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Monday, June 30, 2014

On the Beach, Day 1

I haven't been on a real beach vacation for a long time.  If one is talking about that mega-popular NEPA beach destination of Ocean City, MD, well then it has been basically forever.  In fact, the last time I was here, I looked like this...

...and for the record, that little girl seated behind me is now 26 years old.

Anyway, I love the beach.  Actually and more appropriately, I love the ocean.  As for some of what goes with the ocean, namely the carny boardwalk stuff, well, I can take that or leave it.  

With the above in mind, the next few days are being spent at the beach with Ms Rivers.  We've been going on vacations together now for a few years, and this year Ocean City Maryland is our "short vacation"; the "long vacation" comes at the end of July when we are going to Maine for a week, staying again at Southwest Harbor.  The mere fact that these vacations even happen is a true blessing, and the tiredness of a long day aside for a moment, I wouldn't trade it for the world.  

The plan for the week is to do the typical beach-y stuff, including bike riding on the boardwalk (which we did this morning).  Granted, this time around (as opposed to last, see above) I have less hair, but it was still every bit as fun.  Today also included some go-cart fun, which I have to say nearly loosened my dental implant.  Besides, there are few things more humiliating than being passed on a go-cart course by a 12 year old, repeatedly.

Also planned for the week is some light reading on my part.  By light reading I mean the following...

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...which is basically a complete history of the Papacy from St. Peter onward.  Fascinating stuff, although last week while in the gym and talking to my friend John, after explaining what I do for "fun" (i.e., read stuff like this) I did get something of a strange look.  Oh well; as the young folks say, "this is how I roll".

All told, this is a good week to be on vacation.  While I am aware of what's going on around me, SCOTUS decisions well noted, I'm not overly motivated to comment one way or another.  There are also a few things going on at work which, had I been in the office today, I am sure would have caused at least some angst.  As noted above, it is a good week to disconnect.

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