Tag: saint simons island

When the dream cloud stole the beach

When the dream cloud stole the beach

“We have a drought for four months without a drop of rain, and then we go to the beach for Thanksgiving, and it rains!! Are you kidding me? We haven’t seen the sun in three days!” And that’s my wife’s weather report from Saint Simons Island for Beachgiving 2022. Now, to Bill with the sports update. As with so many weather reports, I take issue with this report. While the sun did not make a single appearance during our latest Beachgiving trip, it wasn’t exactly a monsoon. It was more perpetual cloudiness interrupted by periods of mist, sprinkles, fog, drizzle […]

Quest for seafood leads to quest just to see food

Quest for seafood leads to quest just to see food

Photo: This is definitely what I had in mind for a seafood dinner A couple weeks ago, I noted that we had chosen to spend Thanksgiving at the beach. We wound up having a delicious Thanksgiving Day lunch on Saint Simons Island and then spent the next few nights on Jekyll Island, one of Georgia’s true treasures. We usually prefer to stay in condos so that we can cook a few meals of our own. But this was a short trip with just the two of us, so we decided to stay in a hotel for a change. It was […]

My checklist for selecting a great restaurant is growing

My checklist for selecting a great restaurant is growing

Photo: My wife checks out the decor at our favorite barbecue joint, Hungry Hillbilly’s, just outside of Jesup, Ga. I’ve written more than a few times about restaurants — the kind of food I like, the atmosphere I prefer and, especially, how to decide whether a restaurant at which you’ve never eaten will be worth trying. Quite frankly, after penning more than 2,000 newspaper columns over the years, I can’t be sure exactly which rules I’ve already covered, so I’ll go over my old rules fairly quickly: If you’re in some small town with which you’re unfamiliar and it’s lunchtime, […]

I guess noise is in the ear of the beholder

I guess noise is in the ear of the beholder

On Friday, April 2, I awoke in a hotel room on Saint Simons Island, one of my favorite places on the planet. My wife and I had gone down for a quiet weekend anniversary getaway. Unfortunately, it was 7:40 a.m., and we were awakened by a roaring leafblower. The wind was blowing a steady 10 to 15 miles per hour, and leaves were swirling. The guy would blow leaves from here to there, and the wind would blow them from there to here. It was a useless exercise that I’ve often seen repeated by workers in Columbus and other cities. […]

Sweating the idea of being stuck with naked catfish

Sweating the idea of being stuck with naked catfish

I’ve written before about lingering effects after having had Covid-19, something I tested positive for and supposedly survived back in August. Yet, certain symptoms don’t go away and some new ones surface.The main problem is shortness of breath, but I’ve also got weird nerve pains, a diminished sense of smell and, now, sweat. I’ve always been hot-natured, so a little sweat is nothing new. That’s why I’ve always been the guy to stretch the limits of the office (and school) dress code to wear shorts or something close to them as long as possible. The assistant principal at my high […]