We Prefer Beaches Without Sharks

We Prefer Beaches Without Sharks

It's obvious we share the same DNA, isn't it?

The waves might be smaller (and the water a hell of a lot colder) but the beaches along Lake Michigan are a great way to spend a Saturday morning. What makes the trip even more fun is getting to pass the time with good people. Visits to the beach at Foster Avenue have become a tradition whenever my sisters travel to Chicago in the summer. It’s a relatively quiet spot and a small section of the beach is allocated as a dog friendly area.

Some people read at the beach (like my husband). Some people spend 45 minutes trying to figure out how to hang a volleyball net (like the four frat boys who, upon finally figuring it out, quit playing after five minutes of volleying). Others like to talk way to loud on their cell phone about things you shouldn’t really talk out loud about in public. Trust me, you don’t want to know about the conversations my sisters overheard while laying out. I like to put my ear buds in and tune the rest of the world out while soaking in the rays. Don’t worry, I use an SPF 478 sun block. I’ve worked hard to stay this pale.

Here is a playlist of songs I’ve been coming back to over and over again this summer.

Belle and Sebastian — Another Sunny Day — The Life Pursuit
David Bowie — Sound and Vision — Low
Built to Spill — Big DipperThere’s Nothing Wrong with Love
Camera Obscura — French NavyMy Maudlin Career
The Flaming Lips — When You SmileClouds Taste Metallic
The Head and the Heart — Lost In My MindThe Head and the Heart
The Local Natives — Cubism DreamGorilla Manor
Mndr – “I Go Away” – E.P.E.
Owen Pallet — Tryst with MephistophelesHeartland
Pavement — Summer BabeSlanted and Enchanted
The Temper Trap — Sweet DispositionConditions

So tell me, do you have any summer traditions? What strange behaviors have you observed at the beach? Do you have any summer tunes you’d like to recommend?

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