Ever want to get above the dog-eat-dog world? Here's your chance: Take a parasailing trip. With a speed boat as your guide, you'll soar high above the Pacific Ocean—giving you 15 or 20 minutes of a spectacular view of Orange County's coast and Catalina Island. The cost is $75, and the whole voyage takes less than 90 minutes.

But if you're looking for a watersport workout, grab a single- or double-seated kayak (or pedalboat) from Balboa Boat Rentals and cruise the Newport Beach Harbor and Back Bay. A kayak can be leased for $15 per hour for singles, $25 per hour if there are two of you.

Or if you're not in the mood for an exhilarating thrill or exercise and want to impress your family, go for the more relaxing water choice: Rent a 10-seater, 21-foot electric boat and tour the Newport Beach harbor. You'll enjoy seeing the area's waterfront mansions and docked yachts of the area's ultra-wealthy. The Monday-through-Friday rate is $95 per hour, slightly higher during weekends. (RSM) Balboa Boat Rentals (they also book the parasailing trips), 510 E. Edgewater, Balboa, (949) 673-7200; Duffy Electric Boats, 2001 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 645-6812.

Record shopping lately has become an increasingly solitary activity—one might even call it meditative. But enter Sound Trolley's cozy confines (you can browse the entire store in less than 90 minutes), and you'll feel at home here—especially if you're alienated from/repulsed by mainstream society. Amiable, knowledgeable proprietors Joshua and Joseph Madrid stock a small but fascinating selection of classic and indie rock, psychedelia, soul, jazz, folk and prog (more vinyl than CDs), as well as literature, art (by local artists) and vintage clothing. Simply speaking, Sound Trolley's a one-stop shop for the discerning bohemian. (DS) Sound Trolley, 440 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-4846;

Venerable all-ages Anaheim club Chain Reaction has a proven record as a tastemaking venue since it opened its doors in 1997, considering all the bands that have played the tiny room on their way to the top: AFI, Fall Out Boy, Thrice, Rilo Kiley, Maroon5, Avenged Sevenfold . . . the list goes on forever. Whole musical genres were significantly goosed here as well—whatever you think of emo or screamo bands, the Chain welcomed those sounds years before you ever read about them in Alternative Press. So we suggest spending a few of your summer evenings by indulging in some shows here—you never know who'll be selling out arenas or headlining the Warped Tour in a couple of years, and you can brag to your friends that you saw them back when they were good. (RK) Chain Reaction, 1652 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, (714) 635-6067;

As our indoor movie houses grow increasingly crowded with discourteous audiences talking on cell phones, kicking the backs of chairs and discussing the film in progress with their date, the reasons to see a movie in a traditional theater are dwindling. But a few venues across the county are offering outdoor movie screenings this summer—sometimes on the sides of buildings (as is the case at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Monday Free for All screenings), sometimes on the beach (Long Beach's Granada Beach offers summer-long family-friendly selections projected on a screen in the sand)—and while the sound and picture may frequently leave something to be desired, at least you know what you're in for. And there's something really amazing about sitting on a lawn chair, feeling the breeze blow through your hair and hearing the ocean crash around you while you watch West Side Story. (TC)Check OCPAC's calendar at for screening dates. For Granada Beach, go to

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