"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton
I'm thankful for one of the fun perks of living here on the coast, which are the free summer concerts at the beach every Friday night.
The beach in front of the Boardwalk fills up with people for the evening shows. I'm thankful for people watching, which is at it's very best on Friday nights!
When the sun begins to set, the music begins, and the crowd has a great time singing along to the oldies but goodies.
Greg Kihn, The Tubes, Papa Do Run Run, Eddie Money, The Temptations, Herman's Hermits, Starship, and The English Beat, among others, have all played free concerts at one time or another.
It's fun to put down a blanket, eat a hot dog and some fries, and take a trip down memory lane listening to the music. We usually have to convince the girls that yes, this band really was popular in it's time.
How did people listen to music way back in the 70's and 80's anyway, before i-pods and CD's?
When the concert ends, we brave the crowd for a trip to Marini's Candy on the Boardwalk. It's the perfect way to end the evening, if only to window shop.
But, we rarely leave empty handed.
Just look at all this lovely sugar!!
I'm thankful for Marini's,which has been making popcorn and candy on the beach since 1915. They make delicious Salt Water Taffy, and recently introduced Chocolate Covered Bacon, apparently something the world has been waiting for.
My husband is a true bacon connoisseur, and he's sure that chocolate and bacon do not belong together. I say, to each his own.
My loyalties waiver between Rocky Road, Candy Apples, and Pecan Turtles. For me, making the right decision takes some serious thought.
After sitting in the cool evening fog watching the band, waiting in line for our candy, and walking back to the car in the dark, I'm thankful it's time to call it a night.
I'm thankful for the evenings we spend scrunched together on our beach blanket listening to the music under the light of the moon, the sound of the waves, the boardwalk rides, and the crowd providing a colorful backdrop to the main event.
Until next time,
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