The -bers Are Coming

Just when you think summer may last forever, the calendar flips over to September.  Occasionally,  a hint of fall teases the air, but September temperatures at the beach usually soften to golden perfection.   The days are noticeably shorter.  BroJoe can sleep a bit longer and still be at the beach well before sunup.

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The Autumnal Equinox will arrive on September 23.  Once  the -ber months begin,  it still takes the ocean months to cool.   September ocean temps are usually only three degrees less than those of August.  By October, they drop about ten more, which still keeps them in the 70’s.   The chilly temperatures arrive in Novem-brrr and Decem-brrr .

The beach belongs to the tourists until Labor Day.   After that, the wild bucks go back to their respective schools and the wild ponies of The Outer Banks roam the beach more freely.   Year-rounders begin to enjoy the luxuries of autumn. . . available parking spots, no waiting for tables, no traffic fumes.

Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone. Anonymous

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. – Hal Borland


Beach Cats

Miss Boo, the cat that sleeps through hurricanes, loves beach life, so it is not surprising that she has her own calico surfboard.


Here we have Mr. Third:


This is the newest cat in the household.  He can’t manage “grumpy,” but he can certainly do a fabulous “stoic.”  He may be upset about his name.  Perhaps, when they told him that he’d be known as Mr. Third, he didn’t hear the “h.”

Now, on to some catty quotes:

In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett

I gave my cats a bath the other day … they love it. He sat there, he enjoyed it, it was fun for me. The fur would stick to my tongue, but other than that…  – Steve Martin

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. ~Garrison Keillor

To err is human, to purr is feline. ~Robert Byrne

Picture this:

The cat was created when the lion sneezed. ~Arabian Proverb




Battleship USS North Carolina

According to battleship history,  at the time of her commissioning on April 9, 1941, the USS North Carolina was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon.


She participated in every major battle in the Pacific Theatre and logged over 300,000 miles during World War II. Although the battleship had numerous close calls and one direct torpedo hit, she was able to continue.  Only ten members of her crew were killed in action and 67 wounded during that time.

She was decommissioned in late June, 1947.   After an announcement that she was to be scrapped, the citizens of NC campaigned to bring her here.  She has been docked in her current moorings on the Cape Fear River near downtown Wilmington since 1961.

Open daily for tours, the battleship has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in North Carolina.  It allows visitors to step back in time and see places like the dentistry, the surgery, kitchen, sleeping quarters, equipment, etc. via the same narrow, winding metal stairs used by her young crew every day.




Up Before the Sun

Out beyond the darkness awaits the sun.


Calm sea today.


Nags Head Pier.  No need to pull out the surfboards this morning.

Sunrise offered a very beautiful spectacle; the water was quite unruffled, but the motion communicated by the tides was so great that, although there was not a breath of air stirring, the sea heaved slowly with a grand and majestic motion.
George Grey


Friday Had the Blues This Morning

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The day got brighter, but there may be thunderstorms tomorrow.  Someone always has the blues.

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You play a ‘lowdown dirty shame slow and lonesome, my mama dead, my papa across the sea I ain’t dead but I’m just supposed to be’ blues.  You can take that same blues, make it uptempo, a shuffle blues, that’s what rock n’ roll did with it. So blues ain’t going nowhere. Ain’t goin’ nowhere.
David Edwards

I don’t care how tragic your life: if you own even one computer, you cannot sing the blues. – Unknown

Bad places for the Blues:
a. Nordstrom’s
b. Gallery openings
c. Ivy league institutions
d. Golf courses                                – Unknown

Elwood Blues:  It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Jake Blues:    Hit it!                            – The Blues Brothers

Oregon Inlet Golden Sunset




The Oregon Inlet was formed in the mid-1800’s after a strong hurricane separated one island into two.  The Oregon, one of the ships that survived the storm was afloat in the Pamlico Sound at the time.  After the storm, the crew headed for shore and told mainlanders of the breach.  It became known as the Oregon Inlet.

The Herbert C. Bonner bridge in the background is now set to be replaced by another bridge running parallel to that one at an estimated cost of just under $200,000,000.   This is one of three bridges scheduled to be constructed in the area to accommodate the 1,000,000 tourists  who visit The Outer Banks annually.   To help pay for construction costs, it has been decided that all three will be toll bridges.

Just joshing you about the tolls.  Come on!

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I never wanted to set the world on fire. So I never had to burn any bridges behind me.
Dinah Shore

Jeff Bridges wants you to take it easy, man.
Stephen Rodrick