In the winter my nursery is pretty dormant. Not a lot of customers buying trees in the winter, so I take off a lot. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to do to prepare for next year, and I try to do most of those things, but I do it whenever I feel like it, inbetween surf sessions, visits, trips, etc.
I put the nursery plants in storage, so it pretty much looks like an empty lot and some people inevitably start rumors “I hear you’re going out of business!” It looks that way just because we pack away the plants to protect them.
Instead of having to explain winter protection to everyone who asks, I put these signs up. Settles all speculation about the health of my business. Surfing comes in handy!
People throughout the past twenty years since I began putting surf signs up have asked me “are you the one who goes surfing? Where do you go, do you really go?”
These silly signs intending to explain our dormant business are actually better and more attention grabbing than any other signs I’ve ever put out there.
Its probably because surfing in my area refers to the internet. Fat lazy Americans (what I am when out of shape) wasting their time doodling, researching, shopping... doing everything except what Mother Nature intended for our bodies.... exert/play/exercise/stress and near death exposure to risk.
So I always try to talk people into trying surfing, and to date I have been able to talk “ZERO” people into even trying. I don’t stop suggesting it to people but I don’t put a lot of energy into it anymore, not worth it. It would be like trying to get my son interested in keeping a life journal- total waste of time.
I used to to belong to a really good masters swim team and not one of those people tried surfing either, oh well. I guess it’s a specialized sport. Better that way anyway. Less surfers=less crowd.
Just thought it funny to find that the most popular page on my website has nothing to do with horticulture, and my most memorable signs by the road don’t have zip to do with the nursery.
Surfing rocks! Can’t wait to go this week!
Last Saturday I surfed for six hours. Three surfing, three body boarding. I’m still sore. My thighs, calfs, shoulders, neck. I know as we age it takes longer for our bodies to recover from exercise. In college, it’s measured in hours. Thirties in a couple’a days, past that it’s measured by how often one gets stressful workouts.
The more hard stuff you do in your life as well as how frequently you do it, the easier it is for your body. If you have a typical lethargic lifestyle, you will not be able to do in your later years what you used to be able to do when you were brand new!
Get off off your fat ass (easier said than done) and work that bod.
Im going to take my kid out west to ski in feb., and I want to be able to ski the whole time we are there. Gotta get in shape!
Holy shit, I’m totally exhausted. I surfed for three hours then paddled in n switched boards for a leg workout on the body board for another three hours.
Body boarders need to earn respect. If people disrespect you, they basically pretend that you aren’t there. As a result, when I’m body boarding, I always go for the biggest waves, the ones others shy away from. Once they see you sliding down huge waves, they usually don’t drop in on you, and back off if you shout at them as they are about to slide down the wave that you are already surfing on.
Some assholes don’t respect the rules, and need an angry talking to, like the kid who got a scolding from me after half a dozen drop ins. He deserved it.
Typical post-storm sunset beautifying my soul on the way home followed by a pure white full moon in a clear black night.
Winter solstice was yesterday so the days are going to get brighter and longer morning and afternoon from now till June 21.
I had this song stuck in my head the entire surf session. Good tune!
Web app not working right- these pics belong in my fall blog for last entry.
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David Benjamin and I started swimming in Chappaqua, NY., swam for Badger swim team, Mercersburg Academy, NC State University, then Westport YMCA masters. I got bored of the ol' back and forth of competitive swimming and the high cost of skiing. Surfing took over and I never looked back.