Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sand

So for all of my blogs thus far, I have usually chosen either yay or nay with each topic. But now I have a dilemma... What should sand be rated? I have had a love/hate relationship with sand ever since I was little.


Sand is great to make castles out of when you're at the beach. However, it's kind of like snow. If it's too dry, you're left with a sad little hill that even your homemade red flag won't stand up in. If it's too wet, you have yourself a lovely puddle of mud and it's sure a pain in the butt to clean out of your bucket. You need the right amount of moisture for it to stay solid and stick together. Luckily, this isn't too difficult to come by on a beach since it's usually in close proximity to a body of water.

So yay for sandcastles!



Okay, so now you have your beautiful sand castle all decorated with rocks and shells. You even made a little moat! But man you're getting tired of refilling it every few minutes. The darn sand keeps soaking it up! (-1 point for sand).


But it's not the end of the world because you're much more concerned with protecting your creation from the feet of rowdy teenagers and bratty toddlers.


It's about noon now and it's a good time to grab a snack. You reach over and...*GASP* you see your poor, poor fingernails. Brown, sandy, filthy fingernails. You don't even want to think about what your toes must look like! Plus, you can never get all the sand out! Go ahead, try dipping your hands in the water, it will only do so much folks. One nay for sand. It's an even match so far.




Skip ahead a few years....like 15 or so years. You're on vacation with your significant other and there is a gorgeous sunset on the horizon.

You're walking along the long stretch of warm sand, hand in hand. It's a romantic scene from any number of books and movies.

At these moments, you aren't thinking about the sand beneath your toenails. No, you are lost in the eyes of your other half.

Okay, enough with the sappy stuff. This is definately a yay no matter how cliche it sounds. I'd like to find one person who would disagree.

How about those days when you are laying out on the beach with your fancy alcoholic beverage that probably has a dirty name and getting a nice burn...I  mean tan...and you think "hmm I think I'll go for a dip." You stand up and "OMG IT'S LIKE I'M WALKING ON HOT COALS!" Sand gets HOT, man. It's serious business. It doesn't even matter if you just came out of the water or if you have sandals on. The sand will still feel like it's from the fiery depths of hell.


And of course, the shade is always ridiculously far from the water. NAY for hot sand. But ohhhh when you finally reach the blissful shaded sand, it's like you just dipped your feet into cold silk.


Isn't it weird how volleyball is both better and worse in the sand at the same time? Others probably have different opinions but it's TRUE.

Playing volleyball in the sand is awesome because then you feel like you're in an episode of Baywatch or something.

Plus, if you happen to fall (which you will if you're as uncoordinated as I am in sports) then at least you have something soft to land on.




The con here is that it's difficult to move quickly. The sand sucks up your feet and it's just impossible to get any traction (hence more falling). And with all that sand being kicked around, some is BOUND to find your eyeballs because that's just how sand rolls.


Wind likes to do that too. Have you ever shaken off your towel before leaving the beach and gotten a face full of sand because the wind decided to kick in right at that moment? I think the wind and sand are working together sometimes....

So volleyball in the sand? You be the judge.

Lastly, you're packing up your things after a long day and are heading home. You tried your best to get the sand off of everything before leaving but no matter what, that stuff gets in EVERYTHING. In your towel, hair, toes, shoes, eyes, food, bags, purses and any other nooks and crannies that you definitely do not want sand to intrude. NAY!

So what's the verdict? It appears that sand is fine and dandy when you are young and sometimes its nice to look at, but overall, sand is not as awesome as you would think.

2 comments:

Caterpillar said...

I like having sand in everything when I go back.. I get to take a little piece of the beach with me and keep it a little longer :)

Megggle said...

@Caterpillar

Yeahhh its nice at first but then it gets all over the house and its so annoying trying to get sand-free. If I want to take sand home with me then I will buy one of those souvenir things like I did in Cuba lol Yeah that's right, I have Cuban sand in my drawer ;)