Using a Cell Phone in the Surf

September 09, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Southern Redondo Beach,

September 4, 2016

On this particular sunny afternoon I was returning from a long walk down to the tidal pools below the cliffs of Palos Verdes. I very unrewarding exploration – the tide was coming in and I found nothing that particularly attracted my attention. Not even the ubiquitous sea birds were around. I sat on some rocks until the incoming tide reached my feet, sloshed through the shallow water that now separated me from the main beach, and headed back along the shore toward Redondo Beach.

The afternoon beach was now crowded with the first after work and after school crowds. I noticed a young woman standing in the surf. The breakers, crashing just in front of her, sprayed everything with the cold autumn waters. She seemed indifferent to the breakers, the blue sky, the vast stretch of Santa Monica Bay, her fellow waders, or the wide sweep of the beach from the Redondo Beach harbor a mile or so to the north, to the cliffs of Palos Verdes, now about a half mile behind me. Her focus was solely on her cell phone.


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