Mar 212019

After a few weeks of testing and adjusting to make sure they had things just right, yesterday afternoon we returned to Connect Hearing in New Smyrna Beach and Beverly turned in the loaner units and picked up her new hearing aids. I had no idea how much goes into getting properly fitted and adjusted for hearing aids, but it’s quite a process. The nice folks at Connect Hearing were very patient and helpful, going out of their way to accommodate Beverly’s needs.

When we were done with that we decided to drive down to the beach, even though it was a windy day and the temperatures were only in the mid-60s. Between the wind sending sand scurrying across the beach and the high waves, there were not too many people out and about, even though we’re in the middle of Spring Break. That was just fine by us. We didn’t have it all to ourselves, but there was plenty of room for everybody.

We backed up on the sand facing the water and just sat there for a while enjoying the sound of the waves and relaxing. Beverly kept remarking about how peaceful it was. Terry and I know that feeling very well. Just being there soothes our souls.

There was a small group of young people who looked like they might be there on Spring Break trying to throw a frisbee and a Nerf football. More times than not they couldn’t throw or catch very well, and the wind caught their stuff and sent it rolling down the beach. These definitely weren’t your toned and tanned college athletic types. I told Terry and Beverly it was more like watching the crowd from the Big Bang Theory having a day at the beach. But that’s okay, nerds need to have fun, too.

I said there were not many people on the beach, so we were a bit nonplussed when two women in a Ford pickup truck pulled in and parked beside us so close that not only did they spoil our view in one direction, but we probably could have reached out and touched their vehicle. Why do people do that? I’ve seen the same thing many times when I was fishing. There’s a whole lake, but someone will come and drop anchor right next to your boat. Hey, give me some elbow room!

More than once when we were boondocking out in the middle of the desert in Quartzsite, Arizona the same thing happened. On one occasion another motorhome pulled in beside ours one afternoon and they were so close that it would have been impossible to open our bay doors. Seriously, you’ve got all that desert available to you and you have to park on top of me? I remedied that situation by turning on my generator, with the exhaust pipe right under one of their open living room windows. I figured I would either asphyxiate them or they might get the message and move on. It didn’t take long before they fired up their rig and moved someplace else. Maybe I need to take a generator with me the next time I go to the beach.

Back at home I spent some time trying to resolve an issue with my authors’ website, A few days ago someone contacted me saying they couldn’t access the site, and when I tried to go to it on my phone I got a red screen with this message on it.

But when I tried to go to the site on my desktop computer it opened right up and did the same thing with Terry’s laptop. It took me a while to figure out that we use Microsoft Edge on both of the computers, while my phone uses Google Chrome. I tried Internet Explorer and Firefox and again, the site opened with no problem. Just to be sure, I switched to Chrome on my computer and got the same message.

Greg White sent me a link with some things to try, and I did all of them and still can’t figure out what the problem is. I also ran a virus scan on the website and didn’t find any issues. Since it only seems to happen with Google Chrome, I tried to contact them, but that’s just about impossible. After a couple of hours of attempting to get a real person, I finally did, but he was in some kind of foreign call center and his English was so bad I couldn’t understand a word he was saying. So, back to the drawing board. Greg called later in the evening and thinks he figured out what the problem is and says he should be able to fix it. I hope so, because it’s way above my pay grade.

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means. It’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County mystery series. I’ve read just about all of Ben’s books, and I don’t think he could write a bad story if he tried. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – Don’t let the answers you want to hear get in the way of the answers you need to hear.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “Wind And Waves On Wednesday”

  1. We had wind & waves here in land-locked Nebraska last Wed. & Thurs. Now we’re dealing with the aftermath.

    Do you suppose those people that snuggle right up next to you when there’s plenty of open space all around are actually afraid of wide open spaces & nature in general? I like the generator trick…bet they were spittin’ mad when they left, but it serves them right.

  2. Sounds like me at the movies. I can be in an empty theatre and somebody will sit directly in front of me. I don’t get it either.

  3. We used to go to the beach frequently in the summer in the late afternoon / early evening. We ALWAYS noticed how much better we felt the rest of the evening on the days that we went to the beach.

  4. Hi Nick-

    You report being at the beach / surf and enjoying the time spent there.

    “Beverly kept remarking about how peaceful it was. Terry and I know that feeling very well. Just being there soothes our souls. “

    Blog commenter Tom Schlater commented,

    “We ALWAYS noticed how much better we felt the rest of the evening on the days that we went to the beach.”

    The peaceful reaction may in some way have to do with a very physical reaction to ‘negative ions’. I noticed the feeling when sitting and watching ‘big wave’ days at Jetty Park Beach at Port Canaveral.

    The web site: WEB MD does a good job of explaining negative ions and why they are important to people.

    “The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods,” says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.

    Nick, go to the beach often. Bring your chair! It’s good for you!

    -Chicago Robert

  5. Next time break go to your Lawrence Welk poker tape, and crank it up guarantee they won’t be there long

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