Posts Tagged ‘Ocean City Maryland’

Cheeps and Chirps for July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
July 31, 2018

Bits and bites from ye olde Twitter stream:

• A few personal notes

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Book overboard! (Trigger warning: Accidental violence to books.)

August 8, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Aug. 8, 2015

Author’s note: Earlier today, I began chronicling my mundane exploits on a recent Sunday while on vacation at a beachside apartment complex in Ocean City, Md. And now, the conclusion to my not-so-thrilling adventure! MEM

A few minutes after leaving the parking deck, I stepped out of the elevator and onto the 14th floor. I turned to the right before remembering that I had to head the other way to get to our apartment.

I got there, unlocked the door and headed inside. My head was a bit fuzzy, and I had to concentrate to make sure I did everything I wanted to before I went back down to the beach: Trade sneakers for on sandals; grab my book; locate and swallow the pain reliever; take a towel.

After I accomplished everything I’d wanted, or so I thought at the time, I locked up the apartment and began walking toward the central elevator bank.

But then I got annoyed at myself again — there was something I’d meant to adjust inside the apartment, where I could safely put stuff down and devote both of my hands to a given task without fear of having sand get everywhere, or of having my belongings taken by passers-by. Oh well, I thought, I’ll just go over to the railing and make the adjustment.

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Sunday-morning banalities: Summertime Ocean City, Md., vacation edition

August 8, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Aug. 8, 2015

As I wrote the other day, I recently was on vacation on the Atlantic coast. My Sibling-in-Law’s family was kind enough to invite my Parental Unit and I to their summer retreat in Ocean City, Md. — my first visit to that part of the Eastern Seaboard.

P.U. and I had two full days in OC: Sunday and Monday. We drove in with one of my Sibling’s and SiL’s children Saturday late morning/afternoon/early evening. (It was a seven-hour drive, thanks to a combination of traffic and one or two confused and/or ill-advised attempts to circumvent traffic.)

On Sunday, P.U. and I were the first to head down to the beach. We shepherded the SiL’s clan’s young-uns (all four of them, if memory serves). As P.U. watched the kids frolic in the surf, I checked in with the rental company employee — a Romanian national about 20 years of age, apparently, who was deeply tanned and adorned in a flattering bikini — to obtain the beach umbrella that SiL’s parents had secured for the week.

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All we are is corks in the sea

August 4, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Aug. 4, 2015

Until last weekend, I think it had been four and a half years since I’d been on the beach. (Those seaside sojourns, incidentally, were related to my jaunt to Miami for the Jan. 3, 2011, Orange Bowl.)

I was fortunate, however, to have been invited to the Maryland community that my sister-in-law’s family has been visiting for about three decades, and perhaps longer. And on Sunday, I went in the water.

A young relative grabbed my hand and led me down the beach into the Atlantic Ocean. I winced and belly-ached at the temperature of the water for a few minutes. Then my body adjusted, and I tried to accommodate my companion’s demands to jump and duck and turn my back to the waves.

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