Are sparks going off for you wherever you may be in the world? I hope so
As I may have mentioned before one or a million times, the 4th of July is my favorite holiday. It makes me feel like a kid again. Fireworks just do it for me; there’s something majestic about the mixture of color and sound that takes me away from me for awhile. That said, every single year for the past 11 years, regardless of where I happened to be living at the time, I have been on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. for 4th. Not so this year. But while I could have been sitting sadly at home in Santa Monica, Calif. on the other side of the US, this has actually been one of the best Independence Days I’ve had to date. This may have something to do with becoming independent from my routine — and giving in to the freedom of the unexpected.
I set off with the intent this weekend to capture the male-heavy party scene in both Venice and Marina del Rey, Calif. Not going to lie, I kind of failed on that front. I should have been giving you photographic evidence, but instead was too busy chatting to accost handsome men, tell them they were hot and demand that I take their photos. The weekend here has been, quite simply, brilliant. Tons of new people, dozens of house parties and very few bar outings. Basically, if you want to meet someone the right way, this would be both the weekend and the place to do it.
Why do I say this? Well, if you’re going to a house party, ostensibly you’re going to know someone there. The guy you might meet is also going to know someone there, even if it’s in a six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon kind of way. You can get his story from someone, at the very least, and find out if he’s legit.
Plus, there is a genuine feeling of revelry in this neck of the woods. There are no pretensions. Perhaps it’s because Venice is by the beach or that everyone here is arty/hippie, but the vibe is laid-back, the people are friendly and the guys are pretty damn hot.
10 Things I Hate About You actor Andrew Keegan threw a “We Love Venice” block party on the 2nd, while my good friend Matt K. and his boys threw one of the best — and biggest — parties Marina del Rey has seen this year (if you were lucky enough to be one of the hundreds that hung out on Outrigger on July 3, kudos to you. The male scene was unparalleled).
Even better, not all the men that are down ’round these parts this weekend are from LA, either, which changes up the atmosphere of the area exponentially. I met dozens of dudes who were visiting from San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago and even Italy.
Will you hook up on July 4th weekend on the Westside of LA? If that’s what you’re going for, sure. But could you meet someone that you’d actually have a shot at dating as well? The happy answer to that, my friends, is YES.
So have a happy 4th. Go make some magic. Set off sparks. Or, as Katy Perry says, “Ignite the light, let it shine and own the night.”