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The Weekend Beckons; Freedom Lovers Draw Close

God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand beside her and guide her, thru the night, with a Light from above...

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Let's go to the Beach....

It's a Friday and I say to my husband...let's leave work early and hit the beach! What the heck, let's make it last by making it a long weekend trip!

That's not unusual for me, I love to do things on a whim, a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal and I am always asking him to run away with me.

My husband, on the other hand, is a planner, a map-it-out, check the weather report, scheduling kind of guy.

Even after all of our years together, he will still look at me, as if I have grown horns, when I suggest such a thing as to plan to leave and then leave...all on the same day!

This time, however, he said, "I guess".

For me, that translated into, "yeah baby, I'm so ready, let's throw caution to the wind and do this thing!"

The weekend was delectable, Chamber of Commerce worthy; the weather, the water, the surf, the whole vibe.

It was fish-are-biting, relaxation-inducing, memory making, forget your worries and cares...absolute perfection!


Run Away With You

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You Say it Best...When You say Nothing At All

On Saturday and Sunday, we began to take notice of a few things.

We stayed in a quaint little Mom and Pop place, right on the beach, so we had access, no issues or problems whatsoever.

However, the same could not be said for all beach goers.

Supposedly, all beaches were advertised as open, but that was not the case at all locations.

Many parks and parking areas were barricaded off, while orange construction netting and even yellow crime tape was utilized, to block off other areas, including beach paths and boardwalks.

Even so...the people came!

It was a sight to behold.

We took note of cars, trucks, minivans, motorcycles, all parked, up close and personal to those tacky obtrusive barricades.

We couldn't help but notice multiple parallel parked vehicles, right alongside the orange mesh netting and the yellow crime tape.

My day was made beyond the surf and sunshine, because there was no good reason, no excuse for this attempt by some loser County official to keep the people out.

There were miles and miles of wide open spaces!

So many were put in a position to include a hiking trip in their beach plans, but with their beach babies and their beach gear in tow, come hell or high water, they were going to get to their beach!

From the looks of it (and I'm not saying this just because I would do this in a heartbeat) but, many beach goers (aka: Patriots) looked to be passing up perfectly good parking spots, much closer to beach access, in order to...park alongside the crime tape!

  • This particular group, along with, a very large motorcycle club, which we had seen earlier congregating along Atlantic Avenue, were saying it best...without saying anything at all!

By golly, this does my heart so much good to see people, not acting criminally, not practicing blatant disobedience, but...without saying a single word or carrying a single sign, sending a clear message.

Enough, we have done our part, we have done what has been asked of us, required of us and now...we are done.

The people made their way, they found a way and yes...there was still plenty of space available {even after their unscheduled hikes} and plenty of distance between Beach goers on our miles and miles of beautiful beaches!





Live Free or Die

There was not a large police presence and they could have been writing tickets left and right, but didn't see any of that.

Those whom live to blame President Trump for everything under the sun, blue moon or rain cloud, will not care to hear this, but we do have this little thing we refer to as the Constitution; within, State's rights are addressed.

Beyond individual States and those men and women who govern them, whether it's local Government; Mayors, Homeowner Association Presidents, Municipalities, etc., often, have everything to do with these closures.

Sometimes, there really are legitimate reasons, but power sometimes goes to a person's head and they may do it, simply because, they can!

I think we are seeing a lot of that taking place right now.

How far can we the people be pushed?

How quickly and for how long will we comply?

Those people, whether they are currently working for us, on the federal, state, city, county, whatever...level, are the ones that need to hear from the people right now.

It may take getting loud or sometimes parking alongside crime tape (not marking any crime other than what they are doing to the people) sends the loud, clear message, no words are required!

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I caught some news and thought how unfortunate that some States, some cities are still closed up tighter than a drum, forcing fed up citizens to get loud!

I am not surprised that Democrats are behind the majority of this nonsense. These bad and unnecessary decisions to keep the people in lockdown indefinitely, isn't going to go unpunished -

It will be satisfying to see them get voted out in the near future.

  • Sometimes, it takes a near death experience for a person to change their lifestyle choices
  • Sometimes, it takes a separation for a couple to work out their differences and save a marriage
  • Sometimes, it takes firing career politicians, whom do not have your best interest in mind or at heart, in order to get your freedom back

These politicians never have and never will, because they do not recognize their job description, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution....only the power they have over others.


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Living and Loving Life

After we returned home, I went to pick up a take out order.

When I pulled up to the restaurant, I almost immediately noticed the people in the car next to me. They had their windows up and their vehicle was closed up nice and tight, they were both fully masked, I could only see their wide open worried eyes which were looking back at me and at the space between, as if they couldn't believe that I actually dared to park right next to them!

I wondered...is this couple always this paranoid or have they unnecessarily been scared out of their wits and what did they think would happen in the food pick-up area, did they think I needed to be six parking spaces apart from them?

It crossed my mind to ask, but didn't want to make them any more anxious than they already were, or worse!

No, I did not move.

I received my order and as I drove away...their order was out and they were trying to figure out how to receive it....without opening up their windows or doors!

Sad.

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I've also seen several copy/paste declarations of sorts, circulating on social media, vowing to continue isolating and distancing themselves. No matter what opens, no matter the suggestions to get out and soak up the sunshine, no matter what...until this virus is a thing of the past.

Their loss!

We haven't been promised any more than this day, which we are currently living.

Tomorrow will not come for everyone.

Life is precious, it's short and it is meant to be lived!

Something is going to take each of us out at some point.

When we spend our lives anticipating it, anxious about everything, we are losing out on valuable time that we don't get back.

Sometimes I have the hardest time calling it a day, even when I can't keep my eyes open, because it's a day that I will never get back and I just can't let it go. (no, not going to sing nor share that song)

I have another song in mind:



What a Wonderful World

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© 2020 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 17, 2020:

I’ll bet people did jump to criticize TX, you have a Republican Governor. Our Republican Governor here in Florida has been criticized constantly. He is moving too fast, he isn’t moving fast enough, he isn’t listening to the Scientists....blah, blah, blah. But, we are doing very well here, thank you very much! Gyms are opening tomorrow, everyone is ecstatic about that.

There are those constantly working to keep us “living in fear”, those “living in fear” and the rest of us. The rest of us are proving to be a tough case for those whom want us to turn all of our liberty over to them and leave them to decide what is best for us...that will never happen!

The best part of the story you’ve shared, which should be the headline, hospitalizations have decreased! That of course is great news, but the story must focus elsewhere; it must forget all of the variables (such as more testing than ever before) in order to reflect as badly as possible on the State, on the leaders...milk it, for all it’s worth.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 17, 2020:

Someone shared this today and, of course, others jumped on board to criticize TX. I really should just shut up and not bother discussing this crap with people who are hellbent on living in fear.....but I had to say something. The headline alone doesn't make people stop and think about how big TX really is. This article is talking about the entire state. It also doesn't mention that they have ramped up testing, which means that more positive cases are inevitable. How could we even begin to compare accurately the rise and fall of a curve when we never had all the data to begin with due to incomplete testing data right from the start. To keep a state this large on lockdown when even New York is allowing some places to relax some is just nuts. It's like people even forgot that headlines are meant to sensationalize.

https://abcn.ws/3cyIcGi

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 16, 2020:

I made a trip back to the beach today and it was back to normal; not a "new normal" nor a "different kind of normal", just back to normal.

Although, I so loved the time that I seemed to be a private beachfront property owner...I MUST say, it was a sight to behold and it feels so good!!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 10, 2020:

No worries. :)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 10, 2020:

Sorry for not responding sooner Shannon.

Agreed!

I'm glad she is out and back in business, despite this 'Judge' and his true motives.

Happy Mother's Day!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 07, 2020:

I does sound more like the judge was having a power trip. "Say you're sorry and I won't jail you." That tactic barely works with toddlers learning how to apologize, if it works at all.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 07, 2020:

Good morning Shannon,

I think everyone knows the name Shelley Luther now or soon will.

Turns out, this Judge, who expected her to apologize to him...is exactly the type of person I've described in this article. He has let power go to his head and couldn't bear, this woman standing up to him.

She's a hero, as far as I'm concerned. I am so glad that your Attorney General, Senators and Governor got involved in this.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 06, 2020:

I don't recall hearing about that until now. The attorney general has a point.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 06, 2020:

This is great and is exactly what should have happened after what should not have happened!

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/05/06/texas-attorney...

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 06, 2020:

LOL.....Everyone has their triggers...I mean passions.

I was wondering about that the other day when we had to go to Walmart. Seeing the hair and nail salons closed had me thinking that rent in places like that for small businesses must be really high, which made me wonder how many businesses might go under before it is all over. I knew you were still working, but I didn't know how mich this may be affecting your business.

I hope you are at least enjoying some nice weather. I got sunburned for half an hour at the river. Friday will require sunblock!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 06, 2020:

Thanks for asking Shannon, we are doing okay. We had work lined up in advance and can follow through with permission slips and under certain guidelines.

My concern is for our many friends which own small businesses, they are hurting bad right now!

Then I see on social media, all of these people pledging to stay home indefinitely....what happens when small businesses can open back up IF the people don't come out to support them?

I guess libs aren't the only ones who get triggered! ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 06, 2020:

Hey Angie, just wondering how your business is doing, if you don't mind my asking that question here instead of in private?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 06, 2020:

Your "don't bug me" line just jumped out at me Eric (crawled on me, stung me, flew in my face....;) for I am in all out "bug everyone" mode right now...

Just saw the story about the salon shop owner in Texas, following all the guidelines, not being stupid, BUT because she didn't have PERMISSION to open until 3 or 4 days later, she is doing jail time!!! She could have APOLOGIZED to the Judge, closed shop.....for what...3 or 4 days?!? She refused, there was nothing to apologize for. She needs groceries for her kids. Her employees need groceries in order to feed their kids, but this Judge needed an apology from her, needed her to conform....You go girl!!! This is crazy.

The big box stores are making a killing right now, while Mom and Pop places, small businesses are on life support, on the verge of closing their doors PERMANENTLY!! If they try to open a couple of days early, will that make them criminals? Will they be put in a position to apologize to the man, the woman with the power or do jail time....in the meantime....their kids STILL aren't getting fed!

This pisses me off! Oops can I say that? Will I be forced to apologize for getting pissed off?

FYI: I'm not yelling at you Eric! I'm just fed up!

This is serious business folks! If you agree.....start "bugging" people about it!!!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 04, 2020:

Sounds like the perfect morning stroll Eric!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 04, 2020:

Don't bug you, Eric, LOL. Sunlight is needed for Vitamin D. It's good for the immune system!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 04, 2020:

Hurried out the door this morning, I had been leaving around 6 in the near dark. Now you have to leave around 530 am to catch the dawn. Nobody goes to the open spaces early. Except me. A fantastic walk-about this morning watching a sun rise over a small mountain. Too many bunnies which tells me, too few hawks. Flowers that even at dawn were brighter than the sunrise on the water.

I do reckon that many need to get out and be.

But I admit I hope you nature goers don't bug me.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on May 04, 2020:

Yes, I did have that Keith Whitley song fresh on the mind.

Glad that this made you smile and that you have moved on from that dark period in your life.

Take your kids, go to the park, swim, laugh, play, make memories! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 04, 2020:

I can tell that you still have 90s country ballads on your mind with Keith Whitley quote. That's okay - I've got a 90s playlist on Spotify running in the background right now. Lot's of old memories...Strawberry Wine and some by Billy Dean. All the greats we've discussed lately. Anyway, back on topic. LOL. I finally got around to something productive and wrote a little. Had to take a break to read your article when I saw you published one.

You make me smile! I love the way you translated your husband's reluctance. Oh, and here's a smile fo you in return (hopefully) - thanks, for not singing "Let it Go" again. ;) You make a cute Elsa and all, but that song is so overdone now. haha

On a serious note, I do agree with you about LIVING for today. I went through a dark period that lasted a year or two longer than it should have. It should never have started in the first place. But then again, can't change the past. I can, however, fully appreciate life even more than I ever did before now and choose to be happy. I spent the last year or so praying more and doing some introspection. Maybe that helps, too. LOL...But I've noticed that I feel lighter and more joyous and even appreciate the "this too shall pass" moments more, which may sound odd. So my point to the rambling is that you are right - we can't all live in fear that way. I don't want to see people die and I think there are some precautions that can always be taken (maybe more now until a vaccine is created), but we also can't live in fear, especially as we learn more about the nature of the virus.

No beaches around here, at least not from an ocean....but I think we're going to Dinosaur Valley this week. My daughter has been begging to go swim in the river.

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