Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chatter at the beach

I do not want to bring anyone down for I too am suffering from a severe missing the beach hangover.

Let's remember the good times.

High dunes to help battle the next Nor'easter designed by the Army Corp of Engineers is the big news in our section of LBI this year and sooo much beach. The island is almost complete, the dredgers are still visible out in the ocean. If Trump still wants to build a wall, Christie might be his man, for the job he's done in Jersey.




An unmanned inner-tube floats further and further out to sea. A young boy asks the lifeguards, can I go for it ? They reply, you can try.  He swims and swims, it is a challenge the ocean is playing keep away.  He gets close and the lifeguard paddles out passes him retrieves the tube and the boy.  They both paddle back on the rescue board, a successful mission and a safe landing.

The biggest challenge of the day, keeping the umbrella standing and not inverting, going up against the wind. At the beach it is always something. If that is your biggest problem you are doing pretty good.



I had the MyLBIlife App so we had Things to Do bit apparently if you don't register people have other things to do. When we showed up at the 5th Street Beach in Surf City there appeared to be no one demonstrating a mock turtle and dolphin rescue BUT we happened into meeting one of the most important people on the island, the ocean temperature guy and we git to watch him at work.


There he goes

 


 Changing his mind?



 Suiting up


Action shot

I must say, I was pleased by his results 68 - 70 degrees all week.
He has been doing this job for almost 60 years.
He is a builder by trade.
Nice guy.




The Talk at the LBI Museum on New Jersey wrecks was informative, the most heartfelt one was the latest on the island with Captain Mears. A statue in his memory is located at Barnegat Light. His brother was part of the rescue crew. Mears and his shipmate capsized but found an air pocket to wait it out. As the rescue team arrived they were able to swim down and out but it is believed that the strap on Mears overalls was caught preventing him from getting out and he drowned at 53 years old.





An approximately six year old riding bikes with dad, Dad asks, "Would you like to go to the water-park?" Six says, Sure, how many times do I have to tell you that?
A father and son crossing the busiest intersection at Bay Village. 'Son please step back on the curb and make it more of a challenge for a car to hit you", pleads the father. I immediately jumped back on the curb myself heeding the sound advice.  The father first thanks me for paying attention and then apologized for hollering at me and explained, it has been a long day.








Lifeguard challenge question of the day, What flies without wings? You have 24 hours to figure it out. Answer tomorrow.

Another ponder supplied by lifeguard Christina: What goes through the door but does not go in or out?

Dolphins finally arrived on Day 7 and 8. No photo proof at this time but the coffee club saw them. I have witnesses. Annual friends from New Hampshire we have seen them every year, showed up on time at sunrise at the pavilion. We shared the sunrise and coffee. Happy 14th Anniversary to the New Hampshire couple and welcome to newcomer two month old Dean from a family of four.

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