Avoiding the Hordes

Hi y’all!

Here it is, Friday of the 4th of July weekend. I am happy say Michelle and I have all three days off!

As always, first the important part.

Michelle and I are happy and healthy, and still gainfully employed. As is all of our immediate family.

You may be wondering about the title of the post though.

Being a tourist town, three day weekends mean LOTS of people show up. In fact, so many do, that back when Michelle and I were tourists, we didn’t come to the coast on a long weekend.

Now with Covid going nuts, extra people in town worry us…. Continue reading “Avoiding the Hordes”

I think I missed a week!

Sorry y’all,

Last weekend I got a bit busy with stuff in general. You know how it is, Jig saw puzzles, walks, and bike maintenance. Somehow I flat missed the weekly update!

First off, the most important piece. Michelle and I are happy and healthy and still working! We are bummed we aren’t in Italy as planned, but otherwise life is good here on the coast!

I saw this recently on Facebook, and it fits me pretty well in these interesting times we are  a living in.

Truth be told, aside from not being able to go to our favorite places for dinner after work, and the trip into Safeway done at an almost dead run, things aren’t much different for me.

its a good thing we are surviving well! We just found out this week that our town is closed until June 1. No hotels open, and asking nonresidents to stay away. Personally I think they are trying to avoid the crush of people who would be here on Memorial Day weekend if they opened sooner.  People aint happy about it, and it is tough on the town, but I gotta say, I think its the right plan…

So what has the last couple of weeks consisted of… Continue reading “I think I missed a week!”

Work to live

Forgive any typos. I am doing this from the hip and using the iPad.

The workday started today before the sun came up. It was a Monday and I hit the floor running, it went non-stop, and with very few breaks, I looked at the clock and realized it was 10 minutes till quitting time.

There was more to do, but I was done.

I ran a few errands but then it was time for beach walk. Work pays the bills, provides health care, and keeps a roof over your head. But it is NOT life. The walk on the beach tonight is a reminder of what life really is!

The Beach is Alive!

Having become a coast kid a year ago, I’ve come the realize something:

There is a HUGE difference between visiting somewhere on vacation, and living there full-time. Now, just to make sure no one worries about this statement. I LOVE LIVING HERE!! I think I was always meant to live at the ocean.

But, had you asked me 2 years ago what I knew about Lincoln City and the beach here, I would have been pretty confident with the answers I gave.

Having been here this last year, I now know how much I did not know…  One thing I have learned, is the beach itself is alive! Continue reading “The Beach is Alive!”

Free fun!!

Ever heard the old saying, “There is no such thing as a free lunch?”

People usually say it when someone talks about getting something for free. As in, “You know junior, there is no such thing as a free lunch! Someone, somewhere is paying for that! you just don’t know it!!”

Well ladies and gents, I had an amazing last few days, and sure as hell, all the fun stuff was free! It started me thinking, a lot of the coolest things to do at the ocean really are free! … Continue reading “Free fun!!”

How did this happen?

People find this hard to believe sometimes, but I really an introvert. Yes I know I can loud, and yes I was a corporate trainer for years, and yes my job now deals with easily 20 people or more a day on the phone, but I really am an introvert.

Given the choice I ride the bike alone, back in my mountain days I would hike alone,

Standing by history

And Michelle and I really like to just hang out in the quiet of our own home….

But, since Thursday we have done anything but be home… Continue reading “How did this happen?”

Is anyone else surprised that this is the last day of January??  Seems like the year just started. yet here we are with Groundhog Day just around the corner.

I will take a minute to brag. With a combination of indoor miles on the trainer and outdoor rides on the weekend, I have cranked out 376 miles this month! Plus who knows how many miles walked on the beach and walked (even ran!) on the treadmill. I am kicking the winter food binge smoothness and getting back to what I want to be, one bad assed cyclist! More on that to come.

But I digress, this is about this week, and damn I liked it, especially the last 3 days. Continue reading

A look at 2018

Yeah yeah yeah, I know. Every stinking TV show, radio program, podcast and blogger does a “looking back post.” So here I am doing the same. But ya know, honestly 2018 has been a year of change, AND the blogger mafia threatened to take away my website if I didn’t do it, so, here we go, 2018…

Continue reading “A look at 2018”

Listen to the locals

It was a busy weekend for Michelle and I. We played Santa and delivered some presents, did some shopping, and (gasp) went to an orchestra Christmas concert. Yes boys and girls, I got some culture! Even an Oboe solo! Though I was disappointed that they did not play Bob and Doug McKenzie’s the 12 days of Christmas, it was fun.

So after our running around we decided to go out for a late lunch, watch the Seahawks (who LOST) and watch the waves. We MAY have saved a life or two today… Continue reading “Listen to the locals”

We will never know the answer….

Today was an exciting day. Michelle and I finally made time to get the DMV this morning. We walked out, eventually, with Oregon State Driver’s licenses! What does eventually mean? I didn’t know I needed to bring a birth certificate or passport with me!

In Washington, there is no proof of citizenship, but Oregon is different. A second after lunch trip meant I finally got mine!

It was a night to celebrate Continue reading “We will never know the answer….”