We've been walking The Strand Monday through Friday for twenty years. We start at 7 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Library. Now that our kids are all grown, we sometimes have coffee or breakfast at The Kettle afterward, but our husbands complain if we are gone too long.

I teach yoga in the South Bay. This guy is Piggie Smalls. He's a year old. He weighs forty pounds and will get up to fifty-five when he's full-grown. Pigs are hypo-allergenic, so people who are allergic to dogs and cats won't be allergic to him. It's a lot like having a dog. He's a good comp…

I'm originally from Dublin, but I've lived in the South Bay twenty-eight years. This is Lassie. She's a pit mix, rescued from a pound over in Hawthorne. She's a very good girl. She belongs to my son and his wife. I walk her for them. They've been married two years, and Lassie is their first …

We've both lived in Manhattan Beach for nearly sixty years, and have been next-door neighbors since 1971. We walk The Strand together every day but Sunday. This town used to be a well-kept secret. It was full of pilots and stewardesses—they called them stewardesses back then—and other young …

I guess you could this our inaugural first friend-date-with-husbands outside of work. We went to breakfast at The Local Yolk, and the baby fell asleep so we thought we'd come down to the Strand and watch the surfers. Now she is awake. I'm not looking forward to pushing her back up that hill.