BEACH BUM IN THE BIG APPLE PART 7: When Life’s Lemons are Sweet

balloons yeah!

Dammnnnn. I haven’t posted anything in a year, exactly, one year and some days. Well, I’m back… literally and figuratively, where I left off. Sort of. Like in my last post, I’m fishing for a job again. But! this time it’s much better. So after I graduated from grad school (I can’t believe it’s been … Continue reading

Beach Bum in the Big Apple Part 5: One year later

memories!

My parents and I landed in New York City on August 1, 2011, checked in a hotel in Manhattan, then took a cab up to East Harlem to get my new apartment keys. We took a trip to Target to buy things that would make my bedroom look like home, but the starch walls and … Continue reading

Beach Bum in the Big Apple…

Overlooking Spanish Harlem

I was pretty sure when my parents were going to be kissing me goodbye before catching a cab to JFK I would ultimately, immediately, cry myself to sleep. Of course I cried! I was completely freaked out. They left me alone in NYC with no knowledge really of living on my own. I have been … Continue reading

Life and the Abominable Snowman

VB Love

*Opinion* Madness, stress and chaos can be metaphorically illustrated by a computer game my grandma used to play when I was little. We had…wait? What was it? Microsoft 94? Dial-up internet. Remember that slow connection? In the game, you had to use the mouse to guide a skier down a mountain, avoiding randomly spread out … Continue reading

Local entrepreneurs put personal touch in surfboard making

Robert is working on The Rebuttal in his shop

In a 25-foot by 10-foot storage space, covered by a thin layer of fiber glass dust created by the sanding of newly made surfboards, the magic happens. That storage space by the Virginia Beach Ocean Front is where 757 Surfboards founders Robert Seatherton and Andrew Everson make custom surfboards. Literally, make. Not just repair or … Continue reading

Keeping up with Jesse Chong

Virginia Beach’s Jesse Chong has a change in his lineup. The reggae/rock performer who plays virtually every night in Hampton Roads (especially the Ocean Front) had a baby boy on August 24 at 5:20 p.m. Jaden is his first child, and hopefully not the last, Jesse said.  After Jaden was born, Jesse took a month … Continue reading

Robert Smith’s love for creativity shines in Musicplayer

Robert Smith gave his band, or “project,” the name Musicplayer because that is what they do.  This is an electric guitar, bass and drum combo that serves as Smith’s creative outlet. “Music is just my life, it’s what I do,” he said. He plays guitar, makes beats and his first instrument was the piano which … Continue reading

Local musician Jesse Chong is humbled greatness

Jesse Chong performing, picture from Facebook

I had the pleasure of interiviewing and seeing Jesse Chong play at several venues at the Virginia Beach Ocean Front. He’s crazy talented and crazy awesome. He’s been playing guitar since he was 13 and his favorite songs of his include “Sweet Summer Parade” and “Backroom.” Check out his MySpace to see where he’ll be playing next!

Speeding tickets and beating the system

*Opinion* In movies women have played “naive” and “sexy” to get out of speeding tickets, or any ticket. I always thought I would cry and the officer would feel so bad for me he or she would let me go. I never thought to try showing cleavage to get out of a ticket; then again … Continue reading

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