Encinitas, California, some thirty minutes north of downtown San Diego, some thirty minutes south of Lower Trestles and its cobbled stone, is, as simple town and its residents are satisfied to keep it thus.
The sun rises in the morning, it sets in the evening. In the between time, electric bikes are ridden, expensive fishes are surfed. Tacos are eaten on Tuesday, India Pale Ale washing down Leucadia pizza, Cardiff Crack, Rob Machado-themed acai bowls the rest of the week. Mercedes Sprinter Vans are parked on the street, ready to shuttle families to soccer practices, northern Baja, Mammoth mountain.
Nothing more is needed, nothing more asked for, or at least until weeks ago.
For it was weeks ago that Emily Ratajkowski separated from her husband of some years Sebastian Bear-McClard whose squishy name was only out-squished by his squishier face.
Ratajkowski, you certainly know, was raised in Encinitas and participated in the chill lifestyle, save a music video with Alan Thicke’s boy more or less, until these new single days.
And in these new single days?
Well, EmRata is on a rocket.
First connected with Brad Pitt, the most debonair man alive, then some hunky Italian DJ then lady killer Pete Davidson then that hunky Italian DJ again, the run has been head-spinningly wild.
Add in the fact that now Davidson looks sad going to hockey games with his co-star (?) Chase Sui Wonders while EmRata coys it up with hunky Italian DJ.
Ratajkowski, built for fame, has handled it all with aplomb. Looking in control in each and every paparazzi shot. Her star never brighter.
Uncomplicated Encinitas folk, imagining that if she can ride, they can ride, have become weird though.
Breaking up with loved ones then canoodling with new loved ones on electric bikes, wearing hoodies over trucker hats, imagining they too can live the high-flying lifestyle while clearly breaking under the pressure.
Not constructed for this.
Encinitas has gone weird and not in a self-realization way.
Strange times and a fear is beginning to take hold that the uncomplicated days are over.
Famous first son Chris Cote vlogging.
How does the future look?
More as the story develops.