Things I am learning about living on the shore:
The ocean is kind of like a temperamental sports car. It is to be admired and enjoyed, but not trusted. The ocean will turn on you in a heart beat.
If you own a house right on the beach, you are a very, very lucky person … and a gambler.
The drone of home generators is both a good thing and a bad thing. Same goes for utility company truck sightings.
Evacuation notices don't mince words.
Being without power is romantic for exactly one night.
The wind sings many songs: Sometimes it whispers, sometimes it moans, sometimes it wails a high-pitched eeeeeeeee, sometimes it bellows in a baritone.
It is a good idea to always know when it will be high tide and when it will be low tide.
Don't become overly attached to your trees, no matter how magnificent they may be. And once a storm begins, remember that trees are not your friends.
Also, ancient trees that go down early in a storm may, in fact, be suicides.
Salt marshes are your friend, particularly if your house is near one.
You will get the most use out of foul-weather gear and rubber boots since you were a kid.
When you notice a lot of boats in a marina it is a sign that something is going on out there in life that you are not in on.
When you notice that there are suddenly no boats in a marina, it is a sign that something is going on out there in the weather that you better get in on fast.
It is easier to purchase basics before a storm because most shore people already have this stuff.
When long-time residents look worried about a storm, you should be worried, too.
When long-time residents do not look worried about a storm, you should still be worried.
When fog has a notion it can be like living inside a cotton ball.
Snow melts quickly, but not as quickly as it can pile up.
Sand can drift like snow.
It is impossible to appreciate First Responders enough.
TV reporters aren't the only people who will go to the beach in the middle of a raging storm.
You have more conversations with neighbors directly after a storm than at any other time.
It is important to actually read your homeowners policy.
Construction terms with which you should be familiar include: hurricane glass, hurricane nailing, hurricane shutters.
Owning a year round house makes you a resident; riding out a hurricane or two makes you a townie.
Climate change is not a theory.
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