Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sept. 9,2010 - the beach!

the beach!
i am retyping this after hittting the back button and loosing the entire post aggghhh!

once again i decided to play hooky and go to the beach.

since it was warm out i wore my yellow cami and white jeans  skirt with white sandals and white fabric purse.

since i really, really needed a rest room stop, i stopped at the Cheesquake visitors rest stop. this is a major stopping point on  the parkway and covers a large area.
as i came out of the visitors center building a man finishing a phone conversation enters the building and softly says "very pretty, very pretty".

i say or rather surprisedly mumble, "thank you "

as i got back to the car the man in the next car waiting for someone with his window open says "you smell very nice" (in ref to my perfume)

i say "thank you " as i try not to bump his car door with mine. and wave good by to him as i back out of the parking space.

although awkwardly executed comments i don't know if they were comments, pick up lines or undercover officers but now i have a better understanding of what the GG's go though with such complements from total strangers in such large public places!

so it's onto ocean grove NJ.  as some may know this is my favorite nj beach town. it was built at the same time as cape may was being rebuilt after their great fire about 1890. accept until recently O.G. was not so touristy . a real Mayberry like shore town.
it has some wonderful little shops but retains it's own old fashioned newspaper store with sloping wood floors, a hardware store (which about 40 yrs ago i remember having a gas pump out front) and a small grocery store. they also have a wonderful former drugstore-soda fountain now just a restaurant called Nagles apothecary cafe. two blocks north of there is Days garden restaurant which houses both Days ice cream shop and the starving artist restaurant which is open only for breakfast and lunch. here one gets a box of crayons to draw on the paper table cloth (after all it is "the artist" restaurant...)
accross the park from Days again one block north is the Great Auditorium which seats about 6000 people. on saturday nights in season one can hear such greats as tony Bennett and way in the past even John Phillip Sousa have preformed in this building that is sort of like a upside down boat like structure.
on sundays great religious speakers from all over have spoken here including in the past Norman Vincent Piel.
it takes about 80 volunteer ushers to cover the building and balcony all in white pants and blue jackets.
with a 60 member choir and a pipe organ larger than radio city in NY it is quite and experience to attend event here.
surrounding this building are the remaining tent/buildings with attached cabins for bath and kitchen. they are up from may 15th to sept. 15 closing before hurricane season.
they represent the reminiscent of the camp meeting movement when one would come pitch a tent in the 1890's to hear the great Methodist speakers of the day.

when i arrived at the beach i changed into my 2 piece floral and dark blue bathing suit.
with a black lace beach cover up.

i don't feel i have the figure for a 2 piece bathing suit and that is why i usually wear a one piece maillot.
and although the water felt cool at first... once i was in it was comfortable.
one never knows at this time of year as many times after 3pm one will need a canvass wind barrier to remain on the beach.
the water was surprisingly calm with the tide going out

so i quickly went and rinsed off so that i could dry off in the last bit of time before the sun set. the sun has started setting earlier and by 7pm it was dark.
i had eaten a chicken sandwich earlier.
so now i went off to change and due to the  chill in the air i couldn't use the cami so i decided to wear instead a lace trimmed pink tank top with the white jeans skirt and a gray hoodie instead.

as i am sitting in the car phoning an old family friend the cousen of another old family friend wanders by the car, looks up but he doesn't approach. it doesn't matter as his cousin (whom my famialy used ot stay with ) has already been told about my being non transitioning transgendered. another long time family friend sort of blundered into telling her. oh well...

the old family friend i am phoning is home it turns out so it is a quick super- girl change into dave.  and a short visit up the coast with my parents friend now in a senior housing apt.she knows of diana and has seen photos but i felt arriving as dave was the better choice.
upon leaving it's back via "the phone" booth to change to diana again and off to clancys' sports bar for dinner.
this place has great sandwiches and although i don't care for potato soup i am told they have the best potato soup. clancy's is on main st also known as rt 71 in neptune township across from the gates of ocean grove.
ironically it also intersects O.G.'s Main AVE!
a bit confusing for a blond like me LOL

next it is off to Georgie's glbt cheers like bar for keroeoky night.
although i have been here in the past and heard that thee were other T girls here i have never meet any as they tend to come in on weekends. so imagine my pleasant surprise to see  a small group of 3 come in.

so i went over to introduce myself.  they invited me to join them. and when they got up to sing they invited me again to come up on stage with them. so i did.  they called themselves charlies angels.  Elizabeth (on my right), Holly (on my left) and Stephanie (my far right)
it turned out that the chestnut haired Elizabeth is from my area about 50 miles north west of asbury park.

both Holly (reddish hair) and Stephanie were both from the shore area a few towns away.
i had a blast!
by that time it was 12:30 and i had a one hours drive by myself on the parkway. so i said my goodbyes and with a stop at mcdonalds (on the corner of rt 33 and rt 35) for coffee i headed home.


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