This was the huge Salt Water pool that was just down the street. It had a huge diving board that I would look at and think to myself......someday. It was where my dad would endlessly teach us how to swim. It was expensive, we as a family never had a locker. Through the years the only beach time we had was waiting for my father to come home on a nice day. We would go to Pier beach which was the beach closest to Sea Girt. Mostly, it was my brother and I and that is when I learned how to ride the waves and I would dive under the waves like a dolphin. He would say that a lot and I loved it because my favorite television show at the time was Flipper. I faced all of my fears back then and eventually jumped off the large diving board before they took it down for safety reasons. We also would do a lot of shell seeking with my dad. We looked for Cape May diamonds and shark's teeth. Later, when Glen and I lived in Manasquan we loved to look for sea glass or mermaid tears. When I got older in the fifth grade I told my mom I wanted a locker in the worst way. She thought we would not get enough use out of it. Her answer to me was go see if your friends will let you share a locker with them. Well, they did and my mom paid the thirty five dollars for the badge. The next year she said for me to pay. And so I started babysitting and saved my money to buy a badge. This is when I learned a very important lesson.....anything in life I would ever want I would have to work for. Some of the best times I had at the beach were with different people. One friend had a bunch of little brothers and the three littlest would go everywhere with us. We would make a lunch get to the beach at 8am and drag our butts home at 5pm. Then there were the high school days where I worked in the local hotels as a chamber maid, and the rest of the day was spent at the beach. And then my favorites were when I could drive to the beach in Manasquan and finally buy a beach chair. We would sit until the last possible minute and have it down to a science of when to leave the beach to get to work in time.