Experiences in Solitude

So yeah, nothing very dramatic happened.  But I did go to McDonald’s today.

But then the WiFi didn’t work so we ended up just going to Starbucks again.  This particular one that we always go to and work at has amazing WiFi.  I could experiment with Pandora’s heavy metal and load music on YouTube stations without cyberspace collapsing into itself.

I tried to fly a box kite for the sixth time today (it had actually flown three of the times before, none of them ended well, and it wouldn’t fly at all for the other two).  It ended ended considerably badly this time, as the end of this event included me looking up box kites on Amazon.

I have continued to to text my friend from Utah, just a little bit, for the past few days.  Also, today my friend from camp last summer called me for a few minutes.  To put that into perspective for all you “regular” people, that’s more social life than I’ve had in quite a while.

I also went to the beach for…. probably at least two hours today.  Same yesterday.  It hasn’t really been good for boogie boarding for the past few days, as the waves have been very huge.  They were like probably eight feet high above the regular ocean level sometimes (which I guess is normal or smaller than normal in some places but generally not with my experiences at my beach) and you could see the curl, like the one in my featured image (I seriously love that picture.  It could totally be someone’s post-rock album cover….. and it was just on some free wallpaper website, I didn’t even plagiarize anything.).  There were waves with these big curls a lot closer to the shore than usual.  And I was swimming around by them and basically body-surfing (I’m not sure if there’s one right way to do that).  At the beach by my house you walk in and it’s pretty rocky, and then there’s kind of a ditch formation where it gets about a foot or two deeper with the rocky ground on one side and smooth sand coming up on the far side, and then it gets pretty shallow again.  After you get past that spot you can body-surf easily.  Right before the huge ones flip over you can dolphin-dive right under them and come up the other side.  Or if you time it right you sort of ride the crest of it right as it’s breaking, and then it will roll out from under you so you don’t get sucked in.  If you ride it as it flips you risk getting violently thrown to the bottom sometimes.  Or you get sucked in and the wave tosses you around erratically before you can swim back up and get air.  I did it a few times.  The last wave I messed with today was huge and I got thrown straight to the bottom and scratched my back up a little and hit my head, fortunately not too hard.

That’s when I decided I was done with the ocean for today.

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