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A Los Angeles Childhood - Snapshots From The 60s Part 2
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:10

We took turns going to Canter's Deli on Fairfax Avenue with the Sunday Los Angeles Times, or down to Chinatown for dim sum. Either way making the pilgrimage down the Venice for the afternoon for either our winter rituals or the summer ones where we would sit out on the sand in front of the Westwind Bar, turn with the rays of the sun, get warm, go into the bar and have a beer before running out to the seashore to jump into the waves to cool off.

When we were young, in our 20s it seemed like time would last forever and we with it. Sue is gone. I remain, getting older and more achy, still full of memories.

The LGBT kids today don't have to worry about getting arrested if they dance together. Where going to work parties meant getting a male friend to go with me so I wouldn't get pounced on at work like it was in the 60s.

It is truly in many ways the land of the free and the home of the brave. At least the 60s were not stagnant. They were full of excitement, dangerous brushes with the law. Outside of the bars, at peace marches against the Vietnam War. I'm sure you all have your stories to add. I would love it if you would share some memories of the 60s, and thank you for reading Not Just A Jewish Book Blog.

VENICE BEACH

You and me snuck into that club by the beach

you could smell all the way down the block on Winward.

Rock and roll sex music pouring under the door

out the window;

riffs enough to tantalize the most sleeping body.

We danced crazy blue bonded.

Uncanny timing unstuck us just fast enough

to jump out the back window before the cops came.


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