The ABCs of OBX

July 10, 2013

in through the looking glass

A is for the ABC stores in NC. After having come here every year for 10+ years, I finally realized on this trip that 1) in NC, you could only purchase hard liquors from the ABC stores, 2) ABCs are not open on Sundays, 3) ABC is not a random acronym that many businesses have adopted because they want to be on the front section of the Yellow Pages. ABC = Alcoholic Beverage Control. Mind blown.

B is the Beach that can’t be beat.

C is for Chinese restaurants as in “They’ve lost the only Chinese restaurant around here and the closest one is 20+ miles away!”

D is for Dairy Queen.

E is for Electronics which I will never swear off.

F is for fish tacos.

G is for go fly a kite.

H is for horses as in the famous wild horses of the Outer Banks.

I is for I am on vacation.

J is for jealous, you, I know. Sorry for bragging!

K is for Kindle.


A perfect beach morning.

L is for Lighthouse Bagels and Deli. No kidding.

M is for Me Time, too.

N is for North Carolina style pulled pork. The best one we’ve tried is from Corolla Village BBQ.

O is for OBX, of course.

P is for pelicans!



Q is for quality time with family. Just the right amount.

R is for restroom breaks I am no longer afraid of. See “T” below.

S is for sand that gets into everything, everywhere. I miss a bar of soap without exfoliating power.

T is for Tankinis. I finally got myself into a Tankini. You gals have been holding out on me. Wearing Tankinis makes being a beach bum so much more convenient. Those and coverups have been my daily uniform since day one. Thank you, Tankini!

U is for under the water shenanigans captured by the underwater camera. I highly recommend getting one if you could swing it.

V is for Verizon reception, poor.

W is for Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi in the beach house is so much better than what we have back home. Thankfully, sadly and ironically.

X is for Xyresic. “We may not be able to boast of our xyresic wit but our swords are sharp and dissected men have more to worry about than snarky remarks.” [aka I am suffering an intelligence breakdown and therefore if you have any suggestion for X please do leave a comment]

Y is for YOU. Wish you were here.

Z is for ZZZ. I’ve been sleeping IN, and also been taking a nap after lunch every day. Really, vacations do not get better than this.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Ameena July 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

I embrace the tankini…it’s the only way. Love the picture!

Have the most fantastic time!
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Absence Alternatives July 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Thanks! Though I believe you m’lady could rock a bikini! 😉


Meg at the Members Lounge July 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I am torn with your T selection! As much as I love my new tankini, I also am in love with Tommy’s Market steaks!
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Absence Alternatives July 12, 2013 at 12:03 am

You mean the Tommy’s Market in Duck?! Have never been. Worth the drive then? Now that you are a Texan, I should respect your judgment in steaks then, right? lol. 🙂


Micæl Chadwick July 11, 2013 at 9:46 am

“J” is for me indeed. I went down that way once on an obsessive field trip with the Lost Colony of Roanoake and to visit Portsmouth (was all research for a book I am still writing all these years later) and absolutely fell in love with the area. It, along with Savannah, Georgia, is one of my favorite places in the world. Hope you are having the best time ever – and super happy birthday to you, too!


Absence Alternatives July 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thank you. Love you!!!!

For more than ten years I’ve been celebrating my birthday while in OBX. I really should feel grateful and fortunate.


But I have a bad cold today… and it’s raining now…. oh well, back to sleep for me! 🙂


Absence Alternatives July 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Also, you’re probably going to scream… we’ve never checked out the lost colony… I do have a great excuse though: the beach and ocean are enough to keep us occupied.

Didn’t know you’re working on a book. Cheering you on!!!


Micæl Chadwick July 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

I can completely understand NOT checking it out. I went there for that, but have returned many times since just for the paradise. It was merely what led me there!


naptimewriting July 11, 2013 at 12:33 am

Xyresic? That would have made my improv career easier.

Have fun!


Absence Alternatives July 11, 2013 at 10:04 am



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