Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Things I learned/relearned on vacation
- The best way to apply sunscreen before going to the beach is when you are completely naked. Otherwise, you get weird sunburn lines because you don't get around the edge of your bathing suit very well.
- Surfing is not easy.
- The ocean is a powerful force and can kick my ass without a problem.
- You can feed sand crabs bread crumbs.
- The registration on my car is expired. For almost 2 months. (ticket)
- Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes isn't as good as My Sister's Keeper.
- It's possible to miss someone you don't want to be married to.
As you can tell, I didn't go skiing... :-) I really have to tell about the sand crabs, because I never knew you could feed them! I was sitting on the beach, and saw a fairly big one make a weird movement. At first I thought it was attacking some seaweed, but then realized it was digging a hole. When it moved sand out of the hole, it wouldn't just drop it down - it would throw it. It was so funny to watch. I saw another smaller one and it didn't throw the sand with quite so much force, so maybe it varies from crab to crab.
I was eating a sandwich and dropped a piece of bread, so decided to throw a piece over to the crab, just for the hell of it. Boy did it run for it!!! Grabbed it and ran it down into its hole. The smaller one looked at me, half out of its hole, wondering where its bread was. So I threw a piece in its direction and it did the same thing! Ran over, picked it up, and brought it down into its hole. But immediately came back out, staring at me. Clever crab. In the time the bigger one took I guess to eats its bread, I threw at least 3 pieces more to the little one. And the little one had its hole higher up, so the water never reached it, while the big one's hole got washed up/out. (Mmmmm.... salty bread.)
It was so strange to have them run right for the bread. I had a minor flashback to cockroaches and skin, but managed to get that out of my head. I had to get out of the sun soon afterwards, and on my way off the beach I found 1/3 of a hot dog bun. So of course I had to leave it by the little one's hole. The last I saw as I walked away was his head sticking out of the hole and him staring at the monster bun. I like to think an altar to me has been built in the little crab's hole. :-)