As I sat outside on the patio of Kincaid's today having lunch with some friends, listening to the waves crash into the shoreline, seeing surfers trying to catch a big one...and letting the sun beat down on my face...I breathed a sigh of relief that I wasn't back in Chicago...at this time of the year..getting ready to freeze my a__ off. No offense against Chicago...I love it, since I'm a transplanted Chicagoan myself....but you have to admit....here in the SouthBay...you get a nice breeze all the time...not like the valley where the ozone hangs in the air...and you sweat to death. I even chatted with my mom who lives in St. Pete Beach, Florida..which is an awesome place to live...but very hot and humid, folks. I had a new found appreciation for this glorious spot on the face of the earth. The air is clean, people are actually friendly here...wow..sort of like back in Chicago...and people here greet you like an old friend. I walked on the pier and watched one of the tall ships that docked here..and saw boats troll by, and seagulls overhead. I can see why people keep coming here in groves...and why everyone wants to be at the beach...We have awesome places here in Redondo...from the esplanade that you can walk up and down anytime day and nite...yes, I even saw people walking and jogging at 2 am...to walking in the village around HT Grill with it's outdoor fireplace pit, to King Harbor and all the boats..and Portofino Hotel to name a few. The Redondo Beach chamber is friendly..and so is the police department...and what a huge, clean library. I remember sitting in the basement of a friend's house in Munster, Indiana..yes MUNSTER, INDIANA folks..a real town about 28 miles se of Chicago ,and reading a Muscle and Fitness magazine and seeing all the bodybuilders and fitness models posing at a competion in Redondo Beach and working out at Gold's Gym...I thought..wow..that looks cool...I'd like to go there...funny, how I never thought about it til I moved here in 91...and passed Gold's Gym and it dawned on me that it was the place I saw years ago in the magazine...hence...the Law's of Attraction really does work. I've lived all over southern california from Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach...Tarzana, Burbank, Marina Del Rey, and Sun Valley..and I can admit...I finally landed back in Redondo..and I can see why...I can see why people fight to stay here and why home prices in Redondo Beach..have pretty much weathered the storm much better than other areas...now if you'll excuse me...I see a refreshing bowl of frozen yogurt from Dolci Mango with my name on it..