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The Endless Bummer – Part XI

Author’s note: This is the eleventh installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, and Part X first. Subsequent installments will post daily. We picked up the kids from their pizza party,... Continue Reading →

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The Endless Bummer – Part IX

Author’s note: This is the ninth installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, and Part VIII first. Subsequent installments will post daily. We gathered our belongings and decamped the pool deck, but not without D... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part VIII

Author’s note: This is the eighth installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, and Part VII first. Subsequent installments will post daily. Day Three I rose with the sun on day three, one of those happy accidents... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part VII

Author’s note: This is the seventh installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI first. Subsequent installments will post daily. On our way back to the room, I encountered our maid in the hallway. She asked in... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part V

Author’s note: This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV first. Subsequent installments will post daily. DAY TWO Nothing attracts the best and brightest specimens humanity has to offer like a complimentary continental breakfast. It was here, in the room off the... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part IV

Author’s note: This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, Part II, and Part III first. Subsequent installments will post daily. After dinner we gathered the troops for a stroll on the boardwalk. Virginia Beach doesn’t have what I’d call a true boardwalk. The boardwalks of my youth... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part III

Author's note: This is the third installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction, Part I, and Part II first. Subsequent installments will post daily. We took turns showering, the kids and Melinda going ahead of me so I could make sure the sand they brought back from the beach... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part II

Author's note: This is the second installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction and Part I first. Subsequent installments will post daily. The luggage unpacked and the restless natives sufficiently quelled, we put on our suits and headed for the beach. Despite its limited utility, one of the smarter... Continue Reading →

The Endless Bummer – Part I

Author's note: This is the first installment of a multi-part series. For an optimal reader experience, read the introduction first. Subsequent installments will post daily. DAY ONEOn the big day, Melinda and I packed the car with the necessary beach provisions. Packing for any type of excursion is an exercise in blind anticipation, where you... Continue Reading →

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