I do a lot of walking in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. There’s always the beach, of course, but they don’t allow dogs. (Spoiler alert: we have a dog now. Yes, there will be future posts involving canine characters.) Also, the beach doesn’t have hills. I like hills. They keep my butt firm. Hills are also the gateway to amazing views.
Sometimes I see foxes. Sometimes coyotes. No matter when I walk, though, I usually see a red-tailed hawk.
Sometimes, I find other weird creatures on my walks:
But when December arrives, the majority of the sights on my walks are holiday decorations. The decorations are installed by the men. Dads, mostly. Some Dads are merely ironic:
But the majority of Dads appear to be of the opinion that:
b) Bigger is better.
c) Everything but the kitchen sink is best of all!
Some of the decorations in the South Bay are WAY over the top, such as the “Sleepy Hollow” Neighborhood. The lights are blinding, with thousands of trees draped, and all items illuminated — everything from mini-ferris wheels to Santa’s Workshops. The city finally blocked off certain streets during the month of December. Locals offer to chauffeur visitors around in golf carts hung with more lights.
No, this year I think some Dads are more excited about the new Star Wars movie than Christmas. And in honor of opening day, I thought I’d share my favorite — an evolving lawn tableau. (Speech bubbles provided by me.)
May the spirit of Christmas & the Force be with you all.