2013-06-14 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

by Beth Hanning

Only in Rockaway do you think you write one of your best articles then receive texts, Facebook posts and Tweets letting you know what you missed. Unfortunately, all of them were right. I did miss quite a few things. However, I did defend myself by saying I only get about 500 words a week, and one could actually write a textbook regarding beach etiquette. So to keep my ten fans happy I feel I needed to write part II of rules for DFDs.

DO NOT FEED THE SEAGULLS: How did I not have this as a top five? I was attacked once in Wildwood, New Jersey trying to feed an AAU girls’ basketball team and a seagull took the pizza right off of the paper plate. I felt like I was in an Alfred Hitchcock film. I guess from not being on the beach since last year, I forgot about the people who have never seen a seagull before and love to be bombarded by them. They are not a rare form of bird, they are what we natives call “beach rats.” If you are interested in birds, get off of the Q53 at the Bird Sanctuary. You can feed all of the birds you want, and see many interesting species.

PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE ATTIRE: Many times people come down to our beaches not wearing the appropriate attire. I mentioned in last week’s article to wear clothes over your bathing suits and wear shoes and shirts when leaving the beach, but I did not mention the following: jorts, bathing in underwear and wearing socks in the water. If you do not know what jorts are, they are jean shorts. They are not bathing suits. I know it does not affect me, but you can get bathing suits in Target for $10. Buy one. Sometimes men and women swim in their underwear. That does affect me because many times these items are seethrough or fall down while in the water. Again, Target is reasonable.

Wearing socks in the water is a mystery to me. I am not talking Aqua socks; I am talking white tube socks. Aqua socks are not something I would wear, but this year with the debris we found while digging our umbrellas, I will not judge the aqua socks. The white socks you are wearing in the water are not even going to protect you from a sand crab, never mind the debris that could be floating around this summer. Let your feet be free.

Many people wrote to me regarding BBQs. It all seems to come back to people leaving a mess and not being considerate of people around them. According to the rules from the Parks Department barbequing is illegal. Not allowed. Also not allowed are tents and shelters. Interesting because people had them on 120th Street yesterday.

I had Curran’s for dinner last night and it was delicious. It was also so great to see the guys looking so happy and proud.

Have a great week everyone, and please keep the texts, tweets and messages coming, I need the help!

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