After the last day of school, for the past 9 years, I have moved down to Ocean City, Maryland for summer break. I look forward to moving down to OC every year, and my condo on 115th street in the Sea Watch building just awaits my arrival.
My Ocean City summer adventure is so much fun, and I love being able to spend it with family and friends. Working at the beach is a struggle every now and then, but it is always nice to get a pay check. I am proud to call Ocean City my second home because truthfully, there is no other place I would rather spend my summer vacation.
This summer in OC was more interesting than any other summer yet. My mom granted me and my brother, Chad, the privilege to live on our own. I did not really think that it would be bad considering my brother just finished his first year of college, and he would be somewhat responsible. Well, let’s just say that our diet consisted of mostly microwavable food, and our laundry was a struggle. I would count down the days until my mom would come down to visit us for a weekend so we could have a good meal and also get caught up on some laundry.
With facing the challenges of basically living on my own, I also had to work. Lucky for me, my job was in the building where I lived. I worked at a sub/ice cream shop called My Place, and this was my second summer working there. My Place has been owned and operated by the same lady for 37 years, and it is a blast. Our boss is around 70 years old, and she is like a grandmother to her employees.
What made this summer of work even better was that I got to work with Harrison “Peaches” Linnan (BL ’13) and Austin Kowalewski (BL ’14). I grew a stronger bond with these guys, and I cannot wait to work with them again next summer.
Between work and taking care of the condo, I always found time to go to the beach, of course. My brother wanted to teach me and Peaches how to surf, and it became a goal for us over the summer, so we set out to K-Coast Surf Shop and bought ourselves two 9 ft Odyssey Log surfboards. After a few trips to 36th Street and Assateague Island, I got the hang of surfing pretty fast. Peaches, on the other hand, gave it his all, and began to stand up more and more towards the end of summer.
I already miss going on these surfing adventures with Peaches, my brother, and occasionally the local surf grom Danny “D-Rob” Robinson. I have never seen anyone shred harder in OC than the legendary D-Rob. My favorite memory while surfing would be D-Rob quoting Skip Zephyr from Lords of Dogtown, and saying, “Back to the boneyard for you, pal!”