Well I finally got to take the BH T4 out for a spin today and it sure was interesting.
Let’s start with the beach, its just two blocks over but I didn’t want to hunt there the first time out. Really, I just don’t want a bunch of people staring at me while I try to figure this thing out. With my luck I’d step on someone gal’s engagement ring, fall to the ground with blood gushing from my foot requiring many stitches, and STILL wouldn’t have detected the ring. She’d just snatch it out from between a couple of bones and say “There it is”.
So I chose a tot-lot at the southend of the beach, in the pouring rain, with no one around except for a bunch of homeless people whom I’ll get to in a minute.
I don my slicker and wide brimmed sailing hat, rig the MD, insert the ear buds, cover the electronic goodies with a bag, put on the apron and off I go.
I wasn’t expecting much since this park is only about a year old, but practice I wanted, practice I got.
I started with the approach to the lot, but the ground is so darned hard I couldn’t dig anything without a full on shovel so I moved straight to the mulch. I searched the areas I thought would produce the best chance of finding some love: around the benches, swings and covered tables.
Oh, did I mention the homeless????
It didn’t take long to get my first “hit”. And let me tell you, that Tracker was singing a tune! As a matter-of-fact it was singing a looong, wiiiiide tune. Did any of you know that park benches could have concrete and steel holding them down????
I backed away from the bench and came up empty hand-tooled.
By the third bench I became acutely aware of some noise from around the first bench I checked out. I ignored it at first.
I moved on to the swings. Bam-O! Hit after hit. Holy crap a pocket spill! Yeehaw I’m on my way to paying this thing off.
Nope… You see, it turns out the construction crews who built the park must have cut the chain for the swings on site. Nice, huh. Half a dozen half-links later I move to the slides and the noise I heard before is louder. Much louder. It even has an angry quality about it.
First slide down and nothing but playground foundation.
Now I hear it. Well I’ll be damned but this homeless lady is having a fit over me “cheating”. WTH is that about??? No need to post what she was saying, but she sure wasn’t using nice language. Potty mouth. I seriously contemplated offering her my finds….
I hit the last slide and find nothing. The lady is flat out wigging and its pouring like mad. I’m leaving but on the way out I stop by the concession stand area. I already know I can’t dig so I hit the shrubbery in front of the window area.
Oh yea baby. A hit within 1 foot of me starting. Nail…
Wham! Another hit. Nail…
Kapow! Pulltab…. In the middle of ginormous red ant colony that appears pretty pissed off for some reason. Go figure, I only moved their mulch, scrapped a bunch of their dirt and in all likely hood I split the queen in a few pieces. Sheeze.
On that note I gathered my garbage, dumped it in a can, listened to my new friend serenade me one last time, dried off and left.
Frustrating, comical, enjoyable. I can’t wait to head out again. Oh, oh…. I hear thunder – Later….
This was forwarded to me recently and with the burglary of a friend’s home I thought I should post it here concerning the recent rash of break ins in the Great Neck corridor of Virginia Beach.
Dear Fellow Neighbor-
Just wanted to inform everyone that there have been 52 break-ins over the past few weeks in the Great Neck corridor (from Reagan Ave up to Great Neck Point and all neighborhoods in between). The burglars are not taking anything w/a serial number that can be traced and seem to be largely targeting the master bedrooms and taking expensive jewelry. They are professional criminals that seem to be working in a pair and have a communication device to look out for law enforcement. The police seem to think they are staking out the neighborhoods, even ringing doorbells to see if people are home and might even be acting like a home repair “company”. They are looking for signs of nobody home, ie no cars in driveway and all the lights out, etc. It appears they are attempting to gain access largely by trying back/garage doors that might be either already open or unlocked!!!
It seems that they are driving an older model green sedan car, such as a Camry. It has been reported there are 2 men, one Black male and the other male either Hispanic or Black very light skinned. They have been targeting homes in the daytime and very early evening hours.
BE VIGILANT AND CALL THE POLICE if ANYBODY comes to your home in an attempt to sell you anything that does NOT have a Peddler’s business license issued by the VB Commissioner of Revenue. You can call the non-emergency number to the VBPD at 385-5000 and then pressing option “1”. If you see a older model green car driving through the neighborhood very slowly looking, and not wanting to purchase houses for sale, also please call the police.
These are professional burglars, as they are not taking items that can be traced when taken to a pawn shop, nor are they students that are truant from school. Fyi, NO HOMES HAVE BEEN BURGLARIZED yet that have a barking dog in the house. I just received this information from a friend who is on the VBPD and wanted me to know what’s going on, that is why I am passing it on to you, as it is NOT rumor and IS what the VBPD is currently looking for.
Hope this information helps everyone!
Again, Happy Holidays to all our neighbors!!!
I also got this one:
There was a break-in about 6:30 on Wednesday evening on B******* Lane. The owners were not there at the time. The perpetrators shouldered in the front door. The alarm sounded immediately (and loudly), causing the people to run away. Nothing was taken, but it certainly could have been much worse. The residents passed on two suggestions to other residents. Keep your alarm system in working order at all times. Change the framing surrounding the door to a metal frame so that it cannot be easily broken. (They tried the back door first, but it was solidly reinforced and too difficult to break into.
This could happen any time, but during this season when people tend to have more presents under trees, it is more important to be aware of the possibilities of a break in.
The R****** ** Great Neck Homeowners Association
Please remember to call 911 if you see a crime in action and call 385-5000, option 1, to report crimes after they have occurred or to report any suspicious activity.
Here’s a complete jackass dumping his crap in the dumpster of a VA Beach PetSmart. Maybe we should congratulate him for not just tossing it all out of his truck…
This guy was busy for a solid five minutes. I honestly should have set my tripod up and recorded all of it!
This lady rides her bike everywhere! We’ve seen her from the Oceanfront to Bayside.
Here she is in the middle of the intersection at Haygood Rd and Independence Blvd doing circles until traffic clears. No, she’s not the best at following the “Rules of the Road”.
One question tho, how the hell did she spot that penny????
Tonight we had a family celebration at Romano’s Macaroni Grill at Town Center in Virginia Beach. As usual we went early since we had the boy, and you know how boys under two can be!
We were promptly met at the door and taken to our table. Despite the restaurant being very empty, we were seated near the entrance. Not a good place. The host was adequate, but nothing to remember except for being unremarkable.
Our waitress was at our table right away. She was friendly and knowledgeable, but not refined. She plated the oil, the first one on the table was empty, and cracked pepper for the bread yet to be delivered and we ordered sodas and a juice for the boy. When the waitress returned she offered to remove the wine glasses, but only took two of the four on the table and didn’t take the extra bread plates and flatware.
Right now they are promoting “Mediterranean Olives”. Don’t let that fool you. They’re just trying to tack on another $3.99 to your bill. If you like olives, get them, otherwise save your pennies. You’re not getting a discount on them.
Something that struck me as odd, or cheap, was the white butcher paper over the tables. Here we are with cloth napkins and table covering with wine glasses and oil bottles (some empty) at the ready, and a wait staff with bow ties and a nice wine list, yet we’re being asked to eat over paper. Cheap, cheap, cheap. The only positive with the paper, the boy made some nice artwork out of it. I just don’t think the older couple two booths away appreciated the paper and crayons on their table as much.
Oh yeah, if you’ve read this far you must want to know about the food. The bread came first and was warm and soft. It had some seasoning on it, but nothing special.
I got a side salad with Italian dressing. Hey! We’re at an Italian restaurant afterall. The salad was larger than expected and the Italian dressing was pretty darn good. It had a mild little kick to it. Yep, it pleased me.
The Shrimp & Artichoke Dip came next. The best thing I can say about this dish was its lack of offensiveness. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad, it was just there. The Parmesan bread crisps were just that, crisp. Sort of like eating an old crouton with over-cooked parm on board.
For dinner the boy had Grilled Chicken and Pasta. This was a great looking dish, just not for a two-year old. I think the poor boy would starve to death if he had to eat spaghetti only. He just couldn’t get those strings in his mouth with any consistency. It did bring a joy to watch, though. He wasn’t having any of the chicken, and the “trees’, brocoli, just weren’t going to be consumed. Oh well, at least mom tried to get him something healthy.
Speaking the wife, she got the Insalata Blu. Basically a pretty large salad with vinaigrette and some bleu cheese grated on the top. The wife liked it, but couldn’t finish it.
I ordered the Spaghetti and Meatballs and next to that super-duper Italian dressing, this was the best part of the meal once I got to eat it. I’d asked for another fork and the waitress forgot, so I had to get it myself. The spaghetti sauce was way too watery and the pasta was mushy, but the meatballs were great. Like the mack-daddy Italian dressing, the meatballs had a little kick to them. I don’t know what it was, but it was there and it was good. Just too bad the other items on the plate failed. The portion was good, but after seeing the other large items I’d expected something bigger. A bit of a let down.
Our boy was getting fussy, so I actually held him while eating. It’s good for me I could do it with one hand!
When requested, the waitress got our check promptly and everything was in order.
I know this sounds pretty negative, but it really wasn’t that bad of a meal. I just expect a lot, or as my wife says, I’m an ass. Go figure. We’ll go back and give it another run.
I took our son to Pigtails and Crewcuts today at Hilltop Shopping Center in Virginia Beach for a little hair chopping. I must tell you up front that the experience was great. Far from what happened last time I got his hair cut!
My first impressions of the shop were that it was clean, busy, well-run, and a bit feminine. Let’s start with cleanliness. After each cut the stylists were sure to sweep up and dispose of all the clippings. For sale items were neatly displayed and the play train area was pretty clean for a place full of children. I say the shop was well-run because the employees all appeared to have a job and they appeared to be doing it right.
As for the femininity of the place, that may be a product of the all female staff, the all female parents (except me), the female ribbons and bows for sale, or maybe it was just a gut feeling. Whatever the reason, it didn’t matter. The place was great.
While we did have a short wait, my son didn’t mind because he joined two other boys at the train set. Time flew by for him.
Amber was my boy’s stylist and she was quite pleasant. After placing boy-child in the fire truck barber chair she took the time to listen to what I wanted. While cutting she asked several times if I liked the progress, as if to give herself reassurance she was doing a good job. She eventually got it right and he looks great. Best of all, my son had a great time getting his hair cut.
The only downside to the entire trip was the cost. I pay $10 for my own haircuts, so to pay $16, plus tip, was really asking a lot. I paid it and considered the crying and screaming last time we had his hair cut and deemed it a good $16+! The lessor of two evils I guess you could say.
The Hilltop location offers a party room and party packages, though I deemed the parties to be mostly driven toward the female clients. Something about mani-pedi’s and the like just sounded girly.
On the way out we were given a punch card. After 10 punches I guess you get a free cut, I don’t know. I took the card and didn’t really listen to what the lady said. I did, however, hear her say that Tuesday is “double punch” day so I left with two punches.
Whatever… I’ll figure it out later because I plan on returning.