Sit Back Saturday

May 08, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Each week as I’m writing Travelin’ Local’s Sit Back Saturday article, I recommend that my readers should take a few minutes to relax and grab of cup of coffee. But today, it suddenly occurred to me that in this day and age, many of you might not be sitting or even at home for that matter as you’re reading this.

Maybe you’re riding the bus with your laptop, surfing the net at Starbucks, or even sitting in the park with your iPhone. Because the Internet is now available at so many different places and on so many accessible platforms, it’s likely that more than a few of Travelin’ Local’s readers are probably reading this edition of Sit Back Saturday from about anywhere and doing just about anything.

So, today, I’ll skip the usual preface and head straight to the beach. To be sure, I’m still going to relax, but with sand between my toes instead of carpet.

Speaking of the beach, I want to give a shout out to a friend of mine, Sara Bayles, who is nominated as a finalist in the Oceana Ocean Hero contest, which recognizes people who are trying to make the oceans a better place to visit. It only takes a minute to vote, plus, with each vote, Oceana receives a $1.00 donation. Take a look:

Sara Bayles is on a mission to clean up the Santa Monica beach. For 20 minutes each day, she picks up garbage, and so far she has collected almost 500lbs.

Thank you, Sara, for all the work you do, and I hope you’re the 2010 Oceana Ocean Hero!

On that positive note, here’s the rest of today featured stories for Sit Back Saturday:

  • Ebie, over at The Main Ingredient, went to Windwolves Preserve and shared her photo spread. I’ve just added this location to my long list of fantastic CA places that’s on my ever growing to-go list.
  • Have you ever wanted to see Flat Stanley meet the Los Angeles Fire Department? I did, so I visited the San Pedro Daily Photo. Lori and Flat Stanley give some great facts about the LAFD along with great pictures as well.
  • Over the last two years, an intersection in Silverlake has been receiving a band new makeover, and now it’s almost finished. The Eastside LA has the story.
  • Because Los Angeles has over 114 LA neighborhoods, it’s often easy to lump them together, like the Westside, Santa Monica, the Valley, the Eastside, and so on.  But, this isn’t really the best practice because each neighborhood has qualities all its own. Will takes a little offense at people claiming “Atwater Village, Echo Park, Los Feliz Village, East Hollywood, Elysian Park/Valley, Historic Filipinotown, and Angeleno Heights is in the public’s knee jerk version of their definition of what comprises the ‘Eastside.’" What do you think? Should it be renamed “The Upside?”
  • Over at a [view] from a loft, Ed takes a closer look at Cinco de Mayo, its history, and of course, a few photos. Because Ed’s information is quite enlightening, that’s why reading other people’s websites and blogs is so interesting and fun.
  • A regular feature on Sit Back Saturday, Californiality “visits” each of the gubernatorial candidates and gives his own spin on each of them. From “The Queen,” to “The Hippie,” and “The Rebel,” to name a few, you’ll be able to keep up with who’s who.

With that in mind, I’m heading out for more things to cover and report about. So on that note, I hope everybody has a safe, fun, and sun filled weekend.

And if you want to add to yesterday’s Free Friday places to go and things to do, high on your list should include taking Travelin’ Local’s walking tour of the Hollywood/Highland area.  It’s a little known corner of LA you might not have seen before– I know I really enjoyed my time there.

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