Wednesday, August 19, 2009


dol·drums \ˈdōl-drəmz, ˈdäl-, ˈdȯl-\
noun plural
1 : a spell of listlessness or despondency
2 : often capitalized : a part of the ocean near the equator abounding in calms, squalls, and light shifting winds
3 : a state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump

August is traditionally known as a slow news month.

When I look back at what we were doing last August, I can't help but be glad we're HERE and not THERE. But, on the other hand, at least we had things to do! In fact, our To Do list was really daunting. We were still plowing through all our belongings, getting the house and business ready to put on the market, and varnishing those damn toe rails!

This year, we've much closer to the water -- literally. Our apartment is right across the street from the ocean, something we use to full advantage. Now, I take a quick splash in the ocean during work breaks. At night when Chip comes home from the wine shop, he goes for a swim. After dinner, or sometimes with dinner, we sit in the lifeguard stand and stare at the ocean -- and comment on the stupid things tourists do. (For instance, why would you choose to fly a stunt kite on the ONE part of the beach where there are lots of people? Stupid.)

We're in a new phase of waiting. Waiting doesn't make good copy.

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