Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Fourth at the Beach

Celebrating "The Fourth" on Rehoboth Beach boardwalk this morning

This morning I took an early morning walk on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.  The air was already heavy with heat and humidity but that was okay, this is summertime.  I love it!

I walked the length of the boardwalk back and forth which is a total of two miles.  During my walk I captured this image of a group of young guys headed to the beach with the flag.  I had to be quick with my iPhone to capture this image.  This is the flavor of the weekend, The Fourth.

After my walk on the boardwalk I took a long and leisurely walk through some of the neighborhoods, including going past one of my former friend's house (he was there).  That's another whole story that I won't go into here, maybe another time.  He used to come down with his friend but I just found out his friend died late last year from colon cancer.  I would like to express my sympathy but I don't want to renew the friendship because there is nothing there.

After my morning sojourn in Rehoboth I headed out to Rt. 1 to do some shopping at Walmart.  Already Rt. 1 was heaving with southbound traffic of folks coming down "to the beach for the Fourth."  God bless 'em!  That's our bread and butter.  We have no industry here in southern Delaware other than the Atlantic Ocean and all the ancillary services that we can provide to make the tourists and day trippers happy and hopefully leave a lot of money behind to get us through the winter.

I have off today and tomorrow but I do go to work on Monday, which I'm not looking forward to mainly because parking will be a bitch in Lewes.  Parking is always difficult in Lewes but on the Fourth it is almost impossible.  That's the trouble with small towns likes Lewes, they want the tourists and the business but the parking is abysmal.

Some good news, I just got a call from a fellow blogger.  He would like to stop by late tomorrow afternoon  with his partner to hang out with me and Bill.  Tomorrow is our 47th anniversary.  Yep, forty-seven years ago I walked over to the other side of the Westbury Bar on 15th and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia and thanked that handsome man who had been sending me drinks for the past month or so.  I figured after all that expense the least I could do was thank him.  Little did I know that I would be spending the rest of my life with him!  Just goes to show you how fate works.  I wonder where I would be today if I hadn't gone over and thanked Bill on that warm summer night in the city.  Something to think about for sure.


  1. Happy anniversary tomorrow to you and Bill! 47 years is a long time. I hope you are still enjoying each others company.

  2. Ron & bill,

    Anniversary congratulations!.


  3. anne marie in philly7:49 PM

    happy anniversary! relationships that last that long are rare in today's world. many many more years of togetherness for you both!

  4. That anniversary deserves as much celebration as the fourth. Get out your flag!

    Why do Americans tote the flag around so much, anyway. And to the beach? Maybe they just want any passing ships to know that's it's the USA they're passing. It's like the little flags on American football players' helmets. There are no non-American teams. What's the flag for? Do they forget what country they're in after a few tackles?

    Oh, I love a good rant in the morning. ;)

  5. Congratulations on 47th anniversary Ron!

  6. Walt,

    You pose a good question. Bill and I fly the American flag year round from our house. Every neighborhood we've lived in we put out the flag not only for holidays but year round. It spreads and the neighbors put out their flags. We did it when we lived in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania and here. I guess we do it because we're proud to live in the United States. With all its faults this is still the only country I would want to live in Hey, nothing wrong with a good rant in the morning. :) I do it all the time.

  7. Happy anniversary! Now that you've got your rant out of the way, have a great day! ;-)

  8. Thank you Will!

  9. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Happy 47th Anniversary Ron & Bill!
    That's a lot of years of give & take. Wayne & I have been married 43 & are very proud of it. You should be too.

    I was over to your neck of the woods yesterday. We went early in the morning to the Lewes Farmers Market. Wow, was it busy! They also had a juried crafts fair going on in the streets near the Catholic Chursh. I've never seen such talented work & the owners were very modest of their talent.

    Have a great July 4th weekend!


  10. I too want to join the conga line of congratulations!
    What an achievement!

  11. Thank you Dr. Spo! Even after 47 years, we're still a "work in progress." Always fine tuning. I think that is what keeps our relationship alive. We're aiming for 50 years! Then we'll put an announcement in the paper.

  12. Thank you Fran. Congratulations to you and Wayne, 43 years is also quite an accomplishment. It's always a work in progress though, isn't it?

    You have a wonderful Fourth too Fran.


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