Wow, busy Saturday here in Paradise. Polly and I started the day at the annual ALS Walk, where she entertained/irritated/pissed off the crowd with her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, which she sang with great gusto. I’ll bet the guy with the microphone who was trying to lead the song wished he could do as well – and wag his tail at the same time.
ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a horrible, devastating disease so if you are looking for a charitable cause to support, research into finding a cure is well worth it.
Spent the afternoon at the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off, where local restaurants served up their best chow-dah efforts to the public and then we voted for our favorites. It was a nice change to get to vote for something I actually liked (Surfhouse! The best!) rather than the-least-offensive-candidate, my usual stance when I get in a voting booth. Plus, live music, people watching, fried pickles (really – I’ve never had one, so I can’t say). What’s not to like?
Carolina Beach Lake is about 500 feet from the ocean and windy even on calm days. After the Cook-Off we headed for home since alarming tornado reports were coming in from Raleigh and the winds were blowing mightily. The sky turned green.
By 9 PM, the tornado warning was lifted and the storm headed out to sea.
Turn your speakers up all the way, hit full screen, and enjoy some fireworks, compliments of Mother Nature. (The houses/buildings on the far side of the lake are oceanfront, to give you an idea of how narrow that strip of land is and how close the lake and ocean are to each other.)