The Good, The Bad and the Okay
Quote of the Day: Forget about likes and dislikes. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. — George Bernard Shaw
In just two months in Wilmington, I’ve learned they are many things I like about my new location, and a few that I dislike. Some of my “likes” are:
Beaches, beaches, beaches —I’ve discovered some wonderful walking beaches with flat sand near the sea and parking nearby. And I now have an app on my phone which tells me how many steps I’ve taken. My goal each day is 7,000 (about 3-1/2 miles). However, I’m usually lucky to reach 5,500 steps.
Ferry rides to Southport — I’ve never driven my car on a ferry before, and it’s a great 25-minute peaceful ride across the Cape Fear River to a wonderful touristy seaport, for only $5 per car. I take all my visitors there; great lunch spot at Provision Co.
Quirky beachy gift shops — like Somethin’ Beachy and Sun Junky where I can buy inexpensive “tchotchkes” for my home and gifts for my visitors.
Ice cream — Hershey’s Ice Cream is available at Mel’s Ice Cream Shoppe which my granddaughter tells me is her favorite and one of the best. I take all my visitors there for sample the treat.
The weather (good and bad) — lots of sunshine, but with it (because of the beach) comes high humidity which has totally changed my coiffeur — I now have wavy and curly hair that I haven’t quite gotten used to yet. However, I’m hoping the extra moisture will slow down my aging process!
Some of my “dislikes” or not-my-favorites include:
HORRIBLE traffic — especially on major roads and especially during tourist season. However, I must say that it is easy and convenient to make U-turns with special turning-around spots on major roads (probably because of the summer tourist influx). And the speed limits are much higher than I’m used to, especially on two-lane country-like roads where it’s 45 mph. Believe me it seems like everyone uses the “speed limits” as a suggestion only.
Despite Wilmington being smaller then my previous home town (Lincoln, NE), it is VERY spread out in all directions, and therefore takes at least “20-30 minutes to get anywhere in town” (as the locals say).
There are no Runza’s or Valentino’s in the south and I miss these Nebraska staples.
About the weather — I love rain, but here so far there have been no thunderstorms with lightning. I miss this Midwestern phenomenon; however, I have been able to actually walk around in the rain and splash in puddles which makes me feel like a kid again. I am definitely not looking forward to hurricane season. It seems like most hurricanes don’t come ashore full-force this far north. However, my son-in-law has told me that if warnings are given, I am to drive to their home about three hours inland from here, and if I don’t, he will come and get me!
So as in any location, there are both good and not-so-good things. I love my new environment near the ocean with walks on the beach available whenever, and I will get used to or disregard my not-so-favorite aspects because, after all, I can walk on the beach whenever I want and be near my daughter. I am where I belong.