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08 September 2009 @ 09:10 am
getting to know a new beach town  
This weekend, K. and I went to Ocean City, Maryland, where her dad and his girlfriend were renting a condo overlooking the beach. Being mostly used to sleepy little shore towns full of one or two story cottages, Ocean City was a shock. Dwelling-wise, it's all massive apartment towers and hotels, especially along the beach. The restaurants were all so large and sprawling that the quality couldn't help but drop off. Longtime readers know that I'm no stranger to drinking, but I found it off-putting that liquor stores were the dominate business there, at least or two per block, followed closely by bars, several of which with awful sexual pun names The Bearded Clam or Big Peckers. I can see why some people like it, but all that made the trip an odd getaway for me. It was like trading our own big seedy metropolis for just another, even seedier one and it made us long for the pancake houses and clam shacks of LBI.

That all said, it was a good visit. We bonded with the old folks over Mad Men. K. enjoyed the beach and I had a nice swim, followed by some quality time on the balcony, listening to the waves and reading Scott Pilgrim comics. We ate seafood and ice cream, walked the beach and the boardwalk. And now we just have a four day week left to contend with. Not bad.

Listening to: The Posies - "Love Comes"
lilyvalleylilyvalley on September 9th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
The last time I went to Ocean City, my car died on the Bay Bridge (ON THE BRIDGE!) on the way home. I had a hell of a time getting the car towed, because back then I didn't have a credit card, only out-of-state checks. I had to call a friend to come pick us up, so we wait for three hours at the foot of the bridge for him. The garage that eventually towed my car couldn't fix it, and I had to get a garage from up her to take a flatbed truck to pick it up and bring it back. I was without my car for two weeks, and it cost well over $1500 to get the car back and running.

That was 20 years ago. The whole ordeal was such a nightmare that I'll probably never go to Ocean City again.

*shakes fist vigorously at Bay Bridge*
lilyvalleylilyvalley on September 9th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Look at all those typos. I'm traumatized, I tell ya, traumatized.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on September 9th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
That sucks! Truly you're not missing much.
Pallaspallasathene8 on September 9th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
Audrey and I thought this Cave Divers Liquor store in Salina sounded odd and dirty until we saw they were all about their beer cave. Then we decided, okay, I GUESS that's perfectly wholesome, then...

Good picture today.