May 20, 2005

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You know, it doesn't get much better than a warm sunny beach, good food and little to do but relax. Of course, I know in the back of my mind that I have to eventually return to work. I'm not happy about that. But we've still got a couple of days.

What have we been up to? We'll, there's the obligatory beach walking, the lying in the sun, the reading of many books. I brought a bunch of books with me and we still had to go out and buy more. There's the eating and around here it isn't exactly difficult to find a good meal. There's the sleeping, which is aided by the ever-present sound of the ocean. We've checked out lighthouses, shopped, visited islands, watched the dolphins and I've gotten my ass kicked playing pool one too many times. Sadly, its supposed to rain throughout the rest of our time here. Oh well...its still vacation.

One thing before I sign off, drink the rest of my coffee and figure out what we're doing for the rest of the day. You know, beach houses are a haven for left behind books. I'm not talking about the Christian series. I'm talking paperbacks people bring to the beach and leave once they're done. Same goes for hardbacks apparently. I've done a quick survey of the books left in this house. If anyone can tell me the most author who's work shows up the most, I'll burn you a CD of vacation tunes. Hints: its fiction, its a male author and its not John Grisham.

Posted by Chris at May 20, 2005 9:09 AM

James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks

*all of Sparks' books are set in NC ;)

Posted by: skurdycat at May 20, 2005 9:15 AM

Nora Roberts for the women.... um, no clue for the men.

Posted by: Kris at May 20, 2005 9:16 AM

S. King? Glad you had fun!

Posted by: Krista at May 20, 2005 9:19 AM

Dean Koontz? Dr. Seuss? I dunno.

Posted by: Michelle at May 20, 2005 9:20 AM


Posted by: alfredsmom at May 20, 2005 9:32 AM

Stephen King. or Dean Kootz. those are the first that came to mind.

Posted by: Judy at May 20, 2005 9:36 AM

Stephen King is my guess too.

Posted by: Jazzy at May 20, 2005 9:41 AM

I think I'll go with Nicholas Sparks. His books seem very "vacationy"

Posted by: cassie-b at May 20, 2005 9:43 AM

Ok, my guess would be Stephen King too.. but I wouldn't want you to have to send a gazillion cd's around the globe.. so I pick.. ehm... another John. John Irving?

Posted by: Sweety at May 20, 2005 9:51 AM

Dean Koontz was my first thought. Tom Clancy, was my second.

But I thought Harold Robbins paperbacks were mandatory beach reading.

Oh, well. Glad you are having a great week!

Posted by: Q at May 20, 2005 9:55 AM

You're in my favorite place in the world! I hope y'all get a chance to eat at Outer Banks Brewing Company before you go... great food and great brew! Have fun!

Posted by: LJ at May 20, 2005 10:04 AM

Thinking those books at the beach house may have been there for a while, my guess is Hemingway. Have a great end of holiday and a safe journey home. --Skob

Posted by: skob at May 20, 2005 10:16 AM

stephen king was my first thought.

Posted by: becky at May 20, 2005 10:36 AM

I'm going to say Michael Connelly or John Sanford because no one has mentioned them and my first guess has been taken.

Posted by: jodi at May 20, 2005 10:44 AM

Pat Conroy, Michael Crichton or Stephen King.

Posted by: Milly at May 20, 2005 10:47 AM

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm......the sound of the ocean while going to sleep............mmmmmmmmmmmmm......that settles it! The boyz and I are going to the beach this weekend. Thanks, Cactus and Fish. I just needed that little push..........Look out Cocoa Beach. Here we come............

Posted by: Julie at May 20, 2005 10:54 AM

Hey stranger! I'm so jealous of your vacation. Looks like you guys are having a really relaxing time. Can't wait to hear from you and catch up on things!

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at May 20, 2005 10:55 AM

Tom Clancy?
Carl Hiaasen?
Nick Hornby?
John Updike?

Hope the weather holds for you two.

Posted by: Alison at May 20, 2005 11:09 AM

I was going to say James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks too, but someone beat me to it!!!

Posted by: at May 20, 2005 11:25 AM

Hmm...could it possibly be Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins, Johnathan Kellerman, or Clive Cussler?

Posted by: christina at May 20, 2005 11:43 AM

Everyone has already said what I would have guessed (Koontz, King, Crichton) so I'm going to guess Lawrence Sanders. He's a little more old school 80's style but his books are great beach reading.

Posted by: Melissa at May 20, 2005 12:00 PM

I'm going to go with the obvious: Noam Chomsky.

Posted by: Jason at May 20, 2005 12:36 PM

Stephen King or James Patterson

Posted by: amy at May 20, 2005 1:25 PM

Publisher - Hugh Hefner?

Just kidding. No one would leave those behind.

Posted by: beautiful face at May 20, 2005 2:15 PM

Dang...first I thought Stephen King, then Michael I'll go with Jonathon Kellerman. Ken Follett? I have no idea....Dickens?

Posted by: carrster at May 20, 2005 2:57 PM

That sounds really nice

Posted by: Blue at May 20, 2005 3:38 PM

Tony Hillerman- my Dad brings them on his vacations...

Posted by: heels at May 20, 2005 4:21 PM

Oh, what about Harold Robbins?

Are you guys staying in Nag's Head?

Posted by: jen at May 20, 2005 5:14 PM

I'm gonna go with Dean Koontz. King just seems too obvious....

Glad to hear that you two are excelling at doing nothing. :o)

Posted by: ironic1 at May 20, 2005 5:17 PM

sparks or king.

Posted by: Mary Jo at May 20, 2005 7:24 PM

I'm going with Robin Cook. Because why not spend your vacation reading about tropical diseases?!?

Posted by: mc at May 20, 2005 9:38 PM

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! I would have to say Stephen King too.

Posted by: Lauren at May 21, 2005 11:00 AM

Crazy cause I put a pic of a lighthouse on mine today. Is it DAVE BARRY? PS 0k i am lost, where are you?

Posted by: mrsmogul at May 21, 2005 11:37 AM

Hee! Dave Barry is actually a pretty good author! But I am guessing Steven King or Michael Crichton (sp?).

Have a wonderful day Chris! It sounds awesomely relaxing.

Posted by: supine at May 21, 2005 11:55 AM

See, I was going to go with Clancy or Pat Conroy as well.

But if I need to offer up something original? know, I'm going to say it IS the Left Behind guy - LaHaye, is it? 'Cause you might have just been luring us away from the obvious choice, after all...

Posted by: Betsy at May 21, 2005 3:40 PM

First thought: Tom Clancy. Second: Michael Crichton.

Posted by: Stacy at May 21, 2005 3:51 PM

3rd guess: Jeffrey Deaver

Posted by: skurdycat at May 21, 2005 10:44 PM

I thought for SURE nobody would guess Pat Conroy...I guess I'm naive. Anyway, Pat Conroy is the best southern beach read. He'll probably lose to Tom Clancy, but I've got to be loyal!

Posted by: Raybelle at May 22, 2005 11:15 AM

I think Patterson probably has it but I'll throw in Robert Ludlum on the off chance...going to check out your pictures now!

Posted by: vicki at May 22, 2005 11:46 AM

I'm probably way off here, but I'm going to say Nick Hornsby. Most likely it's P. Conroy though -he's a beach house reader author.

Posted by: Jessica at May 22, 2005 3:32 PM

Drats anyhow. I know I'm too late but this time I actually had a chance at winning a much-coveted Chris CD and I was out of town (visiting the JujuClan :-)) I guess that will teach me not to neglect my blog reading when I'm away!!! Drats again :-(
Hope you had a glorious vacation and welcome home. btw, that was very sweet that you sent a gift for BabyJuju. You guys rock.

Posted by: Juju's Mom at May 22, 2005 6:53 PM