Do You Like the Beach?

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    Jul 27, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
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    NYT: IT is summer, and so, the beach exerts a different kind of gravitational pull. Sixty-one percent of Americans don’t live anywhere near a beach. We spend a surprising amount of time hearing about this place we will hardly ever see. We watch commercials, TV shows and movies in which nubile young women and their strapping male counterparts frolic on sand, their hair golden and sun-streaked. Long walks on the beach are the supposed holy grail of a romantic evening. The beach becomes a kind of utopia — the place where all our dreams come true.

    Some people have no particular fondness for them. Do you like sand in your crevices? Do you enjoy all that sunshine and heat without the benefit of climate control? Do you enjoy other people at the beach — sticky children, young people with firm bodies and scanty bathing suits, those of less firm body staring forlornly at this spectacle. People bring pets, and some are not an animal person.

    Do you like bathing suits? They are not flattering for many body types because a beach body is a very specific, slender, toned and tan body. Do you like the water? Do you like beach seating, which is uncomfortable, particularly when you’re tall. Do you like reading at the beach, which is an ordeal — trying to find a comfortable position, keeping sand out of the book and sun out of my eyes, managing the pages if there is a strong breeze? Soon enough, my sunglasses start sliding down my face.

    It will never be what we want it to be, and yet we cannot help but hold on to this vision of summer, of the beach, of contentment. Despite our better judgment, we all are also vulnerable to this fantasy, to so much trembling want. It is an unattainable idyll that we never quite reach, but somehow, it remains enough.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opinion/sunday/why-the-beach-is-a-bummer.html
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    Jul 27, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    I grew up near the beach and lived there until a couple of years ago, so yes I like it a lot. Being able to hop on the bicycle and just to go the beach is great.
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    Jul 27, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    The Fort Lauderdale beach is close enough to us that I bicycle over to it. Sometimes just to ride along it, part of my exercise route. We drove to the beach Friday afternoon, after cocktails & lunch.

    But the husband isn't a big beach fan, so we don't spend much time on the sand, or go in the water. For me the experience is no ordeal, as described in the OP. Been going since I was literally a baby, every summer through my teen years included the seashore.

    So I know how to pack quickly, what to bring, keeping it handy, know how best to enjoy the shore without a hassle. Unless going to the nude beach, 25 miles away to which I must drive the car, I have board shorts like pocketed cargo shorts, so I can bike over already dressed for the beach, no need to change.
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    Jul 27, 2014 9:52 PM GMT
    I'm surrounded by beaches and I love them. I usually get to take my lunch break at one, as I'm on the road most days. As for spending the day lying in the sun on the beach, I never do that. I'm not a great sun worshiper. I like good weather, but from a nice shady spot.
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    Jul 28, 2014 12:19 PM GMT
    Such bullshit filler from the Times. Pinch ruined that paper.
  • peterstrong

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    Jul 28, 2014 1:19 PM GMT
    i could easily live on a beach the rest of my life - i am glad its not for everyone like the journalist in the OP because otherwise they would be too crowded and trashed all the time icon_idea.gif
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    Jul 28, 2014 2:09 PM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidSuch bullshit filler from the Times. Pinch ruined that paper.

    Please, anything the NYT does is automatically BS in your Radical Right playbook. You really should put a disclaimer in your posts.

    While I don't personally identify with the anti-beach sentiments the article expresses, as I posted above, they are somewhat representative of what many New Yorkers think. Who identify with them, and understand them completely.

    So no, not BS filler. Just a slice of NYC life. Because, after all, the Times is first and foremost a New York paper. Not a free community handout for your little Republican bastion of Totowa, New Jersey.
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    Jul 28, 2014 2:15 PM GMT
    That has to be just about the dumbest article I ever read. If you don't like kids, animals, sun or people stay indoors - they're not only at the beach.

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  • Flyguy92

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    Jul 28, 2014 2:18 PM GMT
    Currently at the beach in the outer Banks! Love the beach, but I got a litte burned yesterday.
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    Jul 28, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    How anyone can dislike something like this is beyond me

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    Jul 28, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
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    You have to avoid overcrowded 'family' beaches like in the O.P. photo. There are plenty of great beaches where you can run, play frisbee, get into a game of beach volleyball or just kick back and relax with your friends. Consider it a 'mental health day' when you go to the beach. Have a blast with a lot of people, or just go with one someone special.

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    Jul 28, 2014 2:28 PM GMT
    How can you dislike this?

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    Jul 28, 2014 2:40 PM GMT
    Blondizgd saidHow anyone can dislike something like this is beyond me

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    Because you don't have the Manhattan Mentality. Which the Times is slyly commenting upon. Remember the principle audience here.

    Diehard Manhattanites view raw Nature as an alien environment, to be avoided at all costs. A drive to the country is OK, safe in the car, arriving at a destination that's very much like the City place they just left, only in smaller scale. It's nice to observe quaint Nature, so long as it doesn't actually touch or incommode you.
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    Jul 28, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    How can anyone NOT love the beach (except for maybe Jones Beach in NY, which is ridiculously over-crowded)? Besides the water, sand, and eye candy, it's a relaxing way to spend the day (especially if you're in Bermuda, anywhere in the Caribbean, or the Mediterranean, etc.).
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    Jul 28, 2014 4:01 PM GMT
    Beaches in/around NYC are not the same as Caribbean islands or even Fla.

    I love NJ's beach towns/boardwalks but that is not the same experience as where we do most of our actual beach time, which is in SW Fla. I'm pretty sure we will end up living down there at least part time when we retire. Out of season there is hardly anybody around and you have the beach more or less to yourself. That's where I did SUP for the first time and fell in love with it.

    That said I'm not a sun person, I baste in sunscreen and if I'm not in the water or playing a game I'm under the umbrella.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 28, 2014 4:09 PM GMT
    I love, love, love the beach. But not hyper-crowded ones. Though not empty ones either. Just enough eye candy to keep me entertained as I look over the top of my book.
  • LJay

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    Jul 28, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    Not a great fan of sunny, hot, crowded summer beaches. They fry my ginger complexion and bore me. I do like the beach in cooler weather and winter.wonderful for walking and just gazing at the sights. Winter beaches are often a subtle landscape and very good for wandering and thinking.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 28, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    I love the beach, though rarely to hang out and spend the day.
    Rather, an hour or two walk, up and back along the shore is pure pleasure. I do it daily when I'm across the lake in Indiana. Walking barefoot in the wet sand absorbs negative ions, among other healthful benefits.

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4369/7-Health-Benefits-of-Going-Barefoot-Outside.html

    The photo in the OP is ghastly. Below is a reflection of my contemplative beach experience. Take a deep breath and see what this 60 second clip does for your state of mind:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NOu4IBXU80
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    Jul 28, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI love, love, love the beach. But not hyper-crowded ones. Though not empty ones either. Just enough eye candy to keep me entertained as I look over the top of my book.


    I can relate to this. I sometimes wish my beach was less family oriented and had the male visuals of say Saugatuck MI. But is has a certain comfort level, coming here since I was a baby.
  • wellwell

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    Jul 28, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
    Life-long body surfer here, but I DON'T miss Cali AT ALL !!
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    Jul 28, 2014 6:21 PM GMT

    I love the beach, though I live nowhere near it. So ya, most of the time I only see it on Tv. Still, whenever possible I plan trips to the beach along with my friends. Swimming in the sea is fun.
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    Jul 28, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
    Flyguy92 saidCurrently at the beach in the outer Banks! Love the beach, but I got a litte burned yesterday.


    Oh yea.. the Outer banks.. I know them well.. When I was in navy out of Norfolk for 9 yrs, I used to drive my truck down there almost every weekend during summer and drive out on the beach expecially Okrakoke Island. I would make back my gas money and other expences by freeing stuck vehicles. All while wearing my Speedo. LOL. That was back in the 1980s. Now Im near Atlanta Ga, far from nearest beach but I do have a lake 2 miles from house where I go boating and I still wear my speedo....
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jul 28, 2014 6:34 PM GMT
    Love beaches one hour by bus and i am there .....
  • ohioguy12

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    Jul 28, 2014 7:16 PM GMT
    I don't mind beaches, but I don't go out of my way to go to a beach either. I think it has been 2 years since I have been to a beach, which is weird because there is one less than a mile from my apartment.
  • BlackCoach

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    Jul 28, 2014 7:48 PM GMT
    Love Beaches. Been to Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Verde Beach, Huntington Beach, Tampa/St Pete, La Jolla, Virginia Beach, and Hilton Head.