2013-03-15 / Columnists

Slice of Life

By Beth Hanning

In August of last year I turned forty. To make turning forty sound better I started to repeat a phrase I had seen in a magazine about a celebrity turning forty, “Forty and Fabulous.” My birthday party lasted the entire month of August with a girl’s weekend in Ocean City, dinner with family and friends, and a surprise beach party. I was “forty and fabulous” for 72 days when Sandy hit Rockaway. I have not felt fabulous since and have a new phrase that I am sure cannot be printed in the local newspaper.

Not only have I not felt fabulous, I have felt very old. Before the storm, I noticed the little things: my eyesight was becoming worse, the muscles were more sore after a Boot Camp class, and more Advil were needed. Since the storm I feel myself getting excited for things I never thought that as a young person I would have ever felt thrilled about happening.

1. Waldbaum’s Re-opening: I cannot believe how I counted down to the reopening of our Supermarket. I acted like I did not pass a Waldbaum’s every day on the way home from my job in Ozone Park. It just was not the same without my regular cashiers, stock associates and seeing the locals in the store. I was so excited to see so many friendly faces when the store reopened. Each and every worker enthusiastically welcomed us back and made us feel so at home. (Stop-n-Shop is very nice, but I am a creature of habit and it just was not the same.)

2. Currans’ re-opening and re-location: I cannot tell you how worried I was that I was never going to have another Kansas City steak or stuffed pork chop. I am sure my husband and my father will tell me I could afford to skip a few Curran’s meals. However, summers and barbeques were just not going to be the same without George and Tom behind the counter smiling asking what they can get for you. Additionally I am looking forward to the move selfishly because I live closer to 116th. I am patiently waiting for the grand opening festivities.

3. Dunkin Donuts: This was a double excitement because 116th and 129th both reopened. Once again I do not know why this was thrilling for me because I pass one on the way to work. This was pointed out to me by many coworkers. Once again it was not the same, and I would have to turn off of Cross Bay Boulevard and go to the opposite side of my travel. It was too much of a hassle. I also own a coffee maker and a Keurig. I do enjoy a nice cup of coffee at home, but I love Dunkin.

4. All pizza places and Chinese food restaurants.

I could go on but Kevin gives me a word limit.

I hope to write another column to inform you of my excitement when the following places open: libraries (I am an English teacher), Jameson’s, Harbor Light, The Sandbar, The Bungalow Bar, Rockaway Seafood Company, Thai Rock and Cyber Zone. As much as I like to eat I need to work out. My mother-in-law says I would be 300 pounds if I did not work out the way I eat. Again, Aviator is very nice, but a hassle combined with a toll.

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