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I am back in Durham for a few days.  Marty and Susan and their gang left to go back to New Hampshire this afternoon.  It was a fantastic stay at the beach, with near perfect weather.  I couldn’t have asked for a better time.  This update will be kept short.  I have a bit of a headache since Daniel’s family is having their house painted; the fumes are killing me.  But it feels good to be here and I look forward to my brief stay in Durham.

Sandy feet.


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 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.

Good Things

We all need to have events that we can get excited about, things we can really look forward to doing or seeing.  This post is going to be solely devoted to all of the things that I’m excited about in the new few weeks.

Mom is visitng.

My mother is on vacation for the next two weeks and it sounds like she is pretty serious about making a trip up to Rochester for a night or two.  This will be a great opportunity for us to go shopping, eat out, and generally help her to relax.  It’s always good to have Mom around.

Park Ave Fest.

Park Ave Fest is being held August 6 and 7 this year.  My sister and her boyfriend Dillon are coming up and it is going to be a weekend-long party.  There will be copious amounts of booze, huge crowds, and lots of bizarre and expensive art on display.  I hope the weather cooperates.

The beach with Daniel’s family.

My favorite part of the summer is going down to North Carolina to spend a week on Bald Head Island with Daniel’s family.  A week of appletinis, swimming in the ocean, riding around on golf carts or bikes, tanning, Corn Hole, and sand.  So much sand.  Everywhere.  I say this every year, but I really want to get up early one morning and watch the sunrise.

That's me, just walking along the beach. I love the ocean.

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.