Saturday, May 23, 2009

Small Talk Six: The Ocean


The topic for this week, as posed by MomDot.com, is 6 things you love or hate about the ocean. By the time you finish reading my list, you'll be convinced that I'm totally weird. :)

I've been a Jersey Girl for my whole life, and like most New Jerseyans, I live within an hour's drive of the beach. My family and I go "down the shore," as we say here, once a year. These are the things I love and don't love about the ocean and the beach:

1. I don't like having Sand in my hair, shoes, car, and everywhere else: Even when I wasn't the one who had to clean it up, I didn't like that.

2. I don't like Sunburn: I get sunburned just thinking about sun! When I was a teen I had such a bad sunburn that I had chills and vomiting. It's a vivid memory, but not one that makes me want to go to the beach.

3. I love Salt water taffy: Peppermint, chocolate, or banana, please. Just don't tell my dentist.

4. I don't like Seasickness: I don't always get motion sickness, but when I have, it's always been on the ocean.

5. I love the Sentiment: My husband and I went to the boardwalk on one of our first dates. The memory is very sweet--and not just because of the cotton candy.

6. I love the Scenic view: Despite all of this, I think the ocean is absolutely beautiful. When I went to California for a training class, I made a point of getting to the beach so I could see the Pacific Ocean. I'm drawn to see the water, if not to set foot on the sand.

What do you love or hate about the ocean? Tell me in the comments, or visit MomDot.com to join in the fun!

13 comments :

  1. I forgot to put the view on my list. I love a good beach sunset.

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  2. I'm with you on the Scenic view and Sentiment. I love the way you used words with the same letter.

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  3. Having just returned from vacation at the ocean I can echo all these things you just listed except the salt water taffy. Don't think I've ever tried it in my life! :) It's funny, but the whole 5 days we were there, I never even walked to the beach at all...though we were just one block away! We boated on the intercoastal Waterway. But my kiddos loved going to the beach with Grandmom. :)

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  4. I'm with you on the sand, but I still love the ocean. I haven't had Salt Water taffy in forever; I had actually forgotten that it existed. Maybe I'll get some when we go to the beach next week. Thanks for reminding me.

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  5. fabulous list!! I love sea water taffy also and I also burn easily. VERY, very easily!

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  6. Okay I have never equated salt water taffy with the ocean?? Is that a big thing in the US?

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  7. I've had sun poisoning, too. It sucks!

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  8. @Lori E: Legend has it that salt water taffy was accidentally invented by a candy-store owner whose store (on the Atlantic City, NJ, boardwalk) was flooded with seawater. I always associate it with the beach and boardwalk. If you like, you can read more about the legend and the history at Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltwater_taffy )and the Fralinger's Candy website ( http://www.seashoretaffy.com/history.asp )

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  9. I get sunburnt so easily too. Could be why most of my beach memories are so miserable!

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  10. AHHH, I agree - Saltwater taffy - mmmmmmm, yet I hate the salt water in general! Great list!

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  11. Ooh.. I love saltwater taffy and scenic views, too!

    Thanks for visiting me earlier in the week!

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  12. I love watching salt water taffy being pulled - almost as much as I love eating it!

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  13. I so can relate to the sea sickness motion thingy I had a rough experience once thanks for sharing
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