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Manhattan Beach, California was my home from October 2015 to December 2016 and it has been my son’s home since 1992. I made my first visit to Manhattan Beach (MB) in 1966 when I was a resident at the VA Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Then it was a sleepy beach town of stucco and clapboard one story houses and primarily the home of surfers. Over the intervening 50 years MB has changed dramatically. Now home to about 35,000 residents, those surfer beach shacks have been turned into multi-million dollar mansions along the “strand” the paved walking and riding path at the upper edge of the sandy beach. “Strand living” once the purview of long haired surfers is now the domain of millionaires and maybe a few billionaires too. Oh yes, the surfers are still there and I still enjoy walking along the strand especially on a mild January day like today when I am so very glad that I no longer live in Buffalo, New York where I was born and went to school, college and medical school. I still have a sweet spot in my heart for Buffalo, my “home town” but I prefer the sun and sand of Manhattan Beach in January to the cold and snow of a typical January in Buffalo. I recently moved to the southern part of Orange County, California but MB is now my way station between my home and my place of work in Thousand Oaks, a distance of almost exactly 100 miles. I took the accompanying photos today on my walk along the strand. I hope that you enjoy looking at then as much as I did in taking them. MB in January: not a bad place to be.