Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Atlantic City

Be not afraid of life. Believe that
life is worth living and your
belief will help create the fact.

William James
Here we are as we approach Atlantic City.  By now I'd had enough of the bus and was aching to stretch my legs...and hoping I could still get up.  You know, when we reach a certain age, we really tend to stiffen up.
Although I had a great time on our trip last week, but am up in the air about heading back this month.  The weather is changing, and unlike the others, I don't go to spend the entire day in a casino.  I love getting out in the air, and spent over two hours outdoors last week. It was an odd sort of day on the boardwalk, and in-between time. not yet cold and no longer hot. Some people were dressed in heavy coats, others like myself were in a sweater, and still others were not yet ready to give up on summer and walked around in skimpy summer clothes, including a few with bathing suits. It made me cold just looking at them.
Here we are as we get closer to our destination...but this is not the casino where we were headed.
The Taj Mahal.  A gorgeous place, but be careful of the ladies' room.  What a shame!  Women can be so messy. But, you would also think that in a place like this, the bathrooms would be better kept.  Wouldn't you expect to find an attendant in the bathroom?
A sure sign of the changing seasons.  The amusement park is closed. Gone was the gaity of carnival music, the excited laughter of children, the rides, the lights, the arcade games.  All closed up and silent. A ghost town. Only a few stands selling food remained open on the boardwalk. In the background you can catch a glimpse of the ocean, but I could not get any closer. There was a locked fence blocking the path. 

Only the seagulls remained, eager to salvage the last of the tiny morsels and crumbs before the stands boarded up closed for the upcoming winter season. And scavengers they are....
Couldn't resist the above photo.  I only wish it had come out a little better.  It's hard shooting photos with the glare of the sun baring down on the phone. 
After flexing his muscle and very noisily chasing off all his buddies , this little guy, the bully of the group,  sat with me through my entire lunch. When I wasn't looking, I could see him out of the corner of my eye eagerly staring at my burger, and as soon as I turned his way, he would turn away as if he could care less about me. And speaking of lunch....
Not very healthy, I know, but boy, is that ever a cheeseburger. And finally...
As we made our way home, the Harvest Moon in the background. Life sure is good.
It is a glorious privilege to live, to know, to act, to listen, to behold,to love. To look up at the blue summer sky; to see the sun sink slowly
beyond the line of the horizon; to watch the worlds come twinkling into
view, first one by one, and the myriads that no man can count, and lo!
the universe is white with them; and you and I are here.

Marco Morrow


  1. You're taking some great photos with your new camera! I hope you left a bit of cheeseburger bun for your new pal.

  2. Oh i'll bet that cheeseburger was delish! I love 'em!

    And i love seagulls, scavengers though they are. They're adorable, and of course opportunistic. Patient, maybe? Lol.

  3. I'm so very glad you had a wonderful time Mary. You really are getting good with that camera in your phone. I still don't know how to operate mine. LOL LOL



  4. I bet that seagull was salivating for a taste of lunch! Funny how they act, isn't it? Glad you had a great day - even if the weather is turning an outing is always nice.

  5. If I know you, you gave him/her a morsel.
    I don't think you can ever feed a wild bird enough to fill them up.
    Thanks for sharing your good time through photos Mary. Many years ago I was at the Taj and the bathroom had an attendant. Trump must have fallen on hard times. HA!
    May I suggest that you dress in layers the next time and duck into the many casinos along the boardwalk or put Atlantic City on the back burner til next year. brrrrrrrrrrrrrr