17 April 2009

We'll rescue her

Windows hold a place of reverence within the Disney theme parks. Along Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, the windows are painted as honor credits for those individuals who worked so hard to complete the visions of the kingdoms. Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios the windows play word games and pay homage to various films. One window tucked away along Sunset Boulevard reference an area of Southern California that has become known the world over.Muscle Beach Bodyguard Service, obviously, makes reference to Muscle Beach. Beginning in the 1930s an area of Santa Monica, just south of the Santa Monica Pier, became known as Muscle Beach for its gymnastic and bodybuilding showcases. Over two decades later, amidst local business and public protest, the city, which had supplied the equipment, shut down Muscle Beach only to reopen it in 1960 minus the platforms for public display. This area would be rededicated in 1989 with the official moniker of Muscle Beach.

With the showcasing platform in Santa Monica dismantled, bodybuilders began highlighting their skills further south at the Venice Beach Weight Pen, leading to area earning the name Muscle Beach Venice. Under the direction of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, this new Muscle Beach would become a frequent haunt of famous bodybuilders, including the future Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I don’t know about you, but I would definitely feel safer with the clientele of Muscle Beach protecting me as bodyguards (not that I need protecting mind you, well, maybe from myself…).

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