Friday, January 28, 2005

I like the beach, but prefer chlorine

It's an interesting fact that although I live on a beautiful island, I don't particularly care to swim in our beautiful warm waters, resistance on my part causes great amusement among my friends who love the beach. However, I have no problems swimming in a chlorinated pool... why yes... I prefer chlorine to natural salt water.

Kitesailing, kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, whatever your preference, is a popular extreme sport right now and I enjoy it, however, after having tried it once, realized that I am not a cat with nine lives, preferring to encourage my friends as they cut sharp jetties in the water, then literally being swept up into the air.. high.. high... It's an impressive sight to see. I know.. what does this have to do with my penchant for swimming in a chlorinated pool rather than the blue-green beaches of Guam? Absolutely nothing.

Of course, parachute sailing is a popular pastime with the tourists, but lost its appeal for a time, after a couple was injured when their chute missed a wind pocket and they came crashing down...ouch.

I admit to stereotyping tourists as timid creatures who prefer spending an exorbitant amount of money on Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Chanel, all things Mickey Mouse, and other high end accoutrements in our little mecca of upper class-a little-bit-of-New-York-feel, downtown Tumon Bay. However, I was wrong, observing these brave souls as they squeal with fright and delight, taking off in a parasail ride; or jump off a ledge with a bungee cord attached to their ankles. I suppose extreme sports appeal to their inner child.

Every morning as she sips her hot camomile tea, my godmom pages through our local newspaper, looking for a story that tells of a tourist-related tragic accident. How macabre, however, two years ago, we read in horror of a Japanese tourist swimming in Tumon Bay when she was struck by lightning... that was rather tragic, although it didn't stop tourists who brave the waters. Perhaps I'm afraid of being struck by lightning, that occurrence rare, compared to swimming and being struck by a speedboat or jetski.

What really bothers me about the beach?.... the sand, those micro-granule grains of irritating grit that cling to my body, rather bothersome, but I've always been anal that way, or so they say. Perhaps I should move to Iowa.


Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm with you on this one. I hate sand. I can spend a total of five minutes on the beach and I'll come home with 3/4 of teh Earth's sand in the crotch of my bathings suit.

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate sand too. The beach picture thatyou posted is beautiful though...


4:32 AM  
Blogger Steven Swain said...

Sand is a bother. Sometimes nature isn't as convenient as it is pretty.

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