While the contention goes on over Sunset Beach's recent annexation by Huntington Beach, Pat Thies is busy living in the past.
Just as she does for a few months every year.
Thies, who frequently visited Sunset throughout her life and moved there a decade ago, created a calendar in 2004 to celebrate the seaside community's 100th anniversary. The calendar, which residents used the following year, provided a pictorial history of Sunset, with "then" and "now" photos showing sites around town alongside their past incarnations.
The following year, Thies focused on a specific decade, using surviving photos to show Sunset in the 1900s. Since then, she's gone through the decades in order — meaning that the neighborhood's 2013 calendar, which she's assembling now, may evoke memories of the moon landing, flower power and JFK in the 1960s.
"I'll have to find out if there were actual hippies or not [in Sunset Beach]," Thies said. "I've been told they played a lot of volleyball. They did a lot of partying. Whether they were actual hippies, I don't know."