First, we’ll come home from the OBX, and then I get to catch up with some mild ranting..
After our lovely afternoon on Ocracoke Island, FOJTE prepared a nice meal for our last night in the house. Speaking of which, I don’t think I ever showed you our local “digs”. Here’s a picture of "our" house
This is pretty typical of the “houses” you see down there. Most are built/configured to accommodate anywhere from ~6 to 12 couples (bedrooms), and in general they are “managed” by real estate companies that coordinate dates, rates, etc. Prices follow the temperatures, that is as the temperature rises (warmer months) so does the rent. And, given the potential for storms, they are generally built up so that living quarters are on the second and third floor. The lower levels are for cars.
Consequently there are stairs involved, and we had 32 of them from car to living/dining/kitchen level. Ours was nicely appointed
And had a lovely view from the back deck
All in all, it is a great place to gather the family and enjoy the company which we very much did, especially our chance to be with our Grand Dog, Stanley. It certainly will remain a cherished memory of our 50th anniversary, thanks to our “kids”!
Oh, one of the interesting phenomenons of the OBX we should comment opon is the existence of these stores:
The "stores" are virtually everywhere, regardless of the size of the village or little town, and are of varying sizes from smaller to mega stores. One of those things like Stuckey’s; eventually you HAVE to go into one, you can’t help it. There are rows and rows and rows and shelves and shelves and shelves of beach stuff, T-shirts of every design and silk screen imaginable, hundreds of hats, visors, caps, etc... we managed to come out with only one of those little oval black and white OBX magnet thingies.. won’t be on our automobiles but maybe on the kitchen door..
Anyway, with the able help (and younger knees) of FOJTE we re-loaded the MOMSTER
And threaded the needle up the shore
And finally to home.. what a week..
Maybe you have noticed, but Starbuck’s has re-invented most of their food line, with a promotion called Le Boulange, after a bakery chain (?) in San Francisco. Kind of a cheap take off on Boulangerie, the proper name.. Anyway, SB now has revamped their scones, morning buns, croissants, etc.; and added some savory squares along with keeping the sandwiches. I have now tried a square and the croissant, and they are much better than the previous offerings. Not a plug, just fyi..
Speaking of plugs, have you seen the latest wrinkle from Subway? They are now introducing “flatizza’s” which just happen to be a hunk of flatbread, with “your favorite toppings” such as pepperoni, cheese, and tomato sauce. I don’t think there is a patent on the word “Pizza”, but geez, if it looks like, tastes like, why not call it that.. Sheesh.
Speaking of TV, have you seen the series of commercials now for KFC featuring some harried “Mom” at a table with a grinning “family” in the background eagerly digging into the Colonel’s Bucket, hand to face. The dialog goes something like mom saying “I never could get the family to eat, and now look at them..I’m such a good Mom”. Really? Way to go Mom…
You never know what is out there.. There are a group of volunteers who help with the State’s “Big Tree Project”. They have a list of “champion trees” (their term) being the biggest of a specie (red oak, silver maple, etc.,) and every few year they revisit the trees to re-measure and look for candidates. A lot of people call in and say “I have a big tree!” and if vetted they come and tromp around and look. Last year we hosted three of them, and were planning on doing it again this year, but given the lousy weather this weekend, they postponed.
By the end of today there could be three Big Ten teams in the final four!! Go MSU!
Speaking of crummy weather, yesterday’s fog afforded this picture of the bridge, just for interest – bridge to nowhere