Since my last entry was a bit on the – ahem – hostile side, I thought I would lighten things up a bit. Literally. I want to tell you about one of my favorite LA things – my kite guy. I don’t know his name. I don’t know where he lives. I don’t know anything in particular about him at all. What I do know is that he has the most incredible, most awesome kite I have ever seen.

It started last summer. I was walking toward the beach when I noticed this fantastic figure in the sky. It was a giant abstract display of fabric, like a massive stingray gliding through the air with multiple strips of white cloth trailing behind. That probably just confuses you more, but oh well. Consider it my best attempt at eloquently describing this thing. There are no words. It’s just the kind of spectacle you have to witness for yourself, and when you finally do… Instant happiness. Seeing that white flurry juxtaposed between the open sky and expanse of ocean is about as close as one can come to channeling immediate Zen.

I’ve seen my kite guy probably about five or six times now, and I’ve been tempted more than once to tell him just how giddy it makes me to see that odd creature thrashing through the air. Instead, I wuss out like a punk every time. And I never know when kite guy is going to be there, I can only hope he’ll show up when I take my weekly sabbatical to the shore. Really, though, kite guy is just part of why I love living coastal – and it all comes down to the wind, waves and that warm sun beating down on my body. I can tune out for a precious few hours until once again I’m forced to face a new week that undoubtedly will bring equal parts pleasure and pain.

Summer’s over now. I haven’t seen kite guy for a couple of weeks, but I know he’s still out there. I just have to wait a few more months until I see that magnificent beast roaming the shoreline once more, giving me – and hopefully others – that natural high we all desire and deserve.

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