We have been together for a long time. The last 10 years have been some of the best years of my life and I am sad to the bone to say my goodbye. From partaking in all the shenanigans that a single man can get into, to meeting my wife, getting married, buying my first home in West End, and welcoming my first child, you have been a part of all of it. With twins on the way now, and commuting to work, I really have no choice but to move on to the benefits of the mainland and start my life in Anytown, USA.
Most folks think of the beach and the bars and restaurants when they think of or hear about you. But as any other local knows, you are so much more than that. Your beach in our eyes is completely different than what others view it as. It is not just a place to go on a summer weekend. Your salt and sand is in my blood. Your beach is the permanent, never ending sound in my ears and smell in my nose.
It’s the people and the community that I will miss most. From my neighbors that have become family to other locals that are never seen as strangers, I love you all. There is always somebody to pass the time with or give a helping hand when needed. There is no community feeling like the one you offer and that is what I most cherish about you.
I will miss it all. You will forever have a special place in my heart and my memories which have been immortalized by photos that now don the walls of my new house. It is all so new to me that I have to refrain from calling my new house “home,” as that term is still reserved for you.
Please understand the position I am in and do not hold it against me. We will meet again and I will count the days until we do.
I love you Long Beach!
-A.R.L. (formerly of Kentucky St)… best block in town!