly, we didn't see much.
Turns out, there was a "symposium" to celebrate last Saturday. (Learn more about the speakers and the program here.)
And it turns out there is some kind of backstory about why grander events didn't work out, fingers are being pointed, and the net result was a very quiet flip into MB's second century. The new SouthBay magazine pulls together a chunk of the story,…
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at 4:08am. 189 Views, 0 Comments.
Well, that's carnivals for you, and the small-town ambience of MB.
It's the 40th fair, and the 35th running of the MB 10k Saturday morning. If you're running, how many will this 10k make for you? (For Dave, it's 6 or 7; feels like more.)
Also helping us celebrate this weekend... a little new crop of homes for sale.
Ocean views, darling remodels, and... something else.
To plan your weekend open-house tours, try this Redfin map list of open houses – sort by price or sub-region of MB by clicking the title on a column.
Or click here for…
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at 4:15am. 154 Views, 0 Comments.
Appropriate enough, since Summer refuses to die this September. (Yay!)
Remember 2010? If we'd had only the number of true Summer days in all of 2010 that we've had in half of September 2012, no one would remember 2010 as the "Bummer Summer."
Fog rolled in Friday for a bit, but luckily after Space Shuttle Endeavour had passed overhead. (See "Shuttle Over Manhattan.") Here's our video taken from 2nd St., MB:
The Stanley Cup and Space Shuttle in MB in the same year. Hey hey!
Although, that's the last shuttle, and the NHL is locked out... Yo, go rain on some other parade.
To plan your weekend open-house tours, try this Redfin map list of open houses – sort by price or…
Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 11:35pm. 185 Views, 0 Comments.
Friday the Space Shuttle Endeavour toured all over California. Just minutes before touching down at LAX, it buzzed Manhattan Beach and Hermosa. We caught it from the South End and made this little video (45 seconds), including the excited cheers of neighbors as the spacecraft flew overhead.
On a personal note, your blog author here (Dave) goes a ways back with the Shuttle program. With dad having worked on the engines, we had early, advance exposure to the program in our family, even before the final designs were hammered out, or flying models built.
So it was quite something to witness the final flying moments of the last shuttle built.
Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 11:17pm. 238 Views, 0 Comments.
Residents learned not to think much about the refinery, or worry about it, until one day – this week – when they had no choice.
|Richmond refinery fire. Photo by Jef Poskanzer|
Thousands of nearby residents were ordered to hide inside with doors and windows closed, so as to avoid breathing potentially toxic gases.
Reportedly, more than 1,700 people showed up in area hospitals with respiratory problems and burning eyes from the smoke. One told a reporter after seeing a doctor, "They told me I'm not going to die, but it sure feels pretty…
Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 9:39pm. 194 Views, 0 Comments.
How did this get started? Hermosa as the place for the great, unwashed masses, and MB as the place for the suits?
We can drum up a pretty good unwashed mass here if you let us!
Our pics from Monday are below, but first...
|Stanley Cup at The Strand House • 6/24/12|
We're hearing that the Cup dropped in at the 900 Club midday Sunday, and we actually stumbled across the Cup later at the Strand House. (This is Dave's pic, snapped right before the heavy-breathing…
Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 5:02pm. 283 Views, 0 Comments.
Current and former players, team execs, on-air voices, and others connected to the team live here. So MB is a natural landing spot for the Cup.
We agree with city councilman Richard Montgomery's push to get the Kings to set up an MB-specific event for residents.
Please sign this online petition to help create an MB event for the Cup. It's an easy, quick signature with Facebook or just by typing in your name.
And pass along this post or the link below direct to the petition:
If you'd like to be added as a "sponsor" to the petition, just email Dave / address: MBWatcher [ at ] gmail.com.
We'll keep the…
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 11:24pm. 191 Views, 0 Comments.
Below is a little selection of our photos from MBC's prime position at the start of the parade route.
We saw 100 entries, a few dozen dignitaries and notables, heard a few marching bands and old-time crooners, saw hundreds of girl scouts and a goodly number of boy scouts (girls win!), watched a few dozen horses hoof it, enjoyed endless numbers of elementary school marchers (plus MBMS kids too), and even caught both a stagecoach and Santa on virtual film.
A friend said lovingly of the parade: "So small town." But he quickly clarified: "That's why we love our little town!"
Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 3:41pm. 156 Views, 0 Comments.
The true real estate must-sees are all on the Sophisticated Snoop tour, including some nice MB properties.
The tour includes this little "Monterey Colonial" beauty at 2523 Valley, which we've raved about here in the past. (Including the nice deal the current owners got in 2010.)
The other MB homes:
1148 Fisher, a standout architectural modern with ocean and PV views near downtown; and
652 31st, a "Coastal Carolinas" (don't say Cape Cod) inspired home on one of the prestige blocks of MB's Tree Section.
And there are 3 pretty nifty Hermosa homes on the tour as well. Hours are 10am-4pm Sat/Sun, $30 at the door if you did not pre-buy your tour tix. Here's the flyer.
Of course, this…