San Diego, Mississippi, Norfolk, and Monterey are all also on a bay. In this way Nick’s gig with the Navy has been a huge blessing because a life away from the water would be a real Charlie Foxtrot. Bays are the best. So beautiful are they that Journey wrote a hit song about them. I’d like to talk to you about each bay I have lived on.
Chesapeake Bay. Perhaps this is the grossest bay I’ve encountered. But I didn’t really know it was gross since it was the only bay I knew about. Growing up near the bay ensured I would know the words “estuary” and “Delmarva”. Wouldn’t you know that at the height of my manatee mania an actual Floridian Manatee swam into the Chesapeake Bay. Her name was Chessie and they wrote a children’s book about her. Yah know. Like Nessie but Chessie.
San Diego Bay. The bay in San Diego is so tight. It’s filled with Naval war ships and helicopters and subs and jets and naval bomb dolphins. Also sailboats and paddle boarders. I love a Navy town. The bridge to Coronado island is hella scary- way scarier than the Chesapeake Bay bridge (sorry Marylanders).
Bay St. Louis. Which is in Mississpi NOT Missouri which could be confusing to people who are not familiar with the gulf coast of Mississippi, that is to say, everyone. One time a bunch of nutria (that is, giant imported swamp rats) drowned in Louisiana and the current washed them up on the beach and they all blew up, literally, so the state had to bring in hazmat teams to remove them.
Norfolk. Also the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk is full of little waterways making their way out to the bay, not unlike Annapolis, and is part of the reason it was so appealing to me so fast. Norfolk is right at the mouth of the Bay and brings to mind another bay word: “brackish.” The major port town brings in thrills like very long container trains and an abundance of rats. Ya beautiful and I love it. Minus the rats.
Monterey. Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary and there are otters. So, I can say in all sincerity, “Hey Nick! Look at that otter gamboling in the kelp!” And it’s truly true. If you don’t love sea otters then you are either lying or dead inside because otters are like a hug made manifest or what an actually warm fuzzy looks like. Even still, sea otter felt too obvious when I picked my favorite marine mammal and I veered left and chose manatee, which is more like watching reality tv made manifest. They eat sea lettuce so it’s mostly water weight. Sea otters do eat starfish which for some reason strikes me as incredibly gruesome. I think I thought they were depicted with starfish because they liked the conversation or they were just playing with them like a toy.
Thank you bay, or should I say Bae?! (That was a bad joke that I wrote anyway because I have a massive disrespect for the time you take out of your day to come here and read this).
🎶When the lights, go down, in the city. And the sun sets on the bay. Oh I want to be there, in that city. Ohhhohwoooo. Oh oh ohohoh🎶
Journey does not translate easily to the written word. Theirs is a language best sang.