......sorry about that......
I was in the middle of an entry and realized I had to go out to one of our job sites; a home the boss is building for himself....his wife keeps saying she WON'T move into it.
Was a funny trip....3 story home, drywall stages. I arrived and there were 2 south of the border's there. I waited in my car till my co-worker showed up.
Our mission was to get roof slate tiles.....she wanted several for her turtle aquarium and I just wanted some broken pieces as well as solids to play with. I'm thinking PAINT on these, just for fun.
Anywho, she, being the ditzy one, was looking around the ground floor and said "where's the stairs?"
We went all around the bottom "looking" for the stairs.....now, I had noticed a large piece of plywood nailed in place when we entered and I remembered from the plans --- stairs. She says "must be where the elevator goes".......remember she's the ditzy one, not to mention that she had already noticed the slant in the wall. She says "no wonder wife doesn't want to move in...there's no stairs to the other floors....!"
After she rounded the 3rd time I said "ya know, the stairs are behind that piece of plywood. It keeps the subs from going in and pissin and crappin in the toilets and tubs....".
Well....I'm not sure I remember where I was going with my summertime story.............guess I'm getting C.R.S.
I do remember summers as a youngster (under 12) were spent along the sound at Wrightsville Beach near the Coast Guard Station. This was long before the luxury homes invaded the sands.
There was plenty of roadside (free) parking; we walked over and through sandspurs to our usual spot. I dared the depths of the sound here....swimming out past one of the lengthy piers from a home (oh prob only 100') and almost making it out to one of the channel markers.
The water was shallow enough to play in, up to the waist for several feet out. The wake was very light, no threat of being knocked down. Once in a while we'd get a large yacht through and it would produce waves enough to body "surf" on especially if the tide was coming in.
Mom liked to grill hot dogs to take with us....chips and melons and plenty of drink came along too. One of the worst things we had to watch out for was the dreaded jellyfish.......one touch and you were having a major hurt. They always said meat tenderizer worked best. I never was stung so I cannot comment.
The common thing to find was hermit crabs. I'd find several and take them home for "pets" only to have them die after about 2 days. What did I know about fish???
Normally I had a friend come along. We would walk around the inlet and back up towards the then Crystal Pier. I am amazed that we walked so far ..........that Mom let us. There was a Jetty just past the Coast Guard Station and sometimes we'd walk out on it. It's a wonder we didn't slip and fall or get snatched up.
We would be so hot and tired by the days end.....and no air conditioning in the car. What a nasty ride all sandy and sticky. Sometimes we'd take my Papa's truck and ride in the back....that was fun. Once home a pound of sand would fall out of our suit into the tub because of so much body surfing.
I still love to walk along the beach and pick up shells. The crazy thing is, the beach house is empty and I haven't even gone over there since April, and that was just to ride by and check on things. Something's wrong with this picture. Maybe after Tom's heel is better we'll get over there - hopefully BEFORE school starts.
Why don't we spend weekends there????????????? You know why...it's a lot of trouble to pack up EVERYTHING from clothes to food.
What a crybaby excuse....so I have to take some comfort items and necessities. Big deal! I should just DO IT!!!!
(BOY did I almost just screw up this entry!!! Hit a wrong button, but recovered! Whew!!)