Also Chillin’

By Dick Hall-Sizemore

Like Jim, I am taking a week off and chilling out.  Except I am in Sandbridge (Virginia Beach) with my wife, our daughter and her family.  (Those are the grandkids in the photo.)

Sandbridge is pretty isolated from the rest of Virginia Beach.  That is what I like about it.  We have gotten up to the boardwalk area once for lunch.  It is pretty weird.  At this time of year, the restaurants would be crowded, there would be lots of folks strolling on the boardwalk, and on the beaches.  That is not the case now.  There were some people around, but not nearly as in other years.  And Atlantic Avenue was practically deserted.  All the restaurants we have been to have been almost empty.

An employee of the realty company told me that all the houses were rented for this week. That may be so, but folks are staying close to their houses.  There are some people on the beach, but it is not at all crowded.  Weird times.

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14 responses to “Also Chillin’”

  1. Snowflakes.

  2. Nancy_Naive Avatar

    I found a place to chill…

    Looks nice from July 1 to July 15. December might be a real chill.

    Klick “Bilder” for photos.

    ROM: divide KR by 10.

  3. I like Sandbridge as well as Emerald llse.
    Dang it though, not chillin’ with you guys.

    In fact it’s hot here in NoVA, just checking Dominion’s web page and they called a “Smart Cooling Rewards” day, so that means they turn off my A/C from 3-6PM and I get $40 for allowing that when they need to do it. Ah yes, startin’ to feel the chill here at 620PM…oh yeah, Chillin now.

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    Glad everyone is “chilling”.

    on electricity, interesting Letter to the Ed from Dominion in FLS today:

    ” In energy policy, Virginia is not California”


    ” Virginia is not California. The key distinction allowing our customers affordable and reliable electricity is the regulatory approach installed, in part, in response to the fiasco of electric deregulation in California and other states.

    When Virginia’s reregulation of electric utilities took full effect in July 2008, our typical residential customer paid a monthly bill of $107. Today that bill is $116—an increase of less than 1 percent annually.”


    ” We will not compromise affordability and reliability as we make our future investments in clean energy. Under Virginia’s regulated framework, our ambitious solar, offshore wind and energy storage plans translate to less than 4 percent more per year for customers over the next decade.”

    William L. Murray
    Senior Vice-President for Corporate Affairs & Communications,
    Dominion Energy

    1. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
      Reed Fawell 3rd

      Thanks, Larry. That letter says it all.

    2. Unstated is that Virginia probably uses more elec than Ca. so the average bill is not the same. I do agree Virginia is not anything like Cali, we have a totally different situation. It is not as easy for us to do renewable. Environmentalists skip that…they say everyone can do it: it is easy and it is free, actually pays us money.

  5. Sandbridge is the least commercialized east-coast beach I’ve seen, a wonderful place for families to spend time together. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself.

  6. Growing up in Virginia Beach one of my favorite places to be was Sandbridge.

    1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

      It was fun back in the day when you would deflate the old bias belts on the 1962 Rambler American to 20 psi and head out south on the sand with the boards in the back.

      I don’t think they let you do that anymore. Probably a good thing.

      1. The year I got my driver’s license was one of the last years the beach was open to everyone for driving – I’m sure you know you could drive on the sand all the way to the outer banks in NC. Shortly after I started [legally] driving access became by permit-only, for residents who needed to use the beach to reach their properties. My first vehicle was a 1957 Jeep so I made good use of the ability to drive on the beach for as long as I could.

        I have not paid attention to it in about three decades so I would assume it’s completely banned now.

        1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

          Legally driving?

          When I was 14, a friend, same age, bought a Honda motorcycle, a 125 or 2-something. We spent two hours making a license plate. Damned good job too. Rode it for a week or two before we were stopped.

          When the cop realized it was a hand painted plate, he followed Kelly home and took the plate off the bike saying, “This one’s going up on the wall at the station.”

          Yahoo! 14 and an accomplished artist!

  7. LarrytheG Avatar

    You can still drive on the beach north of Corolla – at least you could in January…,11%3A59pm%20on%20Labor%20Day.

    1. How about in Virginia?

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        I dunno about Virginia! I was in NC in January and saw cars on the beach at Corolla…

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