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27 August 2008 @ 08:41 pm
A Day at the Beach with Herself  
To break up the monotony of the work week, herself_nycinvited me out to Long Beach, Long Island for a day at the shore with her. I hopped the 10:30 LIRR train out of Penn Station and rode out to the Island. Along the way I read the first trade of the Buffy Comics, courtesy of my aunt. Not sure how I feel about them. Xander's characterization was pretty top notch, but the writing and plot felt somewhat inconsistant, like Joss just threw the kitchen sink into it and hoped that something stuck. It's also somewhat jarring to read Buffy rather than see it. The story told in the comic is extremely truncated compared to what we might see on the show, so it felt like the action was rushed along for the sake of time and space. 

When I disembarked at the station at 11:30, NK met me and we walked over to a Starbucks for breakfast, drinks and snacks. On the way to the fruit market, however, a wrong turn into the parking lot caught the eye of a LI police officer in his cruiser. It should be noted that us New Yorkers don't drive very often, which can make navigating in unfamiliar areas an even greater challenge. Needless to say, in a somewhat antagonistic and aggressive tone, the officer admonished us, but let NK off with a stern warning sans ticket. It was a memorable start to our day. 

A stop over at her parents ocean-side condo gave us a space to change and prep for our beach outing. I've been working on another ficlet for fantas_magoria, and needed to watch scenes from seasons 2,3 and 5 of Buffy for reference. As NK checked her email I sat in front of the DVD player watching al of Angel's very limited encounters with Joyce carefully. 

It was a very comfortable 80 today, clear skies, and sunny. With notebook in hand, a bottle of water and a copy of the latest New Yorker, NK and I settled down for three and a half hours in the sun. The beach was pleasantly uncrowded midday during a work day. Both of us took a lengthy dip in the (seasonally warm) Atlantic, chatting about this and that, the topics ranging from museums, fic, and her novel to work, vacations and dogs. There were also plenty of sizeable waves to thrash us about, send me sprawling, and cause some laughter and squeeks of surprise.   

All said, a wonderful, relaxing, beautiful day with great company. The 5:15 train ride home followed by the insane rush-hour subway crush... not nearly as fun. 

Herself_nycherself_nyc on August 28th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
I love the pictures!

ClawofCatclawofcat on August 28th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Me, too! They're so cute. I liked reading your account of the day. I forgot to add so many of the great details!
ellan_vannin on August 28th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Mid-week beach going is the natural privilege of all coastal-dwelling people, but writers need it especially. Something about the cleansing sea air, I'm sure!

I tend to agree with you about the truncated nature of the action in the comic, particularly your characterization of "jarring". I felt the same way when I first picked it up. It just isn't the same experience, though I am trying to enjoy it in its own right. I'm thinking of it as really interesting fanfic. Is that blasphemy?

Also, I have to hate you a little bit for having legs that amazing. ;)
ClawofCat: almost kissclawofcat on August 29th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Mid-week beach going is the natural privilege of all coastal-dwelling people, but writers need it especially.
Unfortunately, our beach going in NYC is pretty seasonal (unlike Florida or points South). You can only swim comfortably for about 4 months out of the year. The rest of the time it's far too cold. That Atlantic water really bites. As for writing near the water, I really enjoy it. You can just make out my fanfic notebook on the bottom lefthand side of the photo.

I'm thinking of it as really interesting fanfic. Is that blasphemy?
Mmm, blasphemy sounds like such a strong word. But I will say I've read a good many fanfic that had a better, more cohesive plot than that first story-arc.

Also, I have to hate you a little bit for having legs that amazing. ;)
Why, thank you. It's actually a bit of an illusion. I'm not even really that tall. Only 5'6", but I've got these disproportionately long legs. It's hilarious when I sit next to someone. Looks like I'm in a hole because of my short torso.
ellan_vannin on August 29th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm from northern California, myself, so actually swimming in the ocean is kind of a novelty for me, LOL! Not only does the cold water bite, but so do the sharp rocks and, of course, the sharks. I will say that some of my best school papers were written to the sounds of seagulls, however. Not that my teachers appreciated the distinction. They had this funny idea that I should be in school. WTF? lol.

I'm only 5'6", too, (actually, 5'5 3/4", but I round up)but have the reverse problem. Freakishly long torso, short legs. I guess when I sit next to someone, I probably look like I have Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome!
ClawofCat: darla smileclawofcat on August 29th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm from northern California, myself, so actually swimming in the ocean is kind of a novelty for me
Ooooh, yeah. I was in Northern California in June when everything was burning. 'Twas surprisingly cold. I was shocked to see people swimming in full body wetsuits in the channels in the bay in San Francisco. And little kids frollicking in bathing suits along the shore. Brrr.

I probably look like I have Toulouse-Lautrec syndrome!
LOL. Love it.
dragonflylady77dragonflylady77 on August 28th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely pics! Seems strange to me as it's winter here (even if I'm from France and it's summer there too). ;)
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on August 29th, 2008 05:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I thought the pics came out rather well myself. Strategically placed magazines (check), good lighting (check), etc.

I had to look up where you are to figure out how it's winter for you. Of course! Australia and New Zealand have reversed seasons to the Western Hemisphere. I've always wanted to visit. It looks like a beautiful country.
dragonflylady77dragonflylady77 on August 29th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
New Zealand is beautiful, come visit whenever you want!!!
mere ubu: i like this worldmere_ubu on August 28th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful day. And I'm so glad you took pictures! Y'all look so happy and relaxed, and it warms my heart to know that somewhere, people are sitting on a beach. :)
ClawofCat: glancesclawofcat on August 29th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Sitting at the beach, but fucking off from work. That part is key. The only reason I was able to come out is my boss is in Denver at the DNC with his grandson, and things are sloooow at work in his absence.

It was a lovely day though and a good time for some catching up with NK. The last time I saw her was right before I left for my roadtrip when I helped her move stuff around in her apartment in preparation for her window replacement. There was quite a bit to catch up about, not to mention chatting about fic with her. I'm very glad to see that our conversation resulted in some writing!
louise39: reading buffylouise39 on August 28th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Fine photos - relaxation, sun, sand and ocean. In the 80's and an uncrowded beach is a definite bonus. Glad you had a good day.
ClawofCat: coc spuffyclawofcat on August 29th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Glad you had a good day.
Thanks! I wish there were more of them, but the summer days are dwindling down. I might have the opportunity to go out to Jones Beach this weekend with my buddies, but chances are looking slim. I'll take what I can get.
nmcil12nmcil12 on August 30th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
enjoyed reading about your wonderful day at the seaside - the photos are also very neat - wish I had the trade as well - have to get back and read all the individuals again.

found you at the Spuffy Realm - off to read your work now.
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on August 30th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure when you took a look at my journal last night, but it might have been going through some issues as I tried to change my LJ banner. Usually I have a sidebar with a list of links to all my fics by pairing to the right. That disappeared for a bit, but it's back now, which will make navigating my stories quite a bit easier. Just thought I should let you know. I was, uh, panicing, to put it wildly, lol.

And I'm glad you liked reading about my day at the beach. Herself is a peach and we always have a good time together when we hang out.

Browse all you like. Nearly all my entries are unflocked. :)