The Little Ones Exploring...
The Little Ones Exploring...


It's late October, and it's "Indian Summer" here on the Jersey Shore. The past week has been Beautiful with the Sun shining, and the Temperature in the Mid 70's. The Ocean has turned into soft waves that roll lazily onto the shoreline, while the Seagulls circle the skies, that are painted, Picturesque Blue. The "Little ones", the children, run along the beach, exploring the wonders that are found beneath their feet. Putting their new found Treasures into small sand pails. No one wants to see these days end, but as Seasons come, and Seasons go, you know this "Treat" will eventually give away to winter. But today, as Lover Man and I stroll the Boardwalk, we talk and "people watch"....and that's where this story begins.

There is a couple walking alongside of us. She is quizzing him as only a Woman can. The feeling we have, is that they have slept together the night before, and he has taken her for Brunch, in one of the Wonderful Restaurants along the along the Jersey Shore ...And now they are walking the Boardwalk. They are not married... How do I know that? Because she is LAUGHING at EVERYTHING he says. And Trust Me, HE'S NOT that FUNNY! He is about 50 something, not bad looking, with Blackish, Salt & Peppered hair. She, late 20's, maybe early 30's... a pretty Blonde. You can tell HE thinks he's a COOL guy...How do I know that? Because he seems to be Happy only talking about himself, and ALL the Women He has Dated. For example...

He..."I went out with the Woman for awhile and she wanted to go Biking. All I had was this Old Bicycle built for 2. She said, I'm not riding on that thing, it's ALL Rusty! So, I went and bought a NEW Bicycle built for 2, and then she didn't want to go biking anymore, she'd lost interest... I broke up with her". Once again She is Laughing, but sounds a little nervous, and then she says...

"So you seems to date a lot of Woman, has there ever been Anyone Special"? "Not really, he replies, I kinda like playing the field". Again She is Laughing. I'm thinking, Run, Girlfriend, RUN! This guy is a PLAYER! He's 50 plus, and he still likes playing the Field!

Lover Man and I decide to go out onto the Pier. They follow behind us. I said softly to Lover Man, "What did you think of him"? " Not much" is his reply. Then we realize that they are standing near us. She is Laughing once again, the Seagulls, seems to be Laughing...Lover Man and I start Laughing, It's like a total LAUGH IN!

I turn to Lover Man and say, "Well, maybe She'll be the One for him". Then we both look over at them. He is whispering something in her ear, and she is smiling up at him. Lover Man takes my hand, it's starting to feel a little cool, the Weather is changing...

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Playing the field in his 50's? Drop that scumbag! Ooh, did I say that? So sorry.....great story! Thank you for letting me walk with you on the Boardwalk...such a lovely trip my friend!

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ahorseback 4 years ago

Hey BMalin , Boy even I know some men are so shallow and yet these girls are too ! There are so many ! Too. Cute story though , you and lover man ! ha !

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Indian summer at the beach, people watching and a most revealing conversation by strangers- what more could anyone ask for! Hehe.

Voting this delightful hub up across the board.

Hope you and Lover man had a wonderful evening after your walk.

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Sunshine!!... I can't quite remember what that is. Many thanks to you and lover man, for the lovely walk, it was very refreshing :).

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Cute story, but when they are that old and playing the field, you know there is SOMETHING bad wrong with him. RUN. haha

I would love to be down there instead of looking for a house. I hate moving.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh how I loved the song Under the Boardwalk! You ended with weather and what I am now hearing you may get I hope you have somewhere to go? It sounds so horrible! It sounds like you live in such a lovely place, but the world suddenly seems to be turning upside down.

cleaner3 4 years ago

b malin, ahh a walk along the beach with the one you love . Yes you see the differences in two different people that they can not see for themselves . but in reality don't we all want something we can never find. You don't know how cold the water is until you jump in . !

great write b, always look forward to seeing your name on my notifications .. be safe for the storm approaches ..


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Really enjoyed your eavesdropping scenario on the Boardwalk, b. Very creative. But the Player guy in his 50s may have met his match. His 'girlfriend' is smart -she listens to his conversation, asks him questions about himself, and laughs a lot. Matches have been made with less. :)

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great people watching observations! Makes you wonder what happened next with that couple doesn't it? Up, awesome!

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

b., nice little jaunt down the boardwalk. Humorous, insightful, and nostalgic. (the 25 yr old was nostalgic)

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

If it is anything like Santa Cruz CA ("Lost Boys"), I can picture the whole thing. Thanks

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I commend him for still making the effort! I, like you and Loverman enjoy people watching! It is one of my favorite pass times.

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arb 4 years ago from oregon

If he can play the field at fifty, more power to him. He's smart enough to know he isn't marriage material and how many times can you tell the same jokes. He needs to keep rotating his audiance. Of course if she is a 20 something blonde he could simply spin her around a couple of times!

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

He sounds self absorbed and she sounds absorbed in him. He must have money! Batten down the hatches, Sandy is on her way.

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

malin - Good to see you back at it again. Time to head south soon I reckon.

The Frog

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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

great story! So sad and true. Being a 50 something, single woman, I have no patience for the man you just described (and there are a lot of them) I prefer to weak with my kids, my self or a good friend! Thanks for this!

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

you know b. malin you are a good story teller there are a few good stories here but i admit I enjoyed yours a great deal :) Frank

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is another look at a scene from daily life that you do so well, b. Malin. The description is very effective - I feel like I'm actually on the boardwalk with you and Lover Man!

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love to walk on the boardwalk. I think she should have listened when you said, " Run " Telling a woman that you like to play the field is a no no for sure.. Great story b. Enjoyed..Cheers

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Hang on to Lover Man for dear life, dear - there are sooo many of these one-dimentionals, non-commitals out there, eh?...

altho, any 30 year old dating an over-50?

i smell an ulterior motive - like - money perhaps?...

OMG..laughing WITH you and AT them..

a total laugh-in!

voting up and sharing out, my friend..

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

I love to walk on boardwalks too. Nice hub! Lol @ ImKarn

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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

This brings back fond memories of my earlier days along the Jersey shore. I can't tell you how many days I spent basking in the sun on the beach. I can't say I viewed many relationships like the one you so poignantly penned here, but it wouldn't take much to imagine it.

Thanks again, voted up!

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moonfairy 4 years ago

As I read your hub I visualized the "icky" couple but what I focused more on was YOUR relationship and it came across as very soothing.

This is a wonderfully romantic hub and you and "lover man" are the main characters. I really enjoyed the read!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a sweet share. I enjoyed walking visually with you through this post. Your talent is amazing and you are so creative. Good writing!

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great hub enjoyed reading it ! Hope you are getting ready for the Hurricane, be safe .

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for a wonderful walk on the boardwalk. I love the Jersey shore. Glad you had a fine day for it. Kashmir reminded me of the hurricane coming I will put in a prayer for you. Be safe and God bless.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bill,

So Glad you Enjoyed the Walk along the Boardwalk, Cyber Style! I liked your Comments, especially coming from a Man's point of view. People Watching is Fun!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ahorseback,

You are so right on Both accounts on Men & Women...Neither, is perfect. I'm Glad you Enjoyed.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

It was Fun Gail...the Things we hear as we Walk the Boards...Indian Summer is a Picture in itself. Lover Man & I did Enjoy the Evening feel so Lucky to have found one another...No need to Search.

Thanks so much for Enjoying, and Commenting, and of course your Votes.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tobusiness,

Take some of our Sunshine, Cyber style...I wish I could give it to you! I'm glad you Enjoyed the walk, and thanks for the Comments as well.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Becky,

Agreed...This guy was in LOVE with himself, and it showed. So Yes, she should RUN, but, she won't.

Hey your moving? The Best of Luck...Where to?

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Jackie,

Yes, we're getting "Sandy" but we are staying put...as are most of our Neighbors...It's considered a "Barrier Island" we've got the bay on one side and the Ocean on the other...We'll be fine, thanks for inquiring.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Thanks Cleaner, for your Thoughts, always a Treat to read. We will be safe, no one wants to leave...Relatives live far away...and who knows how "Sandy" will blow.

I'm Glad you Enjoyed the read, and I Enjoyed your Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Drbj, Thank You. He probably did, she was a Sharp one...Always leave them Laughing, never know what's really behind the Laugh. Hope she Succeeds where others have Failed.

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed and I Loved your Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Xstatic, It does...But not sure it had anywhere else to go for them...But hey, I'm an optimist!

Thanks for Enjoying, and of course you Votes.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mckb,

You are Too Funny...I'm so Glad you came along on the Cyber Boardwalk. Let us hope this young Woman leaves Happily...Not sure about the ever after...Ha, Ha!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mhatter, Not sure about that...But I'm glad you came along...Interesting Comments, Thank You.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Shiningirl,

It is Fun to "people watch" and the bits of conversation can be priceless. Glad to know that you Enjoy it too!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Arb,

That's True, for he definitely needed an Audience. So maybe its a Win, Win, situation for both of them. I Enjoyed reading your Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Loved your Thoughts Breakfastpops, those were my Thoughts too!

As for "Sandy" we are staying...not Leaving!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frog,

Yea, can't leave till after Thanksgiving, but Family problems...I could leave NOW! So Glad you Hopped by.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Btrbell, Thank You. I hear you...Friends are the Best, but thank goodness not all Men are like this guy...Mine isn't. And I know there's a Good Guy out there for YOU as well. LOL.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frank,

Thank You...I am flattered and I try, I do try! So I'm Glad you Enjoyed!

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

b. We are looking at moving to a town called Clarksville, in TN. We would like to go further but finances say no. It is bigger and has a Military base which will have medical care for my PTSD disabled husband and my daughter, who has PTSD from her father. We all can get medical care at the base and it is about 60 miles north of where we are now. Also we will have use of the commissary.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Thank You...And don't forget, through Cyber Hub Write, you did come along too! Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby,

I'm hoping that she is SMART and not just a Pretty Face. But some Women like a Man they can't really have...And he acts like he will always be a Hunter.

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed and Thanks for your Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi ImKarn,

Lover Man is a one Woman Man...or ELSE!

You & I and Breakfastpops all have the SAME thought...HE must have MONEY. Are we Bad? Anyway, I'm so Glad you Enjoyed and I too, Enjoyed your Comments and of course your Vote and Sharing...Thank You!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear b. Malin,

What a sweet stroll down the Boardwalk with the natural observations we tend to make as we 'people watch'... you and Lover Man are cool.

Glad you are safe from Sandy...take care & Voted UP and across the board.

Hugs, Maria

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femmeflashpoint 4 years ago


My goodness ... you've thrown me into an entire river of deja vu!

Very observant of you and lover-man on "what lies beneath", and I'm flipping impressed that you put together an entire article on it!

I know a wholeeeeee lot of women who should not only read this, but maybe plaster it in poster-size to their bedroom wall!

Loved it!!


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi LoverDoctor,

Boardwalking is Fun, especially the Conversations that are picked up along the way. So Glad you were able to join us!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Born2care,

The longer we walk the Boards, the more we hear...Especially the He said, she said ones that other's walkers are chatting about. You know the Jersey Shore and all its Fascinations.

Thanks for your Thoughts, and of course your Vote.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Moonfairy,

Lover Man and I are a Lucky Couple...we saved two others from meeting us. (Ha, Ha!) Seriously, some people get themselves into No Win Situations and than seem Surprised when it doesn't work out.

Thanks so much for Enjoying, and also for your Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Teacher,

Thank You. Wow, I feel so Humbled by your Words of Praise. Isn't that what our Hub writings are all about, being able to give a "picture" through our words, for all to Enjoy.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kashmir,

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed.

As for "Sandy" so far just a little Wind and light Rain. We've got our Fingers crossed for nothing HEAVY from her. You stay Stay Safe in Mass. as well.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gypsy Rose,

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed. So far so Good here on the Jersey Shore...Hoping it just stays the Light Rain and Soft Wind that we are Experiencing now...Yes, I'm a Dreamer too! Thanks for your Beautiful Thoughts and Safe Wishes.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

It sounds like a Good Sensible plan, Becky. Each move is Always an Adventure. I wish your Family, much Good Health and Happiness in your New Surroundings. LOL, Girlfriend.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mar,

Thank You. I'll tell Lover Man you think we're COOL...He'll Love that.

So far, it's Pretty CALM here on the Jersey Shore...We PRAY "Sandy" will be kind to all she Encounters...Stay Safe, East Coast, Stay Safe...You too, Mar...LOL, Girlfriend.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Femme,

Aw we Women, Not always Smart in the dating game...and she was a Classic Example. Maybe she will be the exception to the Rule, but probably NOT! Pretty Good Comments there, girlfriend. Thanks for Enjoying!

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

What a lovely stroll down the boardwalk, watching how others interact. Its funny isn't it when you get a small taste of someone elses life, not knowing which way they are going, its like a small story in itself, great stuff! nell

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Sometimes one cannot help but overhear conversations and it is fun to make up our own stories about what we have heard. You painted this slice of life beautifully! Now...stay safe up there with this impending hurricane bearing down on your part of the country!

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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Great story. Your stories always brighten my day. I can always visual being there when you write.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love eavesdropping on stranger's conversations and your's was an interesting eavesdrop.

Hope your safe from Sandy.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Nothing beats strolling on the boardwalk with your love! What a great little journey you took us on. Isn't it funny what snippets you pick up in just minutes?

I have to tell you the Jersey Shore (not the show) is my favorite place (close to home). This was so much fun, a walk with entertainment ;)

V0ted up, awesome, and interesting.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell,

Your Thoughts are so True. It's like CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT for the Mind. Lover Man and I always Enjoy the Mini Conversations that we hear, and we're getting our Exercise as well...Win, Win!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Peggy,

Well, I'm back from Hurricane "Sandy" with some repairs...NOT a Polite Guest!

Loved your Comments, Life is made up of bits of Conversations...and many a story comes from them. Thanks for Enjoying.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi d. Williams, I'm so Glad you Enjoyed, and that I could Brighten your Day with my Thoughts, so Happy you stopped by to Comment.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Mmm, I guess we were Eavesdropping, Moonlake, but YES, it was Fun and Entertaining, and who knows, Maybe others listen to Lover Man & I as THEY stroll the Boardwalk!

We are Safe, and now cleaning up after Sandy. Thanks for asking.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tillsontitan,

Thank You. I know the Bits and Pieces are Funny, especially on the Boardwalk, there is a lot of "He" said, and "She" said conversations, spoken about others as they walk along.

I agree the Jersey Shore is Great (NOT THE SHOW) which DOES NOT take place on our real Shore line.

Thanks so much for your Thoughts and of Course your VOTES!

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

B Malin, awesome hub as always. I didn't read any other comments so I hope that you are doing ok. So sorry about Sandy. The news said that it looks like a totally different place so you are in our prayers dear friend. B Malin, your so funny that I actually put a smile on my face when I see your avatar:) Be safe. Voted up and all across. Shared also.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyric,

We are Fine, it was Scary... We looked like we had Lake Front Property. Thank goodness the water receded back to the Bay. Under the House in our Crawl Space, we had 4 feet of Water in height, which yesterday was pumped out. So we're getting back to Normal. Thanks for Asking.

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed my Hub and of course, Thanks for the Votes!

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kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Nice story but I feel so sad with what happened on the Jersey Shores with Sandy! It will be awhile before we see people walking the boardwalk whatever their age :-(

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kidscrafts,

You are so Right. Slowly, we are getting back, lots of Cleaning up to do. But we are Survivors here on the Jersey Shore, and so we will be Walking those Boards once again, real soon. Thanks for your Thoughtful Comments.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

The stroll down the boardwalk is a lovely story and a bit ironic considering its fate just a few days later. I am glad you survived the storm without damage to your home. I know you'll be glad when the water is gone and back where it belongs. I'm sure they will rebuild the boardwalk, but it is a bit heartbreaking. I wish you the best.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Pamela,

I know...We are Fine, thank you for your Thoughtful Concern. Atlantic City is Still in a Sad State...But in time, We will all be Fine. I'm so Glad you Enjoyed the Stroll.

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great story and thanks for sharing.


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Eiddwen, Thank You. So Glad you Stopped by to Comments. I'll be by to see you as well.

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hi b we have moved house and had no TV or internet for about a week and only heard about Sandy on the local radio, It was so frustrating wondering if all my hubber friends were OK. I am so pleased to hear that you are safe.

Loved this lighthearted tale of the overheard conversation while you and Lover Man were strolling on the beach only days before the storm, things can change so suddenly, I wonder if they are still strolling together, did she 'run' or hang around for the money while feeding the jerk's ego.

Voting UP and more

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay, Thanks for Inquiring...Now comes the Nor'Easter...so far JUST SNOW! Hope it was a Happy Move for you. I Missed You, and just came back from reading your last Hub. Wow, Girlfriend, it's GOOD!

They certainly were an Interesting Couple to listen to...I just knew there was a Hub I could write. I'm hoping at the end of the stroll she said to herself, this "jerk" is NOT for Me. Once again, Thanks for your Vote!

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I enjoyed reading this one, Barbara. What a difference a month makes! Thanks for sharing the intimate conversation of the pervert, haha. :)

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Denise, You are too Funny, Loved your Comments. Yes, what a difference a Month makes, But the Board are STILL Standing. They were NOT destroyed.

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Monis Mas 4 years ago

This one was fun! Cute story, but I got worried when you said that the weather was changing... It brought back Sandy...

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Yes, Sandy...and we got her! We wound up losing BOTH our Cars, thank goodness for Insurance.

But I am Happy to report our Wonderful Boardwalk to A.C. is still intact, standing, and giving Everyone the Enjoyment of walking on it!

Thanks for Commenting and Enjoying.

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Vickiw 4 years ago

Loved your little vignette! Some of us become extremely good observers of people, laced with the power of our own past experiences, and a good base of age thrown in. Great that your style of writing is able to capture your interest in people! Fun.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Vickiw, Thank you. I Love to people watch and Animal watch too. There is always a story there...sometimes it takes a lot of imagination and if I'm lucky, a little eavesdropping!

I'm now off to Enjoy one of your Hubs!

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Vickiw 4 years ago

Lovely to hear from you, and thank you for taking time out on my behalf. sandy must have been an awful experience, and my thoughts are still often with you down there. We who are far away would love to help, but often don't know how. Hope you all recover soon.

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