What was my favorite part? Living across the street from the Ocean City Community Center, which, among other things, houses the wonderful Ocean City Free Public Library. For just $10 for a year's membership, I had access to hundreds of books. Summer is my time to read all the books I've wanted to but don't have time for the rest of the year. And read I did - 12 books in four weeks.
I will continue to read at home, but somehow having to drive to my local library just won't be as special as having it right across the street.
A midweek break
I've perfected the four-hour Shore tour to Ocean Grove. If the weather is nice on a Wednesday, I leave my home at 4:45 p.m. and arrive after the beach-tag inspectors have left at 5:30. I chose Wednesdays because on the weekends traffic is bad and the beach is more crowded.
With my boogie board, I swim and catch the waves until 6:30. After a shower and towel-down, I fly my shark-shaped kite and two delta kites, if the wind is right. At 7:30, I get my fold-up bicycle out of the trunk. With its 16-inch wheels and extended handle bars and seat, my Dahon bike is an attention-grabber. The quaint streets and homes make for a pleasant ride. I watch the sunset at Fletcher Lake and/or listen to the band at the boardwalk pavilion. Finally, I leave around 9:30 and congratulate myself all the way home for squeezing a whole day at the Shore into four hours.
Halfway home, I sometimes stop at White Castle and get two sliders (hamburgers) and a small fries to remember my fast-food childhood days. I still get home by 10:30, just in time to see a rerun of Cheers.
Glen Key Dalessandro