So what do you do when you feel yourself slipping into sadness? When you know that the next step is depression. What do you do to stop that slide?
This is what I do. I go to the boardwalk. Fortunately I live only six miles away from Rehoboth Beach and their new cedar boardwalk. The new boardwalk was built this past year from stimulus funds provided buy the U.S. government. Thank you very much taxpayers.
Normally I stay as far away as possible from the tourist crammed Rehoboth Beach boardwalk during the season. I especially stay away from the boardwalk on weekends. But there is a little known secret only known to most of us year round residents.
If you get up real early in the morning, clean up, have your breakfast you still have time to get to downtown Rehoboth before the parking meters kick in (at 10 am) and the Horde (i. e., summertime tourist crowds) descends on this east coast seaside resort.
I did my usual morning routine this morning then I asked Bill if he would like to go for a ride to Rehoboth. He asked me "When are you leaving?" I told him "Right now. I have to get some gas and then I'll drive in. I want to take a walk on the boardwalk to cheer me up and on the way back I want to stop in the Giant store to pick up some hummus for lunch." Bill said he would go along for the ride but he wasn't going to walk on the boardwalk. Bill likes to sit in the car and People Watch. He's alright with that as long as I don't take too long walking on the boardwalk.
My '98 red Forester Subaru (124,000 miles) is waiting for me in the garage. We pile in. I make sure I have my camera because I want to take some pictures for this blog posting.
At 8 am, Route 1 is almost empty. As a friend of mine used to say about Route 1 in the winter "In the dead of winter you could roll a bowling ball down Rt. 1 and not hit a car" Of course that statement is no longer true because Rt. 1 is busy even in the wintertime now since southern Delaware has been discovered to be the place to retire to. Low taxes, friendly people, wide open spaces. Maybe most of the restaurants have a way to go before they equal the quality of Philadelphia or even Provincetown, Mass. restaurants but Lower Slower Delaware (LSD) is a nice place to spend one's retirement years. And did I mention the abundant sun? Yes, lots of sun and big sky.
In no time at all we arrived at the 1A turnoff from Route 1 to Rehoboth Avenue, the main drag in Rehoboth Beach. Now we are encountering more traffic, but still nothing like what Rehoboth Avenue will look like later in the morning. In fact, as I write this Rehoboth Avenue is probably clogged with beach visitors looking for a parking slot.
I drive all the way to the end of Rehoboth Avenue and make the turn at the bandstand. A block up on Rehoboth Avenue I find a parking spot. Since the meters don't become active until 10 am I have an hour and a half to walk the boardwalk.
I get my camera and leave car. I tell Bill I'll be back before it's feed the meter time. He says "Don't be too long. I don't want to roast here."
The following is a pictorial record of my walk on the boardwalk this morning: