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Sand Raking is Really Hard Work - Self Portrait

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 12 June 2012 in People & Portrait.

Ya know, Zen Sand gardens are really beautiful to see. However, after raking 50 square metres of beach sand (here, at Sandy Hook National Seashore) and then enduring the Park Rangers as they descended upon me asking what the hell was I doing, I needed a break! I told them I was just trying to get some colour in my legs, but I was then reminded that I am a "skin cancer-prone" kinda guy (recent facial surgery to wit), so I simply sat down to rest.

PS - Now, this is a Silly Tuesday post, so everything I said is a lie.... except for the Skin Cancer part and except for the fact that this really IS Sandy Hook National Seashore (a beautiful spot). I don't do many of the Silly Tuesday numbers, so I thought I woud give this a shot...Lord knows, I am goofy enough as it is...I normally don't really need a Tuesday for an excuse to be goofy! Cheers!

OH BY THE WAY: Lest anyone be thinking that I am out cavorting while Barbara is in San Francisco, this picture was actually snapped a few months ago when we traveled "down the shore" ( as they say in New Jersey) for a glimpse at Sandy Hook .

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Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Glad to know you're not cavorting in any way!

12 Jun 2012 5:24am

@Richard: As you can see, my legs were crossed :-)

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Very funny, dig those knees :))

12 Jun 2012 6:23am

@Christine: You MUST be kidding! But thanks :-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I think you covered all the bases here, Denny. If the Infringement Case comes before a judge, be sure to read this out ! If you are right lucky, it will be heard on a Tuesday when sentences can be lighter.

12 Jun 2012 6:24am

@Ronnie 2¢: When they check my voting record and left-leaning politics - I won't have a chance! But thanks Ronnie2 :-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Looks like a gorgeous place to relax... Nice self-portrait Denny ! Have a wonderful day, hugs :)

12 Jun 2012 9:04am

@Tamara: Hio Tamara - Thank you so much...I am as ugly as sin but it's nice of you to be nice :-) Have a great day yourself :-) <3 dj

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Ha ha - I'm so easily taken in . . . I was really thinking you were out at the beach raking sand. :-)) Wonderful and relaxing shot, Denny.

12 Jun 2012 11:28am

@Jason Politte: It was relaxing - thanks Jason- but this was, like, early April if I remember right...the wind was actually blowing offshore and quite chilly actually :-) Thank yuo sir

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

ROFL.....you definitely are in the spirit of the day! Happy ST Denny! ;-)))

12 Jun 2012 12:08pm

@Eric Cousineau: Emphasis on Spirit..of which I am old enough to be in the category of....Thanks Mr C :-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I was going to write something really silly in keeping with the day, but my heart actually 'fluttered' a bit when I read this really IS at Sandy Hook. Our daughter lives maybe 20 minutes south and west (Rumson/Fair Haven) of the Rt 36 bridge that you probably used to enter Sandy Hook. It's a beautiful place to walk the miles of sandy beach.

12 Jun 2012 12:35pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: It si gorgeous, Judy...Let's plan to meet up there one time :-) Thanks so much - ps - Sorry about the beetle...

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Hee hee hee... you should have let the text be as is, and disclosed the ST disclosure tomorrow ;-) ... I was getting my blood up over the park ranger part! Nice relaxing shot, buddy, and a fine ST spirit.

12 Jun 2012 3:03pm

@Rick: Took this when we visited in early April - it was windy and really cold- we had windbreakers up over our heads to soak in the sun and block the wind....my lovely legs bore the brunt...thank god no goosebumps showed...Thanks man!

franz from Baden, Austria

sexy legs, nice and empty beach, great surf ... perfect for any tuesday, not just the STs !!!

12 Jun 2012 3:46pm

@franz: I'll bet you say that to all the old men :-)

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Nice place for a walk.....

12 Jun 2012 4:05pm

@Lena: Yes it was...Thank you Lena :-)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great frame

12 Jun 2012 4:49pm

@Nigel: If one ignores the knees :-) thank you sir!

Leigh from Northallerton, United Kingdom

I could do with some beach time. Nice shot

12 Jun 2012 4:56pm

@Leigh: Amen! Thank you sir :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A cute capture with a funny story line behind it! I love the blue and green colors of the water in the distance.

12 Jun 2012 5:04pm

@Steven: Thanks STeven I did too..I was struck by the two colours so clearly evident...strange - Thanks again :-)

franz from Baden, Austria

no, sir, i don't ... only to those with REALLY sexy legs ... ;-))

12 Jun 2012 6:02pm

@franz: You have impeccable taste, sir...

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Cool ...
;-))

12 Jun 2012 6:26pm

@Gérard Beullac: Thnks Gerard :-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great shot Denny ... this could have been this past weekend; it was so hot in the 90's! Great humor!

12 Jun 2012 6:56pm

@RBL: Thanks Ruthie - Love your shot today - it's a smash - er I mean a Crash!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

neat. you shouldn't pass up the chance to do some cavorting:))

12 Jun 2012 9:13pm

@john4jack: A solid observation - Thank you sir :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Cool shot, Denny!

12 Jun 2012 11:48pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great POV! Yes, Barbara would be wondering what you are up to! It looks like a nice beach!

13 Jun 2012 1:08am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Awesome POV! Looks like a great place to hang out.

13 Jun 2012 6:12am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great silly story, Denny, and a great Tuesday shot!

14 Jun 2012 4:54am

LauraS from Chico, United States

How can this be construed as "silly" when you are wearing such sensible shoes? Ha, ha. Great post today.

14 Jun 2012 3:33pm

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