On New Years Day I joined about 150 other brave souls on the beach in Venice for an annual tradition: the Venice Penguin Swim. A dip into the chilly Pacific (56 degrees!) to celebrate the New Year.
The weather was warm (in the 70’s), but the waves were big. My sister warned me not to do it. Someone who overheard me talking about it at a coffee shop that morning called me crazy. But for me, it was something I had to do.
Lo and behold, shortly after I arrived, I ran into another member of the KCRW family – DnA host and To The Point/Which Way LA? Producer Frances Anderton! She was there with her family and it made me realize that many of us at KCRW really enjoy being part of the community, beyond our work at the station.
This kind of event is what makes LA – particularly Venice – special and it was really fun to join the diverse crowd, which included some out-of-towners and many locals, including musician Christopher Hawley.
Check out more photos here and a few below from Frances’ hubby Bennett Stein (aka The Good4NothingConnoisseur).