When Malibu, California is mentioned in conversation, it often elicits images of mansions, mudslides, movie stars, modified mammaries and Maiman. Well, maybe not Ted Maiman.
The world would be a completely different place if he had not demonstrated the first practical laser (based on his and the work of several really smart people before him).
- Surgeons and dentists would exclusively be wielding scalpels,
- Industry would be welding, cutting and marking like it did in the 1950s
- The military might still rely of visual targeting (and the Soviet Union might not have collapsed as soon),
- Eight track tapes, cassette tapes, and video cassettes might still be the norm,
- Many cosmetic skin treatments would not exist,
- Evil geniuses would be forced to take over the world with space flash lights or shark mounted, and
- Concert goers would have to suffer through inferior incandescent light shows, being totally bummed
We did pass mansions and spectacular beaches while getting passed by some very expensive vehicles (Bugattis, Maseratis, Porches, etc.).
The boardwalks along the Venice and Santa Monica beaches offered up some interesting sights: Muscle Beach, the Santa Monica Pier, graffiti-embossed skateboarding ramps, and colorful peddlers along the sidewalks.
Besides gawking, we were on a mission to find ice cream. Gerald had told us about a fellow countryman, Charly Temmel, who is famous back in Austria for his ice cream. Luckily for us, he opened an ice cream store along the beach.
The owner was Austrian, and I think we may have received larger than normal portions as he and Gerald chatted in their mother tongue.
Our tongues were tickled — the ice cream was absolutely delicious.
In a sugar coma, we lethargically pedaled the afternoon away.
Gerald went inland to his hotel and we headed for our host’s house.
Besides being an avid Oakland Raiders football fan and a bicycle tourist himself, Terry was an excellent cook. He prepared an amazing meal of fresh greens, delectable ribs and some monster mac and cheese (complete with cheddar cheese fish cracker topping). We shared the meal while swapping stories from all of our past bicycle tours.
Thanks again Terry!