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4th of July, 2013

By: osdianna , 6:14 PM GMT on July 04, 2013

Well, here it is the 4th of July at the beach...where fireworks are still allowed. Last night we had some real boomers, right here in the neighborhood. They finally quit at 2am. If I could find who is doing it I would have to retaliate at 6am! We allow people to come to this town and enjoy the fireworks, only asking they safely shoot them off at the beach. That isn't good enough....they need to do it right in among the houses and empty camping lots with high grasses. I am NOT looking forward to tonight! Luckily Joe's cats seemed to be OK with all the noise, though I did go around shutting all the windows except those in my bedroom; can't sleep with the windows closed.

Sadie is afraid of the noise and just goes into hiding somewhere she considers safe; she doesn't come home except to eat until it's all over.

I decided to volunteer on the beach from 2-4pm, handing out garbage bags at the beach access closest to home; I can walk there...and walk home. I may even go out tonight and watch...lots of colorful fireworks all up and down the beach, and I haven't been out to watch since July of 1999, my first 4th in O.S. It beats sitting at home complaining about the noise.

I'll be glad when it is all over...say in mid-October! The kids are back in school, the snowbirds head for Arizona, and life on the beach settles down again...although each year there are more people settling into this little corner of paradise. Oh well....

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6. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:07 PM GMT on July 08, 2013
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5. Bogon
5:53 PM GMT on July 08, 2013
It was great to see Joe looking so relaxed and happy. Gotta say I don't envy him the drive home in a car full of cats.

As for the allocation of precipitation, there's nothing fair about it. After a very wet, muggy month I would be happy to get enough steady sunshine to dry out my yard.
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4. DHaupt
7:56 AM GMT on July 08, 2013
Dianna, I think most climate scientists would approve your choice of a place to live. I'm worried about Central and Southern California. I can envision them as looking like the coast of Namibia in a century. Future Washingtonians can probably collect that precious rain and sell it to the rest of the country at the current price of petrol.

I was just reading that the Colorado River drainage is likely to suffer a 30% decrease in total water collection by the end of this century. Combine that with the fact that 14% of the agriculture of this nation consumes the current output of the Colorado, it does not augur well for the future of our food supply. Dust Bowl like drought in the nations grain belt would threaten world population with famine.

I would kiss the next wet soggy sea gull I saw.

Bon Voyage to the kitties.
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3. osdianna
5:28 AM GMT on July 08, 2013
The day I left Burbank, Ca. for Ocean Shores was October 3rd, 1998 and it was 104 degrees. I lived my whole life in California, first northern, then the bay area, then SoCal until I moved up here at the age of 53. I prefer to add clothes as it gets ugly when I begin to remove them! I would love to live someplace where we got a tad bit more sunshine, but then it gets too warm for my tastes, so I have accepted this weather as what I can live with.

The crowds are a bit much, but it is only for three months of the year, and not all those days are like the 4th. I have to come to terms with the earth is becoming more populated...and I am not rich enough to be able to afford to buy my own island. One thing I do appreciate where you are, BC...you have land around you to buffer the worst of the annoyances.

I thought we were supposed to get some clearing this afternoon...it didn't happen. I saw a few brief patches of blue but then the marine air gobbled them up again...sigh. Maybe next month.

Joe turned up early but the sun wasn't impressed enough to show off for him; still, at least it wasn't raining! Tomorrow he will come pick up his felines and whisk them off on the return road trip and the next chapter in their lives. I will miss them, but my own two cats are going to be standing on the sidelines cheering as they drive out of sight.
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2. BriarCraft
10:36 PM GMT on July 07, 2013
I used to dream about living at the beach until I met my DH. He lived on the beach back then (Imperial Beach CA), and I saw what a dear price he paid for being able to hear the surf and watch the waves. His windows were constantly in need of cleaning because of the salt spray. Every piece of metal that could rust, inside or out, did rust. And of course, sand was always being tracked into the house. Then there were the weekenders and the tourists and the snowbirds and even the illegal immigrants and border patrol.

Now, I'm happy to visit the coast when I get the chance, quietly enjoy myself, and go home, leaving only my footprints and some greenbacks.

For you, when life on the beach settles down, unfortunately, it's mostly cold, windy, and rainy. Win some, lose some. Take the bitter with the better. Sometimes I think the real problem is that there are just too many people.

Most years, October is one of the nicest months at the beach, isn't it?
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1. calpoppy
8:11 PM GMT on July 04, 2013
I totally understand living in a resort town. For me it was all the so cal skiers and snow players! They all thought they could drive in the snow and ice, but the first time they stepped on the brakes, they found themselves crunched into the car in front of them, lol! And the trash they leave behind! Or thinking that your front yard is a pubic snow play area. I feel a rant coming on, I best stop, lol!

A great place to raise my son's but I have so much more privacy living almost but not quite in the mountains now.

No fireworks here, banned, to much fire danger. Hope your critters make it through without to much stress.
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