Surfing-wise this visit to Brevard County has been a bit of a bust, but that happens with surfing. It’s not consistent. Some days there are waves and some there are not. But it’s beautiful over here at this time of year and so I am not complaining.
This particular visit coincided with Spring Break, so the beach has been mobbed with college and high school students. The sights are nothing less than stellar, both at the beach and at my beachfront hotel. U-m-m, do you find the guy in the photo to the left as amazing as I do? How could you not?
It’s four AM, and you may ask yourself, “Why is Martin posting at this hour?” Well, I sometimes suffer from what my favorite writer, Michael Chabon, calls “The Midnight Disease.” It’s an affliction with many writers. I woke about twenty minutes ago after going to bed at 10:30 PM last night. I am wide awake and feeling restless. So I made myself a drink and here I am at the keyboard.
I’m feeling a little maudlin right now. It’s been a rough year for me; I lost two of the people I was closest to. I don’t deal with death too well, and I am still reeling from their departure. The past year hasn’t been the best in my writing career either. So, you’ll have to forgive my negative tone.
I have much to be thankful for in my life, despite these losses. I’m healthy, I live in a beautiful place, and every morning I do whatever the hell I want to do. How many people can say that?
Around ten AM today I will load up the Element with my surfboard and belongings, and then I will drive back to the Gulf coast. Thursday I will leave town again to visit a friend in Ocala for some hiking and canoeing adventures. We do these things in Florida at this time of year, before the heat and insects take over.
Have a nice Wednesday, everyone.