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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 →

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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 →

Top 5: Summer Soundtrack

Each year, I wrap up the school year and head into summer. But summer break for me doesn’t mean days lounging by the community pool or exotic vacations to beachside towns; it means work. Work on the house, work entertaining the kids, work at the brewery. How I long for those lazy days of unstructured... Continue Reading →

Coming Soon: Top 5s

My sophomore year of college, I was a mess. I spent close to zero time doing the things I was supposed to be doing (attending class; making meaningful connections with new peers and mentors; drinking my face off) and more time doing sad, weird shit (reading books in bed all day; talking to my old... Continue Reading →

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