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  •  Beautiful pics!! We're lagging behind in our (18+ / 0-)

    bloomage here, but I had a nice afternoon over at the beach, yesterday.  

    It wasn't quite as warm, but it was gorgeous, with lots of people out, flying kites, a few divers in wet suits, lots of dog walkers....and happy dogs!

    No pics, though.  I was otherwise engaged.  Besides...who can compete with these?

    :-)
    Kites photo: Kites IMG_3008.jpg

    "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

    by The Marti on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 05:28:10 PM PDT

    •  which beach is this? (10+ / 0-)

      Is this plum island?

      •  Actually, I pulled this one off photobucket...I'm (10+ / 0-)

        almost afraid to go back to Plum Island; they got so hammered by storms the last two years.  :-(

        I was up in Hampton/Rye yesterday, so if you know the area, you know how gorgeous it is.  Especially on a fairly warm, sunny day.  I could see the Isles of Shoals very clearly in the distance.

        Now you've got me thinking I should go back to Plum Island...just to see how they're doing.

        "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

        by The Marti on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 06:23:47 PM PDT

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        •  If I know the area... (9+ / 0-)

          yes, please go back. I was there over the summer after the previous winter brutality and I was shocked. I would love to see images, please. Just head down toward Newburyport via the river road for scenery…wave to my Dad as you pass.

          I LOVE Plum Island. I used to paint there in the winter for years down the bird sanctuary. Miss that so much.

          I love the NH beaches. We use to go to Hampton as a kid. Beach was awesome, so was the boardwalk.

          I have fond memories of the smell of cigarets and fried dough, the sound of jukebox journey and drunken mullet boys with leather vests, the smell of reefer lingering around the corner and the ever-present threat of running into "tough" kids with almost mustaches who wanted to fight at the arcades, one hand pointing at us and the other down the back of the Jordache of their girlfriends, who all looked older to me.

          •  Sounds like most beach towns are the same...you (7+ / 0-)

            could be describing, with certain variations in the timeline, the town of Ocean City, MD!  The hair, clothing and music changes....the rest never does.  :-)

            I'll see what I can do about those pics for you.  Before 'the season' starts, though, 'cause you know how nuts it gets around here!

            It's started already...AZ has snowbirds...we get Harleys!  they're ba-a-a--a-ck.  When you don't hear them for months over the winter, it's a bit disconcerting when they start showing up in the spring.

            Capistrano has the swallows....we have the bikes! :-)

            "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

            by The Marti on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 06:51:15 PM PDT

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            •  The Harleys! Yes! (7+ / 0-)

              Yeah, that is Beach Town, USA for sure. But for me that was Hampton. I was in Virginia Beach last summer and sat in a pizza parlor with by boys. "Don't Stop Believing" was playing not he jukebox and everyone looked exactly like it did when I was a kid in Hampton. I looked at my oldest, who looked slightly scared by the clientele, and said "Don't work, kid. I grew up going to places like this in the summer. If you have to fight anyone I won't let it go too far. Just aim for the nose, and hit HARD."

              He was not comforted by that advice.

              •  That takes me back....Journey did some of the (5+ / 0-)

                soundtrack to my younger days, too...and I still love the music.  

                "Aim for the nose".........good advice!  Nose punches hurt, and when their eyes are watering, they can't see you running for your life! :-D

                "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

                by The Marti on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 07:20:30 PM PDT

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                •  Oh, no no no The Marti (lol) (4+ / 0-)

                  you do not run. As they put their hands to their face and cover their nose, catching the blood, you punch them again in the nose, on the hands that are holding it, so the blood goes back all over their face in a dramatic hit. That is what stops the fight, that stops everyone at that age. Then you stand over them and say something like

                  "Fuckin' punk."

                  Then you walk away.

                  Now, I figured that out in 7th grade when I did that to a bully who was messing with the dude who is now my best friend. It was very dramatic and earned me mad rep.

                  Mostly, I remembered the satisfaction of clocking that bully, so the next time I got in a fight that required hurting someone I used it again, to great affect and dismay by the victim. In fact, i did it twice in rapid succession and collected a tooth for my troubles as well.

                  A few more times before I had to run away. Some kids decided fighting wasn't a fair art and I was sorely outnumbered being solo. I ran all the way from the fight to my house, bullies and crowds in pursuit to my door. Outside he stood, shaking his fist (really) and telling me I was "dead meat, asshole." So of course, I went to my dad.

                  Dad took me to the automotive store and we bought a length of radiator hose. We planted that under a dumpster in the alley behind the strip mall where we smoked cigarettes and weed. We cleared all the bottles and glass and sticks and whatever could be used as a weapon, so the only weapon was the radiator hose and only I knew it was there. At first I didn't understand why the hose until he told me it would remove skin in lengths when wielded. Then it made sense to me.

                  The goal was to make sure the fight happened there if it would happen at all, and in fact it was arranged to happen there, but never did. It happened in the cafeteria by the smoking area instead when he and his bully friends sat at my table and told me he would fuck me up when I went out for a smoke. So I did the only thing I could do:

                  I took the two rolls of nickels my dad had taped up for me out of my jacket under the table, stood up , and gave the fucker a 1-2 sucker punch first in the mouth and then in the eye. The ends of both rolls split and nickels went flying in all directions across the cafeteria, kids in chase on their hands and knees.

                  That was 9th grade in Chicago. I got expelled later that semester.

                  •  damm, bassie! remind me never to start a fight (2+ / 0-)
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                    with you!  i'll send cactusgal, instead! :-)

                    it's different with guys...obviously.  there is a whole gestalt of proving one's manhood (whether it's been fully attained, yet, or not), the pecking order, self esteem...the whole thing.  done right, it can carry a guy into adulthood well.  

                    for a girl...and i'm one of those critters....running away is almost always the best option.  the few, rare, exceptions require alternate methods.

                    or...as my big brother pointed out....never pull your punches.  i never have.  if it ever gets down to it, i might get hurt, but i won't be the only one...or the last one.  the nose is always a great target, as is the instep of the foot. and a choice spot in between.  simple, effective, debilitating.  

                    my default postion, and i wish i could give credit for this line...when your enemies come for you, don't be there!

                    so far...so good. :-)

                    "Live with no excuses and Love with no regrets."

                    by The Marti on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 01:08:42 AM PDT

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