If all goes as planned, I will be heading to the Jersey shore in the morning. Yeah. I know. It’s the end of December and the thermometer will barely be above the freezing mark.
But there is a reason. You see, Seaside Heights hosts an event called “First Night Ocean County.” I’ve never gone to the event … but for years I have wanted to go. Something always seemed to come up … usually the weather, not necessarily here or there, but somewhere along the 300 mile trip. I’ve been tracking the weather and it looks like clear sailing. So, it’s Jersey bound for this boy, God willing and the creek don’t rise!
It actually sounds like a good winter family fun activity. It includes an afternoon of family friendly entertainment on the Boardwalk capped by fireworks over the ocean at 5 p.m. The weather is expected to be clear, albeit a little frosty around 34 degrees at showtime,
The Seaside Heights Business Improvement District has a website promoting the borough, http://exit82.com/. You can click on the Beach Cam link to follow some of the fun, although it is fixed, so I’m not sure how much of the fireworks you’ll be able to see.
But you may see me. I plan on parking between Webster and Hamilton Avenues at the Boardwalk, site of the beach cam. I will be there at 4:45 p.m. and I promise to wave a Happy New Year to all. You should be able to find me. I’ll be wearing my blue and yellow Starter jacket and, of course, have a round, cherubial face with a full snow white beard. I also may have icicles dripping from my nose and could be the only person on the boardwalk. But I’ll be there! Join me from the comfort of your warm homes.
I’m planning on leaving early to mid morning and visiting with my growing up second mom, Millie, in Toms River during the early afternoon before heading to the Boardwalk for the show. Then I’ll grab something to eat and head back home.
I know. I’ve been told it before. I am crazy.
But, oddly, I need to be recharged and the ocean always seems to do the trick … spring, summer, fall and even winter. Besides, I really am in the mood for a real sausage and pepper sandwich!
Happy New Year!
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.