Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Vacation Observations

Perceptive readers noticed my now-dated comment on my own last post saying that I was taking two weeks off for vacation. And I wasn’t kidding.

I ate … I drank … I was merry. It was fun and relaxing. I didn’t worry about things like work, money, or sanity.

In short, for two weeks I was Paris Hilton.

But that doesn’t mean I’ll spare you my reflections. Among the things I experienced:

The sun. It’s been a very busy spring and summer. I’d spent many, many too few hours outside during the past few months. Thus, I immensely enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with that bright life-giving orb in the sky.

Jellyfish. Lots of jellyfish. Although I’ve seen quite a few beaches over the years, I’ve never seen a beach with so many small translucent jellyfish washing up on the sand. It was odd … perhaps a sign of the apocalypse. Watch out for locusts and/or brimstone.

Cornhole tournament. There we were, minding our own business, and we came across a bar and grill with a huge sign promoting their upcoming “Cornhole Tournament.” Never having heard of such a thing (and only later learning it had to do with kicking a small bean bag around), we considered the myriad unattractive possibilities … and quickly went elsewhere.

Curiosity about my blog readers. What has happened in YOUR life in the past two weeks?


At September 19, 2007 10:26 PM, Blogger Barbara (aka Layla) replied to my musings ...

What happened with me in the last two weeks. Well for starters I scored two front row seats to The Police in the DC area and emailed to see if you wanted them since I can't get out there. But I didn't hear back from you so.....I gave them to my postal carrier.


At September 19, 2007 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied to my musings ...

What? You didn't check out the "Cornhole Tournament"? But how are we to learn about things if you won't tell us David?

The sun? What's that? We had snow today so I'm not familiar with this concept of the sun, beach, sun.

At September 20, 2007 12:35 AM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

You've never heard of cornhole?! You're kidding?? That's a staple at almost ALL tailgate parties before college football games. I myself have a Purdue board and beanbags

I got stung by a jellyfish when i was very young, I think it's the reason I am scared of fish

Glad you had a nice vacation

At September 20, 2007 6:05 AM, Blogger Nessa / Goldennib replied to my musings ...

I would have passed on the Cornhole Tourny also. I heard the jellyfish are ready to walk on land.

The last two weeks of my life were just party, party, party.

At September 20, 2007 8:51 AM, Anonymous whatigotsofar replied to my musings ...

Spent the last two weeks wondering where the heck you went.
Actually, I got a lobster claw harmonica. Wehre does the time go?

At September 20, 2007 10:16 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

What a bizarre and unfortunate name for a "tournament"-- I mean I understand the link between beans and the almighty cornhole that association has been there for ages (and was of course reinforced in pop culture thanks to a certain scene in Blazing Saddles). But, generally one doesn't ingest the beans inside a beanbag, does one? And do they even use real beans in "beanbags" any more? I thought they'd switched to something a bit more synthetic and industrial (and thus inedible) like Silica Gel or something of the like.

As for what I've been up to the past 2 weeks-- other than a Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan (is it still technically ON Lake Michigan if the boat never ventures beyond the breakwater?) this past Saturday night, it's been pretty much 2 weeks of the same ole, same ole. Oh and I "joined" a new blog started by an old high school friend of mine. The purpose is for all members of the blog to encourage one another's efforts at improving our physical fitness. My friend's older sister has also joined the blog and so may my wife. Oh and the exercise devices designed for working the abs I believe were used for torture during the inquisition.

At September 20, 2007 4:35 PM, Blogger Mike replied to my musings ...

I've never heard of a cornhole tournament either.

Nothing has happened over the past 2 week, but tomorrow, my wife will give birth to my second child. Does that count?

At September 20, 2007 9:22 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

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At September 20, 2007 9:24 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

Hi David,
Jellyfish are not a sign of the apocalypse! They just like the summer too. And the clear translucent varieties are no where near as bad as their more visible, but much more painful cousins the "portuguese man o war".

As for the last two weeks, I've been consumed by politics, volunteering for the Ron Paul campaign. It's been a lot of fun and I hope to write about it after the elections. Right now I'm under a nondisclosure agreement.

At September 20, 2007 10:53 PM, Blogger BeckEye replied to my musings ...

"In short, for two weeks I was Paris Hilton."

So, how are those crabs?

At September 21, 2007 12:43 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Barbara: Rats. Maybe it's time for me to join the U.S. Postal Service.

Jenn: I can't believe there's snow--even up there--already. Too soon ... way too soon.

Phats: Nope. I'd heard of hackey sack and beanball-kicking, but never that term. An odd one, it is.

Nessa: Now THAT sounds like a good two-week period.

WIGSF: If you'd spent two weeks concerned about my whereabouts, that would have a colossal waste of time. A lobster claw harmonica? Wow, that's big stuff.

-- david

At September 21, 2007 12:47 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Perplexio: The cruise sounds nice, even if less than suggested. And good for you on the exercise-motivation front . Group encouragement often seems helpful for those kinds of things.

Mike: Congrats!! That's great news ... have you picked a name?

GW: An NDA for working on a public campaign? That seems counterproductive for creating buzz. Regardless, I think it is GREAT you're doing that. We could use a dose of libertarianism in our country.

Beckeye: Good catch. I was in crab territory (in terms of food) and the not-quite double entrendre wasn't obvious. Thanks for paying attention!

-- david

At September 21, 2007 2:59 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

Hi David,
There is a NDA, but it only really covers strategy and technique. So, I guess I was half joking. But yes! The county needs an alternative to Clinton-Obama and Rudy McThompson.

At September 21, 2007 3:13 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

GW: That makes more sense--thanks for the clarification. Campaign strategies are always close hold (although I miss the days, when I was younger and played the game, that it was simply honor that kept our mouths shut).

Your first comment implied that you couldn't write about Ron Paul or the election until afterward ... which would make us all less well off. I'm glad to hear that is not the case; he has many ideas that need to be heard. And in you, he has one hell of a megaphone.

-- david

At September 21, 2007 3:40 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

It's not really hackey sack. it's a skill game. Everyone plays it here at the tailgating parties

At September 22, 2007 5:19 PM, Blogger Jeff replied to my musings ...

There are always a bunch of those extremely tiny jellyfish at some point during the summer but I feel like they came a little later this year than most, when you swim it's practically like swimming in a pool of jellyfish.

At September 23, 2007 12:17 AM, Blogger Gyrobo replied to my musings ...

Did you meet the great Cornholio?

At September 24, 2007 6:34 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Phats: Maybe it will soon spread from tailgating to the mainstream.

Jeff: I've never seen so many wash up--it was more jellyfish than sand in some places.

Gyrobo: That's exactly what I starting saying as soon as I saw the sign!

-- david

At September 24, 2007 8:12 AM, Blogger :P fuzzbox replied to my musings ...

I would stay way away from a cornhole tourney. Around here that is denoted as one pain in the ass activity.

At September 24, 2007 12:49 PM, Blogger Wonder Boy replied to my musings ...

Like phats I too was stung by a Jellyfish when I was younger. I think its the reason I'm afraid of jelly.

At September 25, 2007 10:08 AM, Blogger angel, jr. replied to my musings ...

Nothing exciting happened in my life over the past two weeks.
A cornhole tournament? They had no better name for the game than cornhole?


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