Tree Company Research

This past weekend was a 3-day one for me, as work gave me Monday off.  I wish I could say I enjoyed this weekend, but in all honesty, I did not.  The storm late last week knocked down a tree in the side of my yard, which not only bumped the power-line, but also caved in part of my roof.  One of the tree limbs even went through the attic vent duct, which I didn’t even think was possible because the whole is so small.  The attic in my house is not finished, so that part was not a huge deal for me (not an emergency anyways).  But, I didn’t want to wait until Tuesday for businesses to open back up.

I hopped online and started to google tree service providers in the area.  What I found was interesting and not exactly what I expected.  The majority of the companies on the first 3 pages of google had cookie-cutter, boring sites that really didn’t explain anything their arborists do or how they do it.  Basically, the sites just listed things like tree removal, pruning, trimming, etc., but didn’t share anything about the staff, such as their level of experience.  It’s not enough to just say your business is the best.  I feel that it needs an explanation as to why.

Yes, I did in fact read through 23 different websites until I finally found a tree service provider that looked a lot different from the rest, Joe Stevens.  Joe owns Albany Tree & Property Service, which has been around for more than 15 years.  He employs an experienced team of arborists that can handle any job big or small.  In reading through his site, I got the feeling that tree care is more than just a job to him and his team.  They seemed to care, so that’s who I called.

Joe and his crew showed up Saturday to give me an estimate and it was reasonable, so I asked them to start right away.  They knocked out the whole job in a few hours and cleaned up the mess when it was complete.  My roof is still in dire need of repair, so I’ll be calling a roofing contractor to fix that soon.  However, I was very happy with Joe’s tree service, and I share this simply to remind you to do your research before choosing a business that’s a good fit for you.  The people that care about what they do are worth every penny.

Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

It’s becoming a vital need to prepare you for the zombie apocalypse, so when the time comes, you are able to defend yourself. The world is rapidly changing and there have been various reports that certain parts of the world have seen outbreak of zombies. These zombies are the walking dead – average people that have become infected from our government’s virus research gone bad. Follow these 5 tips and you have a chance at survival.

1. Choose Your Weapons Carefully


Know that weapons you choose depend on the situation. Hide first, run later. When you run, you need weapons that you can carry or that fit in your backpack. When you hide, step up your game and bring some more heavy firepower.
Your weapons of choice could be anything from a knife (not recommended, Rambo) to fully automatic machine gun, to a flamethrower. Although the flamethrower seems appealing at first glance, remember that zombies don’t die easily. You’re going to need to go for head-shots, so choosing a weapon that can fire bullets with would be wise.
Where do you get all these guns you ask? There must be a local gun shop you can raid. Steal a truck, back it into the store’s front window and take all you can. Get back to your location fast and hide the vehicle.

2. Gather Food

While you’ve got the stolen truck, get to the grocery store, grab carts and collect as much dry food as you can. You’re not going to have electricity, so don’t bother getting microwaved meals. Zombie apocalypse, remember? You won’t have to worry about paying for any of this either since the zombies already decimated the city. Bring as much as you can and be prepared to ration it until help arrives (whenever that is).

3. Get Your Hands on a Medical Kit


Haven’t you ever played Call of Duty!? Everyone knows that when you’re bleeding out on the floor, you can come back to life if you have a med kit handy. Acquire lots of them. If they’re in stock, your local sporting goods store is a great choice. If you need to build your own, rip off some backpacks and head to the local hospital. Items to include:
– Non-serrated knife
– Adhesive tape
– A splint
– Soap
– Antiseptic wipes
– Elastic bandages
– Sterile Gauze

4. Build a Fortress

You were great at this as a kid. It’s time to use what you’ve learned. Use anything you can to lock down your location so that nothing from the outside can get in. Heavy objects, such as a couch or a refrigerator make great barriers when propped against doors and windows. Once you’re in, no one leaves, for any reason. Everyone tries to run and look what happens to them. If you have an idiot in the group that insists on leaving, restrain them for the sake of the rest of you. Your group needs a leader, so it’s time for you to take charge.


5. Hold Position


Sit tight. Yes, this part always sucks, but now you have a chance to get to know each other. I hope you brought some people of the opposite sex. Diverse groups make for a better time. Too much testosterone or estrogen in one place makes everyone nuts. Keep in mind there are going to be a number of different personalities, some that may clash, all in one spot. Lucky you! Try to understand that everyone doesn’t handle death and destruction as well as you do…and they didn’t read this survival guide.
Inevitably, the zombies will come for you. Position the large weaponry in front and hold the line. Kill as many as you can. Each head-shot it worth 10 points, but whose keeping tracking.
Once the zombies overwhelm your location, it’s time to run.

6. Run

When there is no option left, you have to run away. This is the everyone for themselves part of the plan. Stick together where possible, but eventually the zombies will catch up. There will come a time when it’s either your life or the life of someone else. Be selfish and survive. Don’t pretend that you’d sacrifice yourself for some person you just met a few hours ago. Instinct will kick (thanks Darwin) and you’ll keep going, faster than before.

7. Find the Safe Haven
Think I Am Legend.  You are not alone in the world. You are not the only one that will be facing the Zombie Apocalypse. There are other survivors as well. Finding them is the problem. Get your hands on a radio. Look for lone survivors. Somehow, one of them always know where the safe haven is yet he or she always has a terrible sense of direction. Acquire them into your group and fight your way to freedom.
I sincerely hope this helps you survive the zombie apocalypse…if you even see it in time that is.


This is obviously fictional. Don't sue me :-)

Back Again

Hello world!  I am definitely overdue for a post. I’ve been slacking.  Things have been a little crazy in my neck of the woods.  I was laid off and I am once again on the grind for a new position. Onward we march, but I’m not discouraged.  There’s a learning opportunity here.  It’s called show up on time and make yourself invaluable.  I showed up on time (all the time), but I can’t say I was invaluable, so lesson learned.  Out of 4,400 people, 764 were let go over the past 3 months.  I probably should have seen this coming, but I was enjoying a nice, fat paycheck so I guess you could say the blinders were on.  The position was in HR.  I’m not a people person, so there’s another lesson learned – why did I choose this field?  Still not sure.

I took a role in HR as an analyst and had worked a large multinational corporation.  As you’d expect, I interviewed with a thousand people before I was hired and then I was introduced to the red tape.  It was a huge organization with layers upon layers of management and each manager with their own agenda.  It was rough up front learning everything because it was almost like people spoke a different language at the company, a technical one that I didn’t understand yet.  And, don’t even get me started on the training.  There was zero formal training, but there was hours and hours of people standing over me and me watching e-learning videos online, trying very hard to stay awake.  Don’t get me wrong, I was a 4.0 student, but I was expecting something far different from that.  The interviewers drew me in without telling me the whole story.  It got better though.  After a few months, I had a good handle on my role and started helping out colleagues and boom…management noticed.  Almost instantly, I was reassigned to a special project for the top dogs.  I nailed it and boom…promotion.  Wow, if it only was like this all the time.  I took my new role and enjoyed the freedom of choosing the projects I wanted to work on…until my boss was “realigned” (demoted) for being useless.  That’s a shame – I liked her and she gave me the freedom that made me actually somewhat enjoy work.

The new manager appeared and she was far different than the previous.  She was a dictator and I couldn’t stand it.  The first weekend after the manager swap, I went to NYC to visit a friend and I told him I needed to a change.  He asked what kind, and I said I didn’t know – just something.  “Move here.”  Genius!  I went back, applied to a few hundred jobs and starting traveling back and forth to and from the city to interview.  I landed one after a couple months (the one that just disappeared).  Here’s the thing though – the new role sounded great, just like the last one, but when you actually got into the role, it was not what they said it was.  So, the fact that I was laid off doesn’t bother me too much, especially since they’ll be paying me severance for the next month.  I’m just going to enjoy my preview of retirement.  What can be learned from all of this?  Choose your major carefully.  And, on a side note, big thank you and shout out to the leading pest control service beaverton or who hooked me up with an interview at a firm I think I might actually enjoy working at.  The future is looking bright.

Not Much of an Update

Hey there!  Been super busy with work lately, so I haven’t posted much.  Lots going in my world.  Took a trip to Vegas this week.  It was out of control!  Las Vegas definitely lives up to its expectations.  The hotels would crazy expensive (but sick as hell), fast cars were all over the place racing up and down the strip between street lights, and the girls were wearing almost nothing…in broad daylight…everywhere, and there was a lot of blinding sunlight.  Sounds like Heaven right?  Haha.  Oh man, what a week it was.  I rented the new Shelby Mustang GT-H and raced that to the Grand Canyon at 132 mph – the thing flies and it makes noise you can hear from a long long way away, so you know it’s coming.  The good news is there’s almost no cops on the road because the area is so big to cover.  My radar detector did pick up some lasers though, so it had to be a UAV flying overhead (drone or something); that happened a couple times and my brakes got a workout.  I did cut the time to the Grand Canyon, where I was headed, by a good 30 minutes though, so that’s fresh.  As expected, the Grand Canyon wasn’t that grand…really just a big hole and some rocks.  It was kind of cool to see since it’s a nationally recognized thing, but not as amazing as I expected.  Driving that car was so much more fun.  8 hours of driving in one day sounds like a lot until you forget that you’re driving and you feel like you’re a live member in Need for Speed or Fast and Furious.  I was waiting for the chopper chase scene to start.  After I got back I was so exhausted, I dropped down on the bed for a minute and woke up the next day.  Who sleeps 18 hours???  Apparently, I do.  Spent all of Sunday at the pool with some girls I met.  Literally just walked away after saying bye to them and boom…she appears on Tinder.  I texted her the screenshot of it and she got a laugh.  Overall, I had a ballin’ time in Vegas. You got the 10% I can share, the other 90% dies with me haha.  Til next time.

Have To Write A Persuasive Letter

Seriously, read it and tell me what you think.  Would you donate after this?


Dear (Whoever):


I would like to tell you a little bit about a very important charitable organization in the Latham area.  The Salvation Army has been providing clothing for the less fortunate people of the Latham area for many years at a very low cost.

The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization.  It is currently struggling to remain active in the community because of rising taxes and a trend of decreasing support from the upper-class members of the community who had previously contributed greatly.

Over the past few years, I have been donating both money and time to the Salvation Army in an attempt to keep it in business.  Please consider helping to support the Salvation Army in its time of need.  Help of any kind is welcome.

Your Friend,


Yes?  Would you donate after reading this, or at least consider it anyways?

I’m attempting to round up some money for the local Salvation Army so they don’t need to close their store down.

List of Catastrophies

So listen to this.  Class has been done for a few weeks now. I was browsing through all my saved notes and papers and such from school and came across what you see a few lines below.  It was from English class.  I was an A student, so when the teacher tells the class to “peer review” each others’ papers, I get worried.  Why would I want a person flunking the class to be reviewing my paper.  As you would expect, I received the class clown for the peer review.  His was sitting on a solid D+ (I know because he told me), and he seemed quite proud of it, which I don’t understand.  He had a lot of feedback for me – grammar (to make it worse), new ideas (to go off topic), and even questions on the words I used (which he had to look up, but the average person would not).

I got my revenge without even trying.  Have a look at this:

  1. The author’s thesis is a one-sentence answer to the essay question.
  2. This thesis is one that a reasonable person might need to be convinced of.
  3. The introduction is worded in an odd way.  It needs to be made clearer.  The biggest issue is the first sentence.  The conclusion doesn’t really have anything to do with summing up the essay and bringing it to a close.  The conclusion needs to sum up the main points of each paragraph and tie everything together.  Lastly, I think the thesis needs to better address the essay question.  Currently, it talks about the aggressive nature of humans and the existence of a society where that is the case.
  4. Each paragraph has a main point, but not all of the paragraphs relate to the thesis.  There doesn’t seem to be much a transition between any of the paragraphs.  The ending idea of one paragraph should tie in to the starting idea of the next paragraph.
  5. The fourth paragraph is the most effective paragraph because it relates to the thesis.
  6. The weakest paragraph is the fifth paragraph because it is does not thoroughly explain the main point.  It needs more description and detail.
  7. The author uses some references, but he needs more of them.  Also, he needs to cite sources in APA format.
  8. The essay does not offer a critical analysis because the essay does not relate well to the thesis.
  9. I liked the forth paragraph because it made sense.
  10. Here are some errors:
  • 1st sentence- change “give” to “gives”
  • Thesis sentence- change “do to” to “due to”
  • The first paragraph’s topic sentence- Split it into 2 sentences after “affected” then say, “For example, according to the Darwinist theory,…”
  • 2nd paragraph (bottom)- change “posses” to “possess”
  • 2nd paragraph (bottom)- add comma after explains in this quote: “After Rousseau explains…”
    • APA format needs to be used in this essay.
    • This paper does not address all of the issues asked for in this essay.  It needs more sources too.


  •       Use more sources and cite them in APA format
  •       Add a cover page to your essay (APA format in Hacker book)
  •       Change the introduction to better answer the essay question.  Then, change the essay to relate to the new thesis.
  •       Cite the lecture as a report from a private organization.
  •       Read through to see if the wording of the sentences makes sense.
  •       Look for grammatical errors with spell-checker.

Has anyone else ever had this happen?  Maybe next time, I’ll request a peer review from the teacher’s pet instead.  My sanity may fair better.


My Last Week at School & Job Applications

Last week, I created a flag football team that I thought would be pretty decent (instead of applying for jobs like I was supposed to be doing).  I was astonished to learn just how perfect our team was.  As it turns out, our team’s practices and performances on the field convey a few different themes.

A secular world view probably best applies to sports.  From when we are young, we are told that practice makes perfect.  Actually, it does not make perfect, but it does makes permanent.  Good practice leads to good habits while the opposite is also true.  Another belief that I heard was that the more effort a person puts into something, the better the result will be.  When I selected my team members, I chose mostly my friends, but also people with different strengths, that I thought would work together well and better the team as a whole.

Our team’s first practice was Thursday at 3:00 pm.  We all met down on the lacrosse field for a scrimmage to determine the positions everyone would play.  After thirty minutes of playing, we realized that some people needed to be moved to different positions.  After that, we played a little better, but still could use some improvement.  Then, it hit me; we needed to improve our teamwork.  From then on, we kept our focus on playing as a team and playing to the team’s strengths, not the strengths of the individual players.  I believe that this secular view of football worked perfectly.  We practiced working together, as team, and we improved our ability to perform.  Apparently, our practices have worked because we have won all of our last three games against teams with people that were very much larger than our players.  I wish I could find a job with these guys, but I doubt that will happen.

football or job apps

Someone had to take the picture, so I couldn’t be in the shot.  If only we had a drone, or maybe a selfie-stick.

The religious world view of sports is a little different than the secular world view.  The first view that comes to mind from that perspective, relating to football is when a team is on their own goal line, with one down left to score and win or go home.  In this type of position, this view works perfectly because the team is essentially living on a prayer.  You see how I just quoted Bon Jovi there?  Also, most announcers say something along the lines of this when a team is in a must make situation: “They have to make this one.  The QB drops back and launches up a prayer.”  Once in a while, the team’s prayers are answered and the wide receiver makes the catch.

The second view that comes to mind when thinking about football occurs in the captain’s pre-game speech.  The team gathers in a tight circle and prays together asking for a win, after the captain speaks.  An interesting fact to point out is that not all people are religious, but all of the players participate or are at least present at the site of the speech.  This most likely occurs because of the fact that the pre-game speech is also a tradition.

Lastly, flag football relates to the “American Experience”.  The “American Experience” is about bettering ourselves as people.  The teamwork involved in each practice and game teaches responsibility and proper conduct as well as athleticism.  Responsibility and proper conduct help to better people by improving the way in which they act.  Athleticism works more literally, by improving a person’s ability to perform.

Flag football demonstrates the theme of a team.  Football can be viewed through a secular world view, a religious world view, or a combination of both.  Finally, the “American Experience” is about improving people and their state of condition; in my team’s case, flag football does exactly this because of the teamwork involved in practice and games.

With football in the bag, it’s time for me to start my job hunt.  I’ve been procrastinating on this since I still have some time at school.  I have a few faster classes that I need to wrap up in the summer, so technically, I don’t need to start looking for a job yet, but I really should.  I don’t want to stay in Jersey, so I applied to jobs mainly in New York and Boston.  I applied to Moody’s and Goldman Sachs in New York for a financial path, and then I took a bit of a detour and applied to a smaller company Newton Fire and Flood in Mass.  I’m not dead set on the financial route, so I’d like to try some new things and that seems like a good way to go.  Local businesses instead of the corporate giants.  We’ll see what happens.  I sent in applications yesterday and some today, so now I have to wait.  I’ll post an update as soon as I hear back.  Football will have to stay on the back burner for a bit.  Can’t exactly go pro.

Siena’s Dog Pound

dog pound siena college

Recently, I attended the Siena Saint’s Dog Pound sign-up.  The Dog Pound is a club where students can join for only five dollars, and get free tickets to all of the men’s and women’s basketball games, in order to cheer on Siena’s two teams.  The Dog Pound illustrates the themes of Foundations by relating to the person, our society, and nature.

The Siena Saint’s Dog Pound sign-up was held on/at 8 o’clock.  I attended this event so as to join the Siena Saint’s Dog Pound (Club) because the Dog Pound’s main purpose is to be Siena’s cheering section and spirit squad in the stands at each of the men’s and women’s basketball games.

The Dog Pound relates to the theme of the person because this club, which is the biggest at Siena College, is a massive group of people.  Each person is an individual that brings his personality to the group.  Since there are so many participants of every age, gender, race, ethnicity, and culture, the Dog Pound is very diverse.  Each individual in the Dog Pound has two responsibilities, which are to cheering for the Saints as they play, and having fun while you’re at the game.  This club gives all of its participants an opportunity to come together for a common cause, and grow as a people and a society as they learn from themselves and others.

The Dog Pound can be seen as a society because of its internal setup.  This club unites all the different people and gives them the single goal of cheering on the Saints as best they can so that they will work together as a society to achieve it.  People get the chance to interact with each other and express themselves.  One of the great things about the Dog Pound is the fact that part of fund-raised proceeds are given to local charities and other important organizations that try to better the outside society by improving the community we live in.

No community is perfect, just as no society is perfect, but that does not mean that nothing can be done.  With the help of the local government, charitable organizations, some of which the Dog Pound sends money to, clean up our community.  Siena’s campus is one of the cleanest, most natural campuses in the area.  Nature is defined as anything that is not man-made, so aside from the buildings and the side-walks, the land Siena College is on contains a lot of nature.  Along with sending money to charitable organizations, the Dog Pound also puts money toward the up-keep of the Siena’s campus.  The grass is always cut and kept neat, leaves are raked in the fall, and the animals that live here are left alone.  We can’t live without nature, so it is important to care for it; the Dog Pound has the right idea.

Although the Siena Saint’s basketball season has no started yet, I have learned a great deal about the Dog Pound, its purpose, and it’s relation to the Foundations themes by reading about the club and talking to the founder.  The Dog Pound is something that everyone should join.  I know the experience is going to be amazing.  The biggest thing I learned about the Dog Pound was its relation to the person, our society, and nature.  When I first heard about the club, I did not think about its purpose and its relation to anything; I just thought it would be fun.

The Siena Saint’s Dog Pound is an amazing club that relates to all of the themes of Foundations in one way or another.  The individuals that make up the club, combined with the interaction among everyone in the club leads to an awesome experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Internship Experience

In early January of this semester, I began looking for possible internships for the spring term.  I went online and searched for internships in the fields of human resources and management.  Unfortunately, CareerPortal did not have as many options as I had hoped.  My next move was to go to S Hall 301 and talk to Anne Anderson.  She gave me a list of internships to choose from.  I chose six internships in the areas of human resources and management.  I interviewed with a few possible companies, but none of them seemed to interest me very much.  In regard to my interview with those companies, I felt very comfortable with the process because I had already interview for at least five other positions throughout the fall semester.

One week later, I received a call from Tim Johnson, the Assistant Manager at ACX Investors.  He stated that he had received my fax and would like to meet with me.  Mr. Johnson stated that no interview was required, but that there would be an orientation on February 19th at 1:00 PM.  At the orientation, Mr. Johnson introduced me to his entire office, which consisted of about twenty people; everyone seemed very nice, and they were all eager to work with me.  Mr. Johnson then brought me into the conference room, where he told me a little bit about the company and what to expect during the course of the internship.  Mr. Johnson and I then created my schedule for the semester.

The internship at ACX Investors was a class-style internship, which consisted of three-hour learning sessions and a plethora of shadow days.  The learning sessions were much like a night class at Siena.  I would come into the office with my notebook, and Mr. Johnson would lecture on both ACX Investors as a corporation and the job of a financial representative.  It is interesting to note that at ACX Investors, a financial representative can take one of two tracks – sales or management.  The choice was up to the individual, and would affect all future meetings, training, and licensing.  During the learning sessions, I basically just took notes and focused on understanding everything that Mr. Johnson explained.  Throughout each session, Mr. Johnson would quiz me on what I had learned and ask if I had any other questions.  In total, I attended fifteen classes.

In regard to the shadow days, I would go with the sales representatives to their appointments if the potential customer approved.  Overall, I shadowed forty-four different sales calls – approximately two calls per representative.  This process entailed a lot of traveling, but it was very interesting and well worth it.  Each sales call was approximately two hours.  During travel time, the financial representative would share with me his “game-plan” for the call.  Then, once we arrived at the meeting place, I just observed him in action.  My consistent attendance at sales calls allowed me to apply the information that Mr. Johnson had lectured on.

Without a doubt, the sales calls that I went on with financial representatives were the most interesting part of the internship.  It was really valuable to watch the financial representatives in action because I could see how they set up their schedules and how they performed under pressure.  The best part is that this process gave me a clear picture of the job; I could definitely see myself as a financial representative, although I am not quite sure whether I would take the sales or management path.  Before taking this internship, I had not even considered working for a financial company because I had never liked math.  Interestingly enough, I can easily handle the math required for the jobs at ACX Investors.

The least interesting part of the internship was learning about the computer software that employees of ACX Investors use to keep track of their clients.  The software had some amazing capabilities, but starring at a screen for hours was not fun.  Using this program, we ran a multitude of different scenarios using various conditions, such as type of insurance, type of stock, age of the client, etc.

I learned a lot from my experiences at ACX Investors.  First, the company culture is awesome.  The dress-code is strictly professional, but the atmosphere is much more relaxed.  Most of the members of the office are very close friends, having known each other for a very long time.  The majority of the members work in the “bull-pen”, which is full of desks that have no dividers; there are no cubicles at all, which allows everyone to interact with each other freely.  Lunch breaks are very entertaining because everyone tries to cram into a small room.  My favorite part of the culture is that every other week, Mr. Johnson and the other office members do something fun together.  One week they went paint-balling.  Another week they went rock-climbing.  Unfortunately, none of these events fit into my schedule, so I was unable to attend.

This internship reinforces the fact that I want to find a company culture that is fun.  ACX Investors definitely meets that requirement.  Secondly, I had never considered a sales position before because I had always felt uncomfortable in high pressure selling situations.  However, the training that ACX Investors provides is very extensive and has the ability to mold very efficient and effective financial representatives.

Mr. Johnson was a very effective supervisor, and was also very flexible.  He essentially worked his schedule around mine, in order to give me the most exposure to the business as he could.  He lectured for each of the class sessions, and held a “wrap-up” meeting at the end of each shadow day to debrief.  The only suggestion that I can offer for improvement of the process would be for him to incorporate a greater variety of teaching styles for the learning sessions because some of them provided more information than I could handle; computer science students call this information overload.

I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone interesting in exploring a career in the financial industry.  Students that may be interesting in sales or management would also benefit from this internship.  The internship definitely met my expectations.

Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Long Beach Island New Jersey

Every year, I go to Long Beach Island, New Jersey, on vacation in late July and stay through early August.  This is the beach I look forward to going to because of its location and beauty.

At six o’clock in the morning, I walk to the beach from my four story, pink colored, rough, cement wall motel that contains an eight foot in-ground pool, and a free breakfast with a newspaper each morning.  The air is a cool sixty degrees, crisp and fresh, like that of a high mountain, with no smell of salt, as I walk down the beach to the shoreline.  Each step sinks into the damp, but soft, white sand covering miles of beach.  As I approach the water line, I can feel the increasing moisture of thirteen foot, dark blue waves, that crash on certain parts of the beach hurling thousands of multicolored clam shells ranging from one inch to three inches in size, small black and blue scallops, and packs of mussels trapped in swamp green, unbreakable seaweed and hard balls of sand.  The water is a cold sixty five degrees that warms to seventy degrees around lunch time.  The water temperature is not very pleasant in the morning, but it wakes one up quickly.  As I walk along the beach, I can feel a cool flowing breeze drop from the troposphere and push north along the shore.  Occasionally, this mixes with the even cooler breeze that flies off the ocean, creating a bone-chilling, sharp wind that I am glad does not come very often.  Continuing my walk, I make my way around scattered, detailed sand castles made by beach goers from the past day when I was still on the road to Long Beach.

Long Beach Island

I can see that where the beach ends on my left, there are hundreds of three story motels, none of which are vacant, which exhibit multiple colors, including green, purple, pink, and orange, followed by groups of smaller motels colored the same, but filled with much less people.  In the distance, on the horizon, I can see the monstrous Pier One.  Pier One, also known as Morrey’s Pier, is a sight to see, with over two thousand feet of wide, beige water slides, a crowded water park with extremely warm, eighty degree water, hundreds of nozzles and fountains spraying water everywhere, and the gigantic, three story high Ferris Wheel, standing tall in bright red.  In the night time, the Ferris wheel lights up in a rainbow of colors and ten different patterns.  The patterns, some of which I remember, include a yellow, blue, pink, and red star, a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet circle, and a pink, purple, blue and green spinning square, which is my favorite.

Morey Pier LBI NJ

From here, I run back to the motel to eat breakfast.

The beach is very much different in the afternoon.  As I approach the beach, I see crowds of people of a variety of ages, ethnicities, and body types wandering around or laying on towels soaking up the sun.

beach girls

Walking down the cracking wooden steps to the steaming, golden grains of sand, I can’t wait to set up my eight foot, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and orange umbrella, and sit down in my teal water chair, set up next to the lifeguard.  Once, I sit down, I look around and notice that the burning sun is gleaming off the sand, and the temperature is around ninety eight degrees, which means that it is time to go in the seventy degree refreshing water to surf.  As I paddle out on my white board with two green pin stripes, I glance at the mile long jetties filled with moss covered boulders that break the waves.  The first of the fish-filled waves comes carrying a Skate with brown spots and an orange stingray like body right at me.  Luckily, I catch the wave quickly as it breaks.  The six foot wave creates a small tube with a mass of cloudy, blue water and sends me flying into shore on my board.  At the end of the afternoon, I head home and rest.