Hermosa – one of three cities with the word “beach” in its name, the other two being Manhattan and Redondo. There’s absolutely nothing to do in Hermosa, that’s why, I think, it attracts people. Well, that’s not entirely true; you could always search for parking, go for a swim, play beach volleyball (after which you’ll enjoy the crunch of sand between your teeth), get a sunburn, go surfing, or even paddleboarding, which is a bit like riding an ironing board lying down, or sitting on your knees and paddling frantically with your hands. And, of course, there are the bars. Such is life, as I have described, in Hermosa.
“Why go on living there?” you may ask. Although I may not be able to answer your question, I still think it is a pleasure to live in Hermosa for many reasons.
The great things about Hermosa include the Western ocean breeze, which pushes the smog and tourists out of town. Furthermore, the entire city is only 15 blocks one way and 40 blocks the other, so all the residents seem to know each other, making it necessary for them to constantly nod their heads. For that reason, diseases like spinal spondylosis hardly ever occur, although those cataracts may still catch up with you. Every other resident of Hermosa is constantly trying to look younger and has already had Lasik, but don’t worry, Dr. Benjamin, there is the other half of the population. BTW, it’s not too far from Benjamin Eye Institute.
Did you know that William Faulkner never lived in Hermosa Beach, not to mention F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. D. Salinger and many other famous authors? The houses there, in which no celebrities have ever lived, are easy to find (using a special map) and photograph in their natural context.
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It’s also very comfortable to just ride in circles, not unlike being caught in a Large Hadron collider.
Text: Sebastian Varo
Translated from Russian by Richard Crenwelge
Photos by Tatiana Minchenko and
Dima Malanichev who photographed her on the city’s main (and the only) street.