Friday, August 18, 2006

Beach Complaints

Alright, so first of all, I know before I start that it's a little silly to be complaining about things that I don't like about the beach. At least I'm close to the beach; I know, I know...

So, ANYWAY-- when I moved to California two years ago, I bought these things from Red Envelope called steady sticks. They're these little things you stick into the sand to help hold your wine and wine glasses. Since CA is the wine capital of the US, I assumed these sticks would be p*e*r*f*e*c*t!

Here's a picture of the steady sticks:

Unfortunately though, it wasn't a week after I'd arrived in CA, I started hearing rumors that taking alcohol of any kind to the beach is illegal.

I couldn't believe it. I had heard that everyone in CA was super liberal and compared to TN, CA seemed to have less strict laws around alcohol. In TN, you can't sell anything other than beer in a grocery store for example. In CA, you can get wine and hard liquor at any grocery store.

Well, today I was thinking about how nice it would be to take a drive down to Malibu, to make a picnic, and to finally try out those 2 year old steady sticks that are still in the box. We do after all have a membership to a California vineyard's wine club and the wine is beginning to stack up. (I know, I know... life's rough.)

Anyway, so I logged on to the City of Malibu's web site and found that there are all SORTS of things outlawed from the beach. Here's a list:

  • Smoking
  • Fires
  • Barbecues
  • Alcohol
  • Nude sunbathing
  • Dogs

So, not that I would want to do any of those things other than drink wine, but that's a lot of rules! What happened to all of those images in my head of people running their dogs along the beach? People having a cookout or bonfire with friends? Casually sipping wine and watching the sun set over the water?

I mean really, how boring! In conclusion, the sticks are staying in their Red Envelope box. I guess that I may just have to try them out in the mud along the Mississippi!

(P.S. Phillip, if I were going to participate in FU Friday, this would be my post!)


Philip said...

That has to be one of the most ridiculous rules I've ever heard. But then comes the question:

Why the hell would you want to take a wine glass to the beach anyway? Beaches were made specifically for dixie cups. And you put the cork back in the bottle and the bottle back in the cooler.
What's the fine for alcohol at the beach?

Angela Copeland said...

Wine glasses are fun! And besides, they don't actually need to be made of *glass*. There are plenty of fun plastic wine glasses. The sticks are just there to help keep you from spilling the wine.

No idea about what the fine is...

I'm just so much of a rule follower... ugh! :-)