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07-19-2016 Journal – An Amusing Park!   Leave a comment

In my last post I took you on a tour of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. You got to see the beaches full of people, a friendly bar to hangout in, and a cute bikini clad girl buried in sand.  I hope you didn’t think that covered our entire visit because there was much more to it.  Today I’ll take you along on our continuing tour that includes my better-half’s favorite spot.  Welcome to the Amusement Park.

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Doesn’t look like much from the outside but . . .

The Arcade while not my favorite place is always interesting.  Tourists from just about anywhere flock to this place to throw their money away or to just drop off their kids for a few hours.  Where else can you win tickets for doing just about anything and at the end of your day you’d  have spent forty bucks to win enough tickets to buy a pack of gum.  My better-half is for some reason a Skee Ball addict. She insists on throwing her money away, winning a fistful of tickets, that she ends up giving to some kid who happens to be standing around picking his nose. It’s always puzzled me and I fear it will continue to do so.

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Who can resist all of this fine looking merchandise?

Never let it be said that I’m immune to the attractions of this park.  I was once again drawn to a booth where I was permitted to spend five bucks to throw two tiny bean bags at some under inflated balloons. Being a former Little League baseball player I was stunned when I actually broke two of those stupid balloons and won my honey this glorious and somewhat ridiculous prize.

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Who doesn’t love a cuddly little frog?

Once again I became a willing victim of all the hype that’s constantly spewed by this park. It seems to happen every time I visit here and stranger still, I don’t mind at all.

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I’m so excited by all the hubbub in an amusement park I actually feel kind of bad that I’m not permitted to ride these stupid rides.  As a young kid I was too short to ride them and now all these years later I’m too tall and plump to fit in them. There’s just no justice in this world.

FORTUNATELY . . . IT’S ALL GOOD FUN!

OUR SUMMER CONTINUES!

06-27-2015 Journal – Coastal Day Trip!   Leave a comment

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It’s been a great week but with my nephew leaving soon I decided a short road trip was in order.  We rolled out of bed, had breakfast with my better-half, and then hit the road.  We drove south on I-95 to the border with New Hampshire and began our day at the Kittery Trading Post.  My nephew is quite the gun expert and we spent an hour walking through the endless racks of guns. 

If you’ve read this blog in recent weeks you know I have been having serious issues with a skunk who refuses to leave my garden alone.  I’ve been wanting to purchase a .22 caliber rifle for more than a year and with the help from my nephew I did just that.  I already feel bad for that stupid skunk because his days are numbered.

We left Kittery and began the trip north along the coast.  It was a beautiful day and all of the beaches were filled with this years crop of tourists.  We stopped to get a few pictures at the Nubble lighthouse which is probably the most photographed lighthouse in Maine.

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We then continued north through the towns of York Beach, York, Ogunquit, and Wells.  Traffic was much heavier than normal and all of the routes that took us anywhere near the water were jammed with people and cars.  Even with the crowds and traffic we had a great time people watching and catching up on each other’s lives. 

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We stopped for a quick lunch in Kennebunk and continued on through Biddeford and into Saco.  We returned home to meet the better-half and to prepare for our last night together.

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We traveled to Old Orchard beach for a terrific seafood dinner, a walk along the beach, and then onto the amusement park.  I was able to win a couple of $.50 stuffed pigs for my better-half and it only cost me ten bucks.

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Carnival games never seem to change.  The better-half insisted on spending some time at the arcade where she and the nephew played SkeeBall.  With an armload of worthless tickets we made our way towards our car and the return home. You can’t have a night like this without stopping for a little ice cream which was delicious and made the ride home a little more enjoyable.

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The nephew’s flight is scheduled to leave early tomorrow morning so it was early to bed and early to rise and the end of a great week.

06-15-2014 Journal Entry–Father’s Day!   Leave a comment

Another Father’s Day has come and gone.  It  was great day primarily due to my better-half.  I was able to spend an hour or so early in the AM finishing my project for my man-cave.  It’s now complete and after drying for one more day it’ll be moved into the cave once and for all.

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“The Finished Product”

We initially decided to fire up the grill for a meal of corn-on-the-cob, steaks, and a fresh garden salad.  The garden is growing so fast that I actually ate my first radishes yesterday.  Take a look.

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All of the recent rainfall has accelerated the growth of almost everything.  I especially love the bright green colors and the lushness of the garden at this time of the year. 

Now, let’s get back to my Father’s Day celebration.  My better-half and I after a few cold and refreshing alcoholic beverages decided to cancel the home cooked meal and head for Old Orchard Beach, a local tourist trap and amusement park.  She was in deep withdrawal due to a lack of greasy chicken wings and I was looking forward to some good old amusement park junk food.  To hell with the weight loss program for this night.

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The place wasn’t overly crowded but the tourists had definitely arrived in force.  People watching in the park and a walk along the beach gave me my first “big butt” beach picture of the season.

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I was really hungry so as the better-half waited for her chicken wing order at the Chinese hole-in-the-wall I discovered a new entry into the food competition right next door. Lo and behold a Mexican food stand had magically appeared and I was drawn to it like a gigantic black bean craving magnet.  My black bean and rice addiction kicked in and I was hooked.

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Three tacos covered with jalapeno vinaigrette and hot sauce were just what the doctor ordered.  I threw in a fresh fruit cup for good measure and to help ease my guilty diet-conscience.  The food was excellent and fresh but suffered from tourist pricing.  No big surprise there.

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Not too bad for amusement park food.  We snapped a few pictures and did some window shopping and people watching.   All in all it was a great night filled with good food and better company.  Happy Father’s Day to me.  I saw this shirt and I almost bought it.  If it’s still there on my next trip I might be forced to make the purchase and regift it to a certain friend.

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07-04-2013   Leave a comment

Well, today was the Fourth and for a change the weather was absolutely perfect.  Ninety degrees with a slight breeze along the shore to keep things just cool enough.  We made our way to the town of Old Orchid Beach late in the morning and found the place already jammed with tourists.  The beach was packed with thousands of people and if the car license plates we saw were accurate most of Massachusetts and Quebec had moved in for the holiday weekend.

The local business people decided to start early gouging as many visitors as possible with a new and higher parking lot charge, $25.00 for the day.  Since last year the cost was between $10.00 and $15.00 we decided to find a parking spot in town on the street and to feed the parking meters.  A huge pain in the ass but at the end of the day we saved about $15.00.  Luckily we found a spot only two blocks from the beach so our walk wasn’t too bad.

We dropped our blanket under the Pier out of the sun and started snapping pictures in between trips into the water to cool off.  We’ve been coming here for years and it was as crowded as we’ve ever seen it.  After an hour or so we decided a meal or snack was in order. We trekked back to the car and did a quick strip tease on the street to change out our wet clothes.  Thankfully the foot traffic in the area was light so my better-half’s rear half didn’t scare anyone too badly.

We ended up sitting on the shaded deck of the Surf 6 Club for a few refreshing drinks and a nosh of onion rings and chicken fingers.  We met a few visiting tourists and were able to chat and have a great time.  The band started playing at eleven am and were pretty good. They were playing not only for the customers of the club but for the hundreds of people nearby on the beach.

The OOB Pier extends out into the ocean for at lease three hundred yards and is covered with small shops and eating establishments.  We worked our way to the end of the Pier for a a quick drink at the “Pier” bar and to take a few more photos of the beach goers from a different angle. The place was packed with tourists and  everyone seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere and the dozens of bikini wearing female customers.  We stayed only a half hour because we had to go and to feed the parking meter.

Next was the better-half’s favorite thing, shopping.  We started hitting the shops to look through the tons of touristy junk with really unbelievably high prices. She was forced by her shopping addiction to make a few purchases and then we were off to the Arcade.  She kicked my ass playing Air Hockey and followed her victory with a little Skee-Ball. We then strolled over to the amusement park.

We agreed that the cost for tickets on the rides was ridiculous so we took lots of photographs and just walked around enjoying the atmosphere.  We hit a few more  of the smaller shops in town as we made our way back to the car. The nicest part of these visits is that we live only seven or eight miles away and we returned home in short order.

Lounging on our deck and enjoying the cool breeze and a cooler drink was a perfect ending to a great day.  The better-half just couldn’t stop herself from peppering the yard with firecrackers and Roman Candles.  That was her extremely loud way to celebrate the country’s birthday. I was also pleased to see so many of the people in town and at the beach wearing red, white, and blue swim suits, head ware, t-shirts, and beach equipment.  The meaning of the holiday wasn’t lost on most of us and that was nice to see.

We both hope your day was as nice as ours. Happy Birthday America!