All the preparations we’ve been making for our move to Atlanta have me thinking about my hometown quite a bit. When you live and work in South Florida and meet new people, you’re quick to realize that being a South Florida native living IN South Florida is actually a pretty rare thing.
I complain a lot about where we live. Sure, Hollywood has its share of crime and weirdos and people who don’t know how to drive (they don’t call it Hollyweird for nothing). And sure, I realize that these things are present in pretty much any other city. But despite those things, Hollywood is a neat place.
It helps that my family all lives here. One of the most beautiful South Florida beaches is a 15-minute bike ride from where we live. There are plenty of interesting, diverse restaurants to try (even if the turnover in restaurant spaces here is ridiculously high). All the schools I attended as a youngster are right around the corner, not far from the hospital where I was born. As storefronts and building facades and demographics here have evolved, we’ve stayed around. And I’m kind of glad.
Our new favorite Sunday ritual lately has been our big Sunday breakfast cooked at home while watching CBS Sunday Morning, followed by a bike ride to the Broadwalk for a mimosa crawl. Let me tell you. I *highly* recommend this and I’ll miss it dearly when we leave.
I’m glad to have discovered other local folks online who share my affinity for this place. I wanted to share some links to their blogs, as they’ve captured the eccentricity and weird awesomeness that is Hollywood so beautifully.
- Bobbi-Jo O’gilvie of Today, I’m Bobbi really loves Hollywood. And I really love her photos!
- Engagement shoot on Hollywood Beach? Just lovely!
- And you may already know that Courtney uses Hollywood as the backdrop for many, many, many of her gorgeous photo shoots. Want one of your own? Check out her Facebook page.