Long Walks on the Beach: Overrated?

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I don’t find the idea of long walks on the beach very appealing, yet a lot of people put it in their personal ads, thinking that prospective matches will see it as a positive point, perhaps because it implies romance or something. I wonder if it really works. You see, this past Sunday Troy and I went for a walk on a deserted beach in Turkey Point (crappy weather == deserted beach) and it was anything but romantic. Don’t get me wrong. Troy and I are very much in love, but long walks on the beach are just so overrated.

It’s all about the sand, really. Walking on a thick layer of sand, your steps become heavy and you get kind of wobbly because, well, sand is no concrete, and it makes you walk like you were drunk. And then you get grains of sand inside your shoes which may result in blisters if you insist on taking a long walk with it. Just imagine if your date suggests that you get into the water after the long walk and it’s saltwater and you have open wounds on your feet from the blisters but you couldn’t say no. How romantic would that be? Troy said that it would be better if you were walking barefoot but there’s a lot of sharp objects on the beach that can stab you on the feet. If I had to take a long walk on the beach, I’d rather get blisters than walking barefoot.

I think this paragraph from an article on long walks on the beach at everything2.com says it all:

This is … an example of something that sounds romantic but when put into practice often results in muppet hair, a small grain of sand in your shoe resulting in a large blister, and a very unromantic odor of salt spray.

Long walks on the beach makes me think of Bacon Exotic Candy Bar, Smoked Salmon Paté Soda, and Crab Ice Cream. Basically, everything that belongs to the Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time category. Really, every time I went for a walk on the beach, I always ended up thinking, “Now I remember why I don’t go for long walks on the beach!” But next month, I think I’m going to have to do just that since we will be staying in an oceanfront cottage for a couple of nights. I’m sure I would wish we could stay longer, but alas, we don’t live in France. How does 30 days of legally required paid annual leave sound to you? Pretty sweet deal, eh?

I’m not a beach person. Can you tell? ;)

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  1. yes you are so not! he he… and nothing is wrong with that! me, I so hate everything about country and I don’t really know why. however I love taking a really long walk on the beach, especially in the morning or during sunset (other times are way too hot for me) not necessarily with anyone. even if I was alone I still love doing it.

  2. hahahaha… omg you see walking on the beach the way i see people with their laptops in coffee shop.
    to me it’s romantic, whether you’re with that ‘someone’ or alone. what’s annoying is washing the sand off when you reach the hotel and when you feel sticky all over. it’s kinda gross.
    will stop by more often. you have a very cute layout! ;)

  3. Heh, I think the NY Times was a bit eager to exagerate numbers.
    French workers usually get 5 weeks each yea of paid leave, but it only translates into 30 days if you have a 6-days work week. If you work from monday to friday, it translates to 25 days, since when you take the friday off they count the saturday off aswell.
    Either way, it’s a very high number of days indeed. I already took four weeks off this year (the last three were kind of forced on me by my previous boss, and I spent them in Paris when it rained all the dam time — got out of them more depressed than rested), and I still have some coming up. :)

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