Mr. Gas Station Closes on Sundays!

Posted: September 1, 2014 in Articles
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When our parents were growing up, everything closed up on Sundays. All department and drug stores, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. Sunday would actually be a day of rest then, because all things would close. That way, no one could really do anything, not that they wanted to. People went to church and then had their mid-day meal usually at church or with family at home, and then ….. nothing. A day of rest.

Then one day, one store stated that they would be open on Sunday. Our parents said that it came as a shock to everyone. “What?!? They’re going to open on Sunday!?” Then one by one, other stores decided that they wanted to make money on Sundays as well so they opened on Sunday. Soon everyone became used to it.

Well, we’ve always been able to go to a grocery store or buy gas on Sundays, but recently, a gas station in our town put up a sign saying that they would close on Sunday. They said that they thought the employees should have a day of rest and should be able to worship if they wanted. It’s kind of funny. It’s now the opposite; it’s surprising that they’ll be closed on Sundays. It’s not that we care. They’re just doing the right thing as Sunday should be a day of rest. Because they put up that sign, they might actually get more business. We’ve decided that whenever we can, we’ll only buy gas from them.

With any luck, more people will start closing on Sunday!


We just came back from our beach trip yesterday, which means the trip was only about 5 days and that did seem a little short but as usual, we still had a great time. Sometimes when we stay for a whole week, it can actually feel a little too long. We were very sad to leave this time because Friday was such a beautiful day, but most of all, because we had had such a great time. What would we do without trips to the beach?

Basically what we do during our time at the beach is get up when we want to, sometimes go for an early morning bike ride, come back for a little something to eat, get dressed and packed up for the beach (food, towels, sunblock, etc), and set out on our bikes to the beach. We stay until everyone has had enough of the ocean and the sun, or until we run out of food and people are hungry. Then we ride back. We stay at a place that has a convenient swimming pool, so when we get back we spend a couple of hours or so in the pool. By that time, it’s usually pretty late, so we go back to the house, shower, eat, and watch TV. TV is a treat at the beach since we don’t watch it at home. There actually isn’t anything very interesting on it. We watched a little bit of tennis, baseball, and football and some old Andy Griffith re-runs, honestly only because our parents wanted to.

The bike trails at this beach are very scenic, and I always take a lot of pictures both on the trails and at the beach. Another picture, one that I usually don’t get to take, was of a frog who decided to spend the night stuck to the door of our house. It was a little hard for the camera to focus on him because it was really dark, but you can still see him (he looks a little orange but he was actually green). We also took a picture of an A-frame house because Dink and I have never seen before.

The beach we go to is Chincoteague/Assateague (Assateague is the island where the actual beach is) in Virginia, and we stay at the vacation homes provided by Dove Winds. There is a bike rental business across the street in case you do not have one of your own to bring with you. We always rent a cart to pull behind a bike and we put our cooler with drinks, chairs, umbrella, and beach bag into it. Our dad and Niles were the pullers this year. Anyway, our family has used Dove Winds for about 20 years, and it’s always great. If you ever want to try a new beach, Assateague is a great beach, and if you go there, Dove Winds is the best place to stay :)

Out of Town

Posted: August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let everyone know that we are out of town this week and that’s why we haven’t been posting and won’t post again until this coming weekend.

We are enjoying ourselves at the beach where we sometimes have difficulty finding access to the internet and also, we don’t have much desire to try very hard.

But we’ll be back with some pictures later on! Have a great week :)

Dink & John

The other day, out of a bit of boredom, I caught an interview on YouTube with the man who plays Sherlock in the popular TV series of the same name. The actor’s name, in case you do not know it, is Benedict Cumberbatch. That is his real name.

We like to watch Sherlock, and we think Mr. Cumberbatch is a great person to play that role.

The really disturbing thing about the YouTube video was how the girls screamed hysterically when the actor was introduced and then when he came out. It was very odd and mildly repulsive.

Benedict Cumberbatch is a good actor, but he is just a human being and surely has flaws just like every other human being. I suppose the people listening to him talk and answer personal questions deceive themselves into thinking they now “know” this actor and sense that they are quite close with him.

What idiots people can be. They always want a star, a god, a bigger-than-life person who can fulfill them because their own lives are so very dull and boring. Meanwhile, they use their energy to worship things which should not be worshiped, growing older and duller by the moment instead of using their energies towards making their own lives more interesting and fulfilling.

The day anyone wants to join some person’s fan club may just be the day they have resigned their path in life to go to Nowheresville. Then again, if you are the person being screamed about, it may just be a lot of money in your pocket.

Lake George, New York, is a big tourist spot. It is in upstate New York off of Route 87 on the way to Montreal. There was a music festival going on and there is the lake area with shops and putt putt and what not. It basically looks like a beach tourist town. Most of the tourists are from Quebec. The surrounding area consists of a mix of regular small houses with very large and opulent houses. It was raining a lot there. We were planning to camp around Lake Erie, but there was a lot of flooding in the area and they even had to close down part of the Erie Canal (if we heard the news correctly).

We did notice a couple of different things on the way.

On the New Jersey Turnpike, they don’t have “Rest Stop” signs, they have “Text Stop” signs. Haha. People who just have to text can pull into these places, which are basically little side roads, park, and text to their heart’s content until pulling back onto the parkway.

Driving past Newark, New Jersey, jets were flying so low over the parkway, because they were basically landing at the airport right next to it. We’ve never seen planes flying so low over a road before. Sorry, no pictures.

The last different thing is that New Jersey still has full serve gas stations. We have never been to one of these before. You have to wait for a man to come over. He asks you what you want and how you plan on paying. Then, he puts the gas in and also cleans your windshield if you want him to. We know that once upon a time in America, all gas stations were full service, but now it’s rare to find this. Apparently it is New Jersey’s state law and we were wondering why.

It was an errand trip to go up there, and basically, we didn’t really see it as a place we’d want to go to again. We prefer to stay in our area or go south for our trips, but if you like built up places with water where you can do things like parachute skiing, play putt putt, go into gift shops and things of that nature, perhaps this would be a place for you.