Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii Bus Tour — A Humorous Experience

When I was in my 30’s, I won a company sales contest. The grand prize was a trip to England or Hawaii. I chose Hawaii.

As part of my prize, my company planned guided tours on Oahu, Hawaii. I felt obligated to attend the first tour, and I disliked it and it became my first and last bus tour.

Following are some reasons why this tour influenced me to never take a bus tour again:

1. I had nothing in common with my bus mates who left the bus to take pictures of pineapples in fields and then took close-up photos of them. I wondered if they took pictures of pineapples in grocery stores.

2. My tour mates reinforced that I had nothing in common with them when they stepped off the bus again to photograph field and close-up pictures of sugarcane. At this point, I wanted to return to my hotel because I thought that I was in hell.

3. The bus driver repeated incessantly that there were no snakes on the Island. He said it so many times that I started to suspect that there were some. In addition, I had a nightmare about snakes and the bus driver.

4. I was stuck on the bus all day when I wanted to lie on the beach, enjoy a casual lunch, and read my book.

5. Everyone on the bus carried bags and cameras and resembled Terry and Tommy tourist. I hoped no one recognized me with this motley group — even though I probably fit in more than I will admit.

6. I didn’t like to get shuttled to a tourist-trap restaurant where the bus driver seemed chummy with the owner. The food was terrible and I couldn’t get a cold beer to escape my misery.

7. Everyone on the bus was old — like I am now. But even though I am old, I still won’t get trapped on a bus.

8. I prefer to eat with the locals and determine when my tour begins and ends.

This bus tour affected me for life and left me with humorous memories. However, no matter how old I am, you won’t catch me lined up to board a bus with old people like me, unless I am forced.

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Warning Issued in Bethany Beach, DE to Bicyclist That Slowed for a Stop Sign

Crime Scene Evidence

A police officer issued my husband, Doug, a warning in Bethany Beach two days ago when he slowed for a stop sign at Atlantic and Garfield Parkway  while  he rode his bike.  Yes, it is the type that you pedal. It was 9:30 a.m., and Doug said that there was minimal pedestrian and car traffic.  The officer who stopped him said that Delaware received a federal grant for bicycle safety.  He said that Delaware treats bicycles like cars. ( I guess that a 10 minute ride through Bethany just turned into an hour. On the bright side,  you can impress your friends that you rode your bike for an hour and they will think that you rode  for several miles, when you actually just stopped at every stop sign!)

Since Doug does not carry his license when he rides his bike, (imagine that) the police officer gave him a warning. The officer asked him for his address and of course Doug gave him the correct address. How would the officer know if the address  was accurate if the accused does not have identification?  Does this make any sense? 

This is information on the federal grant for Delaware.  It seems irrelevant to this situation. Is this another way for Bethany Beach to raise revenue?

On a positive note, it is an entertaining story for a dinner party!

One Coastal Delicatessen, Fenwick Island, DE, Great Food!

One Coastal Delicatessen

 Check out One Coastal Delicatessen at 101-6 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island, DE. If you proceed north on Route 1 from Ocean City, go 2 blocks from Route 54 (the Maryland/Delaware line), and it is on your right next to Ruddo’s Golf Store. Locals, councilmen and business owners frequent One Coastal. (Don’t you think that says it all?) The owners, Randy and his mother Bernadette, and staff  accommodate their customers and are very friendly. For example, before they had a juicer, Randy hand-squeezed orange crushes on request.  Isn’t that great service?

 My husband and I like the Edamame. They are crisp, tender and tossed with a little kosher salt. In addition, One Coastal offers Pulled Pork Tacos, Baked Coconut Shrimp and Scallops to name a few of their Small Bites.

 Old Bay Broth flavors their steamed mussels, shrimp, clams and crab legs. I tried the mussels and they were tender and the Old Bay enhanced them with a “steamed crab taste”.

 My husband loves the Italian Sandwich. Imported mortadella, parma cotto, ham, genoa salami, capicola and provolone pack a homemade hoagie bun. Seasoned evoo tops off the meat and cheese. It hits the spot after a long beach day.

 The Caprese Salad combines fresh local greens and tomatoes with fresh basil and homemade mozzarella in a balsamic redux. The mozzarella melts in your mouth. The tangy balsamic redux  compliments the tomatoes, greens and cheese. 

 Organic greens, local strawberries, walnuts and goat cheese, with the dressing of your choice, compose the Summer Salad. Creamy goat cheese melds with sweet strawberries and crunchy walnuts for this unique delicious salad.

 One Coastal serves several dinners, among them are Meaty Lasagna, Seafood Salad, Half Chicken and Dogfish Mussels. They also serve several sandwiches that include a Muffuletta, Coastal Club and Veggie Delight.

 Salads, meat and cheese displayed in their deli case are available for take home.

 I have to grab dinner,  see you there!

https://dorothyadele.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/one-coastal-deli-best-deal-in-town-dine-with-the-locals/

 

Fenwick Island Beach Replenishment in August???

Dredging Equipment

Unbeknown to the residents, tourists and business owners in Fenwick Island, beach replenishment began August 1 disrupting everyone. The top realtor in Fenwick Island, John Kleinstuber said that they were not forewarned. The last that he heard, was that they were planning to start after August 15th. He would have preferred to let his customers know the situation upfront. In addition to beach closures,  the noise from the constuction equipment is ruining vacations. According to information from the Bethany/Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, the work is done on a 24/7 schedule. An August vacation in Fenwick Island could mean sleepless nights.

Slurry on Fenwick Island Beach

Many people cancelled vacations at the last minute. Can you imagine planning your beach vacation in Fenwick Island, and the beach is closed?

Initially the dredging was to begin in the second part of August. According to Senator Carper’s office, the arrival of the dredge was a surprise. They said that they would try to minimize the inconvenience to vacationers. Two to three dune crossings would be closed at a time.  The equipment noise at night would be minimized.  

Paula Retzler, with the Army Corps of Engineers, is in charge of the project. She said they were scheduled to begin the project in June, then  because of bad weather, it was pushed back to the Fourth of July.  Tourism was considered, and it was changed to August. The earliest day that they could begin was August 1st. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the contractor, was working in New Jersey and was finished early, because they did not have weather delays.  They came to Fenwick Island next. The maximum number of contracted days with Great Lakes is 21.

The slurry  is the grey sediment or sludge that is in pools on the beach. Great Lakes was supposed to control it.  Instead, the sediment ran down the beach and people stepped in it, and children played in it. Now there are crossovers above the slurry. Paula Retzler stated that it is safe. I hope that she is right!

Please contact Ms. Paula Retzler who is in charge of the project. She works for the Army Corps of Engineers. Her phone number is 215-656-6787. The Army Corps of Engineers email is: hq-publicaffairs@usace.army.mil. Mr. Tony Pratt is with DNREC . His number is 302-739-9149. Senator Tom Carper‘s office number is 202-224-2441 or 302-573-6291. They would love your input!

Cross Street Market in Baltimore’s Federal Hill

Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, Baltimore, Md attracts a polo-shirt-crowd that mixes with the blue-collar locals.  It’s a fun place to eat and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer and absorb Baltimore culture. There are a variety of food options from homemade soup, fried seafood (including Baltimore crabcakes), sushi, raw oysters, steamed clams, shrimp, and mussels; chicken, fries and more.

Also, customers can shop for fresh vegetables, produce, meats, seafood, and chicken, or purchase prepared food to take home.

 Businesses will remain open when Cross Street undergoes renovations in the fall.

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-cross-street-market-canceled-20170208-story.html

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Update – Daytime Route 54 Construction Halted Until Labor Day

Map of Delaware/Maryland Route 54

Daytime construction was halted on Route 54 during the summer months. According to an article in the Coastal Point, business owners on Route 54 met with  Delaware state officials to discuss the detrimental impact of construction on their businesses. 

The new hours of construction are as follows:  Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. I give the state of Delaware credit for listening to the business owners.  Hopefully it is not too late to for these businesses to recoup some of their lost profits.

How does this change affect us?  We can patronize businesses, like Harris Teeter, Smitty McGees and Mio Fratello on Route 54. We can also drive the Delaware Route to Fenwick Island and Ocean City.  This route is shorter than using Route 50 and we will avoid major traffic delays.