Long Beach has it all

Long Beach has it all

There are 22 comments on the Examiner.com story from Sep 21, 2012, titled Long Beach has it all. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

For venturesome travelers, finding a new coastal destination that offers an abundance of things to do and see can be very exciting.

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Tourist

United States

#1 Sep 22, 2012
"Without question, Long Beach CA is just such a place. Whether you are looking for adventure, historic, or culinary stimuli, this destination offers it up… in spades."

I applaud the writer of this piece who has the guts to tell it like it is.
The Mad Man

Glendale, CA

#2 Sep 22, 2012
What about the naval base and shipyard that 'USED' to be here. There is never any mention of that history and that was the support of LB for a long time and now it is faded in the wind. Yes I have seen the 'memorial site' at the lighthouse but that is the only mention of the naval base and shipyard. I was stationed there for two years and many fond memories but again faded away because it no longer exists or ever existed.
LBster

United States

#3 Sep 22, 2012
The Mad Man wrote:
What about the naval base and shipyard that 'USED' to be here. There is never any mention of that history and that was the support of LB for a long time and now it is faded in the wind. Yes I have seen the 'memorial site' at the lighthouse but that is the only mention of the naval base and shipyard. I was stationed there for two years and many fond memories but again faded away because it no longer exists or ever existed.
Yeah, I remember when we would get all these tourists during the summer, and most would yell at me from their cars, "excuse me, sir. can you tell us how to get to Todds Shipyards? Our kids can't wait! They want to ride on the crane, and play in the salt pile!!"
I'd give them directions, and pat myself on the back knowing that the shipyards were still drawing 'em in.
Ronald

Bellflower, CA

#4 Sep 22, 2012
LBster wrote:
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Yeah, I remember when we would get all these tourists during the summer, and most would yell at me from their cars, "excuse me, sir. can you tell us how to get to Todds Shipyards? Our kids can't wait! They want to ride on the crane, and play in the salt pile!!"
I'd give them directions, and pat myself on the back knowing that the shipyards were still drawing 'em in.
LBster.

I agree. If Long Beach would just get on the stick, city residents could benefit from the failed Obama economy. The city has the potential to benefit from millions of rich Cuban cigar smoking Chinese tourists. All Council needs do is to apply for some taxpayer funded "stimulus" money to establish rickshaw businesses along Ocean Blvd. If those rickshaw businesses were to give employment preference to increasingly unemployed "college educated" White women and men to be drivers of those rickshaws, the Chinese tourists could get excellent views of the Queen Mary and historical redress at the same time.

Ronald
The Cynical One

La Mesa, CA

#5 Sep 22, 2012
Yes, Long Beach "has it all": All of the Section 8ers, high school dropouts, teen moms, parolees, illegal immigrants, angry lesbians, skateboarding hipsters, cranky oldsters, crazy folks who are off their meds, Rosenthals, drugged-out longies, gang members from most of the major racial groups ... have I overlooked anyone?
The Cynical One

La Mesa, CA

#6 Sep 22, 2012
In the non-human realm, Long Beach has: WIC stores, wig shops, nail parlors, medical marijuana stores, a downtown WalMart, donut shops and liquor stores on every corner, and a very efficient rapid transit system to move bums from South Central, Watts and Compton directly into the LBC.
Ronald

Bellflower, CA

#7 Sep 22, 2012
The Cynical One wrote:
Yes, Long Beach "has it all": All of the Section 8ers, high school dropouts, teen moms, parolees, illegal immigrants, angry lesbians, skateboarding hipsters, cranky oldsters, crazy folks who are off their meds, Rosenthals, drugged-out longies, gang members from most of the major racial groups ... have I overlooked anyone?
The Cynical One.

How about the tiny group of incorrigibles who refused to give in to Government bullying and still enjoy the simple pleasure of an occasional cigarette or cigar?

Ronald
The Cynical One

La Mesa, CA

#8 Sep 22, 2012
I know we've said the same thing many times before on the Long Beach Topix site, but it bears repeating. Tourists, if you are coming to Long Beach and you book a motel room on "Pacific Coast Highway," it's definitely a highway but it's nowhere near the Pacific Coast. You will NOT hear the ocean waves gently lapping at your doorstep. You WILL hear the occasional burst of gunfire, police sirens and helicopters, and perhaps a meth-addled prostitute arguing with her pimp.
guest

Long Beach, CA

#9 Sep 22, 2012
Sounds like some of you hate LB and should consider moving to somewhere else.
Big Dig Basturd

United States

#10 Sep 23, 2012
The Cynical One wrote:
I know we've said the same thing many times before on the Long Beach Topix site, but it bears repeating. Tourists, if you are coming to Long Beach and you book a motel room on "Pacific Coast Highway," it's definitely a highway but it's nowhere near the Pacific Coast. You will NOT hear the ocean waves gently lapping at your doorstep. You WILL hear the occasional burst of gunfire, police sirens and helicopters, and perhaps a meth-addled prostitute arguing with her pimp.
Ahh yess!! I love the smell of gun powder in the morning...
Ronald

Bellflower, CA

#11 Sep 23, 2012
My fellow consumers often ask me about the ethics involved with first checking out and getting information about products that are stocked by old fashioned competition-adverse Council protected brick and mortar stores, then purchasing those products from internet sellers.

I always tell them that, yes, decent ethical shoppers might have deemed such a practice to be contrary to good ethical practice until recently. Recently, though, Big Brick and Mortar had their politician pals protect them from competitive marketplace forces by strong-arming competitive internet companies into "agreeing" to collect usurious California sales taxes, even though the seller might be located in a more consumer-friendly State.

That business decision "evened the playing field".*(so to speak)* As a result it is no longer unethical to check out products stocked by competition adverse Big Brick and Morter and then purchase them from competitive minded internet sellers.

*(note)* Products sold by internet sellers are delivered in secure shipping containers, thus internet buyers who do not use taxpayer funded EBT cards escape the Lowenthal goods bag harassment tax.

Ronald
Confused Tourista

Altamira, Mexico

#12 Sep 23, 2012
Will be my first time in LA next week. Plans to visit Disneylandia in Anaheims and Queen Marys historical ship in Long Beach City. Also will go to wholesale garment district in LA. Our travel agencia booked us at a Hotel on Atlantic Blvd, saying it was good close in location, close to freeways. I checked Google Maps, and it is on Atlantic Ave right near to Anaheim Ave. My English is OK after some years of studying and I like to communicate with local people. Hope this is good area. Saw program on Discovery saying ship is haunted with ghosts, who knows, but will be fun going on it.
tour guide

Santa Ana, CA

#13 Sep 23, 2012
Confused Tourista wrote:
Will be my first time in LA next week. Plans to visit Disneylandia in Anaheims and Queen Marys historical ship in Long Beach City. Also will go to wholesale garment district in LA. Our travel agencia booked us at a Hotel on Atlantic Blvd, saying it was good close in location, close to freeways. I checked Google Maps, and it is on Atlantic Ave right near to Anaheim Ave. My English is OK after some years of studying and I like to communicate with local people. Hope this is good area. Saw program on Discovery saying ship is haunted with ghosts, who knows, but will be fun going on it.
Welcome to Southern California. Attractions of note in your itinerary would certainly be Disneylandia. Make sure to check out "Main Street." It's Disney's vision of what most American cities would have looked like if we had maintained restricted immigration.

The Queen Mary, another wonderful choice btw, is not haunted, but illegal aliens are a superstitious lot, and we tell those employed on the Queen ghost stories to limit stealing. If they steal a brass doorknob, for example, an employee meeting is held and they are reminded that the doorknob is missing, and it's important to return as it's where the ghost of a former Captain of the ship now lives, he's very angry, and will smother all their ninos in their sleep. The doorknob (or whatever) is always returned the next day.

Got a diving mask, and a spear gun? The Aquarium of the Pacific might be just the place you're looking for. Every Sunday is "Catch It and You Keep it Day." You and the kids can go snorkeling in one of southern California's largest fish tanks, and try your luck spearing one of the many species there, waiting to be got. Doors open at 2 AM. Sometimes the ticket and gate keepers fall asleep, and whatnot. If nobody is there, simply hop the fence, and you'll find the aquarium if you keep looking. Your search will be rewarded! If you catch more than you can eat, many tourists sell their surplus the next morning in one of the bank parking lots in Belmont Shore. The locals love it!

Atlantic and Anaheim is a great choice to make your stay in Long Beach one to remember. Many call that area "the heart of Long Beach," and you'll be welcomed by the friendly locals there.

Have a great time, and don't forget to return home. I'm not saying you would forget, I'm just saying don't forget.
Doctor Doom

La Mesa, CA

#14 Sep 24, 2012
Yes, Long Beach has it all: AIDS, syphillis, tuberculosis, high cancer rates due to the noxious exhausts from the trucks and refineries.

If you're the victim of a GSW, not to worry, our ER staffs are battle-hardened because they treat people like you every night, it's better than being in Afghanistan.
Recovering Optimist

Long Beach, CA

#15 Sep 24, 2012
Why are you guys slamming Long Beach so badly? You're making it sound like it's some kind of hellish nightmare, when actually it's a very nice place. For instance....uhh....well, there's always...uhh....and what a bout....Aw,to hell with it. You're right, it's just turning into one big third world sewer. And as far as considering to move somewhere else? What! And miss this horror show? EVERY day is Halloween here in Long Beach!
guest

Long Beach, CA

#16 Sep 24, 2012
THEN MOVE.
Big Dig

United States

#17 Sep 24, 2012
Recovering Optimist wrote:
Why are you guys slamming Long Beach so badly? You're making it sound like it's some kind of hellish nightmare, when actually it's a very nice place. For instance....uhh....well, there's always...uhh....and what a bout....Aw,to hell with it. You're right, it's just turning into one big third world sewer. And as far as considering to move somewhere else? What! And miss this horror show? EVERY day is Halloween here in Long Beach!
lol horror show... Damn thats funny... Classic
The Cynical One

Gardena, CA

#18 Sep 26, 2012
Tourist wrote:
"Without question, Long Beach CA is just such a place. Whether you are looking for adventure, historic, or culinary stimuli, this destination offers it up… in spades."
I applaud the writer of this piece who has the guts to tell it like it is.
Do the 99-cent Chinese buffet and donuts count as culinary stimuluses?
The Cynical One

Gardena, CA

#19 Sep 26, 2012
Tourist wrote:
"Without question, Long Beach CA is just such a place. Whether you are looking for adventure, historic, or culinary stimuli, this destination offers it up… in spades."
I applaud the writer of this piece who has the guts to tell it like it is.
Historic? "Hello tourists, this is the Monster Garage where Jesse James built his tricked-out motorcycles. And this is the couch where he boinked those tattooed ska*** while he was married to Sandra Bullock."
icouldusesomehel p

Downey, CA

#20 Sep 26, 2012
The Cynical One wrote:
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Historic? "Hello tourists, this is the Monster Garage where Jesse James built his tricked-out motorcycles. And this is the couch where he boinked those tattooed ska*** while he was married to Sandra Bullock."
I would guess about 20% of Americans even know about Monster Garage, 2% know it was in Long Beach and nobody cares.

It's your hangup, nobody else cares. Grab that jar of Vaseline and rent Miss Congeniality .

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