My custom of cycling is on hold until my flat tire is repaired. As much as I adore bicycling I have discovered that my abhorrence of walking is not as avid as I had thought; and that the effect upon my knees and lower spine is more improving than I might have reckoned. Walking also satisfies my vanity my permitting me to tan my backside without having to suffer the discomfort of lying face-down on the chaise longue. The tanning business is unquestionably part of my agenda. The experience here is remotely reminiscent of the month I spent on the Mediterranean years ago, baking myself into a remarkable dark brown colour. Then I used Sea & Ski suntan lotion (the stuff in the lime green plastic container). Here I am using Neutrogena sunscreen but only on my face to prevent me from flaking like a piece of dried cement. It works surprisingly well. I am slowly turning myself into a worn leather bag. Not that it matters. The days of my youth are patently gone forever but I still amuse myself to cultivate a tan.
Sea & Ski has been owned by a succession of owners. It was invented by Charles Rolley who lived in Reno and had quite a colorful life, Time magazine calling him a “kinetic promoter.” Rolley sold it to Botany Industries in 1955. Time magazine said in 1961 that it was the nation’s biggest maker of suntan lotion (its dollar-green Sea and Ski grosses some $12 million a year).
On my way to the beach this morning I chatted at the rear door with a resident who told me of an arrangement she and her husband have for boating along the Gulf Coast. Basically it is like time-share for boats, providing the convenience of accessibility without the necessity of maintenance and mooring. I understand one can secure everything from a sailboat to a yacht to a pontoon boat. I forgot to enquire whether - as in Ontario - boaters are required by law to have a boating licence.
Activity on the beach picked up today, likely as a result of the pending long-weekend. There were more young people - probably children of children of residents.