You don't need to live near the ocean for a wonderful beach vacation. Just hop on the CTA or ride with a friend to the beautiful lake Michigan beach front! My dear friend Easton Miller and I lost no time getting there last summer. The water was too cold, we forgot towels, and the sunburn was fierce. my favorite line was when we were sitting out on the sand and Easton asked me "Do you ever feel that the people we surround ourselves with are phoney?" when i looked around i noticed we were surrounded by gulls. They were pretty phoney.