Sunday, March 13, 2011


The kids and I ate lunch at the harbor today. It's still busier than normal. People checking out the muddy harbor and damaged boats. As we ate, we could hear the phone ring every few minutes. The waitress was exasperated . . . everyone wanted to know if they were open "after the tsunami came through there." Usually not the most popular restaurant, there were extra tables set out, mostly filled.

After lunch, we sat and watched an otter at the edge of the harbor until a boy threw a rock at it . . . who does that? The otter looked pissed and gave everyone a solid stare-down, from one end of the crowd to the other. Sea otters tend to be little pricks. If you don't believe me, read this.

The beach was wiped clean. Almost no shells, seaweed, seaglass. We stared at the water and talked about the tsunami. The kids are convinced it happened here. I told them about Japan, but I couldn't figure out how to explain it in a meaningful way for them. Daisy announced the Boardwalk had been hit hard.

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