Gut Rumbles

June 11, 2004

beach towns

I've been on a roll today. I've felt like writing and I've had (what I think anyway) were a lot of good ideas for posts. Sometimes I just grind things out on the blog because I call myself a writer and I NEVER believed that a writer needs inspiration to write. It's a craft. Does a bricklayer need inspiration to lay bricks?

I'll admit that sometimes the words come more easily than they do at other times. I don't know what circumstances make the difference between a good day and a bad day, but something does. If I could figure it out, I'd bottle and sell a cure for Writer's Block.

I want to believe that staying at Folly Beach stirred my creative juices. I LOVE beach towns, especially the ones that are small, populated by natives who don't give a big shit about much of anything, and where you can walk from one end of town to the other in an hour or so, even with a couple of beer stops along the way. Folly Beach is like that.

People walk around in wet bathing suits. You don't HAVE to wear a shirt to go into most bars there, and a lot of people don't wear shirts (you KNOW that I like that!). Wimmen are barefoot, or wearing sandals, so I get to indulge in my foot-fetish at will, as long as I don't drop to my knees and start licking a set of pretty, bare, red toenails on the sidewalk. A bearded old fart such as myself fits right in at Folly Beach.

I've decided to take another field trip tomorrow. I'm going back to Key West. I'll travel tomorrow about as far as Hollywood Beach, where I intend to stay at the hotel with the rooftop pool that allows nekkid sunbathing. I'll try to keep from becoming a "baboon butt" this time, but I WILL take all of my clothes off and lie in the sun. I enjoy doing that kind of thing. Modesty is NOT one of my strong points.

I'll be in Key West about mid-day on Sunday and stay there until next Wednesday. Bejus, that's a long trip, but it's worth it. Key West is the ULTIMATE beach town. It should be fairly quiet this time of year (compared to Spring Break-- or at least as quiet as Key West EVER gets) and I know a couple of very nice internet cafes where I can blog. I'm taking my camera with me and I hope to post some interesting Key West pictures when I return home.

I won't be blogging tomorrow, but you'll hear from me when I reach Key West.


No more than one Key Lime Pie per meal - and say hi to Spider Robinson if he is around Callahan's Place.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on June 11, 2004 08:23 PM

Folly Beach is swift. I lived in Chucktown for a couple of years. I'm going to Key West for a week in a couple of weeks. Why don't you go to Negril, or something, now, and hook up with us in Key West in July?

Posted by: Velociman on June 11, 2004 09:06 PM

Will you take your guitar and play some Buffett at Smokey Joes?

Posted by: Kevin on June 11, 2004 09:56 PM

I love beach towns, and cannot understand one of my brothers-in law, who only likes to go to the mountains on vacation - and he lives in the SF Bay Area, for cri-yi!

If you're ever in the great Pacific NW, let me highly recommend a place called Bandon, Oregon. Our family's favorite beach town, bar none. Deep, wide beaches with THE most hellacious rock formations you've ever seen, most a few bldg. stories high and in wild shapes: seals; an Indian princess in profile (or so they say and I can see it; even before cocktail hour), and more.

AND, decent, not too pricey lodgings right on the beach (Beach Loop Drive). Golfers should know there's a world class Scottish-style golf course there too. I am not a golfer, nor a shill for the Bandon Chamber of Commerce. Just a Chicago boy who fell in love w/ the NW after moving here 10 yrs ago.

Nice little downtown in Bandon, too; a fine local seafood/fish market; and a great NW/CA wine selection at a drugstore just north of town. You want a Pinot Blanc with that Dungeness Crab. In my opinion.

Another spot to die for is Tofino, up on the western coast of Vancouver Island, in between Seattle and Alaska, but a lot closer to the former.

If you're ever out here Acidman, or any a your fine-mannered, funky readers, gimme a holler and I'll fix up some cheese grits and NC-style pulled pork, while dispensing bevs and NW travel tips.

I'm still missin' Wintzell's (sp.?) the late great Mobile seafood restaurant.

Posted by: Matt Rosenberg on June 11, 2004 11:21 PM

Hey, you're a pretty damn good writer. I really enjoy your blog and keep it up whenever possible. You really seem to understand the South as well. God bless.


Posted by: Jason Hannemann on June 12, 2004 12:37 AM

Have a good time. Haven't been to Key West since the late 80's. Spent 3 months there (oh the horrors*grin*). Wish I could get my better half to take a trip with me down there for a week end. Your photos should be interesting. Enjoy!!

Posted by: Guy S. on June 12, 2004 04:09 AM

You might try Gulf Shores, Alabama. It reminds me of the west coast of Florida as it was forty years ago.

Posted by: Brett on June 12, 2004 07:51 AM

628 Thanks so much for all the help to buy ink cartridges

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