Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fall in NJ

Hey All. I finally broke down and was persuaded to join Facebook.com. It's really crazy how many people you can quickly catch up with on this site. I skipped the High School reunion, but since I've been on Facebook I've gotten the current low down on many of our classmates and even saw some pics from the reunion. Which brings me to my point: I'll be uploading my photos from now on to Facebook since it's easy and a good central point to place them. You will need to be registered to view them, but it only takes a minute.

Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug_Wolinsky/635121840

October 18th I've volunteered to be Beach Captain for Clean Ocean Alliance's Harvey Cedars Beach Clean Up. We will have refreshments and snacks for participants (quantities are limited). It's the same day (unless postponed because of no waves) and meeting place as "The Clam Jam" surf contest so there should be a lot of activity this Saturday on the beach of Harvey Cedars. So come on down, check out the contest, help clean up a beach and enjoy the shore once more before it gets too cold! We will meet at the top of Hudson Avenue or just on the other side of the dune. See ya there!

OK, I didn't post this on time so you can disregard the above paragraph. It was a cold and windy day for the Clean Up which I'm sure didn't help the turnout which as it turns out wasn't great. A total of 9 people showed up. Well actually 7 and two toddlers. But we managed to pull of a couple bags of trash off of the precious little beach which is left in Harvey Cedars. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

The next day was the "Clam Jam" amidst large Northeast storm surf with more high winds and cool temperatures. An impressive amount of people braved the weather to watch and cheer for the local surfers as well as partake in the goodies provided by the sponsors including Pine Surf Shop and Mud City Restaurant. Brendan Wilhem was killing it and for the second year in a row will have his name engraved on the Clam Trophy along with teammate Dan Merganser. There are pics of the day on my Facebook page. A day late for the Clam Jam, on Monday the winds went offshore. The surf cleaned up nicely, held it's size and provided good fun for myself doing some drifts in Beach Haven and the contestants in Seaside attending the "Grudge Match" surf contest won by Sam Hammer.

A week later we again were blessed with fun surf, but the water is cooling down. Fullsuits are the call now and many are opting for booties. It won't be long before the 5mm wetsuits are needed.

So now it's time to get back to work. I'm heading down to Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow to start the search for another boat. It looks like just in a nick of time before Old Man Winter arrives.
Au revoir!