Ocean City In The Off-Season

Posted on October 18, 2009

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Bob Connor (right) and me practicing our fine-motor skills, using wire cutters to make small crosses out of copper wire. Photo by Judy Davis. The crosses are for a project for Judy's kindergarten class. Sixty crosses! Took us two nights. Can you handle this kind of excitement?

Bob Connor (right) and me practicing our fine-motor skills, using wire cutters to make small crosses out of copper wire. Photo by Judy Davis. The crosses are for a project for Judy's kindergarten class. Sixty crosses! Took us two nights. Can you handle this kind of excitement?

What do we do in Ocean City during the long off-season? I submit the above photo as an example. Wait, there’s more.

The annual Boardwalk fundraising walk for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. It's held the third Saturday of October every year. A big Nor'easter limited the turnout this year. We enjoyed observing the spectacular surf delivered by the storm, and then coffee and rye toast in a Boardwalk bar.

The annual Boardwalk fundraising walk for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. It's held the third Saturday of October every year. A big Nor'easter limited the turnout this year. Photo by Karen Harris. We enjoyed observing the spectacular surf pounding the jetty and the beach, courtesy of the storm. And then coffee and rye toast in a Boardwalk bar.

People keep busy resting up from the Season just past, or preparing for the Season to come. There’s always stuff to be painted or repaired. I intend to clean my apartment; rearrange the furniture; balance my checkbook.

We’re never at a loss for something to talk about: What’s coming up at church? How about this economy? Will they get the playoffs and the World Series in before the snow? Is anyone hiring? Sometimes politics. And the weather. We have some weather every day. You can depend on it.

We have time to get out of town and drive to other places. I can report that Sunday was as gray and dreary a day as you could have on the Eastern Shore, but not much rain. The foliage is beginning to turn fall colors along Route 50. The nor’easter is about done. The sun will come out tomorrow. –– John Hayden

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