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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The View

A better view. From our porch.
Mexico.
The history.
The culture.
The food.
The heat.
The warm beach.
The tourists . . .
Husby and I had finally achieved a lifetime dream and were sitting beneath a shady umbrella on a patch of the wide, white sand near Cancun.
 Around us was every classic romantic novel encapsulated.
Creamy surf laving the beach.
Sun-worshiping bodies lying in various positions of relaxation and abandon.
A soft breeze caressing white skin (safely hidden from the February sun), flirting with the fringe of the stripped umbrella, teasing the brim of an intricately woven hat and breathing gently across the ice floating in a crimson drink.
With a sigh of pure contentment, Husby leaned back and took a long drink, ice clicking quietly in his tall glass.
Then he gasped.
I looked at him. His eyes had widened as he stared at something down the beach. I turned to follow his gaze.
And felt my breath catch in my throat.
A large man . . . I emphasize large . . . was coming toward us.
And he was naked.
No. Wait. Beneath a ponderous, hanging belly, did I catch a glimpse of something . . . blue?
The man turned slightly.
I did! Something blue!
I felt the blood drain out of my face. Okay. Something small and blue.
The man had enveloped his cargo in a speedo.
Then, not really concerned with anything as trivial as modesty, had . . . rolled it down.
The result was not a mere infraction of the whole beach-wardrobe code, it was a felonious crime of . . . massive proportions.
I reached for Husby’s drink and gulped.
Lying on a beach in Mexico had been heralded as the ultimate in relaxation and pure, sensual comfort. With limitless views of both ocean and sky.
No one had mentioned the views that one could encounter a little closer to one’s beach chair.
Umm . . . Yikes.

Oh, Delores. My Delores. What challenge will you give us next . . .?
Each week, Delores of Under the Porch Light fame hands out - with grave impartiality - six little words. Then we, her devoted followers, try to make sense of them.
Or at least a story . . .
This week's words?
envelopedshadyclassicspeedoinfraction and cargo
What could that possibly suggest but a glimpse of Husby's and my trip to Mexico . . .

17 comments:

  1. Wow. I've seen some weird things on Florida beaches but not that. Yet.

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  2. There's a memory that will stay with you....yikes!

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    1. Why, oh why is it the horrible memories that stick the best?!

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  3. Oh dear...other than for swimming competitions, not sure why the speedo was invented!

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    1. Yes. Only certain men should wear them. And I get to pick who! ;)

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  4. Gah - here, dark glasses for everyone! hee hee! Those speedos don't cover much to begin with; you would think that fellow could have left it "as is"!

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    1. P. S. Wonderful use of those words!

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    2. See, that's what I thought! How brief is brief?!
      And thank you! :)

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  5. Sometimes we just have to close our eyes - tightly! I haven't written using these words yet - but you found the perfect way to use them! Great story - was it all true? (I hope so - but just up until when speedo man appeared!)

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    1. Susan, it was *shudder* totally true! Ugh!

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  6. I had a more obscene encounter with a man very, very happy to see my girlfriend and I at the lake also oddly enough wearing same blue speedo (must have been a heck of a sale). Looking like one of those pup tents. To bad he didn't notice the 2 hubbies and 5 kids swimming right in front of us. Didn't take long for 2 hubbies to make it out of the water either. The man stretched (yes correct word) out in front of us. I proceeded to get my camera stand over him and take a picture of his let's say attributes. I still have that picture today and recently had it enlarged (oh dear) to send that friend for her 50th birthday!

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  7. Great use of the words! I was sitting right beside you on that Mexican beach. And wondering why the man had bothered at all with the speedos if he was just going to roll them down. Perhaps they'd rolled themselves and he just hadn't noticed?

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    1. Hmmm . . . A possibility, definitely. Maybe I should have pointed it out! Ewww. Nope.

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  8. Great post! Now, your personalized Priesthood Line of Authority is beautifully laminated featuring the classic portrait of Jesus Christ by the renowned artist Greg Olsen.

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    1. Thanks, Jam! Went to your site. Beautiful!

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