I’m home from the cape. It was a nice weekend. Beautiful weather. Great cocktails. Fun shopping and people watching. Ptown is definitely my home away from home. I can’t wait to go back with Jeffrey in October for our 17th wedding anniversary.
Still, no matter how great the cape is, (or anywhere, for that matter,) I am always happy to come home and see my precious pets again.
If only I could find a way for us all to live there together.
One of my goals on this trip was to finally get back on my bike and get riding again. I used to ride all the time, when I was younger, but haven’t owned a bike in years. I finally got a shiny new green bicycle last year, a gift from Jeffrey for my birthday, but had yet to ride it more than a couple short spins down my street, so I brought it to P-town with me this weekend with the intention of going for some bike rides with Jim (did I mention I was staying with Ken and Jim this weekend?)
Our first ride was Friday morning. I didn’t make it too far, or ride for too long, because I am woefully out of shape and have not ridden in a long time, but we did about a 25 minute/4.6 mile ride. This was our path:
We did actually stop at the beach for a few minutes, mid-ride, but it felt great to be riding again. We took a second ride Saturday morning, but stayed at the beach for an hour or so before riding back. We were supposed to go for a third ride this morning, but I MAY have stayed out a little too late last night and I MAY have had a few more cocktails than normal, so I wasn’t up for another spin this morning, sadly. I was hoping to make it 3 for 3. I leave for home early tomorrow morning, but I hope to continue riding. Not only is it a great form of exercise, I really enjoy riding, as well.
It rained most of the night, accompanied by thunder and lightning for the bulk of it. I used to love thunderstorms, now I dread them. Rita is terrified of them, and shakes and pants and whines non-stop throughout the entire storm. She is completely inconsolable. Nobody gets any sleep as she searches for the spot she will feel safe in, which she never finds. I truly feel bad for her, but I also hate losing a night’s sleep. Sigh…
For no discernable reason, I am glad July is over. Of course, every month that I put behind me is one month closer to retirement I get (I still have 117 months to go.)
Anyhoo, happy August from Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman.
These are the comics I dug out of back issue boxes at two different comic book stores this weekend. This is what we comic collectors would call a “sweet score.”
My favorite comics are Marvel and DC books from the 60s-80s. I have favorite characters (Green Lantern, Batgirl, Power Man, Firestorm, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, and Aquaman, to name a few) but I also LOVE Team or Team-Up Books featuring 2 or more characters.
I love building complete runs of books, and eBay and on-line stores make finding most issues easy, but nothing beats digging through boxes of comics with my own hands and discovering prize issues I need. Current Series I’m working on completing entire runs for:
Brave and the Bold (Batman Team-Ups)
Justice League of America (First Series)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Power Man (and Iron Fist)
Green Lantern (Second Series with Hal Jordan)
I also picked up a full run of Blue Beetle this weekend, as well as a near complete run (14 out of 17 issues) of Super-Villain Team-Up.
Woohoo! I’m still on a comic book high from all my great finds!
Bernie is not gone or dead, and It’s not a zero sum game. Bernie and his supporters had a major impact both before and at the convention. Very few things in life or politics are (or should be) an “all or nothing” scenario. The spark he ignited should inspire you to be more involved in who you/we elect as politicians from the ground up. Very few people start at the top, in business, politics or life. You have to put in the work, the time, the energy to make change. Help build the USA you want to be part of. Don’t just wait until the election every four years to try to overhaul the entire system overnight. Bernie may have lost this nomination, but you can keep the ideals, ideas and intentions alive. I believe, in the end, we can have a stronger impact IF we unite and fight for the betterment of all. Even if you’re not thrilled by your remaining candidates, you’re not just voting for a person or party. You’re voting for a platform, a philosophy and a future you, your friends and family want to and can be part of. Every choice we make matters. We don’t always get the options we hope for, but we still get options. Do the best you can with what you’re given, then keep fighting for the changes you believe in. Don’t let anger and disappointment stop you. Let hope and optimism propel you forward and ask yourself who is closer to the ideas Bernie (and his supporters) embrace. Because your vote (or lack thereof) is going to help shape your future and the future of every person in the USA, one way or another.
It is easy to get lost in the daily trials and tribulations of life. If you’re not careful, you can be overwhelmed by the obligations, stressors and anxieties that creep in over time. Sometimes, the best (and only) solution is a little bit of denial and a whole lot of indulgence.
This weekend, I needed a reminder of the good and the pleasurable in my life. The weekend has been filled with comic books, cocktails, canines, camaraderie, cuddling, and car trips.
Through all this cathartic, catch-a-breath, emotional cauterizing, I had a break through this weekend: After trying multiple times to perfect it, I’ve found a watermelon Cosmo recipe I love.
The only change: instead of a watermelon garnish, I put crushed watermelon right in the cocktail shaker.
Despite the occasional bickering, fighting over treats, competing for attention and other sibling rivalry behaviors they exhibit from time to time, bed time always brings out the love between these two, and they can often be found draped over one another or curled up together, lightly snoring and keeping each other warm. As adorable as they are awake, asleep together like this, they are pure preciousness.