It's nice when someone pays you a compliment, but moreso when that someone is a person you admire and connect with on many levels. It bewilders me at times when I consider how many people I have come to cherish on my blog...and that I would have never met them if not for the power of the internet. Thank you Chesca- for your kind words...and more importantly- your friendship :)
Now for the Myrtle Beach Mis-Adventure...
My best friend, C, is dealing with a family crisis at the moment. She was going to be in Myrtle Beach and I was at Emerald Isle, 3 hours away, and she asked me if I would join her for a few days. I said yes.
Trying to save some money I decided not to say on the beach, but I would stay a few miles inland and drive to her ocean-front hotel. Good idea- right?
(This pic made me think of Foam :)
I chose a place about 7 miles away, inland, on Hwy 501 which intersects with Hwy 17...the main drag of Myrtle Beach. I chose a Country Inn and Suites because these are always nice places to stay. However, I got a raised eyebrow from a lady at a local restaurant when I told her where I was staying. It puzzled me, but I let it go-
I checked in, went to my room, unpacked the car (will I ever learn to pack LESS???), sat on my bed, opened my laptop, and then looked out my window. From my bed I could see the place next door to my hotel..."Fantails" Adult Enterainment.
"Great" I sarcastically thought. "Just great!" Then I wondered about the men (and women?)who would go to there...and would I be able to see them in the parking lot from my window? I wondered if they were old, or young, married, single, lonely, happy? Most of the men in my life (husband, brother, peers, etc) have either never been to an Adult Entertaiment place, or have been- but didn't think much of it (and perhaps they are lying to me, but I don't think so).
I haven't been to one either...though I did have a fleeting thought about going next door to see what it was all about.
I didn't go though.
Later, after dinner and finding a bottle of Firefly Vodka (produced ONLY by the Irvin Winery in SC!)- I went back to the hotel. As I was getting out of the car I looked across the highway- and guess what I saw?!!!
AGHHHHH! Have mercy! THERE was another Adult Entertaiment place! "Nuttin' BUTT Horseplay" Sigh.
I went to my room, made a Cosmo and put on my bathing suit. I headed to the pool/hot tub with my book and my drink, and had a good long soak, and then a swim. For most of the evening I was alone. (some kids came to play later).
I returned to my room to get ready for bed and to check my email and stuff...I looked in the mirror and my hair was curly from the steam of the hot tub. I took my picture, and then went outside and took shots of the "Entertainment" places around me.
My "Adult Non-Entertainment" Myrtle Beach photo! LOL!
Turns out there was at least one more place- about 1/4 of mile down the road. I was smack-dab in the middle of more Adult Entertainment than I've ever seen in my whole life!
The most entertainment I had (or wanted!) was swimming in the pool, sitting on the beach with my best friend, and unwinding with a good drink before bed. I also watched the Discovery channel- which was showing a special about Pythons. I live a very exciting life, don't I? ;)
The Hotel was fine, the staff was great, the price was right, and the location was ok. Had I known about all the gentleman clubs within walking distance of my hotel- I would have probably paid the extra $50 and stayed closer to the water :)
I'm sure the "Fantails" place is fine for some, but I really prefer see the tails of dolphins and such when I look out the window of my hotel room :) Next time, if there is such a thing, I'll know better!