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» Monday, May 18, 2009

What I love about summer - Lifeguards

Days 'till Memorial Day: 7

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 8

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 34

Ah, lifeguards. You just can't get tired of looking at these guys. When I was a giggly fifteen-year-old on the beach, my friends and I used to dare each other to go talk to the hunky guardians of swimmers.

Wearing my tiny-weeny bikini, I'd screw up my courage, suck in my gut, thrust out my virtually non-existent bust, and saunter over to the lifeguard stand to stare up at one of the bronzed gods.

The conversation would go something like this:

Me: "Do you know what time it is?"
Lifeguard: "Yeah. One-thirty."
Me: "Um, thanks."

Needless to say, I never got an invitation to the lifeguard ball!

Lifeguard competitions at the Jersey Shore are always fun to watch. Typically, there are swimming, rowing, and lifesaving contests. Each shore town sends its own team of lifeguards, who haul boats emblazoned on the side with the name of their own town to the host town.

A Little Light Magic takes place in a real New Jersey beach town - Margate, New Jersey. Here's a fun video of a recent Margate NJ Invitational lifeguard competition. Catch a glimpse of Margate's most famous landmark, the six-story Lucy the Elephant in the background.


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  • The Grail King by Joy Nash
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Three winners will be chosen at random and posted on Sunday May 24.

Check back tomorrow for more summer fun!

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger housemouse88 said...

Love the idea of lifeguards. I grew up in the mountains. I only got to see lifeguards on vacation but I remember I always wanted one for myself. LOL Have a great day.

9:52 AM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

I've always enjoyed lifegurads be them at the beach or the pool! In fact I use to be one...not one of those bronze goddess types, just your normal flat chested type! : }
Love the t-shirt cute!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

10:22 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

One of my favorite movies as a kid was called Lifeguard with Sam Elliot.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love the beach, but you want be seeing me in a bikini, oh and I do so love the life Lifeguards, they are usually hunks! a little Light Magic sounds like a great read.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Eva S said...

I wish it was summer right now! Would love to be on the beach with these lifeguards!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Not many beaches with lifeguards in southwestern Oregon.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

I'm with you, Virginia - my bikini-wearing days are looong over. :-)

5:54 PM  
Blogger squiresj said...

Where I have lived, there were never lifeguards. So I missed out on all of that.
jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

8:32 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I remember being young and putting our beach blankets down right near those sexy lifeguards, even now when my aunt and I go to Rhode Island, we've done it a few times, lol.

Growing up, we had a lot of fun with the lifeguards at our local beach as many of them were wrestlers, one of whom we was a lifetime friend we lived next door to. I remember Hulk Hogan being there, too. When I was 12, they filmed a B-movie horror movie, The Horror of Party Beach there.

I already have both of those books, but love that T-shirt saying.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Ha! My DH was a lifeguard at the Jersey shore many years ago! Too bad I didn't know him then! It built up nice muscles rowing those boats!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Gee, most of the lifeguards were females when I was growing up. The only guy I remember was the skinny brother of a friend. Of course, in small lakes and pools you don't need the muscles to fight the waves, tides, and currents.
Good shot of Lucy in the video. Just may have to make a trip to see her.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

Not being a swimmer I can't say lifeguards have had any kind of presence in my life.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

LOL on the questions we ask just to get them to talk to us! I watched I think the show was Baywatch a few times :)

10:48 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

Growing up in WI, there really wasn't much of a need for lifeguards. I knew a couple of lifeguards when I was military stationed in AZ. Of course then they were guys I worked with. Sometimes it's better if they just don't talk.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

The closest I'd ever came to a lifeguard was at this lake they have in my area or the pools. I would never get asked out by them. But then I was too self conscious of my bust to truly care.

11:46 PM  
Blogger chey said...

Wow, our lifeguards never looked like that!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

The Jersey Shore is symbolic to my youth, As I am sure for most New Jerseans. :)The lifeguards were the best once you hit 14 or 15. The things we did just to get one to talk. :) Like they knew we existed.
Looking forward to reading this book.
Carol L.

2:59 AM  

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