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More for my own personal amusement than anything else, the following is a travelogue of a trip I took to Ocean City, NJ (near Atlantic City) to see family during the week of July 4th, 2010:

June 30, 9:15 PM: You know that OMG feeling you get as the jet first starts to lift off of the runway? I'm there already.

July 3, 3:24 AM: ‎"And meet me tonight in Atlantic City ..."

(OK, it's nothing like that now. I'm just fucking around.)

July 3, 7:05 PM: On the boardwalk at night having Sicilian pizza & birch beer. 84 degrees fahrenheit. Humid. Home sweet SoJo.

July 4, 7:17 PM: BTW, I quit my job on Friday ... and, yeah, Happy Independence Day.

July 5, 11:30 PM: Niiiiiiiiice day: quality time w/ family; enveloping 97 degree heat & brilliant sun; slamming, cold waves; & nighttime beach re-lit by showering fire.

July 6, 8:30 AM: If I hear "Under the Boardwalk" once more, I may start breaking windows.

July 6, 10:40 AM: For a place where so many long-term residents rely on bicycles to get around, people on this island are remarkably clueless about how not to get killed on one.

July 6, 11:56 AM: Chai. Bubble tea. Signs of burgeoning civilization in the cheese steak wilderness.

July 6, 5:02 PM: I'm glad to see a little of the Eastern U.S.'s blazing light & heat shared with the Pacific Northwest. Ocean City might get a thunderstorm out of the deal.

July 6, 7:02 PM: I woke up with this song in my head & decided to go buy my niece some groceries.


July 7, 1:55 AM: Kid, if you're taller than your mom, I'm pretty sure you can make your own lunch.

July 7, 9:27 AM: Hoping to get some alone time just staring out at the ocean, today.

July 7, 6:57 PM: Mmmm: My sister made pastelon de platano ...
http://www.cookscompass.com/recipe/198

July 8, 6:48 AM: Just went outside to escape the bone-chilling air conditioning. Heat's nice (80 or so) but the air's still thick & swampy. And it's started to rain.

July 8, 11:38 AM: At least the sunlight's back, this afternoon. If it's going to be hot & humid anyway, I want my vitamin D & natural antidepressant

July 8, 6:45 PM: Four days in the sun & still the fairest of them all. Plus side, not fried.

July 9, 9:09 AM: Has it been a week already? Has it only been a week? Where do I live again? All mixed up.

July 10, 9:33 AM: Return trip to Seattle delayed 12 hours due to a bout of The Sick. Now waiting in Atlantic City airport reading for next 5.5 hours. And it's raining.

July 10, 6:08 PM: Made it to Georgia. Hopefully won't still be here when the lights go out.

July 11, 1:45 PM: Home, after 9 days. Stripped June's woolen blanket from bed, turned on fan. Sleep now.

July 11 8:56 AM: Getting re-acclimated. I have: 2 cats, cute; apartment, messy; lots & lots of books. I am ... crazy cat lady? No wrong gender, not enough cats. Hmmm.

Date: 2010-07-12 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbicide.livejournal.com
Crazy cat lady is more a state of mind than anything else :)

Sounds like you had a really nice visit home!

Date: 2010-07-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saavedra77.livejournal.com
I did. Witticisms aside, though, the vacation's near-perfection was marred by some poor planning, as well as rash decisions, & unhealthy behavior late Friday & early Saturday. That "bout of The Sick" was probably avoidable, and that travel nightmare wouldn't have been nearly so nightmarish if I'd displayed more common sense.

I'm still trying to fully assimilate the lessons learned, & I do owe an apology or two.

(For obvious reason, this isn't the kind of clever talk appropriate to the place where the above remarks were originally posted ...)

Date: 2010-07-12 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbicide.livejournal.com
Aww, I'm sorry to hear there were some real down sides.

Better luck, with those lessons under your belt, next time.

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