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“You should always face what you’re afraid of.”

In my ongoing effort to re-live the 1990s, I am currently watching Jumanji.  The dvd box touts it as having “breathtaking special effects”.  This may have been true in 1995, but it is just hilarious to see them now.

Tonight Daniel’s parents, Daniel, and I went to a restaurant called Geer Street Garden, which has recently opened in Durham.  I got a reuben, which was absolutely amazing.  I have saved half of it for tomorrow’s lunch.

I’ll keep this one short.  It’s pretty hard to give good updates in Durham.  Things are hectic here.

Another lovely shot of a BHI sunrise.


Bald Head Island Day 7

Today was our last full day here.  Tomorrow we leave for the ferry around 10am.  It’s been a good week.  I’ve enjoyed myself.  I spent my last day sunning on the beach, briefly swimming in the ocean, driving around the island with Daniel, and enjoying some appletinis.  I will be sad to leave tomorrow, and even more sad to drive the 3 hours back to Durham.

Another beautiful shot of yesterday's sunrise.

Bald Head Island Day 6

This morning I woke up to Daniel saying “No, thank you” to his father when his dad came in to ask if we wanted to watch the sunrise.  I got out of bed, grabbed my camera, and trudged sleepily to the golf cart that would take us to East Beach to watch the sun rise over the ocean.  And it was spectacular.  It was absolutely worth getting up early to watch it.  I had never seen it before, and it was amazing.

Honestly, a picture could never really capture it.

Most of today was spent swimming at East Beach until a storm blew through and we all ran to the golf carts with all of the beach gear thrown in various bags.  I ended up actually dropping my beloved junior year D’Lion t-shirt so I made Daniel drive me back after the storm passed to go look for it.  Luckily, it was laying on the side of the beach access, unharmed.  Before the storm really hit, there had been some nice boogie boarding waves.  I have been looking forward to some boogie boarding all week, but up until today the waves had always been pretty miniscule and the tide was always low in the afternoon.  It was a lot of fun until water and sand started whipping our faces and everyone decided it was a good time to leave.

Bald Head Island Day 5

Today was a pretty relaxing day.  Daniel and I decided to avoid the sun since we’d spent all day in it yesterday.  We were also pretty tired.  We went for a short walk along the nature trail near the marsh this morning.

A view of the marsh.

This afternoon was spent playing games around the house, reading, and beginning the annual Baroff Family Corn Hole Tournament.  I lost in the first round.  I was not playing my best today.  Also I’m not a Baroff.

Tomorrow I plan to get up to see the sunrise, so I hope to have some pictures of that up tomorrow.

Bald Head Island Day 4 (Sea Turtles!!)

While today included all of the regular beach things (i.e., going to the beach, swimming in the ocean, tanning, etc.), I was witness to something truly extraordinary this evening.  I watched a sea turtle nest excavation.  The nest officially hatched 3 nights ago, which was considerably earlier than they had initially predicted, for August 24.  This evening, they had two people dig out the nest and retrieve any remaining hatchlings and survivors that could not crawl out on their own.  There were 18 turtles left in the nest alive.  Daniel suggested that a major obstacle for them came two nights ago, when it rained heavily and packed down the sand, making it difficult for them to crawl out on their own.  This seems like a plausible explanation, since last year when we watched a nest excavation there were probably no more than 10 (probably fewer) that made it out alive.

Digging out the nest, including unhatched eggs and dead turtles.

A bucket full of baby sea turtles!

They are so cute.

These are both the hatched and unhatched eggs. They keep track of all of the hatched and unhatched eggs in all of the nests on Bald Head for statistical analyses.

Right before the turtles are released into the ocean, everyone is given one last look at them.

The short crawl to the ocean.

If you think about it, these guys have it a little bit easier. The people at Turtle Central carry them most of the way, so there is a smaller chance they will be eaten by predators on the way to the water.

Bald Head Island Day 3

Today was phenomenal.  The weather was even better than yesterday.  After everyone woke up, Daniel and I went on a long, vigorous walk with his parents.  Then we went to the beach, of course.  We didn’t go to East Beach today, but instead went to the southern point on the island via the Shoals Club.  I didn’t spend too much time in the ocean but instead tried to tan some more.  It’s a slow process.  We also went swimming in the pool at the Shoals Club before coming back to the house for lunch.

The Shoals Club

After lunch, Daniel and I went on a long, relaxing bike ride around the island in search of some mint for mojitos.  We found none.  But we did stop at Old Baldy and went inside the cute little chapel they have on the island.

It's so tiny!

After our bike ride, we were pretty tired so we each took a rest until Nicole got bored and we decided to go for a drive around the island in one of the golf carts.  We hadn’t been to Middle Island yet, so we decided to drive through it, over all of the gravel roads that have yet to be paved.  Unfortunately we drove through during low tide, so the marsh was a little stinky.  But it’s a lovely drive and it feels very prehistoric.  I’m pretty sure dinosaurs live on this island, but I have yet to spot them.

For dinner, Daniel and his mom made a delicious pot of boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn and kielbasa.  I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it.  Marty and Susan and their group joined us and brought brownies for dessert.  It was all delicious.


After dinner, we went to the beach access closest to the beach house to watch the sunset.  Sometimes there are clouds that hover just above the ocean, obscuring the sun in its final moments of sinking.  This was not the case tonight.  It turned out to be beautiful.


Then we came back and played Cranium.  I love Cranium.  I’ve played it a lot.  It can be a very frustrating game because you do have to work with a team and if you are not in sync with your teammates it can be a disaster.  I was on a team with Marty and Daniel.  And Daniel and I were very in tune with each other.  So despite our team lagging behind after the first few rounds, we made an excellent comeback and ended up winning the game.  It was a blast, but I think people were pretty tired towards the end.  Perhaps next time we should do a shorter board or fewer teams so that it moves a little bit faster.

I could not have asked for a better day on Bald Head.

Top 10 Daniel O’Brien Articles on Cracked.com

Tonight, I will list my Top 10 articles written by a Mr. Daniel O’Brien for Cracked.com.  If you have never read any of his articles, this is a great place to start.  From Miley Cyrus to a new reality show called Crimes Against Humanity Bridalplasty, there is something for everyone.

10.  DOB writes a number of Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus articles with the intent to destroy her.

Okay.  Already I’m cheating.  Because DOB wrote so many articles about Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus, and I’m throwing them all together at number 10, because they were all hilarious.  He even challenged her to a bare-knuckle boxing match. I can’t stand Miley Cyrus.  Or her gigantic teeth.  And DOB is merciless.  If you don’t feel like glancing at most of these, that’s fine.  But I think you should take a look at my favorite, where DOB warns the Church of Scientology about the evils of Miley Cyrus and why they would not want her to be a part of their organization.  That’s called killing two birds with one huge satirical boulder.

9.  DOB claims that Jersey Shore is the worst thing to happen to the East Coast since 9/11.

Again, he has a history of writing about the show known as Jersey Shore.  However, his best work was giving a quick rundown of each of the characters right around the time the show first started airing on MTV.  One of the best moments in the article is when Dan O’Brien realizes that he actually went to high school with one of the girls on the show (Sammi “Sweetheart”), since he grew up in New Jersey himself.

8.  DOB discusses the phenomenon known as “Icing”.

What is Icing?  DOB explains that it usually involves frat boys and hipsters, and it always involves Smirnoff Ice.  So, basically, most sane people with any kind of taste would want nothing to do with this drinking game.

7.  DOB watches a number of popular (?) reality tv shows and, to this day, regrets it.

I think this was pre-Jersey Shore.  Here he discusses shows like The Hills, Jon and Kate Plus 8, and The Cougar.  He does not discuss I’m a Celebrity, Now Get Me Outta Here! because that’s where he draws the line.

6.  DOB speculates that Kanye West might actually be retarded, not just acting like it.

While this was not the first article DOB wrote about Kanye West, it was the more hilarious of the two.  This was actually written before he ran on stage and infamously grabbed the mic from Taylor Swift during the VMAs, and then threw a fit on the Today Show when Matt Lauer showed a clip (starting at around 5:50) of that moment during an interview with Kanye.  In this article, DOB focuses on Kanye’s remarks about George Bush during the Katrina disaster, and a book of quotes written by Kanye West, because he feels that he is often misquoted.  However, the best part of the article, in my opinion, is when DOB discusses Kanye’s “little baby tourettes”.

5. DOB watches the Glenn Beck Comedy Tour.  Yes, you read that correctly.

Glenn Beck had a comedy tour?  I’m just throwing it out there, it wasn’t funny.  He makes fun of Ed Asner.  The guy that did the voice for Carl Frederiksen in Up.  You can’t make fun of Ed Asner!  What did Ed Asner ever do to Glenn Beck?

4.  DOB is disgusted with humanity after reflecting on the new show called Bridalplasty.

These are bad women.  They’re just really terrible people.  They have each found men that look past their infinite flaws and want to marry them.  But that isn’t enough for these women.  Enter Bridalplasty, a show that let’s these brides-to-be compete for plastic surgery before their big day.  It’s just awful.  I’ve glimpsed this show briefly, and it’s a new low.  That’s an amazing thing to say considering the reality shows aired on VH1, but it’s true.

3.  DOB listens to the song “Miracles” by Insane Clown Posse and refutes their claim that any of the things discussed in that song are actually miracles.

I didn’t even know the Insane Clown Posse was still around.  But apparently they do still exist and, unfortunately, still make music.  I can’t even properly summarize this article unless you have listened to the song and/or watched the music video.  Please go do that now.  I assure you, the article is worth it.

2.  DOB writes what should have been Tiger Woods’s apology.

He’s Tiger Woods.  Come on.  For a very brief time, he made golfing cool and almost interesting.  Give the guy a break.

1.  DOB spends a lot of time thinking about what he would do if he were ever locked in a room with his clone.

To fight or to… carnally pleasure.  He makes a great argument for both sides.  You can also see what he does when the opportunity arises in the second season of Agents of Cracked.

Honorable Mentions:

DOB writes a user review for the first talking sex robot.

He is, after all, a credentialed Investigative Sex Journalist.  Also, he discusses his robot fetish.  Whether he actually tested this thing out is for you to decide.

DOB was actually trapped with the other Chilean coal miners last year.

Not too many people know this, but there was a 34th miner trapped in that mine.  This article recounts what actually happened down there.

DOB applies Andrew WK’s Twitter to his life.

I never knew Andrew WK’s Twitter was so interesting.  There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from his tweets.

DOB watches the 2003 movie called Tiptoes.

This is another one that’s really hard to describe, but I’m going to give it a shot.  This is a movie starring Kate Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey.  Matthew McConaughey’s character is hiding a deep secret from his pregnant wife.  What is that secret?  Well, it turns out that his entire family has the condition known as dwarfism.  They are little people.  And Kate Beckinsale is absolutely horrified when she finds out.  She doesn’t know what to do or how to deal with the fact that her child could be born a dwarf.  Also Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon from Batman Begins and The Dark Night) plays Matthew McConaughey’s dwarf twin brother.  You should probably just read the Dan O’Brien article.  I just can’t do the movie justice.

If you’ve enjoyed any of these, I suggest checking Cracked.com on every Friday for a new article by Daniel O’Brien.

I did take a photo for today, but I’m using a different one instead.


A Photo from August 2009

This is a photo of the house in which Daniel’s family stays on Bald Head Island.  Unfortunately, this year I might not be able to make the trip.  This makes me pretty sad, but there will be other years, I hope.